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Does Copyright Protect Ideas?

April 21, 2009

I attended a talk recently which was advocating book writing as a way to promote ones personal brand.  Then the speaker said:  “Some people are reluctant to write about their area of expertise because they fear they...

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Why TWITTER Application For Drinks Could Fail

April 30, 2009

Continental Wine & Food Limited has applied to register the mark TWITTER for beer, wine and other alcoholic drinks;  Can they do this?

As a general rule trade marks are granted for particular activities...

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Internet Marketing and Keywords In Search Engine Advertising

May 7, 2009

Keyword advertising earns search engines an essential stream of revenue.

Google and Yahoo, who allow use of competitors’ brands as keywords in pay per click advertising, have both had to defend their position in the courts across...

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Trade Mark Scams – With a twist

May 12, 2009

What is a scam?  According to the consumer fraud reporting “A confidence trick, confidence game, or con for short (also known as a scam) is an attempt to intentionally mislead a person or persons …. usually...

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Postscript re CTMFS Pro Forma Invoices

May 15, 2009

Interest in this matter was heightened when the Ipkat took it up here.  Many people got in touch, and some have apparently contacted CTMFS directly to complain about the misleading nature of the pro forma invoices their...

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Threats of Defamation Proceedings

May 23, 2009

When I wrote the postscript about the Community Trade Mark Filing Service, I assumed that would be the end of it. Obviously I had not understood Mr Evans. Having now received a solicitors’ letter in which they have even...

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Stocktaking on Community Trade Mark Filing Service issue (at the risk of boring readers)

May 24, 2009

I think it’s worth looking at what has happened here given the allegations of defamation.

It all started when I posted a tweet on Twitter mentioning that 3 clients had received CTMFS’ ‘invoices’. Ending with...

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Web 2.0 and Blogging

May 25, 2009

The incident involving Community Trade Mark Filing Service and defamation threats has been thought provoking on many levels.

Only recently I wrote an article on online reputation monitoring for the Society of Computers and Law...

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Firm Links

May 27, 2009

Azrights has set up a networking group for small law firms (of fewer than 5 partners).  It is called Firm Links.

Its purpose is to afford small law firms an opportunity to discuss matters of mutual interest.  It will provide...

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Google Adwords ECJ referral Decision

June 1, 2009

Now that the High Court in Interflora v Marks & Spencer has suggested a referral to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on the question of trade mark infringement for using of competitors’ keywords in adwords campaigns, (...

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Secrets of Online Branding and Website Success

June 9, 2009

Web projects are riddled with Intellectual Property Rights issues.  These have a long term impact on the future of the business.  Awareness of online branding, search engines, copyright law and the technicalities involved in...

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Facebook Usernames

June 15, 2009

Phenomenal publicity was generated by the Facebook user name policy change last week.  There was a flurry of tweets about it on Twitter, and many lawyers raced to advise their clients of the importance of registering...

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