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Clothing Company Wins Right to Trade Mark Internet Blogger’s Pseudonym

Online bloggers can build up phenomenal followings that can be monetised through advertising and endorsements. In a guideline decision, the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has considered the extent to which their names, or very often the pseudonyms under which they operate, can be protected by trade marks. The case concerned a young blogger who, going under a...

GDPR – ICO Consults on Written Contracts

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which replaces the EU Data Protection Directive, is a comprehensive data protection regime aimed at achieving a high level of security of network and information systems across the EU and giving individuals greater control over their own personal data. The GDPR will apply to all EU member states from 25 May 2018 and...

Important Property Transaction? Have It Witnessed By A Lawyer!

For most people, their homes are their single biggest asset and that is one reason why it is always wise to have an independent solicitor present to witness signatures on property transactions. In one case in which that did not happen, a middle aged man’s sudden death triggered a bitter property dispute between his son and the ex-wife that he had not set eyes...

Dormant Trade Marks – Use Them Or Lose Them!

Trade marks that are not put to good use merely clog up the register and have been likened to abandoned vessels in the shipping lanes of commerce. In one case on point, the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) stripped a classic car company of a valuable mark that it had not used for years. The mark had been registered in the 1990s but, in applying to revoke it...

Statistics Wrongly Ignored in Airline Purser Employment Case

Statistics do not have the best reputation – often being equated with ‘damned lies’ – but they can be of critical relevance to employment proceedings. That was certainly so in one case concerning a part-time airline purser who was alleged to have been less favourably treated than her full-time colleagues. The woman had worked full time in the past but...