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Fake News And Its Impact On Tech Companies

By | Current Affairs, Data & Privacy, Fake News, Knowledge, Safe Harbours

Recently, there have been rising concerns that the public is being deceived by the unprecedented dissemination of fake news on the internet and on social media, in particular. The term fake news is a fluid concept but is generally understood to refer to fictitious reports designed to deliberately deceive readers in order to maximise internet traffic and profit. The term gained particular traction during the 2016 US presidential election following claims of harm to democratic process. Some people are taking the fight against fake news on themselves. The Fake News Challenge is a global grassroots effort of more than 100…

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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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What You Need To Know About The Gig Economy And Your Business

By | Current Affairs, Knowledge

The gig economy is a hot topic at the moment. It refers to the working environment in which companies recruit individuals to work for them on a self-employed basis. Instead of being paid a salary, individuals are paid for the ‘gigs’ they do. Think Deliveroo and Uber. The Guardian reported that the UK’s gig economy has grown by 70% since 2010. It’s a popular model believed to account for at least 15% of the UK workforce and it’s expected to continue to grow as technology develops and demands change. Why Gig? Flexibility. Individuals set the hours they work and can move…

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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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The Privacy Shield Has Arrived

By | Current Affairs, Data & Privacy, Investor and VC News, Knowledge

It’s finally here! The EU – U.S. Privacy Shield (aka Safe Harbour 2.0) has been approved by the European Commission which means businesses in the EU will be able to transfer personal data to U.S. self-certified companies without the need for any further safeguards. There’s been an air of uncertainty around personal data transfers between the EU and the U.S. since the European Court of Justice (ECJ) invalidated the Safe Harbour scheme in October 2015; so this is great news for businesses in the EU which use service providers based in the U.S. Rather than discussing the background of the…

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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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