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Guides By Topic: Intellectual Property

  • Mashups: the legal isues

    On the web, a mashup is a website or application that uses content from more than one source to create a completely new service. They are possible as a result of simple Application Programming Interfaces, or APIs, from sources like Google, Amazon.com...

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  • How design rights can add value to a business

    Design rights are often overlooked by businesses seeking to protect their intellectual investment in new products or new technologies.

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  • Patents: the basics

    This guide is based on UK law. It was last updated in January 2012.

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  • Database rights: the basics

    Databases can be a valuable commercial asset and generally time and money is invested in their creation and maintenance.

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  • Copyright law: the basics

    The skill, creative effort, time and money invested in producing material may be wasted if it is open to other parties to use or exploit that material without paying the creator.

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  • Linking and Framing

    If you have a website, the chances are that your site contains links to other sites. You may have heard that links can be illegal or that you need permission to link. And what about framing? Do you need permission to 'frame' another web site in a window...

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  • Choosing and protecting your brand

    Anyone launching a product or service, whether on-line or off-line, will put a lot of thought into what to offer and how to go about offering it.

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  • Legal protection for databases - case report

    The database right, which was introduced by the EC Council Directive on the legal protection of databases (the "Database Directive"), was severely restricted in scope in November 2004 when the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on the dispute between...

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  • Opinions of the UK Intellectual Property Office

    Sorting out disputes can take ages. Especially complicated ones, like patent disputes. To take a case to court, you will need lawyers – solicitors and barristers – and probably an expert to give evidence to back up your case. The ultimate outcome will...

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  • Intellectual property in websites: ownership and protection

    We all have ideas, and some ideas are worth exploiting to make money. We will not want others to copy these ideas. That much is fairly obvious. However, ideas cannot be protected as such; only the expression of ideas can be protected.

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