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Motorola, Microsoft patent war rages on
June 11, 2012

The Xbox 360 risks being banned in America if the US International Trade Commission (ITC) agrees with the initial findings of its Judge David Shaw, handed down in April.

Shaw found that Microsoft, owner of the Xbox brand, had...

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Protecting the Olympic Brand – a most valuable asset, but for whom?
June 28, 2012

With the Olympics approaching, one slightly less predictable aspect of the games has been attracting attention: intellectual property. Just like other businesses, the London 2012 Olympic Games has a brand it is keen to protect....

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One Step Closer to a European Unitary Patent System
July 6, 2012

Currently, patents granted by the European Patents Office (EPO) must be validated in the individual countries where protection is sought. This is a costly and time consuming process typically involving full translation of the...

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First Sale Doctrine being called into Question
July 9, 2012

You buy a book, finish it, sell it second hand via Amazon marketplace- for many this approach to buying goods has become fairly common practice. Especially with sites such as Ebay, Preloved and Gumtree, it has become easier and...

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Minimising risks when Starting a Business
July 20, 2012

Lisa Rosen recently wrote an interesting guest blog post on Onstartups, which gave an insightful analysis into the benefits of starting your own business. She controversially states that not going into business and remaining...

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IP Solicitor Reveals How Small Businesses are Wasting Money on Branding by Failing to Take Account of Legal Principles – Legally Branded September 11 Book Launch
July 26, 2012

Legally Branded is a new title by Shireen Smith of Azrights Solicitors, which fills a gap in the market by providing accessible, and easy to understand explanations about intellectual property law and brand law for business...

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Olympic Brand Sponsorship Race- Why is McDonald’s Underperforming?
August 6, 2012

The Olympics is a time of sport, athleticism, and competition. However, it is not just athletes who are competing, but the brands sponsoring the event are also involved in their own brand race. Whilst many are tuning in to see...

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Will Olympic Brand Protection Cost Michael Phelps His Medals?
August 24, 2012

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, famous for being the most decorated Olympian of all time, may be getting attention for all the wrong reasons recently. He appears to have landed himself in trouble with the International Olympics...

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Trade mark searching: A glimpse into the future?
September 4, 2012

 Trade mark registration is the way to own a brand name, and regular readers will likely appreciate the importance of taking steps to ensure their brands are available, and securing them early on when launching new...

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Legally Branded Book Launch Speech by Shireen Smith – Branding and Intellectual Property in the Internet age
September 13, 2012

 

Shireen Smith’s  speech was delivered at the launch party of the Legally Branded book which was held at the British Library on 11 September.

I wrote the book Legally Branded because I believe every business...

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George Hadwick’s IP Rap – The Legally Branded Book Launch
September 13, 2012

Legally Branded was released at our successful launch party at the British Library on 11 September. The night was a blur of activity, filled with networking the chance to take part in an IP quiz, in order to learn something...

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Protecting Your Intellectual Property- What is the value?
October 23, 2012

What do people actually understand about Intellectual Property? Most people’s knowledge of IP law often comes from high profile cases featuring disputes between household names.

You might have read about Dyson’s...

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