Intellectual property crime

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Europol and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) released a report aimed at informing policy makers and law enforcement on the connection between intellectual property (IP) crime and other criminal activity. The report has shown that many organised crime groups that are involved in counterfeiting goods also participate in other criminal activity. These groups […]

Can you use military insignia, logos, and badges on a website?

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Ministry of defence (MOD) insignia is protected by Crown copyright, with the majority is also protected by trade mark and/or design registration. Badges, crests, arms, logos, and banners fall under the term insignia. The Defence Intellectual Property Rights (DIPR) department is responsible for managing the licensing of the majority of MOD Crown copyright material. Legal […]

What is a trade mark?

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Trade marks are governed by the Trade Marks Act 1994. Section 1 of the Act defines trade marks as ‘any sign capable of being represented graphically which is capable of distinguishing goods or services of one undertaking from those of other undertakings. A trade mark may, in particular, consist of words (including personal names), designs, […]

Alleged members of a piracy group arrested!

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Three men have recently been arrested and charged with copyright infringement conspiracy. They are Umar Ahmad, Jonatan Correa, and a local Isle of Wight man named George Bridi. It was reported that fifty-year-old George Bridi was detained in Cyprus on an Interpol Red Notice. American lawyers are attempting to extradite Mr Bridi to stand trial […]

What is copyright infringement?

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The Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 details two types of copyright infringement. They are primary infringement and secondary infringement. Primary infringements are ‘strict liability’ torts, which means no knowledge or intention is needed to be shown by the defendant to establish liability. For secondary infringements, the defendant needs to have had certain knowledge, or […]

What intellectual property do you have?

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A website is the foundation of a business’s online presence and website owners invest substantial amounts of resources and time into the creation and development of its websites. The internet has enabled businesses to increase the reach of their marketing and sales effort. However, this has also increased the possibility for competitors to copy parts […]

What is intellectual property?

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A website is the foundation of a business’s online presence and website owners invest substantial amounts of resources and time into the creation and development of its websites. The internet has enabled businesses to increase the reach of their marketing and sales effort. However, this has also increased the possibility for competitors to copy parts […]