Copyright Law and the Extended Protection of Exploited Artistic Works

January 18, 2017

Before the commencement of Section 74 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 on 28 July 2016 the duration of copyright protection for artistic works was 70 years from the end of the calendar year in which the author died, or if the work was from an unknown author, copyright expired (a) at the … Continue reading Copyright Law and the Extended Protection of Exploited Artistic Works

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Hacking, an Occupational Hazard for Business?

August 28, 2015

Carphone Warehouse has recently made a statement that personal details of up to 2.4 million customers may have been accessed in a cyber attack. In addition, up to 90,000 customers may also have had their encrypted credit card details accessed. The personal details accessed may have included names, addresses, dates of birth and bank details. … Continue reading Hacking, an Occupational Hazard for Business?

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The Intellectual Property Act 2014 – Key Changes from 1st October 2014

October 29, 2014

The Intellectual Property Act 2014 (2014 Act) came into force on 1st October 2014. The 2014 Act builds on the conclusions of the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property, which reported in May 2011, in relation to the “patchwork of protection” afforded by the availability of 4 different forms of design right in the UK, The principal changes effected … Continue reading The Intellectual Property Act 2014 – Key Changes from 1st October 2014

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Right to be Forgotten…..or the Right to Silence Criticism?

July 11, 2014

Michael King is an associate at law firm Cleaver Fulton Rankin with a particular interest in intellectual property, and outlines the implications to individuals and businesses on a recent European ruling regarding person information over the internet. The European Court of Justice recently made a decision which has coined the term “the right to be forgotten” permitting individuals … Continue reading Right to be Forgotten…..or the Right to Silence Criticism?

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UNJUSTIFIED THREATS IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LITIGATION

April 11, 2014

Before issuing proceedings, a claimant will engage in pre action correspondence with the proposed Defendant(s). The process commences through a letter of claim. This is sent by the claimant’s solicitor. In the vast majority of cases a threat to sue is not actionable. There is however an exception in relation to threats to sue for infringement of intellectual … Continue reading UNJUSTIFIED THREATS IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LITIGATION

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Protecting copyright in architectural drawings

January 6, 2014

In Northern Ireland the vast majority of claims for professional fees cannot be the subject of statutory demands and bankruptcy petitions. Usually, a court must first adjudicate that the fees have been properly incurred. Given that the short, sharp shock of a statutory demand is not available in most cases of outstanding professional fees, other methods have to be sought. One potentially available to … Continue reading Protecting copyright in architectural drawings

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3D Printing – An Extra Dimension to Infringement of Intellectual Property Rights?

August 9, 2013

3D printing (Additive Layer Manufacturing) is a process of making 3 dimensional solid objects from a digital model. Although 3D printing has been available from the 1970’s it is only now with advantages in technology that it has become cheaper and more readily available, particularly to small businesses and individual consumers. Like any disruptive technology it has brought … Continue reading 3D Printing – An Extra Dimension to Infringement of Intellectual Property Rights?

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