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 Legal Issues to Know About Before Designing Your First Business Logo

by Legal Author November 12, 2018 IP & Technology

Designing your logo is equal parts logic and feeling. You want your logo to evoke a specific emotion when people see it. You want them to associate it with your branding, what you provide, and your value as a business. Logic comes into play where legal issues are concerned. While your logo is technically a […]

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Seven simple things for US patent attorneys to know about Australia

by Wadeson IP October 12, 2015 IP & Technology

Australia is a good place to file a patent application. It has one of the world’s larger economies, which includes strong mining, agriculture, manufacturing and service industries, and a world class IP system. 12 month Paris Convention deadline 31 month PCT national phase deadline Absolute novelty Standard (20 year) patents available for non-obvious inventions. Innovation […]

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Global Brand Management: Risks and Strategies

by marcus evans October 8, 2015 Company Law

Interview with: Allan Diamond, Managing Partner, Diamond McCarthy LLP “Chief Litigation Officers (CLOs) should not limit themselves to traditional methods of protecting their companies’ brand and should think creatively in terms of implementing a global strategy that will result in keeping their authorized supply channel partners happy, minimizing lost sales/profits, and  potentially obtaining affirmative recoveries for […]

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Top Legal Department Technology Myths Busted!

by marcus evans October 7, 2015 IP & Technology

Interview with: Mark Hentschell, Regional Manager, Thomson Reuters Serengeti “Many legal department leaders have preconceptions about legal technology that are simply wrong. With a more clear-eyed understanding of the current intersection of technology and legal department management best practices legal department leaders can take the first step in making their departments more efficient and better positioned […]

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Securing IP Rights in M&A Transactions

by marcus evans October 1, 2015 Data Protection Law

Interview with: Marc Bergmann, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, M&A, Gemalto “Securing the intellectual property (IP) rights of technologies has become central to the success of acquisitions, especially in the high-tech world, as they carry so much value and risk for the future of the company acquired,” says Marc Bergmann, Senior Vice President & General […]

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Long running Kit Kat legal battle fails in EU courts

by Wayne Beynon September 24, 2015 IP & Technology

Confectionary multinational Nestle has this week failed to persuade European courts that it should grant the UK trademark request on the shape of its well-known chocolate bar, the Kit Kat. In a long-running case Nestle attempted to prove that the shape of the four-finger bar was what consumers used to identify it as a Kit […]

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Genericide in the 21st Century: Overexposure of the Modern Brand

by ASchlossberg February 10, 2015 Blawging

“Every brand has at its core a substance that gives it strength.”[1] In the 21st century, the reality is that companies are being penalized for their success with certain products. Genericide occurs when a brand no longer denotes its origin, but rather is used to refer to a whole category of products. Yo-yo, Escalator, and […]

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Alibaba.com … and the 40 (or more) counterfeit and infringment thieves

by Wright Hassall October 16, 2014 Intellectual Property

The Alibaba Group (Alibaba) is the world’s largest e-commerce company, its revenues for 2013 were more than Amazon and Ebay combined. Alibaba owns a variety of websites which facilitate online sales: www.alibaba.com: manufacturer to retailer wholesale sales. www.tmall.com: retailer to consumer sales. www.taobao.com:  consumer to consumer sales. The presence of counterfeit and infringing products on […]

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Tech industry backs Facebook’s fight to protect user privacy

by Wayne Beynon September 1, 2014 IP & Technology

When Edward Snowden revealed the true extent of the USA’s digital surveillance programme last summer, the world’s underlying fears about how social media giants Facebook use private data was brought to the forefront of our consciousness. Following the news that Facebook had co-operated with the US Government in supplying users’ personal data, public scepticism of […]

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How Can Trade Mark Infringement Damage Your Business?

by Tim Bishop April 30, 2014 Trademarks

Trade marks can be incredibly important in business. They let your customers know who you are and what you sell, as well as enhancing your brand and building a solid reputation that others can recognise and rely on. But what happens when another company starts using a similar trade mark to your own? Just how […]

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