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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Section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (“CDPA”) has been repealed.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business, and at the very least spark a review of some of your product lines.What is Section 52 and why has it been repealed?Section...
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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 fieldSynthetic 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 of biology,...
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New EU Trade Mark Laws Approved

New proposals governing EU laws on trade marks have been approved by the European Parliament. They include changes to Community Trade Mark Regulation (CTMR) and the creation of a new Trade Mark Directive. The new Directive came into force mid-January and its transposition into national laws will be made within three years. The new Regulation will enter into force in March 2016. All references to “Community” shall be replaced with “European Union”, so the Community Trade Marks Regulation (CTMR), will become the European Union Trade Marks Regulation (EUTMR), and the Community Trade Mark the European Union Trade Mark. The European trade marks registry, OHIM, is re-named...
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New EU Data Protection Law Close to Becoming a Reality

New EU Data Protection Law Close to Becoming a Reality
On the 15th December the European Commission struck an agreement with the European Parliament and the European Council over EU Data Protection reform. The aim of the new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is to harmonise the current data protection laws in place across the EU member states. Because the new law is a “regulation” instead of a “directive” means it will be directly applicable to all EU member states without a need for national implementing legislation. Enforcement of the new regulation is expected to start in 2018. Here I outline some of the key changes proposed so far that...
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