Tech/Media/Brands - Updates
The Intellectual Property Bill was announced in the Queen's Speech last week with the explanation that; “The Bill will make it easier for businesses to protect their intellectual property." Reading this, most IP lawyers and anyone involved in a patent application or IP dispute, probably shrugged their shoulders and murmured 'good luck with that!'
The new Consumer Rights Bill was outlined last week in the Queen's Speech, finally promising to untangle the mess of consumer rights law and incorporate digital content into the legislation.Currently if your downloaded app, game or film or other digital content freezes, refuses to load or is continuously inaccessible, you have little opportunity to seek a replacement or claim your money back.
At the end of February, Jeffrey Green Russell held a reception to officially launch its new German Desk. Dual qualified Solicitor and Rechtsanwalt Jan Hoppe who heads up the German Desk introduced the German team to the guests and outlined the international work it does for JGR’s clients.
Is 'social media' really just a social tool, or can the views communicated on it also be said to represent the views of a user's employer as well? Common sense dictates that if I use Facebook or Twitter to announce or promote my views, opinions and even prejudices, then my employer can't object to that, but common sense and the Law often sit uncomfortably!
Last month, the Court of Appeal gave its decision in the case of Tamiz v Google (Payam Tamiz v Google Inc  EWCA Civ 68) and though you may have missed this landmark decision, the repercussions of it could be extensive.
I am a fool for clever advertising, quirky marketing or neat packaging. Of course, I'd love to think I'm not but I think I have to admit it, marketing people are cleverer than me and they just seem to know what I want and crucially, how to make me buy it!