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Challenging ‘Health Claim’ Trade Marks

August 6, 2010

The EU Regulation on nutrition and health claims made on foods (see here) were passed in 2006 to ensure consumers were not mislead by unsubstantiated health claims on food packaging. With a greater interest in health...

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Trade Marks and Branding, a World Apart?

August 9, 2010

In their article earlier this year, the Ipkat drew attention to the fact that there is a marked separation between the worlds of trade marks and branding.

More often than not the two are not addressed collectively, but are...

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Data Protection and Email Marketing

August 16, 2010

When a site stores personal details for subscriptions, memberships or the like, there are certain legal regulations it has to take into consideration to stay on the right side of the law.  The Data Protection Act sets...

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Playing Fair – Apple, Amazon and Freedom from DRM

August 19, 2010

Along with the introduction of digital music purchases, came the rise of DRM restricting how it could be used.  With traditional media, music was generally freely playable and transferable, but over the past decade we have...

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iPads, Kindles, and eBook Piracy

August 23, 2010

As more of us buy E-readers to read books digitally, the much discussed “death of the book” debate resurfaces.  Will digital books replace actual physical copies? Reportedly, on Amazon more people are buying...

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The Banking Bailout and BP Oil Spill – Lessons for SMEs and why a New Legal Service Model is Needed

August 24, 2010

When something bad happens to a big, well known business, we’re all surprised. Recent examples are the bail out of the Royal Bank of Scotland and the oil spill disaster that seriously damaged BP’s brand and finances....

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End of Lawyers and the Legal Services Act

August 24, 2010

In previous posts I have commented both on the ‘End of Lawyers?’- a book by Richard Susskind and also on the Legal Services Act, which are two commonly discussed items by those interested in the UK law...

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BBC v HarperCollins – The Stig to be Unmasked?

August 31, 2010

The IPKAT reported recently that the BBC is preparing to take the publishing company HarperCollins to court over a book that reveals the identity of the Stig from Top Gear. The Stig never removes his helmet on the show,...

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The Russian Town of TorrentReactor, Technobrega, and profiting from Pirates

September 6, 2010

In earlier posts we have written about the continuing battle between file sharing members of the public and the record and film industries, covering their attempts to discouraging infringement through legal action, and ...

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Trade mark problems – Sky vs Skype

September 8, 2010

Sky has apparently been battling against Skype for the past 5 years over the ‘Sky’ part of their name. Sky claims that its rights in the ‘Sky’ name are infringed by Skype, and that people are confused into...

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Facebook, Easyjet, McDonalds Trademark disputes – Reason to be distinctive

September 10, 2010

Businesses are often surprised to learn that trademarks, unlike domain or company names, do not have to be the same to prevent others from using or registering them.  Similar names are also covered. Some interesting...

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Facebook Places, Privacy and Implied Consent

September 17, 2010

Facebook’s new ‘places’ application has sparked another debate over privacy. The new feature, which arrived today for UK users, encourages people on Facebook to share their location with other members of the...

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