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The Company Names Tribunal

November 10, 2008

The new Company Names Adjudication System was launched on 1 October in line with section 69 Companies Act 2006. The new system aims to reduce the number of opportunistic company name squatters who incorporate companies with a...

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Running a Small Lottery or Competition Prize

November 10, 2008

The area of lotteries, prize draws, prize competitions and instant win promotions was reformed by the Gambling Act 2005 (the Act) which came into force on 1st September 2007.

 The general consensus is that the changes have...

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General Facts About The Advertising Standards Authority

November 10, 2008

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) regulates the content of advertisements, sales promotions and direct marketing in the UK.  The ASA is tasked to apply the advertising standards codes. (The principle code is the...

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DoS Attacks – Is there yet an Adequate Recourse?

November 14, 2008

Much has been said about the recent implementation of changes to the Computer Misuse Act 1990, with many blogging on the changes. See here for example.

Much of the attention has surrounded the need to implement...

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Will an Extension to the Copyright Law Really Benefit Musicians?

November 28, 2008

Recently, the European Commission announced that it would like to extend copyright protection for performers. Currently a performer’s copyright lasts for 50 years while an author’s or composer’s copyright lasts...

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Online Payment Site Hacked

December 3, 2008

It has been reported that the well known US Online Payment Service, Checkfree, has been hacked and that at least two of their domain names had been taken over. Throughout the US, users were being given bogus security certificates...

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Beware Keywords in Google Ads

December 6, 2008

It is interesting to hear Marks and Spencer is being sued by Interflora for using Interflora’s brand in their Google advertising.

I would hazard a guess that in many organisations the people at the top and the...

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Computer Implemented Inventions – Where are we now?

December 10, 2008

The EPO define a computer implemented invention as an invention that works by using a computer, a computer network or other programmable apparatus. To qualify, the invention also needs to have one or more features which are...

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Mattel Stops Bratz in the US

December 11, 2008

Following up to our earlier blog post, a new decision has been issued in the ongoing legal battle between Mattel, the makers of Barbie dolls, and MGA, the makers of Bratz.  Last week Mattel was able to get an injunction...

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Marketing By Email, Direct Mail, Fax, Telephone, Website – How Data Protection Regulations Affect You

December 16, 2008

Data protection laws regulate how personal data is used. The UK principal legislation in this area is the Data Protection Act 1998 (“DPA“) which implements the EU”s Data Protection Directive. If...

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Impact of Regulatory Changes on Sole Practitioner IP/IT Law Firms

December 24, 2008

Azrights is organising a meeting of sole practitioner IP/IT law firms to explore the possibility of sharing certain costs and resources, particularly those of working towards Investors in People and Lexcel accreditation, and...

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Marketing, Keywords and Social Networking

January 9, 2009

How not to lose sense of priorities when running a business, that is the question.  As you get sucked into the day to day, it is all too easy to forget the bigger picture.  So, the holidays were useful thinking...

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