THE UK IPO NEEDS YOU…. to help modernise the European Copyright Framework

A little over a month ago the European Commission published numerous pieces of draft legislation intended to bring the European copyright framework into the twenty-first century. The proposed legislation includes a new “copyright directive” (available to view here) which sets out measures intended to facilitate the cross-border availability of, and ease of access to, copyright…

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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…

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A – bit too much TalkTalk!! – £400,000.00 fine for data breach

The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) has issued a record monetary penalty of £400,000 against telecommunications group TalkTalk under the Data Protection Act 1998. The fine is for serious contraventions of TalkTalk’s security obligations as a data controller under the Act which occurred in 2016 and which were well publicised. The decision is an indication that…

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Designer with limited capital? Well, the UK Intellectual Property Office has just reduced its fees…

It was last January that the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) published its consultation on changes to registered design fees within the UK. A little over 9 months later, from the 1 October 2016, the reduced fees are born. The introduction of these reduced fees follows a number of recent developments to the registered…

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