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Jay-Z Wins Copyright Battle

Written by Fozia Cheychi on 28 September 2016

The rapper- Jay-Z and his former label partners have emerged victorious after a $7m lawsuit centering on his Roc-A-Fella logo is dismissed.
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Specsavers Trade Mark

Written by Shipu Rahman on 26 September 2016

Optician group Specsavers has had its plan to trademark the use of "should've" and "shouldve" approved by the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO).
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What is a Patent?

Written by Shipu Rahman on 26 September 2016

A patent is a single right giving protection to inventions, typically for a period of 20 years.  Inventions that can be protected by a patent include processes as well as products. A patent may be secured for the UK either through the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) or the European Patent Office (EPO).
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Software Emulation and the Law

Written by Thomas Mould on 26 September 2016

Emulators are a piece of software that allows you to play previous generation console games on modern hardware such as phones, computers and a variety of other devices. The latest news is a NES emulator has been approved for the Xbox One. This will allow you to play classic games such as Mario and Duck Hunt on a console that isn’t the NES. Emulators are essentially legal however to play the licenced games ie Mario on the emulator is illegal. For individuals such as you or I, it seems like a great idea especially if you don’t own a NES or classic console you can still play the games.
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Norwich Pharmacal - how did it get its name?

Written by Michael Coyle on 24 September 2016

It was back in 1974 where the heavyweights of the Appeal Court heard a case entitled NORWICH PHARMACAL CO. AND OTHERS APPELLANTS AND CUSTOMS AND EXCISE COMMISSIONERS RESPONDENTS
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Social Media Guidelines

Written by Michael Coyle on 24 September 2016

Social media guidelines Once you understand how to use social media to promote your business, it is important that you also pass on this knowledge to your employees. Anyone who will be a representative of your business needs to be informed on how to behave online to ensure they do not cause any damage to your brand.
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Lawdit's guide to Social Media

Written by Michael Coyle on 24 September 2016

Lawdit’s guide to Social Media Law (‘ SML’) One thing is for sure - it’s not going away! So from parents to schools to businesses – Adapt to it, embrace it and get used to it. “Social media has taken over in America to such an extreme that to get my own kids to look back a week in their history is a miracle, let alone 100 years” - Steven Spielberg.
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Alcohol Free Beer - Patent?

Written by Michael Coyle on 24 September 2016

The good news for those who like beer is that you may be able to get as drunk as a skunk and carry on until you pass out. Thanks to Professor Nut and 'alcosynth'.
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Data survey-Information technology

Written by Michael Coyle on 24 September 2016

This month saw the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) announce that it was launching a survey in order to understand more about information governance frameworks in local councils.
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Yahoo hacked

Written by Michael Coyle on 23 September 2016

Yahoo's were first described in Gulliver's Travels (1726) by Jonathan Swift. They were described as primitive creatures obsessed with "pretty stones". Meanwhile.....
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IP Awareness 2015

Written by Michael Coyle on 23 September 2016

The UKIPO has provided results of a survey concerning the state of IP awareness in the UK across all sizes of firm and all sectors of industry.
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ECJ limits confusion to German-speaking member states only

Written by Michael Coyle on 23 September 2016

The ECJ provided an order and guidance on the position where a sign which was only found to give rise to likelihood of confusion with an EU trade mark in non-English speaking EU member states. (combit Software GmbH v Commit Business Solutions Ltd, Case C-223/15, 22 September 2016.)
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EU General Court finds that PUSH and PUNCH are similar! We say its bonkers

Written by Michael Coyle on 22 September 2016

Article 8 of the EUTM Regulation sets out the relative grounds on which a trade mark registration may be refused. One of which is the sign is similar to an earlier trade mark registered for identical or similar goods or services and there is a likelihood of confusion with the earlier mark. Sometimes with different member states problems can arise...
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