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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…

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Good for the sole?

Luxury footwear designer Christian Louboutin’s quest to protect the iconic red sole trade mark is finally over, after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) handed down its much-awaited judgment. The signature red sole originated back in 1993, when Christian Louboutin grabbed his assistant’s red nail varnish and painted it on to the sole of a…

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EU copyright reform: back to square one

With 318 votes to 278 in the European Parliament, the so-called ‘Copyright Directive’ has been rejected. The opposition of the directive breathe a sigh of relief as the potentially wide-reaching impact of the reforms has been stayed until MEPs have debated the topic further. The objectives of the new legislation were to harmonize copyright protection…

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What’s in a name?

That is the question; in a dispute that has arisen between the British luxury fashion brand Barbour and the iconic denim brand Levi’s over both brands small signature tabs that are sewn into the seams of various garments produced by the brands. Over the years Levi’s has been known to take a very aggressive stance…

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