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Rights holders continue to have an ongoing battle against technological developments that facilitate free access to their content. The battles have taken many forms over the years since the creation of the printing press, recording TV and radio to VHS and cassettes respectively all the way through to the music industry’s fight against Napster.
AdamsonJones provides intellectual property (IP) services encompassing patent, design and trade mark protection and advice in the UK, Europe and throughout the world. The firm works with an expanding list of sophisticated and demanding clients, ranging from innovative start-ups and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to multinational corporations and internationally renowned universities. AdamsonJones also represents the clients of its overseas associates in proceedings before the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO), the European Patent Office (EPO) and European Union Intellectual Property Office. [Continue Reading]
Recently, McDonald’s and other brands have been accused of cultural appropriation, using without permission the work of street artists in advertising campaigns in Europe. These companies will spend many millions on protecting their own brands and for McDonald’s, with a strong tradition in supporting the arts, it should have known better. [Continue Reading]
It is the phone call that all in-house lawyers or chief compliance officers may dread. It might be from your IT team, or from law enforcement, reporting that there has been a security breach and that data has been leaked to the dark web; or it might be from a journalist, telling you that they hold confidential information that has been leaked to them; or it may be directly from a hacker making a ransom demand. In the event of a cyber attack, what should you do? [Continue Reading]
Hailed as representing the first-ever truly pan-EU patent system set to come into being later this year, the future of the new Unitary Patent Court (the UPC) has been thrown into doubt. [Continue Reading]
Quite simply, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is software which mimics and replaces computer-facing work which is or can be done by humans. Think of it as a ‘digital workforce’. [Continue Reading]
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has just published a ‘Statement of Intent’ on the Data Protection Bill. For those hoping to see the draft bill itself, sadly we will have to wait. It is not the draft bill, but simply a statement of what it plans to do to keep in line with EU laws. So we are still left waiting to see the detailed wording of implementation. Once you read through the document you quickly realise that it is largely restating provisions that are already known to be found within the General Data Protection Regulation, which will come into force on 25 May 2018, and the Data Protection Law Enforcement Directive.
Intellectual property rights (IPRs) help companies maintain their competitive edge in the marketplace. To prevent this edge from being eroded, it sometimes becomes necessary to enforce these rights against infringers.
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