The Threats They Are A-Changin’ – the murky ground of dispute resolution

As legal advisors, we often have to tread the murky ground of dispute resolution.  Frequently, clients contact us, having fired the first shot against a potential infringer and have unwittingly found themselves at the end of counterclaim for ‘unjustified threats’ (better known as ‘groundless threats’ or simply ‘threats’), a peculiarity of IP disputes.  In January,…

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The data police are coming – new stringent data protection laws will take effect in 2018 – are you ready?

The new, more stringent data protection laws will take effect in 2018. There will be a new set of principles with a greater emphasis on transparency in how you collect and use personal data, as well as increased requirements for security and confidentiality. Two important reasons to pay attention to this now are: Personal data…

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Scam Artists vs. Trade Marks and Domain Names

As another month goes by, the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office releases another warning about a new scam involving intellectual property rights. The latest scam involves individuals and business owners receiving phone calls from the “Trade Marks Intellectual Property Office” – a non-official entity. The caller will attempt to persuade the business owner to purchase…

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You say TOSCANO, I say TOSCORO, let’s call the whole thing a protected geographical indication

Catchy title I hear you say, well yes, protected geographical indications are catchy, so catchy that they can be a complete block to your trade mark application, even if the mark you’re trying to register isn’t identical. This is what happened to the applicants for the EU trade mark TOSCORO. They applied for this mark…

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