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Intellectual Property

Five Tips To Prepare Your Life Sciences Organisation For The GDPR

By | Current Affairs, Data & Privacy, GDPR, Intellectual Property

A recent survey from Clearswift asked companies if they felt they had all the necessary processes in place to be compliant for the pending General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The top five sectors from that survey that indicated they were ready included technology and telecommunications (32%), education (31%), IT (29%), business services (29%) and finance (29%). But the survey also revealed that healthcare was the least likely to be ready for GDPR and have the processes in place to comply with the legislation. GDPR takes effect on 25 May 2018 and introduces substantial changes to the EU data protection regime. The GDPR…

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European Commission Looks At EU-Wide Civil Law Rules On Robotics And Artificial Intelligence

By | Artificial Intelligence, Current Affairs, Data & Privacy, European Commission, Intellectual Property, Knowledge, Robots

EU told to lead the way on liability rules and ethical standards for Artificial Intelligence. The  European Commission delivers its initial response. In our blog last month, we looked at the Member of the European Parliaments’ (MEPs’) request for the European Commission to lead the way on developing EU-wide liability rules and ethical standards to deal with artificial intelligence. The EU Commission has now issued a response which identifies the need for legal certainty and the legal challenges it faces in identifying where liability should fall amongst the different market players. EU Commission response on liability  The EU Commission wants to capitalise on…

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Liability Rules And Ethical Standards For Artificial Intelligence

By | Artificial Intelligence, Current Affairs, Data & Privacy, Intellectual Property

EU told to lead the way on liability rules and ethical standards for Artificial Intelligence  Artificial Intelligence (AI) is constantly evolving and continues to roll into all facets of industry – from neural networks that connect recycling systems to sort recycling better to AI that makes self-driving cars safer or teaches machines to do more with less. As AI becomes more commercialised, it reveals the complexities around allocating risk and liability for the autonomous actions of AI. Existing EU laws governing liability are largely stable where human input is prevalent in the machine-decision making process. Consider a human instructing Siri…

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Domain Names And Protecting Your Brand Online – Part 2

By | Domain names, Intellectual Property, Knowledge

In the last blog post on Domain Names And Protecting Your Brand Online, we looked at the importance of brand protection online. This post focuses on what a company can do to protect its brand against infringers and cybersquatters. Domain name infringement has strong ties with trade mark infringement. But the beauty of domain name disputes is that they don’t have to be dealt with in court. For example, disputes relating to infringing .uk domain names are submitted to Nominet. The costs are low in comparison with other legal disputes and can be as little as £200. And, disputes relating…

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Domain Names And Protecting Your Brand Online

By | Data & Privacy, Intellectual Property, Knowledge

As a company grows and becomes more well-known, its reputation becomes more valuable. Filing trade marks to protect brand names and logos is now common place, but companies need to look at different ways of protecting its brand simply beyond having a robust trade mark portfolio. One way is to monitor how the brand is used online. It goes without saying that a company wouldn’t want another business using its brand name or logo in connection with its goods or services without authorisation. Companies are becoming more aware they need to take action where intellectual property (IP) rights are infringed. This includes stopping the infringement…

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Three Minutes With Neil Miller

By | Intellectual Property, Partner Insight, People

We believe we have one of the best Intellectual Property (IP) practices out there. Our IP practice, led by Richard Penfold, Partner and Head of Intellectual Property, works with some of the best and brightest IP lawyers in the industry. This is why we’re happy to announce we’ve bolstered the firm with the addition of Neil Miller as a new Partner in our IP practice. Prior to joining JAG Shaw Baker, Neil was Senior Vice President and General Counsel at SoundCloud, a role he held for six years. During that time, Neil helped SoundCloud grow from a small start-up to…

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The Ultimate Brexit Intellectual Property Tip List

By | Current Affairs, Data & Privacy, Intellectual Property, Partner Insight

It’s highly likely that Brexit will affect the value of many UK businesses’ Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) portfolios. But in the Brexit era, JAG Shaw Baker’s Intellectual Property team put together ten insider tips for you to consider if you’re concerned about your IPR. You should always check with your lawyer to be sure your IPR are up-to-date with the most recent regulations. The Ultimate Brexit Intellectual Property Tip List Take a look at the extent to which your business relies on pan-EU IP rights. It’s important to consider EU rights such as EU trademarks and registered and unregistered community designs. Are these protected…

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New IP Associate Joins Firm

By | Brand, Intellectual Property, People

Anna Farmer joins the intellectual property (IP) team at JAG Shaw Baker from Maclay Murray & Spens LLP where she was a trainee solicitor for two years. Anna will focus on contentious and non-contentious IP matters. This includes trademark and patent matters as well as data protection, cyber-squatting, licensing, technology, copyright and database and design rights. On being a lawyer When talking about being an IP lawyer, Anna says the complexity of IP and technology today, intertwined with the types of clients JAG Shaw Baker works with, is what inspires her as a lawyer. Anna is a graduate of Durham University…

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Understanding The Many Forms Of Intellectual Property

By | Intellectual Property

There are many forms of intellectual property (IP), but a good way to think about IP is like this: Registered Unregistered Even though IP differs from country to country (e.g. copyright can be registered in China and the US but not the UK), registered still means something you’re granted on application to an official body. So, let’s talk about Registered IP: First, trade marks. The purpose of trade marks is to identify the origin of a product or service, for example, Nike shoes are made by Nike and no one else. It can take many forms, including a word, image,…

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