IP & Technology

Last week the European Commission published proposals for replacing the current ePrivacy Directive. Reforming ePrivacy laws is the final piece of the jigsaw for data protection law reform, following last year’s adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Why is the Commission proposing reforms? The GDPR introduces substantial reforms to EU data protection law,… Read more »

IP & Technology

The first set of guidance on specific aspects of the new General Data Protection Regulation has been adopted by the Article 29 Working Party, the group that represents the data protection authorities of all EU member states. The Working Party has just adopted guidance on: Data Protection Officers The right to ‘data portability’ The rules… Read more »

IP & Technology

The European Court of Justice (‘ECJ’) has decided that the Rubik Cube shape cannot be a valid registered trade mark. The shape of this well-known best seller puzzle toy had been registered as an EU trade mark from as long ago as 1999. The registration was challenged by a third party toy manufacturer competitor in… Read more »

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Trade marks and the ELVIS wars – pick your fights carefully? Who would have thought we would see a Scottish based brewery taking on the might of the Elvis Presley Estate in a trade mark dispute? Well expect the unexpected in the world of trade marks. Founders of the popular BrewDog brand have apparently been… Read more »

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