McDonalds facing a string of copyright infringement suits

Oh dear oh dear, what is the matter with McDonalds? Their corporate website is full of warm and fluffy statements about how seriously they take their corporate social responsibility. They are into ‘Recycling’, ‘Reusing’ and Supporting youngsters and the community.’  Really – how come then that they are facing a string of copyright infringement suits…

Calling all designers: Are your iconic 3D works about to get back into full copyright? Intellectual Property Office issues guidance note 9 September 2016

The long awaited repeal to Section 52 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 is due to take effect on 28th October 2016. From that date 3D works which have been mass produced and in respect of which registered and/or unregistered design rights has expired may benefit from full copyright protection, which is the…

Virtual currency – legal aspects of Bitcoin

VIRTUAL CURRENCY This week a judge in Florida ruled that Bitcoin is not actually money, stating that Bitcoin was not backed by a government or bank, and was not “tangible wealth”. “Virtual currency” is defined as the digital representation of value that can be traded digitally and functions as a medium of exchange, unit of…

Suing company directors for IP breach

When identifying who to sue for intellectual property infringement, generally the company infringing the intellectual property rights is named as a defendant in the infringement action and not the directors individually as a joint tortfeasor (joint infringer). However, a recent decision of the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court has indicated that in certain circumstances it may…