Category: Intellectual Property

 

Patently unfair – What are your legal rights if somebody has stolen your idea or product?

The definition of intellectual property is: ‘any type of intangible property that is a result of creativity’. This covers designs, logos, and artistic or literary, works as well as inventions. If you suspect another person or business of infringing on your intellectual property, you could take legal action.

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New ‘parody’ copyright ruling takes effect

A change has been made to UK legislation which allows the use of copyrighted works for parody. Often termed as ‘mash-ups’, snippets of copyrighted material are used to create new humorous videos and songs.

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Who owns the computer code you wrote?

Who owns the computer code you wrote?

Under UK copyright law, computer programmes are protected on the same basis as literary works, so whoever created the code owns the first copyright in it.

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IPO launches new ‘orphan works’ licensing system

IPO launches new ‘orphan works’ licensing system

The government has launched a new licensing scheme that will give access to a reported 91 million culturally valuable creative works including diaries, photographs, oral history recordings and documentary films.

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Does your invention qualify for Patent protection?

Does your invention qualify for Patent protection?

A Patent provides valuable protection but the Intellectual Property Office has strict rules about what can and cannot be granted a Patent.

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Do companies own the copyright in the things that their workers create?

Do companies own the copyright in the things that their workers create?

Do companies own the copyright in the things that their workers create?

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Is somebody using your intellectual property without permission?

It is a tough moment in business when you discover that somebody has copied your product, stolen your invention or has imitated or used your logo so that they can trade on your good name.

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What is your Intellectual Property (IP) worth?

Creative products and inventions are significant assets in many organisations and are a major factor when valuing a business. The more you can do to protect them, the better.

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Copyright ownership explained

Copyright ownership explained

“Copyright” is intellectual property that can be owned, bought and sold just like any other property. Exploiting it can be very lucrative so understanding the ownership of it is vital.

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TV Format Rights: The Harsh Reality

TV Format Rights: The Harsh Reality

As we sit on our sofas, flicking through the channels and channels of cooking, dancing and property development programmes, we may think to ourselves… “Hold on a minute, wasn’t this ‘Celebrity Cooking in a Jungle on Ice’ programme on just a few moments ago on another channel?”

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