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European Patents

Written by Michael Coyle on 24 April 2014

Fancy a patent in Europe? A European Patent application may be filed at the European Patent Office in English and can designate any of thirty states which are party to the European Patent system. These are currently: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Monaco, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland (including Lichtenstein), Turkey and the UK.
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PCT and International patents

Written by Michael Coyle on 24 April 2014

PCT Patent Applications An International Patent application may be filed in English at the UK or European Patent Office and may designate any over one hundred countries or regions (including the UK). A separate “Designation Fee” must be paid for each country or region designated at the date of filing the application (although there is no fee for the sixth and each subsequent designated country or region).
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Torture, permission and copyright

Written by Michael Coyle on 24 April 2014

Torture and permission and copyright. The top eleven torture songs courtesy of the CIA. Since the CIA introduced “enhanced interrogation program” in the early 2000s. But I wonder if the Pentagon has a licence for such entertainment!
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NYPD twitter account plan backfires

Written by Michael Coyle on 24 April 2014

The BBC reported today that a plan by the New York Police Department to use Twitter to boost its image has backfired. The BBC reported that "Users were asked to tweet a photo of themselves with officers and add the hashtag #myNYPD as part of a social media campaign".
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Interim Injunctions- First Step to a Solution

Written by Michael Coyle on 20 April 2014

An Interim Injunction is the first step in the legal process, this allows a company to protect its intellectual property rights and halt the production of possible infringing articles while a court properly considers the case.
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UK Patents

Written by Michael Coyle on 20 April 2014

Inventors need to be aware of the process of filing for a patent. Here is a quick overview/guide
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How to cancel a trade mark. Part 2

Written by Michael Coyle on 15 April 2014

More on trade marks and the rights of cancellation. In order to apply for a declaration of invalidity on absolute grounds, any natural or legal person can apply to invalidate a trade mark.
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New stance taken by rightsholders to combat piracy

Written by Rehana Ali on 15 April 2014

Creative industries are now making efforts to curtail the advertising revenues generated by pirate websites. The previous strategy of pursuing individual file sharers had proven fruitless, rightsholders have now decided it is time to focus on the money.
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Getty, Copyright and settlement

Written by Michael Coyle on 15 April 2014

Getty Images is the worldwide renowned image database which offers for by way of license millions of images for sale. So what happens if you receive a letter from Getty/debt collectors/solicitors threatening you with a claim? ....Well read on............
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How to cancel a trade mark

Written by Michael Coyle on 12 April 2014

Yipppee!!!! "I have a trade mark is it now completely safe and secure?" Well no, it can be attacked in a number of ways. Read on.................
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Who ate all the pies?

Written by Michael Coyle on 11 April 2014

Danny Mills is helping himself to the pies, Cornish ones to be precise. Former City ace and England Right back - saves the West Cornwall Pasty Company.
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Wonga get it wronga?

Written by Michael Coyle on 11 April 2014

Wonga got themselves in a tizzy and threatened Twitter with a cease and desist notice over a dig at its services from a twitter user. As a result the story exploded all over the Internet and what would have been a story passing through, became instant news and a story which everyone is now talking about. Its known as the Streisand effect http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streisand_effect
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Buying or Selling a Business

Written by Shrmeen Qadri, an under-graduate student of Law on 07 April 2014

A guide to selling or purchasing a business and the importance of the Due Diligence process
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Software patents- final decision

Written by Michael Coyle on 01 April 2014

Yesterday the US supreme court will consider when software is eligible for patent protection. Arguments will be heard from lawyers for Alice Corporation, which holds patents for a computer system that facilitates financial transactions. Other parties such as Google, Dell, and Verizon have all filed legal papers weighing in on the issue.
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Preparing a Bundle for Court

Written by Michael Coyle on 30 March 2014

Going to Court can be a daunting matter and there are many things that have to be sorted before the trial. One of the most important is the bundle, this contains all the documents relating to the case which gives the Judge a proper view of the case and access to the documents that are to be relied upon. A Bad bundle will result in a lost case. A good bundle will often result in a positive outcome and a happy Judge. Always keep the Judge happy!
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New Copyright legislation from June

Written by Michel Coyle on 30 March 2014

Five new regulations are set to become new law in the UK from 1st June 2014. They are all connected with copyright and the exceptions to copyright law. The following draft regulations were issued: •The Copyright and Rights in Performances (Quotation and Parody) Regulations 2014 •The Copyright and Rights in Performances (Personal Copies for Private Use) Regulations 2014 •The Copyright (Public Administration) Regulations 2014 •The Copyright and Rights in Performances (Research, Education, Libraries and Archives) Regulations 2014 •The Copyright and Rights in Performances (Disability) Regulations 2014
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Atvod and Porn

Written by Michael Coyle on 29 March 2014

The UK industry regulator for television on demand ATVOD has called for age checks on all sites that show pornography. They are concerned that children must be protected. A study was carried out by Nielsen and the results were staggering......................
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