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Child Data Privacy Code

The ICO have published the final version of its Age Appropriate Design Code (“the code”), which sets out the standards that online services need to meet in order to protect children’s privacy. It applies to providers of information services likely to be accessed by children in the UK, including applications, programs, websites, social media platforms, messaging services, games, community environments and connected toys and devices, where these offerings involve the processing of personal data. The…
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Brexit and GDPR

After January 31, 2020 the UK ceased to be a Member State of the European Union and, under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement agreed between the UK and the EU-27, a transition period applies until December 31, 2020. From a data protection perspective, this has a number of implications. We have summarised the key points below, including what happens after the UK leaves the EU on January 31, the implications for international data transfers,…
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Big blow or lucky escape?

An investigation led by the ICO found that an attacker installed malware on 5,390 tills at Currys, PC World and Dixons Travel stores between July 2017 and April 2018, collecting personal data during the nine-month period before the attack was detected. This hacking campaign was active between July 2017 and April 2018 and resulted in malware being installed on 5,390 Point-of-Sale (POS) systems at Currys PC World and Dixons Travel Stores, owned by DSG Retail…
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TuneIn thoroughly WARNERED!

As you may know, Warner Music and Sony Music had jointly brought a claim against TuneIn for copyright infringement. TuneIn is a service that enables consumers to access more than 100,000 radio stations around the world. Warner and Sony Music claim has been accepted by the courts who found that TuneIn services infringed the claimant’s rights under section 20 of the Copyright, Designs, and Patents Act 1988 (CDPA). The reason the claim was first brought…
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Conor’s Fightback!

It’s been a while since Conor’s been in the IP limelight, especially when it comes to registering trade marks. However, following on from a few months back discussing McGregor’s difficulty with trade mark registration it looks as if McGregor’s legal team aren’t willing to back down from this fight. Just by way of background, McGregor Sports and Entertainment handles the majority of the sports star’s Irish business and filed an EU trade mark application for…
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Beyoncé ‘Blue Ivy’ Battle

The name of the star’s 7-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, is at the centre of an ongoing trade mark battle. In January 2016, Beyoncé filed an application to register a trade mark for “Blue Ivy Carter,” which would cover goods including fragrances, cosmetics, skincare, baby teething rings, playing cards and more. Beyoncé has attempted to trade mark “Blue Ivy Carter” which has been opposed by Wendy Morales, who claims she was using the name first.…
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GDPR

Data breach fines but what about reputation?

With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) being in force for over a year now, having brought confusion and fuss to businesses which the threat of fines running into the millions. Businesses rushed to make sure they were compliant with GDPR and have the correct policies and notices in place in order to avoid these hefty fines. The question that has constantly come up is whether it is important to be compliant GDPR and have…
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IP rights and Brexit

Brexit breakdown of your IP rights!

So it’s been over 3 years now since the June 2016 Brexit vote. It is still unclear what’s going to happen although there’s no doubt that everyone is pretty sick of hearing about it. We apologise therefore for bringing it up again but what follows is a bit of important, and hopefully useful, advice to help prepare your business for Brexit, give you an understanding of your registered IP rights and explain how the EU’s…
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Not Okurrr!

Following on from our previous blog about Cardi B’s trade mark registration of “okurrr,” we now have the results and it’s not good for Cardi. The application to trade mark her catchphrase “okurrr” has been turned down by the US Patent and Trademark Office. The benefits of having a catchphrase registered as a trade mark is that it enables the owner to use the saying commercially, and to prohibit others from doing the same. A…
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Wakanda’s Woes with copyright!

Black Panther is a blockbuster Marvel movie produced in 2018. The superhero movie was based on a fictional African country Wakanda, a hidden technologically advanced country. Black Panther became the first comic book and superhero film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, as well as the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to win an Academy Award. The movie illustrates and draws from African heritage. The movie went on to…
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