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Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

What's In A Name?

Megan Briggs

When it comes to building a successful business having a strong brand which is instantly recognisable, is the “Holy Grail”. Once achieved, business owners will rightly fight tooth and nail to protect it. However, there is a fine balance between the dutiful enforcement of a company’s intellectual property rights, and (what some might perceive as) an over-zealous brand trying to bully the little guy. 

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Are You Getting The Most Out Of Your Interdict?

Rebecca Ablett

As any IP rights holder knows, an interdict order is a highly effective tool which can be utilised to protect your IP if being infringed.  A recent change in the rules relating to interdict orders is now in force which should be of interest.  Of the many changes introduced by the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 (the “Act”), one in particular has captured the attention of IP owners across Scotland and left them considering what implications it could have on the enforcement of their IP rights.  I am of course talking about the introduction of Scotland wide interdicts in the s

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TEDx Glasgow Awards – Shortlisting the Very Best ‘Ideas Worth Doing’

Sam Moore

As one of TEDx Glasgow’s partner organisations, we were delighted to host the shortlisting of the final candidates for the first ever TEDx Glasgow Awards. From a list of thirty eight qualifying ‘Big Ideas’, TEDx Glasgow had the tough initial job of selecting just ten to take forward to their panel of judges.

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LChalmers

Scotland By Design

In both developed and developing economies, there is now a “mobile first” – and in some cases “mobile only” – trend.  We increasingly live in a world with indigenous digital natives, many of whom do not interact with the web in any other way than mobile.  This is driving profound changes in approach from all parts of the eco-system from content providers, infrastructure providers, handset manufacturers and everyone in between.  Indeed, the lines are increasingly blurred between these players – every single infrastructure provider I saw present at the Mobile World Congress in

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Happy World Intellectual Property Day!

David Goodbrand

Did you know that April 26 is World Intellectual Property Day?  Probably not unless you are an IP practitioner or lawyer working in the field.  However, for the last 17 years the world (… ok, IP practitioners across the globe …) have celebrated World Intellectual Property Day (WIPD) as a way of focussing attention on the extremely important role that intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright) play in encouraging and stimulating innovation and creativity.

This year, the theme for the day is "Innovation – Improving Lives" – something th

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Make Mine A Plain One...

From the iconic signature label of Veuve Clicquot Champagne to the unmistakable blue glass of Bombay Sapphire gin, there is no doubt that the packaging and presentation of alcoholic products has played a crucial role in helping them become some of the most internationally recognised brands.  Drinks companies use a whole range of trade marks and designs to distinguish their brands – from logos and unusual bottle shapes to packaging colours and tag lines.  It will come as no surprise to learn that each year more than £800 million is spent on the branding and advert

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Think Before You Wi-Fi

I am sure that at some point we have all benefited from free public Wi-Fi. It is often of great importance when abroad or somewhere where 4G is not up to the task.

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Iceland's Trade Name Dispute Heats Up

Last week, the Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SA Business Iceland and Promote Iceland embarked on a challenge to revoke Iceland Foods’ trade mark for the word ICELAND at the European Union Intellectual Property office in Alicante.  They argue that no one company should have exclusive use of the name.

The company’s trade mark grants it an EU wide monopoly over the use of the word “Iceland” in association with promoting certain goods and services since it was registered on 9 December 2014.  These products and services encompass a wide range of food and drink categori

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Smarten Up! Why Embracing Smart Cities Concepts Is Good For Your Business

Maggie Bochel

Why Smart Cities?

Smart Cities are a reaction to the increasing concentration of the world’s population in urban areas resulting in a collision with eco-systems.  Although accounting for just over 50% of the world’s population, urban areas account for more than 75% of the consumption of non-renewable resources and three quarters of global pollution.

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Major Changes To The Private Rented Sector

James Jack

The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 was recently passed by the Scottish Parliament.  The Act will impose a new private residential tenancy in Scotland.  It will replace existing tenancy agreements in Scotland (the vast majority of which are currently short assured tenancies).  The Act takes effect in stages.  The date for the new tenancy to take effect has yet to be confirmed but is likely to be late 2017 or even 2018. 

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