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How To Get Copyright Permission And Avoid Copyright Infringement
January 21, 2015

In part one of our blog post, Can You Take Images Off The Internet And Use Them In Your Blog Posts or Newsletters, we looked at the law relating to copyright in images.

In this second part, we look at how the use of stock...

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#JeSuisCharlie Creator: Phrase Cannot Be A Trademark
January 21, 2015

JeSuisCharlie CreatorConcerns have been raised over attempts to monopolise a phrase made famous in the wake of an international tragedy.

Jaochim Ronson, the creator of the image portraying the words ‘Je Suis Charlie’, has voiced his...

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The Importance Of Patent Protection – Why GoPro’s Shares Tumbled
January 26, 2015

We often hear about the importance of patent protection for innovations. Patents can be one of the most valuable type of intellectual property a business can own.

However, in practice, it is difficult to predict the value...

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Content Is King – But Should You Let Others Use Yours?
February 2, 2015

Content is important if you want to be found online. That’s well known. What is less understood is what the considerations are if someone asks to feature your content on their site.

With the proliferation of news...

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Taylor Swift – Trade Mark Like It’s 1989
February 6, 2015

It is very common for people to be confused between different IP rights.  We often hear from individuals interested in “patenting” their brand, or “copyrighting” their invention, because there is a...

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International Business & Globalisation Of IP
February 10, 2015

Nowadays many businesses are global from day one.

Even though you may just operate out of a bedroom in your home, when you sell online, you are potentially doing business in every country worldwide. That’s because the...

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Patent Troll Problems – The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
February 27, 2015

A recent case, Smartflash LLC v. Apple Inc, which Apple described as a prime example of why the US patent system is flawed, saw the company ordered to pay over $532.9 million in damages.

Smartflash LLC, a Texas-based entity,...

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Copyright In A Logo, Innocent Smoothies, And Informal Contracts
March 5, 2015

The trouble with disregarding formalities, like legal agreements, is that even minor disagreements have the propensity to escalate into disputes.

An imperfect recollection of the terms of a contract is unlikely to escalate if the...

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Japan And The United States Join The Hague System For Design Registration
March 6, 2015

Japan and the United States both filed their official instruments at the WIPO headquarters in February 2015 in order to join the Hague System.

This increases the number of Hague signatories to 64 nations.

The Hague System allows...

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Copyright Holders Displeased Over Digital Single Market Proposal
March 6, 2015

The proposed creation of one body of copyright law for the Digital Single Market meets with numerous objections from the film industry.

Brussels has proposed the creation of an integrated body of copyright law that would...

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How To Protect Your Business Against Inevitable Copying?
March 10, 2015

 Copying is so rife in business that if you have a profitable niche or concept, it would be surprising if competitors didn’t sooner or later try to capture some of your market share.

They will borrow freely from other...

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Financial Institutions Run Competition For Startups To Foster Technological Innovation
March 17, 2015

Financial institutions run competitions for startups to foster technological innovation.

Recently, prominent financial institutions have begun looking to alternative sources for innovative technologies. Three major players in the...

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