Aldi and Lidl take rivalry to court
201903.08
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Aldi and Lidl take rivalry to court

Last month we reported on a story about of an ex-Apple employee accused of stealing trade secrets in relation to Apple’s ‘Project Titan’, or in other words, Apple’s self-driving car project.  The accused in question, Jizhong Chen, raised the alarm after he was spotted taking photographs of confidential information on his work computer by other…

Keeping up with Kylie
201903.07
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Keeping up with Kylie

Kylie Jenner made headlines this week after it was announced that she has become the world’s youngest ever self-made billionaire according to Forbes. The news has been received with a mix of opinions; many people questioning whether she can really be titled ‘self-made’ given the privileged background she has came from and others congratulating Kylie…

Counterfeiters cash in on Valentine’s Day
201902.14
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Counterfeiters cash in on Valentine’s Day

February 14th, otherwise known as Valentine’s day, the annual day dedicated to love, is often celebrated by the giving of cards and gifts to loved ones. This year however, the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), issued a disheartening warning to shoppers thinking of buying their loved ones a gift. It emerged this week that…

Avoid “modded” games consoles, PIPCU warns
201812.07
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Avoid “modded” games consoles, PIPCU warns

The City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit (much more manageably known as “PIPCU”) has issued a warning to Christmas shoppers of the dangers of buying modded games consoles. Consoles that are “modded” (also sometimes called “cracked” or “jailbroken”) have hardware modified (or new hardware installed) so that security measures pre-installed by the legitimate…

IP Minister in Brexit resignation
201812.03
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IP Minister in Brexit resignation

Over the weekend the minister with responsibility for Intellectual Property matters, Sam Gyimah, resigned from government. The Secretary of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation was only appointed in January 2018, but has quit over his concerns about the proposed Brexit deal. Specifically, he cited the UK’s decision to pull out of the EU’s…

201810.09
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UKIPO awarded Artificial Intelligence research funding

The Industrial Strategy Regulators’ Pioneer Fund has recently awarded 15 public sector organisations funding to research artificial intelligence technologies that may have a practical application to their sectors. The UK Intellectual Property Office is one such organisation and will apply the funding to researching whether AI can assist in the filing process of patents, trademarks…

201809.07
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Showing image rights the red card

When we think of image rights disputes we often think of a super-rich celebrity (often an athlete) being prevented from fully exploiting their own likeness due to a conflicting contract from years past. We do not think of the dispute giving the Welsh men’s football team a helping hand in qualifying for Euro 2020. That,…