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IP & Technology Blog

Luckey breach of NDA not so lucky for Facebook

No doubt you will have seen the headlines flooding social media sites in recent weeks to report that Facebook has been ordered to pay damages totalling $500 million to ZeniMax for various IP related infringements. A pretty hefty figure and a sum of money you might think you would never have to pay up. However, the scenario that tripped Facebook up is probably one that it would be dangerously easy to find yourself in, whatever side of the transaction spectrum you are on – and whether you are an investor or an entrepreneur looking to secure funding, there are lessons...
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Unregistered Design Rights – Why You Shouldn’t Overlook Them

UK unregistered design right ( UDR ) can be a pretty valuable asset in your IP portfolio, but it may be that you’ve never really considered how it could be of use to you. It’s often said that UDR resembles the overlooked, younger sibling of the IP family and tends to be forgotten about – but the fact is it can actually be quite a beneficial means of protecting your business. What are UDRs? So what are they? Well UDRs are the “design rights” that were brought in under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 ( CDPA ) and,...
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Short Form IP Licences – What are they and why do you need one?

What is a short form IP licence? A short form IP licence is exactly what it sounds like – it is an agreement which does not incorporate the full range of clauses that would normally be included in an IP licence. Particular clauses are shortened or simply removed altogether. For example, the standard boiler plate section that lawyers usually insist on including in every agreement (for good reason I’d like to protest in our defence!) is omitted and commercially sensitive terms are stripped from the document. The result is normally the bare bones of what you might consider to be...
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IP100 Event: October 2016

IP100 Event: October 2016
I recently attended the IP100 event held by Metis Partners in Glasgow at the beginning of October. This was a great opportunity to hear host Stephen Robertson (CEO of Metis Partners) and guest speakers Mike Hughes (CEO of Hiire) and Ashley Marron (CEO of MindGenius) discuss the importance of non-executive directors within IP-rich businesses. Metis Partners compile the Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks IP100 – the UK’s first IP league table, which ranks companies based on a rating of the strength of their intellectual property (IP) assets (e.g. their brands, software, patents etc.) and the success they have had in exploiting...
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Free WIFI - 2016 or 1984?

Free WIFI - 2016 or 1984?
The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has handed down its landmark ruling in the case of Mr McFadden v Sony Music . The case involved the operation by Mr McFadden of a free WIFI service. Mr McFadden runs a business selling and leasing lighting and sound systems, and he used the free WIFI service as a marketing tool to draw the attention of customers in nearby shops and cafes to his business. Unfortunately for Mr McFadden, a user of his service infringed the copyright in music owned by Sony, who issued a formal notice to Mr McFadden...
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