Intellectual Property

Netflix, What Next for the King of Streaming?

Wayne Beynon | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Wayne Beynon

Netflix has been at the forefront of this shift in the way we interact with our televisions, offering viewers an unprecedented quantity of content from one source, much of which had previously only been available by purchasing expensive movies from the likes of Sky or Virgin, or enjoying an old school DVD boxset.

British Comedy Gets the Last Laugh Following Parody Law Reform

Wayne Beynon | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Comedy
Wayne Beynon

The new Intellectual Property Act 2014 which came into effect last month has effectively legalised the art of parody, a comedic genre which, believe it or not, has until now been classed as illegal.

It's the Next Big Tech Development - Are You Ready for the Internet of Things?

Wayne Beynon | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK Tech
Wayne Beynon

Take a look around you now, how many devices are connected to the Internet? For starters there is the one you're reading this article on, be it a laptop, phone, or tablet computer. But what about the other electrical appliances around your home, such as your oven or your washing machine?

Alexander Wang and H&M Collaboration; A Moment to Think About Fashion, Intellectual Property and Culture

Tania Phipps-Rufus | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tania Phipps-Rufus

The collaborations between the street and the high-end represent a change in the business of fashion. Amelia Groom in her essay on Japan's contemporary street fashion culture observes that 'change in fashion has often been explained as a 'trickle-down' effect of class imitation followed by class aversion.'

August Legal News Review

Milly (Millicent) Bygrave | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Milly (Millicent) Bygrave

With the UK economy said to be recovering for the first time in six years, any moves to restructure and guide the UK banking sector towards risk prevention is a positive contribution toward strengthening the economy.

Who Owns a Banksy?

Salome Verrell | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Salome Verrell

Banksy is one of the few people who have been able to popularly harmonise the terms 'graffiti' and 'artist' and his work is treasured around the world from the West Bank to Bristol. Yet Banksy's fame brings a headache to would-be art dealers and community leaders the world over: just who owns a Banksy?

The New Intellectual Property Act 2014 Criminalises Copying of Designs

Andrew Tibber | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Tibber

After being trailed in the Queen's Speech last year on 8 May 2013, the Intellectual Property Act has received Royal Assent, and become law, just over a year later on 14 May 2014.

Tripping Up Trunki - What Every Design-Focussed Business Should Know

Ilya Kazi | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
Ilya Kazi

Having taken on the 'Dragon's Den', been sent away penniless, and gone on to develop a multi-million pound internationally-successful business, there are few that would begrudge the Trunki suitcase inventor Rob Law his success.

Starbucks Accused Of 'Ripping Off' New Food Craze 'Duffins'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK

Starbucks has been forced to admit that its new "duffin", a doughnut-muffin combination, was not an original creation despite the coffee chain's suppl...

From Pet Project to Profitable Business - Five Questions to Answer Before Starting the Journey

Karsten Fischer | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Karsten Fischer

At our creative agency we receive speculative approaches from inventors every week who want to turn an idea into something more tangible. To determine their chances of success, we have a well-proven screening process that focuses on five key questions.

Voucher Codes: The Peaks & the Pitfalls

Richard Stephens | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK
Richard Stephens

As the internet continues its indomitable stomp across the retail landscape, changing the face of high streets and the entire culture of the way we shop, it's a rare breed of retailer that has not added e-tail to its business portfolio.

A Cyber Health Check for Business

Victoria Woodbine | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Tech
Victoria Woodbine

The project is a great opportunity for company Boards to understand and manage risks that have the potential to cause major damage to their business. Companies can demonstrate leadership by making cyber a major part of risk management across their whole business.

From Norwich City to MGT Capital Investments... IP Is the Digital Age Golden Thread

Gary Gowers | Posted 13.03.2013 | UK Sport
Gary Gowers

The digital age has brought many changes - some easy to understand, others impossible to fathom - but to protect one's IP is as critical now as it was when Percy Shaw took out that patent of cat's eyes.

American 'Patent Troll' Demands $1,000 Per User Of Scanners

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 05.03.2013 | UK Tech

A mysterious patent-holding company in the United States is reportedly demanding up to $1,000 each from users of scanners. The story, extensively r...

Has Apple Lost its Cool?

Ilya Kazi | Posted 22.01.2013 | UK Tech
Ilya Kazi

It isn't always necessary to air your legal laundry in public (especially if negotiating cross-licensing deals) and if Apple doesn't recognise the PR consequences of continuing to do so, it could start to affect the bottom line.

Since When Was Stealing Software Acceptable?

Sarah Coombes | Posted 01.09.2012 | UK Tech
Sarah Coombes

The civil damages regime in the UK needs an overhaul to stop software theft harming the economy, innovation and future job creation.

Patenting "The Staff of Life" is Ruinous to Iraq's Agriculture

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 29.11.2011 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

In my early teens in Iraq, in the late fifties and early sixties, I used to accompany my father to farms to buy wheat grain for our own consumption, a...

Copying CDs Could Be Legalised

PA | Posted 02.10.2011 | UK

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- The Government will unveil changes to copyright law which could open the door to new services for film and music fans and boost t...

The Chinese Retailers Selling Some Rather Familiar Looking Western Products

Olivia Williams | Posted 02.10.2011 | UK

In the race to capitalise on China’s rapidly expanding economy and the insatiable desire of its citizens for Western products, Western companies are...

Vince Cable To Reform Copyright Law To Make Putting Music On Your iPad Legal

Posted 01.10.2011 | UK Politics

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- Changes to copyright law to be unveiled later this week are expected to open the door to new services for film and music fans. ...

One Solution to the Copyright Dilemma is Here Right Now

Neville Hobson | Posted 08.09.2011 | UK Politics
Neville Hobson

The broad area of intellectual property, protecting people's rights and copyright law in particular is hugely complex to most people. Centuries of tradition and common law lie behind what is in place today in the UK with the geographically-based rules and regulations -- hardly a good fit when much content today is digital, and certainly not based on physical geography.