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IP & Technology Blog

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 a...
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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 such...
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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 to respect...
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Section 52 Repeal

Section 52 Repeal
Section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (“CDPA”) has been repealed. You could probably be forgiven if, during all the tumult and general clamour surrounding the triggering (or not triggering) of a certain Article 50, you missed this news. It’s slightly less gripping I grant you – but if you are involved in the industrial manufacture of goods, then it’s definitely something to be aware of. It could have a real impact on your business, and at the very least spark a review of some of your product lines. What is Section 52 and why has it been...
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SynBioBeta 2016 – a Showcase for Synthetic Biology and UK Biotech

Last week I attended SynbioBeta 2016 at Imperial College London, the premiere synthetic biology conference for the industry. Attracting academics, industry and investors, the event was well attended with well known featured speakers in the synthetic biology field Synthetic Biology - a misnomer? Synthetic biology has been described as “an interdisciplinary branch of biology and engineering combining various disciplines from within these domains, such as biotechnology, evolutionary biology, molecular biology, systems biology, biophysics, computer engineering, and genetic engineering”. Descriptions of synthetic biology depend on whether the discipline is approached as a biologist or as an engineer. Originally seen as a subset...
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