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ISP liability and the Digital Britain Report

February 7, 2009

Traditionally, ISPs have had limited liability under the laws of England and Wales. The are not liable for defamatory comments or IP infringements including illegal downloading unless they are given notice that one of their users...

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What Not To Do If Your Trade Mark Is Becoming Generic

February 11, 2009

IP lawyers always become excited when they find an example of a trade mark in danger of becoming generic.  The case in point is the trade mark for NETBOOK, pointed out in this blog post.  NETBOOK was registered as...

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Engaging a Web Designer – One Contract You Should Read

February 12, 2009

It is amazing how naïve otherwise sensible business people can be when it comes to commissioning a designer to develop a website for them.  Whether it is a lack of knowledge or simple forgetfulness many businesses...

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The End of Lawyers? The Legal Hybrid is Already Here

February 17, 2009

Reading Richard Susskind’s book the End of Lawyers I identify myself as already being the sort of lawyer Susskind suggests will become increasingly multi-disciplinary in order to succeed.

Susskind describes us as...

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Having a Virtual Presence Online

February 18, 2009

In the last few years many big companies have been making news by establishing a virtual presence in an online world.  The most common place for businesses to do this is in Metaverses which are also called virtual...

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Hybrid Lawyer: Part 2

February 20, 2009

Following my earlier post about ‘legal hybrids’ I want to explain why it matters that I am as knowledgeable about the internet as any web designer.

One good reason is that there are key areas on which businesses need...

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Defamation Law – Part I

February 22, 2009

The internet has radically changed the nature of defamation law.  While it was once a specialised subject left to media lawyers it is now a topic on which most internet lawyers have to advise.  Internet defamation is,...

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Trade Marks and Internet Marketing

Where Are You At In Your Internet Marketing Efforts? reminds us that small businesses need to understand the possibilities on the web at their own pace.

The fact that only 44% of small businesses have a website despite the well known fact...

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Defamation Law Part 2: Successful Strategies to Deal With Online Defamation

February 28, 2009

Although it is difficult to get a successful result in an online defamation issue, it can be done by carefully establishing who is making the comment, and where they are based.  Other important considerations are how...

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The Impact of the Social Web

March 6, 2009

The Social Media Influence 2009 Conference which I attended on Tuesday was quite enlightening.  Interestingly I was the only lawyer present.  There was a speaker on the law –  Struan Robertson  who is a...

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Registering Shapes and Three-Dimensional Trademarks

March 6, 2009

A trademark conveys the image, personality and the origin of the products to a customer. Through this information, the consumer will make an economic decision to purchase. Thus, trademarks are crucial in developing a company’s...

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European Trade Mark Registration Fees set to be reduced by 40%

March 6, 2009

OHIM, the European Office for trade marks and design registration, has announced that it will slash fees by 40%. This price change could take place in a matter of weeks.

At the moment the price of filing for a CTM online is...

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