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Guides By Topic: Intellectual Property

  • Registering a trade mark through the Madrid Protocol

    This guide is based on UK law. It was last updated in November 2008. Applications must be based on a national application or registration in a member state of the Madrid Protocol. Applications are...

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  • Designs: the basics

    This guide is based on UK law. It was last updated in September 2008. A registered design is a monopoly right for the appearance of the whole or a part of a product resulting from the features of, ...

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  • Registering a design in the EU

    This guide is based on UK law. It was last updated in September 2008. Applications are filed at the Community Designs Office, known as OHIM ( Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market ). A...

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  • Registering a trade mark in the UK

    This guide is based on UK law. It was last updated in September 2008. Applications are filed at the UK Trade Marks Registry which is a part of the UK Intellectual Property Office , an executive...

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  • Registering a trade mark in the EU

    This guide was last updated in April 2009. It is based on a law that applies across the European Union called the Community Trade Mark Regulation. Applications are filed at the Community Trade Mark...

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  • Enlargement of the EU and the Community Trade Mark

    This guide is based on UK law. It was last updated March 2008. The European Union expanded from 25 states to 27 states on 1 st January 2007. The expansion of the EU will have a considerable impact ...

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  • Trade Marks: the basics

    This guide is based on UK law. It was last updated in March 2008. A trade mark is defined as: "Any sign which is capable of being represented graphically which is capable of distinguishing goods or...

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  • Control and exploitation of copyright material online

    This article was written by John Mackenzie, a Partner with Pinsent Masons, and it first appeared in 2001 in E-commerce Law and Policy. It was last updated in August 2008. The growth of the internet...

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  • File sharing after Napster

    This article first appeared in E-commerce Law & Policy in 2001. Since that date, Napster has become a licensed and very different music service under new ownership and the Copyright Directive has...

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  • The war against P2P

    This article first appeared in the Summer 2003 issue of the OUT-LAW magazine. As such, this article does not necessarily represent and up to date commentary on the law in this area. In April, Madon...

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