One of the highlights of the pandemic has been the opportunity to catch up on a lifetime's worth of TV. Fortunately, there are some truly great TV shows including the comedy Silicon Valley. It is not for nothing that this great TV show has been described as a documentary! It confronts many of the business issues that face the tech industry in the US and beyond. One of my favourite episodes is a mini courtroom drama (a binding arbitration, if we're going to be precise). The ep
Lockdown boredom has caused recordings of meetings with irate characters or funny, and accidental, filters to become internet sensations. From the heated Handforth Parish Council meeting to the absurdly necessary declaration, “I am not a cat”, in a virtual US courtroom, the public clearly has an appetite for these farcical recordings. However, it's important to remember that the basic rules on recording court hearings (i.e. don't do it) continue to apply in the digital realm.
Domain names have been treated as a type of intellectual property for years but their precise status has not been clear in the UK, until now. The owner of the blackjack.com domain decided to roll the dice and asked His Honour Judge Hacon to determine whether or not the domain name was intangible personal property. This case, Hanger Holdings v Perlake Corporation SA & Anor  EWHC 81 (Ch), offers clarity on this important question. Background Hanger Holdings, a company in
It is very challenging to obtain a legal monopoly in a shape. The easiest solution is to file one or more registered designs within the one year grace period applicable for UK and EU registered designs. Miss the deadline, unregistered designs, copyright or even trade marks may be available. The criteria for protection vary and, particularly in the case of trade marks, there are a lot of exceptions. The Gömböc is a mathematical theory made real. It is a convex, three-dimension
There is no doubt that we are living through an unstable time. The pandemic has changed daily life for everyone. Politics are far from stable – this impacts many things, not least international trade. The origins of established brands are coming under the microscope. The economic good times (such as they were in the wake of the global financial crisis) are over. With recession set as the new normal, it is clear that things will be in flux for a long time to come. It is hard t
More Than Just a Game V - MTJG - is an international series of academic-led conferences on Games and Interactive Entertainment Law attracting an international network of researchers and legal professionals who are passionate about the most successful and fastest-growing of the Creative Industries. The 2019 conference covered a number of issues including: (i) loot boxes & the risks of randomised monetisation; (ii) the impact of GDPR on artificial intelligence, and (iii) the im
This article was first published on Lexis®PSL Intellectual Property on 25 September 2018. Click for a free trial of Lexis®PSL. What is blockchain? Blockchain is essentially any form of “decentralised” database. Unlike traditional databases where there is a single “true” version which is stored centrally, in a blockchain system, “true” copies of the database are shared with every computer which is part of the blockchain network. Every time there is a change to the database, fo