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11 December 2018 Nuisance calls, end of the line for directors?

The new Privacy and Electronic Communications (Amendments) Regulations 2018 which come into force later in December will empower the ICO to impose fines of up to £500,000 on officers and to personally hold them account even where the company has dissolved.

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8 December 2016 Advocate General highlights the importance of keeping up with national case law when dealing with EU trade mark proceedings

Advocate General Kolkott’s opinion on 2 December 2016 (EUIPO v Szajner - C-598/14 P) highlights the importance of keeping up with national case law when dealing with EU trade mark opposition or invalidity appeal proceedings.

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11 November 2016 Play your cards right with the ICO

The ICO has taken enforcement action against companies for alleged breaches of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations and has issued a number of significant fines.

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26 October 2016 Directors’ responsibility and the ending of unsolicited calls

The second reading of the Unsolicited Marketing Communications Bill is expected to take place on 18 November 2016 and signals the strongest move yet by the Government to eradicate nuisance calls.

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19 October 2016 Virtual reality payment - it’s all in your head

Alibaba, one of China’s largest technology companies, recently demonstrated VR Pay, a payment service designed to allow virtual reality shoppers to pay for things simply by nodding their head.

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26 May 2016 Super effort or spurious opposition?

A recently reported ‘superhuman’ effort by Graham Jules forced Marvel and D.C. into submission following a dispute over the word 'superhero'.

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23 March 2016 Article 28 Declarations a 6 month window to secure the scope of trade mark protection

Going forward trade marks will no longer be able to provide a broad scope of protection for all goods or services.

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12 February 2016 “FAT bastard” wine put on ice by the ASA

In an ASA ruling released this week, Iceland Foods Limited 'Iceland' was found to have breached Rule 1.3 of the CAP Code by distributing a marketing circular to over 175,000 residential addresses (including, by mistake, to a primary school) which, on the external back page, advertised an introductory offer on the “FAT bastard” brand of wine.

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12 February 2016 Product recall: a new central register and a call for a change in the law

The Retail Ombudsman has today announced the launch of a new ‘central register’, due to go live next week, designed to hold contact details for consumers in order to facilitate automatic updates in the event of a product recall.

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10 February 2016 ISPs protected again by the ECHR

Two Hungarian service providers have been relieved of liability for the posting of un-moderated comments about an individual on a news website.

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