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Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

Happy World Intellectual Property Day

David Goodbrand

Did you know that today, Tuesday 26 April, marks World Intellectual Property (IP) Day? Now in its 16th year, the aim of World IP Day is to promote awareness and discussion of the role of IP in encouraging innovation and creativity.

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), based in Geneva, established this global event to raise awareness of how IP (patents, trade marks, copyright and designs) impacts on daily life and to celebrate creativity and the contribution made by creators and innovators globally.

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LChalmers

Brexit: dotting the ‘i’s and crossing the ‘t’s

Since the official start date of the EU Referendum campaign earlier this month, Brexit articles and stories have dominated the press.  A lot of the discussion has been around EU laws and, in particular, what might happen to these laws if the outcome of the Referendum is a Leave vote.  Ultimately, a lot of the questions that have been raised cannot be answered until – if there is a Leave vote – we have a clearer idea of what the UK’s new relationship with the EU will look like.  A summary table is available

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LChalmers

A Shock Home Defeat For The Tartan Army - Would An Away Fixture Be More Favourable?

A recent decision from Lord Glennie sitting in the Intellectual Property Court of the Court of Session seems to suggest a different approach to establishing director liability for trade mark infringement than in the rest of the UK.  If so, that would present real difficulties in getting to the true perpetrators of IP infringement, if hiding behind the corporate veil.

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LChalmers

Can You Keep A Secret?

When you hear the phrase “intellectual property” or “intellectual property rights” trade marks and patents may spring to mind but perhaps not trade secrets. When it comes to intellectual property rights there is no doubt that trade secrets are the poor relations having been overlooked by legislators who favour more attractive or well known members of the IP family. But it appears that now is the time for trade secrets to step out into the limelight and become, perhaps, less secretive.

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LChalmers

The Future Name Of Skype Is Up In The Air

Did you know that Skype, the internet video calling software, is not part of Sky PLC?
 
If not then you are apparently not alone. The General Court of the European Union last week ruled that Skype is too similar a name to that of Sky and that it is potentially confusing to consumers.  On that basis, the General Court upheld Sky’s objection to Skype’s application for registration of the SKYPE trade mark.

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LChalmers

Jaws Of A Dilemma Over Katy Perry’s Shark

Colin Hulme

Katy Perry’s half-time show at this year’s Super Bowl was made especially memorable for the comedy value of her backing dancer now known as “Left Shark” who appeared to have forgotten his dance moves. However, few of the 118 million viewers will have immediately been alert to the global brand protection issues which would arise for the performer.

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LChalmers

Crossing Blurred Lines?

Colin Hulme

‘Good artists borrow, great artists steal’. The quote is from Stravinsky, one of the most influential composers of the Twentieth Century, and it reveals that very often when new musical works are created, artists will take at least “inspiration” from the works of their predecessors, and then build upon it.

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LChalmers

Let Them Eat Dundee Cake!

In a country that is world renowned for excellence in food and drink products, the humble Dundee Cake is set to cook up a storm after a national consultation was launched to give it protected status.

If successful, this historic baked treat will join the ranks of such Scottish celebrities as Scotch Whisky, Stornoway Black Pudding and Arbroath Smokies. It’s certainly food for thought but why is it important?

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