Intellectual Property

Brexit: What Now for Intellectual Property?

Wayne Beynon | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK
Wayne Beynon

Along with workers' rights, economic concerns and international trade agreements, one important consideration for businesses in the UK - particularly for small to medium enterprises - is how Brexit will affect an organisation's protection of their intellectual property. While potentially compromised intellectual property rights may not dominate the scare-mongering headlines, the implications for British SMEs are worth noting.

Is Our Love of Netflix and Spotify Really Reducing Piracy?

Liz Bales | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Liz Bales

Digital streaming services like Netflix and Spotify are reducing piracy, according to an article in the Daily Telegraph earlier this week. It's a grea...

Chelsea's Mourinho Trade Marks - A Special Brand

Andrew Tibber | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Sport
Andrew Tibber

As a dedicated follower of both football and IP, I was intrigued by yesterday's reports that a deal between Man United and Mourinho was being held up ...

Tripped Up By Trademarks: Apple Loses out on rights over "IPHONE" in China

Wayne Beynon | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Tech
Wayne Beynon

In the latest of a series of setbacks for Apple in China, a Beijing court has ruled against the global tech corporation in a trade mark battle with a ...

Human Rights Must Take Precedent Over Intellectual Property Rights

Sarah K Edwards | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK
Sarah K Edwards

As duty bearers of human rights, it is the responsibility of states to ensure that their citizens are able to realise their rights. The High Level Panel's recommendations are set to come out in June and will be addressed to heads of state. It is yet to be known whether these recommendations will have an accountability mechanism attached to them so it may well fall to civil society to hold governments to account.

They've Got Bottle, but could BrewDog end up with IP hangover after beer recipe release?

Wayne Beynon | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Wayne Beynon

What happens, for example, if home-brewers manage to master the recipes, bottle them, and sell them for a profit? Could BrewDog be opening a floodgate of potential copyright or design infringements? Worse still: if supermarket own brands start tasting like BrewDog's Punk IPA, how could they prove, or stop it?

Monkey Business: Can an Animal Own the Rights to Its Own Image?

Wayne Beynon | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK
Wayne Beynon

If an animal takes a selfie, does it own the rights? While this may sound like a modern day riddle, it is in fact a question that a Californian court had to consider after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) took issue with a Welsh photographer's picture of a monkey.

Betting on Blue

Lewis Worrow | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lewis Worrow

It is now more important than ever to pay attention to the key details, all too often we overlook the obvious. What is key to understand is that colour is one of the most important parts in what makes up our experience and if an individual or business can refine their understanding of the subject then they can build a very successful brand.

China Out in the Cold Over Alleged Theft of 'Frozen' Song

Wayne Beynon | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Wayne Beynon

One of the songs - The Snow and Ice Dance - was deemed by many to be suspiciously similar to Disney's Academy Award winning song. Despite the vocals being different and the lyrics being written in a different language, there are a troubling amount of similarities.

The Piracy Problem - The Hunt for an Effective Solution

Wayne Beynon | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Tech
Wayne Beynon

The new legislation can be effective, but it needs to be coupled with improved relations and co-operation between industry and streaming companies. This - I believe - may be the key to stamping out online piracy once and for all.

One In Ten Reading Illegal E-Books

J.N. Paquet | Posted 24.07.2016 | UK Tech
J.N. Paquet

If the illegal download of eBooks were one day to become a widespread activity, we could end up with the current authors being the last generation of authors making a living out of their work.

When Online Security Conflicts With Online Scrutiny, Is Security the Loser?

Susan Hall | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Tech
Susan Hall

Communications data includes data about who people communicate with, how and when they do so, how long conversations last. However, the new proposals are likely to go further than previous attempts, by requiring compilation and retention of web-logs and browser histories and, crucially, by forcing decryption of encrypted communications.

Sky Call Up Skype on Trademark Dispute

Wayne Beynon | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Tech
Wayne Beynon

Earlier this month the European General Court upheld a ruling in Sky's favour, deeming that Sky and Skype's respective brand names sounded too similar and may lead to 'customer confusion'. This is the latest in a 10 year legal battle over Skype's right to have the word 'Sky' within their name.

Netflix, What Next for the King of Streaming?

Wayne Beynon | Posted 29.03.2015 | 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.