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If you are a solicitor, in-house professional or business director who is familiar with intellectual property – please review cutting-edge insight and opinion authored by our team of specialists.

In this section you will find the latest case law in IP summarised and reviewed for its impact on your business and the field of law.

If you are dipping your toes in the water and want to know a bit more about IP, take a look at our frequently asked questions section. Here the most common questions posed to our specialist team are explained in a non-technical straightforward way.

Insight and Opinion

By Haydn Fox

12/05/20

Google must negotiate with French publishers on copyright: A French ruling compelling Google to negotiate with publishers over payments for content is said to be a cause of celebration for news organisations worldwide. France’s competition authority ordered the search engine giant to negotiate with publishers over payment terms for the use of their content in…

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By Haydn Fox

11/05/20

Background  The applicant in this dispute, Magic Box INT. Toys S.L.U. sought to register the figurative ‘Superzings’ trade mark for goods in Class 28 of the Nice classification, to extend protection over items such as toys, Christmas decorations and dolls. DC Comics opposed the application due to its pre-existing figurative ‘Superman’ EU trade mark, registered…

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By Martin Douglas Hendry

09/04/20

a time to be especially cautious In these testing times, we are already seeing the impacts the resulting commercial squeeze has had a large number of businesses and individuals in the UK. The surrounding hardship may, unfortunately, present an opportunity for those more secure rights holders to impact wounded competitors through threats of litigation and…

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Certain burning questions come up again and again in IP. For those looking to get a handle on what it’s all about, take a look at our FAQs below.

Frequently Asked Questions

New to IP? Need some help understanding the terms and practices? Look no further — below you will find some frequently asked questions with detailed information on each topic.

General

DISCLAIMER: What follows within this post is for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not to be taken as legal advice and Virtuoso Legal do not take any responsibility for those that do so. If you are experiencing an issue with sourcing a free to use image online, or are the subject of a…

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IP Disputes

  Do you need help with copyright infringement? Click the button below to contact our team and solve your problem today.   Solve your problem   What is Copyright? Copyright is an unregistered right which protects original creative works. Copyright comes into existence at the point where an original creative work is made. Copyright protects…

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General

If you need an IP specialist to help you solve a problem or take advantage of an opportunity now, click the button below to get in touch with our team of experts.     Get Help     What is IP? Intellectual Property (or “IP”) is another name for the intangible assets that are created…

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Brand protection

Do you need help with your trade marks? Click the button below to contact our team and get help.   Get Help   What is a trade mark? To understand what a trade mark is, it is firstly important to understand how businesses use "signs" in relation to their goods and services. Businesses attach signs…

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General

Do you need help with your Copyright? Click the button below to contact our team and get help.   Get Help ​ What is copyright? Copyright is an unregistered right which protects original creative works. Copyright comes into existence at the point where a novel creative work is made and protects the original characteristics of…

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IP Disputes

The same goes for IP. IP, being what it is, can be the lifeblood of businesses. Whether it’s: Core brand elements (logos, slogans, get-up, brand names) Creative outputs (images, music, websites, written material, videos…) Inventions (secret technology, formulations and processes…) Unique know-how (client lists, supplier lists, critical business info…) Designs (original 2D and 3D designs…)…

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General

All too often in the news, you hear about companies being “forced to change their name” after receiving a letter from a solicitor, or something similar. As a solicitor, sometimes I wish my pen (or computer keyboard) was actually that powerful! Spoiler alert, it’s not. The short point is this; a letter from a solicitor…

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Brand protection

We must admit, £4,000 does seem a large number to us. However, also we have extensive experience in helping people with DIY trade mark registrations. Indeed, we’ve covered some of the pitfalls of self-registering in previous blogs. In short, it is often disastrous. Do you need help in trade marks for your business? then get…

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IP Disputes

The answer in most cases is likely: yes. But there are many different reasons why! Without further preamble: here are 10 reasons if you’re in business, you need (or will need) a trade mark. Do you need help in trade marks for your brand and business?, then get in touch by clicking the button below.…

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Brand protection

In the world of online marketing, ownership over a conversation is very lucrative. Because of this, brands now use hashtags to guide engagement with their campaigns. What’s more – they have also started to trade mark hashtags to ensure they maintain control! (Although, actually doing this is another thing entirely…) So, trade marking a hashtag…

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IP Disputes

Let me explain. GIFs as we well know are an image format which has become popular through their use in sharing short repeating animations. GIFs exist within the broader culture of “memes” which are now a staunch part of internet conversation. Alongside memes, GIFs are especially notable in their versatility with their meaning often defined…

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IP Commercialisation

The franchisee trades under the brand of the franchisor, but operate as their own business. Examples of successful franchises include Subway, McDonald’s, Domino’s Pizza and Burger King, where the smaller units cover a specific territory, making profit not just for the individual unit owner, but for the franchisor as well. It’s no coincidence that these…

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IP Disputes

Marks tell people: Where marked goods or services have come from The quality expected of the goods and services That these goods and services are not made by competitors or that they originate from unofficial sources For example; a pair of Nike trainers likely include a “swoosh”/”tick” mark on their design. This expresses to the…

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IP Disputes

Intellectual property (commonly known as IP), applies to creations of the mind and encompasses a variety of forms including, inventions, literary works, artistic works, designs, symbols, names and images used in commerce. Virtuoso Legal is a team of highly-trained copyright lawyers that can help you with any enquiries. If you have any intellectual property, it…

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IP Disputes

Foremost, it is important to know that intellectual property is a niche area of law. As such IP is broadly outside the scope of lawyers who do not specialise. IP infringement in particular can be complex for people without a legal education and specialism in IP to understand. Part of the problem is that a…

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General

On the other hand, types of intangible assets include: Reputation or good will; And forms of intellectual property, such as: Unique knowledge and expertise; Inventions; Creative works like musical compositions, written works, video recordings and more Brand assets, logos etc. Original designs And much more In modern businesses, it is typical for company value to…

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