Groundless threats of breach of IP

Groundless Threats – the Reforms Following an investigation by the Law Commission the UK government recently published a press release on the issue of “groundless threats” in relation to patents, registered / unregistered design right and trade marks (copyright doesn’t have any threats provisions). The Problem Intellectual property rights are important to businesses. If they…

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Data protection with mobile apps

As part of a global body, 26 privacy regulators from across the world have surveyed 1,211 mobile apps to investigate the transparency of their privacy practices. Of those, the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (the ICO) was responsible for studying 50 of the top apps released by UK developers. Out of the results, most notable was…

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Music Industry Copyright

On 1 October 2014, the Copyright and Rights in Performances (Personal Copies for Private Use) Regulations 2014 came into force, implementing Article 5(2)(b) of the Copyright Directive (2001/29/EC) to provide, for the first time in UK law, an exception to copyright infringement for the purposes of private copying. This new exception allows individuals in the…

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