Can copyright accommodate artificial intelligence_

Can copyright accommodate artificial intelligence?

April 18, 2019

Whether and to what extent humans should and could be replaced by machines has become somewhat of a hot topic of late. Self-driving vehicles are practically on the verge of becoming mainstream and a painting created entirely by artificial intelligence (AI) was recently the first to go under the hammer at a major art auction (for nearly half a million dollars no less!). ...

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Copyright law: the basics

April 3, 2019

What is copyright law? All too often, small companies are so focused on trading that they neglect this important side of their business. It is essential for business owners to understand why copyrights are important. In this blog post, Laura Symons, ...

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EU Copyright Directive

EU Copyright Directive: one step closer to reality

March 29, 2019

At LawBite our IP LawBriefs always stay on top of major changes, news or implications to our clients. After a lengthy process that has been ongoing across Europe and the UK one of our experts, Laura Symons has some informed commentary that you should be aware of if your business operates online. ...

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Intellectual property

Say cheese! (Not all parties were smiling after this judgement)

March 20, 2019

Whilst copyright generally protects a wide variety of subject matter, a Dutch company recently tried to stretch this form of IP protection too far by arguing it should extend to the taste of a food product. In this case, a spreadable cheese dip. We salute their inventive arguments but, unsurprisingly (in our view at least), the claim failed. The case ...

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What happens to Intellectual Property rights if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal?

February 12, 2019

If you haven’t already registered a UK trademark for your rights, now is a good time to do so. And if you were hesitating the below will explain why should start your registration now. With the prospect of a no deal Brexit s...

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IP 2019

IP 2019 – Predictions and Insights

February 5, 2019

Following on from our intellectual property round-up of 2018 and now that we’ve rolled into the New Year, we wanted to take this opportunity to look ahead to upcoming developments in the field of IP. There is a lot expected to be happening and it’s essential that our clients are as well prepared a...

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IP 2018

Intellectual Property Law Important Changes in 2018

January 16, 2019

Although 2018 is more likely to be remembered as the year in which the dreaded GDPR came into force, there was also a good deal of action on the intellectual property (IP) front. To recap on the main events of the year here is a round-up of some of the more interesting IP law cases involving trademark and copyright issues.   Stretching copyright a step too far Did ...

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How to Handle a Domain Name Dispute

January 3, 2019

Given the reliance we all place on the internet nowadays, websites are one of the key ways to market and sell products and most businesses own at least one internet domain name. Before settling on a trading name, savvy entrepreneurs will always check to see that the corresponding domain name (in some format or another) is available so that their online presence is easy to find by customers (e.g. www.lawbite...

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Intellectual Property is Everywhere, Especially at Christmas

December 20, 2018

Christmas feels like it’s rolled round unusually quickly this year. Love Actually is back on the Netflix agenda and the manic hurry to cram in all present shopping is well and truly in count-down mode. But before the holiday season begins, we thought we’d leave you with some final thoughts and observations about Christmas and intellectual property (IP). We’re surrounded by examples of  IP at Christmas whenever...

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Trademark Applications – 5 Tips to Get it Right

November 29, 2018

As you may have noticed, we’ve been singing the praises and value of trademark protection in a few of our recent blog posts. Those who have been following will hopefully now (if you didn’t already!) understand exactly what a trademark is and isn’t...

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