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The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has recently clamped down on ads that mislead as to a product’s impact on the environment, and most brands are live to the risks associated with greenwashing. Recently the ASA has gone further, and slammed Toyota’s ad, which showed their SUVs driving at speed across an untarmacked, off-road landscape, as […]

Protecting your intellectual property (IP) can be crucial to the success of a business. IP can cover a wide range of business assets and creations, including names, logos, product designs and inventions. However, many businesses continue to make mistakes when it comes to their IP. In this article, we explore some of the most common […]

Please join us for our upcoming webinar with Iona Silverman, our London IP & Media Partner. The one-hour webinar will focus on how our planet is facing an environmental crisis, putting huge political and consumer pressure on all businesses to be as sustainable as possible. This is a hot topic for the UK regulators, and […]

UK Masalawaala trade mark too hot to handle for Indian spice manufacturer. National law firm Freeths has successfully saved UK mumpreneur’s ‘ready to cook’ spices and ingredients business after damaging copycat allegations were made by overseas competitor. Following several years of disgruntled disputes, Milton Keynes mum Nimisha Chotai finally won her case against spice manufacturer […]

According to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), 97% of 13 to 17 year-olds have their own social media account, and many of these children see ads for age-restricted products and services such as alcohol, cosmetic interventions, weight loss products and gambling. We know, from many high profile news stories, the devastating impact that viewing this […]

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 […]

IP & Media: Advertising Webinar No offence but – Offensive, Irresponsible, or Indecent advertising – When is it too much? Advertising is only effective when it grabs attention! Not surprising then that advertisers sometimes aim to shock, horrify or even excite. Not all publicity is good publicity or is it? This advertising webinar examines the […]

The controversy around Balenciaga’s latest advertising scandal highlights a serious question for fashion and luxury brands. They would do well to stop and ask, “What are you doing?” If brand owners want to avoid a Balenciaga blunder, then observing the 4 tenets of the ASA’s Codes of practice is a great start: Make sure advertising […]

Despite a reported turndown in the NFT market during 2022, we continue to see companies offering large sums of money to mint artwork and content created by our clients. So, what is the benefit, if any, in minting your creative output into NFTs and what should you look out for? Back to basics: What is […]

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