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Lord Sugar in the dog house over 'Big Dawg'

Written by Michael Coyle on 23 November 2014

The BBC1 show The Apprentice was under fire this week over the choice of a brand for a US drink. One of the team coined 'Big Dawg' which won the task. However news soon broke over a trade mark dispute.
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File sharing

Written by Michael Coyle on 22 November 2014

How to stop file sharers in the English Courts? By way of an injunction but is there any point? There have been a host of cases concerning the closure of various file sharing websites. The rights holders have been successful at court but the file sharers open up a new website and new domain and on it goes. But aside from going after the file sharing websites - what about going after individuals? In the USA the copyright troll is issuing claims against various individuals and apparently they are quite successful. What about the UK?
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Trade Secrets- Proposal for a directive on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets).

Written by Izaz Ali on 22 November 2014

The European Commission (EC) published a proposal for a directive on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure. The proposed directive is aimed at all Member States (28) with the effect of being binding, albeit allowing a margin of appreciation to the State in how they adopt the Articles.
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ICO Issues Public Warning

Written by Rehana Ali on 20 November 2014

The ICO has issued a warning following discovery of a Russian website broadcasting live feeds to webcams, CCTV cameras and even baby monitors. Data watchdogs worldwide have drawn attention to the website that lists streams from more than 250 locations globally.
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Peppa Pig threatened with court

Written by Michael Coyle on 17 November 2014

An Italian women is threatening court action against BBC TV show Peppa Pig because her surname is Capra. In Italian, capra means goat.
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The last layer for the Onion

Written by Izaz Ali on 15 November 2014

Buying and selling any business is tricky these days. Its a buyer's market but if you are running a profitable business there is no reason why your website can't command a competitive sale price. The world famous Onion website - one of the first satirical websites is apparently up for sale.
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Fight Fight Fight

Written by Michael Coyle on 15 November 2014

It was reported by the media that Google captured their first street fight via Google Street View. This is what the world has come to you cannot even have a punch up now in the privacy of your own street.
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Revenge Porn- Custodial sentence imposed

Written by Michael Coyle on 15 November 2014

Luke King is famous. Famous for becoming the 'first' person in Britain to be jailed for revenge porn after he posted explicit images of his ex girlfriend via Whatsapp. The moron who is 21 was previously warned by the police.
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Ford denied trade mark protection in Russia

Written by Michael Coyle on 14 November 2014

Ford Motor Company has lost its case against Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and trademarks (Rospatent). A recent Court ruling has denied trade mark protection for its iconic blue oval logo with the word 'Ford'.
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Is Crayola becoming Generic?

Written by Thomas Mould on 07 November 2014

Crayola has commenced legal action against Alex Toys LLC. The defendant has argued that the brand is generic. Is Crayola on the brink of becoming a generic brand for crayons?
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Design Rights and the Intellectual Property Act 2014 - Part 1

Written by Rehana Ali on 07 November 2014

The new legislation has simplified many aspects of the old legislation with a view of promoting innovation, simplifying the law and improving the processes associated with the design framework. Part 1 of this article explores the basics of design rights and part 2 will look at the changes that are set to come into force fully by the end of next year.
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