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The latest updates and breaking news on Intellectual Property from around the world
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What are image rights?
Apr 27, 2017
With the news yesterday that HMRC had reportedly arrested multiple individuals working in the professional football industry in a bid to stamp out suspected tax evasion, the use of...
Maradona threatens legal action against Konami
Mar 31, 2017
Konami, the Japanese developers behind the Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) video game, have been threatened with legal action from Diego Maradona. The footballer has accused developers ...
Police initiative tackles online piracy
Jan 16, 2017
Internet piracy and websites infringing intellectual property pose a growing threat to businesses in the UK. The City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), amo...
MP Report Attacks MoJ On Court Fee Increases
Jun 28, 2016
We have reported previously on the hikes in civil court fees which came into force last year see various articles such as: Court fees set to increase again? UK Government to put...
UK Government Publishes Report on its IP Infringement Strategy until 2020
May 18, 2016
New strategies and proposals have been set out in a Government paper entitled, "Protecting creativity, supporting innovation: IP Enforcement 2020", published 10 May 2016. The docu...
EU Report on Geographical Indicators Infringement Released
Apr 28, 2016
The EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) recently conducted a study to assess the level of infringement of Geographical Indications (GI) in the EU in respect of wines, spirits, ...
Sssshhhh, its a Secret - But is it Confidential? New EU Trade Secrets Law
Apr 14, 2016
On 13 April the European Parliament voted on the proposed trade secrets directive ("Directive"). Current Laws Protecting Trade Secrets in England Trade secrets are reasonably wel...
Up the Canal Without a Paddle - The Panama Papers - The Biggest Data Leak In History
Apr 4, 2016
Mossack Fonseca ("Mossack") is a global law firm offering of a range of corporate services including the incorporation of companies in offshore jurisdictions and wealth management....
What's my (New) Name? - EU Trade Mark / Office Name Shake Up
Mar 23, 2016
We previously reported on the change being made to the name of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) to the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)...
Fixing Costs in Civil Cases - LJ Jackson Gives His Updated View
Mar 15, 2016
Lord Justice Jackson (Jackson LJ), who readers may be aware was given the task of reviewing costs in civil litigation claims, has recently put forward the idea that fixed costs sho...
Who Has Significant Control of Your Company and Why it Matters
Feb 8, 2016
As of 6 April, barring a small number of exceptions (see below), all companies and LLP's will be obliged to keep and maintain a register (PSC Register) of people with significant i...
Community Trade Marks - Act NOW and make a declaration
Jan 21, 2016
Community Trade Mark ("CTM") owners will soon be offered a 6 month, one off opportunity to file a declaration at OHIM (soon to be known as the EUIPO) to clarify the goods and servi...
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