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Some Things in Life are Guaranteed to be Satisfying

Some things in life are guaranteed to be satisfying, like having some down-time after a hard week, taking off high heels at the end of the day, getting into a freshly made bed and receiving good service. ‘Client satisfaction’ is a term frequently used as a measure of how products and services supplied by a… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Data protection, loss of data and compensation

A recent Court of Appeal decision has changed the rules on compensation for data protection breaches, so that compensation may be awarded for a breach, even if no financial losses have occurred. This will have implications for many businesses, including the Travel industry and those who control and hold customer data. The case of Google… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

A guide to digital legacies

Our digital legacies are fast becoming big news in the media. Times are changing and we are putting more and more sentimental things online. There are also valuable assets that we may hold online and these all need to be protected so that our personal representatives can access them if there is the need or… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

The end of Glee?

A battle is being fought over the use of the name ‘the Glee Club’, which has been registered as a trademark. The High Court have recently made their decision over the use of the phrase and found against the broadcasting powerhouse Twentieth Century Fox, meaning a re-name and re-brand of the TV show in the… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

The latest in the Lush v Amazon saga…

The next stage in the ongoing Lush v Amazon trademark saga was a hearing to decide what should be ordered to protect Lush’s trademark. The Court had previously decided that Amazon had infringed the trademark ‘Lush’, used by the company of the same name, when it used the term to lead customers to similar products,… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Know your Design Rights

The Intellectual Property Act 2014 has recently been passed by Parliament, receiving Royal Assent on 14 May 2014. Although it doesn’t come into force until 1 October 2014 or later, it will be useful for businesses, companies and entrepreneurs to be aware of the changes surrounding Design Rights. Mayo Wynne Baxter can help advise you… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Copying and Copyright – protecting your work

The Brighton Festival is under way and I have been enjoying the artists open houses,  especially the one with my mother’s artwork! There is plenty of theatre, music, arts and literature on offer in the city and thousands of people are getting to enjoy them. However with this showcase of creative work, there is also… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

The battle of the colour purple

Cadbury, the British, multinational, confectionery company, has lost a long-standing battle over the use of its iconic colour purple as a trade mark. Cadbury tried to register its particular shade of purple, otherwise known as Pantone 2685C, as a UK trademark. A trade mark is a sign which can distinguish your goods and services from… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Is all cybercrime equal?

Following the recent suicide of Aaron Swartz, the American computer programmer, writer and internet activist, the debate over how much information should be freely available on the internet and how aggressively online copyright breaches should be pursued has been placed back in the spotlight. The US government was looking to label Swartz a “felon” as… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Businesses, brands and a lot of litigation

The legal landscape around brands has come a long way since trade mark protection entered the statute books in 1875. Case law is continually evolving to resolve brand issues faced by businesses. Some of the latest examples illustrate the fine line between sensible brand protection and unnecessary litigation. Beyond formally recognised assets such as brand… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)