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Basca Copyright case

Written by Michael Coyle on 07 July 2015

An interesting case was published recently which failed to attract the media's attention. It could have significant implications for rights holders though. So let's see how the Judicial review application pans out! https://www.judiciary.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/basca-v-sofs-bis-judgment.pdf
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Consumer protection and consumer rights

Written by Michael Coyle on 07 July 2015

The Consumer Rights Act is due to come in to force by 1 October 2015. After the Competition and Market's Authority ('CMA') reported we are all paying far too much for our energy bills, will the CRA come to Using unfair contractual terms or notices can have a number of consequences for your business. Most importantly, they will not be binding on a consumer. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), Trading Standards and other regulatory bodies might apply for an injunction to prevent you from using a term in your T&Cs, even if no complaint has been received. Alternatively, a regulatory body might request an undertaking from you that the term will no longer be used. This poses a reputational risk for traders, as, in both instances, the CMA will publish details of any application for an injunction or undertaking that is accepted. consumer's rescue?
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Trip Advisor, bad reviews and dont believe what you read!

Written by Michael Coyle on 05 July 2015

Trip Advisor, bad reviews and don't believe what you read! A few years ago the Advertising Standards Authority ('ASA') ruled that TripAdvisor's claim their reviews were genuine were infact misleading because the origin of the reviews could not be substantiated https://www.asa.org.uk/ASA-action/Adjudications/2012/2/TripAdvisor-LLC/SHP_ADJ_166867.aspx This position was was further highlighted in today's Independent on Sunday's story which highlights the absurd nature of the review business.
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Scottish Labour Party Trade Mark Attempt

Written by Thomas Mould on 04 July 2015

Labour councillor Dennis Goldie applied last year to secure the name ‘Scottish Labour Party’ as a trade mark in the hope it would be used by a new stand-alone organisation.
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Nobody on the Internet knows you're a dog!

Written by Michael Coyle on 04 July 2015

Back in the day the EU member states agreed that in order to promote trust online for both commercial and retail purposes Internet users would require protection by way of legislation.
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EU Trade Mark Reform

Written by Sam O'Toole on 03 July 2015

After two years of discussions the EU is set to reform the EU Trade Mark Directive (2008/95/EC) and Regulation (207/2009/EC).
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What is a trade mark ?

Written by Abbas Majid on 02 July 2015

Hi my name is Abbas Majid. I am a year 10 student studying at St George's Catholic school in Southampton. I have been studying trade marks at Lawdit and here is my first article..enjoy!
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Letters of Claim in Intellectual Property

Written by Michael Coyle on 02 July 2015

Intellectual Property relates to a number of registered and unregistered rights in the first part one of the series concerning letters of claim we shall focus on design rights.
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French magazine fined for encouraging piracy

Written by Michael Coyle on 30 June 2015

A french court found that a popular magazine had encouraged piracy when it advertised via its magazine the advert “the best software and websites to download for free.” The magazine is “Téléchargement” a compute magazine.
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Design protection Can a shoe be protected?

Written by Michael Coyle on 30 June 2015

The short answer is yes of course! In the UK by unregistered design right ('UKUDR') and/or a Community unregistered design right ('CUDR'). The primary piece of legislation covering the CUDR is that set out in Council Regulation (EC) No 6/2002 of 12 December 2001 on Community designs ('the Regulations').
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What is the number one?

Written by Sam O'Toole on 29 June 2015

Three Judges in the Court of Appeal recently deliberated on the meaning of the number one in a patent case.
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