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Start Ups… are about Structures, Money and People

By getting things right at the beginning, a Start Up can facilitate growth at a faster pace and be ready for the bigger challenges and hurdles coming down the line. (more…)

Scam invoices – domain name renewal

DSC03616-BWe’ve previously written about the problem of scam invoices in which UK, European and other IP rights holders receive invoices inviting them to pay for the publication of their IP right in some official sounding register. Variations of the scam involve offers to renew IP rights or even apply for IP rights. Previous IPcopy articles can be found here and all the main IPOs have their own sections which keep tabs on the latest examples of such scams (UKIPO, EPO, EUIPO, WIPO).

A more recent example of such scams is one in which the target is invited to buy domain names. According to the UKIPO the initial contact is a telephone call from an organisation that says they are the “Trade Marks Intellectual Property Office”. (more…)

Isn’t it ironic? (Playboy in the IPEC – case review)

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One of the many many Playboy trade marks… (UK00002355569)

THE CLAIMANT in this case, Michael Ross, applied to register the domain name “playboy.london” on 27th August 2014. The Defendant, Playboy Enterprises International, Inc (PEI), wrote to Ross on 21st October 2014 complaining of this registration. In his reply, Ross denied that he had registered the domain name in bad faith and refused to transfer the domain name. As a consequence, PEI submitted a successful complaint under the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) seeking that the domain name be transferred.

Ross sought declarations and relief at the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) on the basis that: (a) he had not infringed PEI’s trade marks or passed off any goods or services as those of PEI; (b) he was entitled to keep the domain name; and (c) the threats in the letter of 21st October were unjustifiable. (more…)

Brexit through the Lens of IP Law

brexit-1481028_1920According to the Government’s White Paper on exiting the EU, the 65 million people of the UK are now willing the Government to make the negotiations happen (see PM’s Foreword, paragraph 4). I must have missed my reprogramming session as I’m still waiting for reality to snap back to normal….

However, even if we are now all on board the Brexit Bus, next stop the cliff edge followed swiftly by the foot of the cliff, it’s still good to see a well researched article on the impacts of Brexit on the IP sphere. The world has, of course, been awash with Brexit News Bulletins ever since the result came in but the latest addition,  The Legal Consequences of Brexit through the Lens of IP Law, comes with a sterling pedigree, namely Richard Arnold (a judge at the High Court), Lionel Bentley (University of Cambridge), Graeme Dinwoodie (University of Oxford) and Estelle Derclaye (University of Nottingham). (more…)

Innovation & Entrepreneurship START! Challenge hosted by the Imperial College Business School’s Enterprise Lab

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HackScience presented with their prize by Dr Markus Perkmann (left) and Bruno Cotta (right)

IPcopy welcomes Monica Patel back to the blog today with a report on the recent I&E START! Challenge Final 2016 at Imperial College’s Business School in which three finalists pitched their business to a panel of investors and competed for a £10,000 prize.

As I walked into the room, I couldn’t help but feel like I was entering the Dragons’ Den (despite the fact that I was in a brightly-coloured lecture theatre at Imperial College’s Business School). Sat behind the three “Dragons”, I had front row seats to the final round of the I&E START! Challenge, hosted by Imperial College Business School’s Enterprise Lab.

The top three teams of the competition, whittled down from a total of eight teams, were each about to deliver their pitch to a panel of judges. Evaluated on market opportunity, product feasibility and plans for growth, the winning team was to be presented with a prize of £10,000 to further develop their business venture. (more…)

Protected Food Name status and Brexit: the considerations and implications

brexit-1481028_1920Today on IPcopy we have a guest post from Nicola McNeely of Capital Law. This post has been reproduced with the permission of the author.

The European Protected Food Name (EUPFN) Scheme provides important protection to many household brands across the UK, including several in Wales. Post Brexit, there will be some negotiating to do to ensure that this protection is upheld – and that it continues to be available. But why is EUPFN status is so important – and why does it need to be firmly on the negotiating agenda for Wales?  (more…)

IPcopy: Top 10 IP posts in 2016

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Every year you make me wear this. Santa better bring me a bone this time….[Photo by ellierhu at Morguefile.com]

It’s that time of year again when, despite your best efforts, possibly the worst music ever created in human history drills itself into your brain and you find yourself humming such “classic” lines as:

So here it is Merry Christmas
Everybody’s having fun
Look to the future now
It’s only just begun.

Based on what happened this year I can only hope Slade are wrong when they say that “it’s only just begun” – Brexit, the US elections, Ed Balls making it to Blackpool – the shocks have come thick and fast this year and I was rather hoping 2017 might be a little…boring.

So, what does next year have in store? Who knows …. but IPcopy notes that the effects, if any, of the unexpected outcomes of the Referendum and the US Election probably won’t really start to bite until 2017….Merry Christmas everyone!

In the rest of the post below we take a quick look back IPcopy’s Top 10 IP related posts from 2016. Before we do that however I’d like to remember in a small tribute two members of the Keltie family that are sadly not with us this Christmas, David Keltie and Lindsey Gordon-Thomas. David of course set up the firm I am part of just over 28 years ago and succeeded in his desire to “create something amazing”. Lindsey worked in our accounts department and was, like David, one of the nicest, happiest and most positive guys you could ever meet. David and Lindsey both possessed an infectious laugh and wherever they are right now I’m certain it’s buzzing. David, Lindsey, it was my pleasure to have known you both.
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Cyberattackers and IP – Deloitte webcast

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IPcopy happened upon this slide pack on LinkedIn from Deloitte relating to cyberattackers and IP (Valuing and guarding prized business assets). The slides capture the poll responses of nearly 3000 professionals from the banking, tech, investment management, travel, insurance and retail sectors.

Over 10% of the participants reported a cyber theft within the last 12 months with employees regarded as the most likely group to attempt such a cyber theft (c. 20% of the vote). IPcopy noted with a slightly raised eyebrow that “nation states” attracted 10% of the “potential adversary” vote, though given the suggestions that the recent US election was hacked by a nation state, perhaps we shouldn’t be surprise….  (more…)

Brexit and the Supremes

brexit-1481028_1920The UK held a referendum five months ago on whether it should remain a member of the European Union. One simple question was asked: Should the UK remain a member of the EU or leave the EU?

I know this because the question was written on my ballot paper – see below

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Common soft IP related mistakes made by SMEs

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IP value and risk

Risk is the chance of something going wrong, and the danger that damage or loss will occur. By its very nature, there are both rewards and risks associated with IP. For anyone involved in IP, then IP related risks are part of working life.

However many ignore the risks associated with IP or only react when the risk has materialised, which is most times too late. Also, many of the IP related risks that companies face are due to their own lack of awareness or proper understanding of IP, and/or their own actions or lack of actions.

Soft IP

There are multiple forms of IP such as patents, trademarks, copyright, etc. etc.

The term ‘soft IP’ is sometimes used to refer to trademarks, copyright, and domain names, in contrast to ‘hard IP’, which is sometimes used to refer to patents.

I accept that use of this phrase is controversial among some IP practitioners, and that the term soft IP may mean slightly different things from one IP practitioner to another

This paper focuses on soft IP and in particular on trademarks, domain names and social media handles, and some of the common mistakes made by SMEs as far as these forms of IP are concerned. (more…)