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Between two Skies

In a seminal update to current trade mark law, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has recently issued its judgment in the long running case of Sky v Skykick which could have significant implications for trade mark practice in both the UK and EU. By way of background, Skykick is a rapidly growing US company that provides global cloud management software for IT service providers. Sky is a household name which provides…
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Preparing for the new normal – COVID-19 and IP

As this global crisis changes from a short to a long term-issue businesses are starting to prepare for the new normal. For some, this may involve quite a major pivot in their product offering or target consumer. Whilst the ability to change and adapt to a new market is the essence of good business, it’s important to make sure that your IP protection does not get left behind. New products will mean new IP, if…
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Intellectual Property Sharing in the face of pandemic

A number of businesses, universities and scientists are changing their approach to the intellectual property rights management in a concerted effort to fight the Coronavirus pandemic. Traditionally intellectual property rights grant their owners a monopoly over exploitation of their creations (be it patented inventions, designs, software or other copyright protected materials) to incentivise innovation and commercially reward them for their investment in the research and development. However, the world is currently facing an unprecedented global…
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The Changing Face of Intellectual Property. Designer forgoes intellectual property rights to help fight virus

Last month I looked at whether in times of global crisis the attitude on how we share intellectual property may change. I reflected that ‘big pharma’ may see fit to co-operate with each other and government agencies to speed the development and deployment of an affordable vaccine for Covid-19. Since then I have been on the hunt for examples of those who are prepared to take a longer view on the protection and gainful exploitation of their inventions to bring some…
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Working from home – top tips for the lockdown

Whilst the world adapts to a new normal many of us are trying to get accustomed to working from home. WFH used to be a bit of a perk, now it’s an obligation, so we all need to work out how to do it effectively and, unfortunately, for a long period. So here are my top tips to get you through the coming weeks and months… Get tech savy As the old saying goes, it’s…
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Brexit

Away we go!

On 12 December, the British public voted overwhelmingly to return Boris Johnson’s Conservative government to power. Last week, the Queen’s speech set out the Government’s plans for the next year and beyond, and with a majority of 80 seats in the House of Commons, the now famous ‘oven-ready’ deal has sailed through parliament, which means that Britain will finally leave the European Union on 31 January 2020 and enter into a transition period during which…
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How can I protect my IP within the food and drink industry?

Protecting your Intellectual Property Rights in the food and drinks industry is crucial. The market is very competitive and it is important that your products stand out in the crowd. How else can you convince a consumer, who has never tasted your product, to purchase your goods over a competitors? Your enticing brand name, your unique recipe or your beautiful packaging are all factors that are hugely valuable and are worth protecting. So, with that…
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Trade mark battles: “100% that bitch”

In 2017, British Singer Mina Lioness tweeted “I did a DNA test and found out I’m 100% that bitch.” It went viral. Seven months later, American singer Lizzo released her song ‘Truth Hurts’ which features the same memorable phrase. The two singers got into a spat about it on Twitter back in 2018, but it didn’t get much attention. However, matter has now flared back up again in 2019 because Lizzo (now an extremely successful…
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Preparing your business for investment, why IP is the key

Most businesses require third party investment at some point. In fact, the majority of start-ups are “bootstrapped” from inception and this can significantly limit their potential to hire new staff, increase growth or expand into untapped markets. Fortunately, there are people out there with cash to splash who are desperately looking for the next big thing. But, before they sign on the dotted line they’ll want to do their research and satisfy themselves that their…
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IP rights and Brexit

Brexit breakdown of your IP rights!

So it’s been over 3 years now since the June 2016 Brexit vote. It is still unclear what’s going to happen although there’s no doubt that everyone is pretty sick of hearing about it. We apologise therefore for bringing it up again but what follows is a bit of important, and hopefully useful, advice to help prepare your business for Brexit, give you an understanding of your registered IP rights and explain how the EU’s…
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