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Grumpy Cat has Cause to be...Well...Grumpy!
Jan 14, 2016
Grumpy Cat is a cat with a permanent grumpy face due to an under bite and feline dwarfism. Her owner, Tabatha Bundesen, posted a picture of the cat to social news website Reddit in...
Digital Toy Maker VTech Reports Customer Data Stolen
Dec 1, 2015
VTech, the company which specialises in electronic toys and educational material for children, has had its app store database, Learning Lodge, compromised in a recent cyber attack....
UK Government Rules Out Additional Enforcement Power Against 'Copycat Packaging'
Nov 25, 2015
After a year-long consultation, the UK government's Department for Business, Innovation & Skills ("BIS") has concluded that brand owners should not be able to seek civil injunction...
Dyson May have to 'Suck It Up' With Regard to Competitors' Energy Efficiency Claims
Nov 2, 2015
Dyson may face legal action following "false allegations" by its founder Sir James Dyson, regarding alleged circumventing of EU energy-efficiency tests. This is the latest revelati...
Aug 25, 2015
It is the common held belief that very few customers read the terms and conditions of online digital media services before signing up to the service, and this belief spawned the ol...
Significant Changes in Business Law - Are you Compliant?
Jul 29, 2015
New laws enacted but yet to be fully implemented will materially reform UK company law. The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 ("SBEE") will introduce various refo...
Is Time Running Out for Serious Online Copyright Infringers?
Jul 21, 2015
The aphorism that the "wheels of justice turn slow but grind exceedingly fine" is well suited to the recent decision by the Intellectual Property Office ("IPO") on a consultation t...
Are You Sitting Comfortably - The Sofa Workshop v Sofaworks - TM's, Non-use and Passing Off
Jul 7, 2015
In what Sofaworks CEO Jason Tisdale has stated was a 'David and Goliath' case, the Wigan based furniture manufacturer has lost its legal battle against their furniture brand rivals...
Great North Run Quick Out of the Blocks to Protect Trademark
Jun 24, 2015
The organisers of the Great North Run have admitted being "a little over the top" in a trademark dispute involving a small charity race staged in the small Welsh village of Monmout...
A Swift Bite of Apple
Jun 23, 2015
Apple Music is a new music platform set to be released in over 100 different countries by the end of June this year with the intention of positioning Apple in direct competition wi...
EU Parliament Seeks United Approach to Online Counterfeit Goods
Jun 16, 2015
Most readers will be familiar with the 'too good to be true' offers available on some online selling platforms (think Ebay, Amazon, Alibaba et al) that make you consider whether th...
SME's Struggling to Protect their Intellectual Property
Jun 5, 2015
Recent research suggests that Small and Medium Enterprise's ("SME's") are struggling to protect their ideas and intellectual property ("IP"). The research undertaken by the Federa...
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