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  • What is “the purpose”?

    At first glance, no-one would think there would be any difficulty in knowing what “the purpose” means.  It’s a normal English word, not legal jargon, right? Not in this case unfortunately.  Two contracting parties ended up in the English High Court arguing about the exact meaning...
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  • Consumer contracts – does your online sales process comply with the new laws?

    Last Friday a number of changes came into force in relation to the laws governing business to consumer contracts. These changes are relevant to all businesses – whether concluding contracts on their premises or off-premises or at distance (for example, online or by phone). If you have not alre...
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  • New ICO guidance on information security for online services

    The Information Commissioner (ICO) has this morning published a guidance note on protecting personal data in online services. The report is subtitled “learning from the mistakes of others”, a not so subtle reference to a number of recent information security incidents. The advice isnR...
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  • Are you the next Scottish Digital Technology Company of the Year?

    We’re delighted to be sponsoring the Digital Technlogy Company of the Year (large company) at next month’s ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards in Glasgow. The awards recognise the best of Scotland’s Digital Technologies Industry, from innovative start-ups to multinationals, across...
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  • US court orders Microsoft to disclose data held on server in Ireland

    Last week I blogged about the Article 29 Working Party’s “approval” of Microsoft’s terms and conditions for its cloud based services such as Azure, Dynamics and Office365. The Article 29 Working Party’s statement was relevant (from a PR perspective for Microsoft) becaus...
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  • EU data protection authorities issue updated opinions and guidance on cloud and offshoring

    The Article 29 Working Party (A29WP), a grouping of representatives from the 28 EU national data protection authorities, has issued a number of opinions and working papers in recent weeks that are relevant to users of cloud based services. Whilst the A29WP’s opinions and views do not create bi...
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  • New Technology Transfer Block Exemption Regulation

    The European Commission has announced that a new Technology Transfer Block Exemption Regulation (“TTBER”) will apply from 1 May 2014 and replace the existing framework which expires on 30 April 2014. The TTBER is relevant to anyone involved in the licensing of technology. The Guidelines on the T...
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  • SLC proposes formal third party rights under Scots law contracts

    The Scottish Law Commission (SLC) has today published a discussion paper proposing the the introduction of formal third party rights under Scots contract law. Scots law and third party rights We have blogged before about the differences between Scots and English law in relation to the enforcement of...
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  • Seminars on effective supply chain management and cyber security

    As part of Brodies’ Spring Seminar programme, we are running a couple of free seminars in our offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow: Effective Supply Chain Management – This seminar will cover all aspects of managing your supply chain, from ensuring you are buying from your supplier...
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  • Brodies named Scotland IP Firm of the Year

    We’re delighted to announce that Brodies won the Scotland IP Firm of the Year award at last night’s prestigious Managing Intellectual Property Global Awards 2014. Brodies received the accolade for its innovative and challenging specialist IP work over the past year in both the commercial...
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  • ICO launches new Privacy Impact Assessment Code of Practice

    The UK Information Commissioner (ICO) has published an updated version of its code of practice on privacy impact assessments. The Code is vital reading for all organisations (large and small) that deal with personal data. What are Privacy Impact Assessments? Privacy impact assessments (PIAs) are use...
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  • Scottish independence and intellectual property

    In September eligible Scottish voters will be asked “Should Scotland be an independent country?”. As an IP and technology lawyer I would love to say that IP has played a key part in the ongoing referendum debate as Scotland is home to many IP rich sectors such oil, gas and renewables, li...
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  • Glasgow Commonwealth Games – The Rules of Play

    Glasgow is hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games this summer, which will see 4,500 athletes competing in 17 sports for over 260 medals.  Already over 1 million tickets have been sold demonstrating the huge commercial draw of global sporting events.  Such events could not take place or continue to a...
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