Intellectual Property

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 29.07.2015 | 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 27.07.2015 | 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 21.07.2015 | 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 21.05.2015 | 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.

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...