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Copyright – Who’s Hiding Under Your Bed? Hairy Monsters And Non-Literal Copying
December 7, 2017

You may be one of the eight million or so viewers who have already seen the John Lewis 2017 Christmas television advertisement  – Moz the Monster, featuring a lovable monster who hides under a child’s bed. If...

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Personality Images And IP
December 19, 2017

In the lead up to the Christmas and new year season, most of us are accustomed to seeing television advertisements featuring well-known actors and personalities endorsing a range of luxury products such as perfumes and...

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MIND THE GAP! The Potential Power Of Marks With Reputation
January 23, 2018

A very recent decision of the EU General Court highlights the potential power of marks which enjoy a reputation even if the claimant in this particular case suffered a temporary setback before the Court.

A normal registered...

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Trademark Similarity. : Starbucks Secures A Legal Win Against COFFEE ROCKS
February 18, 2018

A recent decision of the EU General Court highlights the potential dangers of adopting brands which mimic the “look and feel” of famous brands without using the same word mark or primary device feature.

In this...

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GDPR – Why Consent Should Be Used As A Last Resort
March 2, 2018

If your inbox is anything like mine, it will be full of emails about GDPR – news updates, invitations to training events, webinars and more.  That’s not surprising given that GDPR represents one of the biggest...

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How Agencies Can Protect Their Clients When Branding And New Identity Creation
March 7, 2018

While every agency understands how to use the creative process to create a brand name, few understand the legal implications of choosing one name over another.

Turning an idea into a business involves creating intangible elements...

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Blogs and Intellectual Property Rights – Don’t Just Blog It, Protect It
April 13, 2018

These days, any of us can be a blogger. All you need is somewhere to post your content, and an interesting angle on life – be it sports, politics, travel, food, music, you name it – you can blog your perspective on...

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Blogging Without Infringing
April 14, 2018

In my previous post, I looked at the issue of protecting your blog content and identity. This blog briefly looks at some of the issues concerning the inclusion of other people’s materials in your content.

As I mentioned in...

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Your GDPR To Do List
April 17, 2018

Back in 1987 when I joined Reuters as a relatively junior lawyer, one of my first assignments was to audit the company’s data processing activities. I spent a few months visiting senior managers’ offices around...

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GDPR And What Not To Do
May 7, 2018

Every organisation is affected by Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR as it’s known.  I’m sure you’ve heard plenty about it.

GDPR represents one of the biggest shake ups in the...

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Why GDPR?
May 9, 2018

In yesterday’s post What Not To Do When It Comes To GDPR I outlined the confusion that the GDPR laws have spawned.  Understanding why the GDPR rules were introduced, and what they are aiming to achieve will help...

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Quick GDPR Compliance Plan
May 10, 2018

In  Why GDPR? I explained what the General Data Protection Regulations are aiming to achieve because understanding its underlying principles and rationale is key to protecting data appropriately in the new regulatory...

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