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Trademarks and Britain Overseas
February 1, 2013

Increasingly, awareness of the value of a brand is leading businesses to protect their names and logos through trademark registration. As registration is territorial in nature, only offering protection in the particular...

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Do you need to bother with trade marks?
February 26, 2013

Since writing my book, Legally Branded, a number of business owners have thanked me for making this fundamentally important subject of intellectual property (particularly trade marks) understandable.

Some entrepreneur...

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Innocent Loses Halo Trademark
March 6, 2013

If ever there was an ideal example of the importance of ensuring the right intellectual property procedures are in place, Innocent’s recent trademark difficulties demonstrates it.

Despite being one of the UK and...

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Licensing – Don’t Risk Losing Your Trademark
April 2, 2013

Licensing – Don’t Risk Losing Your Trademark

If your business has reached the stage where you are looking to expand abroad or diversify into different markets, licensing your brand could be the ideal way of...

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Copyright, emulation and software – is imitation not the sincerest form of flattery?
April 9, 2013

Software is essential to everyday life, it’s how we carry out research, get our entertainment fix, communicate with each other, manage information, carry out calculations, implement business processes and unleash our...

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TV Show Mad Men faces potentially mad IP battle over photos and likeness rights
May 1, 2013

 

When using photographs or images in a commercial context, getting an IP lawyer to assess the copyright situation is an obvious move. However, as the producers of hit TV show ‘Mad Men’ recently discovered, it may...

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Online Piracy Doesn’t Hurt Sales… Or Does It?
May 10, 2013

London, United Kingdom – 2013, May – An astounding 4.4 million viewers tuned in to watch the premier of the third season of the Game of Thrones, but they weren’t the only viewers watching the show. According to...

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Thomson Reuters interview featuring Azrights
June 19, 2013

Shireen Smith was recently interviewed by news agency Thomson Reuters for a piece regarding how lawyers and firms can substantially benefit from utilising social media, to drive their online presence and search rankings.

The...

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Intellectual Property Rights and Change Management
July 5, 2013

In any business there will be rules that management and staff need to follow. Some will be more important than others. For example, to safeguard a company’s intellectual property rights, there are a couple of useful...

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SkyDrive Set for a Skydive? – Cloud computing service faces dispute over similar trademark
July 9, 2013

A recent decision of the High Court provides a useful illustration of the breadth of the rights granted by trademark registration. In that ruling the use of SKYDRIVE by Microsoft for its cloud storage solutions, was found to...

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Using crowdfunding sites could destroy your nascent business idea
July 15, 2013

A recent article by Shireen Smith on the subject of crowdfunding, was published by the Guardian in June, and explains why it is particularly crucial for early stage businesses to protect their intellectual property before...

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Trademark Registration – A Lack of Finality?
August 19, 2013

Over half a million trademark applications are filed each year throughout Europe, and a memo of the European Commission indicates that as of March 2013 there were nearly 10 million trademarks listed in European...

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