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National law firm Freeths has won a copyright infringement case for client THJ Systems, owned by Andy Mitchell, after court ruled ex-business partner Dan Sheridan wrongly used images of its software after their relationship fell apart. The Court of Appeal (COA) held that US-based trading mentor Sheridan wrongly used screenshots of risk and price charts […]

As a business you will likely have a wealth of Intellectual Property (IP) that you rely on for your success and it may well be the most valuable asset. Whether it’s a unique brand name, a creative design, a patentable invention, or confidential information that gives you a competitive advantage, it’s essential to protect your […]

National law firm Freeths has won a hard-fought intellectual property case on behalf of Moviebox Megastores (International) and Oriental Star Agencies, who were targeted with malicious copyright claims against their YouTube channels. The judge (His Honour Judge Rawlings, sitting in the Birmingham Business & Property Courts) ruled that none of the evidence given to the […]

According to the ASA, 93% of 11-17 year olds have a personal account with at least one of the major social media platforms. As the scope to advertise to children increases, regulators are clamping down to seek to protect children from misleading, harmful or offensive adverts. The impact of getting it wrong should be front […]

The concept of an “influencer” is a broad one. It doesn’t matter what you label your influencer – the rules apply to anyone posting content online, be that brand ambassadors, paid partners, or “influencers”. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) and Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) are the primary regulators in this area, and they take […]

The Civil Procedure Rules were updated in October 2022 (1), and with those amendments came an increase in the amount a successful party can be awarded in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC). The overall IPEC cost cap has remained static since being introduced in 2010, until now. Under the previous regime, successful litigants could […]

When you sell a start-up, you are selling your business. The business that started as an idea on the back of a napkin. The business that you have grown and nurtured (not without blood, sweat and tears) and now you are ready to sell. It’s time for that napkin to start paying dividends. Selling a […]

If you are concerned about counterfeiting and counterfeits of your products entering or leaving the UK, it is time to review whether you have the correct process in place for customs seizure. The rules changed on 1 January 2021 following the end of the Brexit transition period. So, now is a good time to review […]

A series of cases have arisen for food and drinks sector businesses. A round-up follows – full versions of these can be found in the Spring issue of Freeths IP magazine, IPSO FACTO. Brand names which imply health claims In May 2018 the ASA ruled that Pukka Herbs’ mustn’t make use of the DETOX TEA […]

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