IP & Technology Legal Blogs

Legal blog posts regarding IP, IT & e-commerce law, published by lawyers and law firms with specialism in intellectual property, cloud computing and e-commerce laws.

5 Copyright Traps You Never Knew About

by Legal Author June 24, 2013 Copyright Law

credit: MrGluSniffer Copyright law can be a brutal and mercenary field. Intellectual property holders are constantly in a struggle to protect their content from unauthorized sharing or duplication by third parties, and an ever-expanding arsenal has developed to combat the eroding of IP rights. One of the lesser-known weapons in this arsenal is the “copyright […]

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TCPA Damages Ruled to be Remedial in Illinois

by Adam J Krohn June 20, 2013 Business Law

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) prohibits several telemarketing practices (such as sending spam faxes).  Under the TCPA there is a private right of action, along with the ability to seek $500 in damages for every violation (for every unsolicited fax) or the possibility of treble damages (when unsolicited faxes are sent willfully and knowingly).  […]

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Hard moments will come for illegal downloading adepts in Canada

by Cheebee May 23, 2013 Copyright Law

War against intellectual properties’ infringement and piracy is becoming rougher and rougher for internet users around the world. The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, which was rejected in Europe in 2012 and could have restrained right of all users of the European Union, was one of the most worrying bills for internet freedom’s advocates. A similar version […]

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32 Red plc v WHG (International) Ltd – Trademark Infringement Case Comment

by John Hirst May 10, 2013 IP & Technology

The recent case of 32Red plc v WHG (International) Ltd and other companies concerned the infringement of rights protected by European Community trademarks (an EU wide trademark which circumvents the need to register the trademark in every European country where the name company trade). The Community trademark infringed in this case was the protected name […]

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Patents Explained

by Lucy Reflect May 9, 2013 Intellectual Property

When it comes to securing your intellectual property many people often get muddled up between a patent and a trade mark. Here I’m going to look a little more closely at UK patents… A patent’s aim is to protect new inventions. It also enables the owner to state how ‘it’ should work, what ‘it’ does […]

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How Secure is Your Data?

by Lucy Reflect May 2, 2013 IP & Technology

Recent high-profile data breaches have led many businesses to question how secure their company data really is. Over the past 12 months or so we have seen huge companies, such as LinkedIn, accidentally leak sensitive information. Many companies have found themselves facing huge fines because their data was misplaced. Are businesses doing enough to ensure […]

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Current Legal Status of “Jailbreaking”

by RyanD April 25, 2013 IP & Technology

As a form of “privilege escalation”, jailbreaking allows the owner of an iOS-based device to break their software out of “jail”, therefore enabling previously disabled contents while still allowing full access to things like iTunes and the App store. With little more than a free piece of jailbreaking software, a simple iOS backup, a USB […]

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YouTube Videos: What Fair Use Laws Mean

by Jason April 18, 2013 Copyright Law

(Mainly based on US copyright laws) Although YouTube is an amazing platform for social activity and gaining the approval of the public, it is also subjected to a wide variety of copyright infringement practices. Users are suspended and videos are banned on a regular basis as many people use copyrighted materials to make their videos. […]

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Unified Patents and the Unified Patent Court (UPC): Big Changes in European Patent Protection and Enforcement

by VolpeAndKoenig February 21, 2013 IP & Technology

In December 2012, the European Parliament and Member States reached a long-awaited agreement approving a unitary European patent.  The European Parliament approved two European Union (EU) regulations, one creating a European patent with unitary effect (or “unitary patent”) and the other creating a multinational Unified Patent Court (UPC).  Before it can become effective, at least […]

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Next Weekend’s “Harbowl”: How Roy Fox abandoned his trademark application and obeyed the NFL legal department

by VolpeKoenig January 29, 2013 Trademarks

In February 2012, while watching football, Indiana resident Roy Fox pondered the idea of two siblings coaching opposite teams in the Super Bowl. Not unlike the “Manning Bowl,” when brother quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning competed in the big game, Fox conceived of a “Harbowl,” where sibling coaches John and Jim Harbaugh might lead opposing […]

