Game of Stones

Game of Stones v Game of Thrones: brewer’s victory in epic trade mark battle

Wadworth Brewery has been crowned the victor in a recent, Game-of-Thrones-inspired, trade mark battle against the infamous US television network, HBO. The Wiltshire-based brewery, founded in 1875, launched its ‘Game of Stones’ pale ale in August last year. With a view to protecting the brand, Wadworth filed a UK trade mark application for the below…

Photographer lying on back taking image

Do photographers always require signed image release forms?

In short – sometimes they will, sometimes they won’t. The key issues at play are: i)                    does a photograph amount to “personal data”?; and ii)                   did the individual being photographed reasonably expect privacy at the time of the photograph being taken? Let’s look at each in turn: i)                    Most of the time, photographs will be…

GDPR

GDPR: What is “Personal Data”?

We see the question asked time and time again: “what information is considered to be personal data?”. And rightfully so. Having a clear understanding of information which is (and is not) “personal data” could be the difference between you being able to exploit that information to bring value to your business, and it not being…

Patent

Can you patent a Santa Claus Detector?

Yes, you can. Well, in the US, anyway. The patent granted protection for a Christmas Stocking, as shown above, which would “signal the arrival of Santa Claus by illuminating externally visible light…having a power source located within…the device”. But would something like this be patentable in the UK? The answer may not be as simple…

Can Colin Kaepernick trade mark his face?

Colin Kaepernick, star of Nike’s divisive 30th anniversary ‘JUST DO IT’ campaign (and ex San Francisco 49ers quarterback), has filed a US trade mark application for an image depicting his face. Some media outlets have suggested that Kaepernick is attempting to trade mark “his own face” and his “face and hair”.  Unsurprisingly, but perhaps disappointingly,…

anonymous person and computers

An0nym1s3d D4ta

The General Data Protection Regulation, or ‘GDPR’, has finally settled in. As you have no doubt heard, “personal data” lies at the very core of the new regulation, but not all data is considered to be “personal data”. As such, and contrary to popular belief, the GDPR need not apply to certain types of data…