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    Data controllers provide ICO with key concerns on the GDPR

    Last week I attended a stakeholder workshop organised by the Information Commissioner (ICO) on the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The workshop was attended by a range of representatives from central government and other public sector bodies, private and third sector organisations, in...
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    European Commission announces agreement on replacement for Safe Harbor

    The European Commission has this evening announced political agreement with the United States on a new data transfer regime to replace Safe Harbor, which the CJEU declared invalid in October last year. The announcement follows four months of intensive negotiations between the EU and the United State...
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    A Fair Result?

    A recent newspaper story has highlighted the merits of resolving IP disputes without resorting to litigation, where issues of reputation are at stake.   Fashion giant Chanel has apologised to Fair Isle designer Mati Ventrillon for using a design of a jumper which she had created as part of Chanel...
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    Intellectual property insurance – protect your key assets

    For many businesses intellectual property assets (IP) created through innovation and hard work are the most valuable ones, allowing them to stay ahead of competitors and be able to charge premium prices. Having that bright idea is only the start as IP has to be protected and enforced to retain its...
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    Data sharing seminars

    Data sharing is becoming an increasingly important aspect of Scotland’s public service reform agenda. The integration of children’s services, health and social care partnerships, service outsourcing and community planning are just a few of the areas that should prompt organisations to ensure tha...
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    Chocolate wars – has Cadbury broken Kit Kat?

    Today the English High Court issued its decision in the long running dispute between Nestle and Cadbury about Nestle’s trade mark application for the 3D shape of the 4-finger Kit Kat chocolate bar. Mr Justice Arnold applied the September 2015 decision from the Court of Justice of the European Unio...
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    ICO turns the spotlight on data protection compliance in the third sector

    An enforcement notice issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to The Alzheimer’s Society last week is a helpful reminder to charities and other third sector bodies that they are not immune to the requirements of data protection laws when it comes to volunteer staff. Background The ...
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    Can an employer read an employee’s personal communications?

    A decision issued today by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has confirmed that employers have the right, in certain circumstances, to access private messages sent by employees whilst at work. Whilst the ECHR’s decision is consistent with current regulatory guidance in the UK, it provi...
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  • EU’s online dispute resolution platform for consumers disputes to launch in February 2016

    The European Commission’s new online dispute resolution (ODR) platform for consumer disputes will now go live on 15 February 2016. The platform can be accessed at http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr/. Originally due to go live on 9 January 2016, the Commission found that a number of member states we...
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    Mi-Space (UK) Limited v Bridgwater Civil Engineering Limited – settlement by email or subject to contract?

    In November last year the High Court of England and Wales held that an adjudication award obtained by Bridgwater Civil Engineering Limited (BCE) against Mi-Space (UK) Limited (My-Space) was unenforceable because BCE’s claim for payment had already been settled by an earlier email exchange between ...
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  • CMA drive to educate SMEs on competition law

    The saying goes that ‘ignorance of the law is no excuse’, and competition law is no exception to that principle. As part of its drive to educate businesses on competition issues, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published a set of straightforward, tailored materials aime...
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    Merry Christmas and an IP New Year – Our Predictions for 2016

    As we welcome in the New Year, Gill Grassie’s focus turns to the key IP issues of 2016… Unitary Patent Opt-Outs? Oil and gas, biotech sector and other IP rich businesses will start to wake up to time limited choices which will need to be made in view of the imminent effect of the new Unitary......
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    FCA consultation on cloud computing guidance

    Last month, the Financial Conduct Authority published a consultation (PDF) on proposed guidance on use of cloud computing services by financial services institutions. For anyone regularly involved in financial services technology and outsourcing, there is arguably nothing new or unexpected in the pr...
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