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Trade marks and choice of brand name in Scotland

by Peter Galloway January 13, 2013 IP & Technology

Blog post regarding the Scottish tradition in trade marks, as published to Intellectual Property Blawg. Scotland’s strong brands spring from early international demand for this country’s premium quality products.  The need for a trade mark to identify the source and protect goodwill is multiplied when goods are shipped abroad and the consumer must rely on […]

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A Look at Online Copyright Issues Faced By Artists

by gclatworthy December 23, 2012 IP & Technology

[US Law and General] In the past, copyright laws in the United States were fairly clear. Essentially, an artist who created something, whether it be art, a piece of music or an idea, was protected from the moment of creation against others taking the piece and claiming ownership without paying. Unfortunately, for many artists, the […]

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I’m Dreaming of a Fake Christmas…

by Wayne Beynon December 20, 2012 IP & Technology

Wayne Beynon, is one of the team of IP lawyers at Cardiff and London based law firm, Capital Law, with a particular expertise in intellectual property disputes, including claims for trademark infringement, passing off, design right infringement and patent infringement. With fake goods flooding the UK at an unprecedented rate, our counterfeit culture is growing as […]

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Cloud Computing In Financial Sector and Legal System

by Lilly December 15, 2012 Banking and Finance Law

Banks, financial organizations and law firms deal with a highly sensitive data that needs to be secured. Their customers provide them with important information that should never be leaked to anyone. This is one of the fundamental characteristics of the modern banking system. Secured data exchange is vital for the financial sector as money trading […]

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Will copyright’s first sale doctrine deter the American Consumer?

by shotce October 27, 2012 Copyright Law

On October 29, 2012, the US Supreme Court will decide the case Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., that could forever change the way the US consumers buy and sell goods made outside of the US.  In the US, we are free to sell just about anything–whether on eBay, Amazon, Craigslist, the thrift shop, […]

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How the New EU Cookie Law Will Affect Website Design

by BigFork August 20, 2012 International Law

The law was passed last year but organisations were given a year to put into place a system so that they were compliant, but what exactly do you need to know and how is it going to affect the design of your website? Cookies are small pieces of data that are saved onto your computer […]

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Subscription-Based Services and IP Law

by Cameron Tyler July 10, 2012 Intellectual Property

Over the past decade, the way in which people listen to music has changed dramatically. As the Internet has become a place that is nearly as much about socializing and entertainment as it is about the sharing of information, it’s no surprise that large part of our musical lives have moved online. CDs have largely […]

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Advances in interactive legal documents

by evolvedlegal April 30, 2012 Business Development for Law Firms

Tesco law – yes we have all heard of the threat to law firms from big companies with massive budgets and business know how but is there a bigger threat being largely overlooked ? The thing about legal services in general for things like wills, conveyancing, employment law and many other areas is that the […]

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Space Law; Explored

by LMS-Graham April 2, 2012 Intellectual Property

Space. The final legal frontier. Dramatic openers apart, the statement above can be said to be true. Man has been enacting laws from the ‘dawn of time’, aiming to legislate for almost any situation we might encounter. It was not until the very end of the second millennia that we turned our attention to matters […]

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5 Reasons to Guest Blawg

by Legal Author September 13, 2011 Accident Claims

A key component of blogging, guest blogging is, as the term suggests, where a blogger writes as a guest on another blogger’s blog. While this may be obvious, it may not be apparent to some why guest blogging can be useful. Here are 5 reasons why you may wish to increase your own or your […]

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How can law firms generate business online? SEO for lawyers

by Legal Author December 20, 2010 Business Development for Law Firms

As we come towards the end of recession, the main focus is changing from “how we can weather the storm” to “how we can develop more and more business”. Stephen Moore of CaseCheck discusses

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House of Lords Suggests Internet Broadcasters Should Not Be Regulated

by Legal Author November 4, 2007 IP & Technology

A House of Lords parliamentary sub-committee in the UK is putting up resistance to some of the proposed changes to the Audiovisual Media Services (AMS) Directive of the European Union, which mainly affect internet broadcasters. The aim of the original set of regulations established in 1989, and known as “Television Without Frontiers” because it included […]

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