5 Basic Facts Every Musician Should Know About Copyright Law


    Radiohead is suing Lana Del Ray for copyright infringement. This got me thinking; both Lana Del Ray and Radiohead have the support of their respective record labels in fighting this claim; but what about musicians who don’t have this luxury; what do they need to know about copyright so that they can better protect their creative outputs from…

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Can I secure a worldwide patent for my invention?


  Patents: First to File and First to Invent: What’s the Difference and Why does it Matter? In today’s blog post I want to focus on a question which I have been asked on more than one occasion. Can I secure a worldwide patent for my invention?  To answer this question we need to understand three concepts and how they…

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You’ll be surprised what you can protect with a trademark!


  When #startups and #entrepreneurs think of #trademark protection, invariably they look to protect their #logo and #business name. However it is worth noting that #UK trademark law can also help a startup protect a range of other aspects of its brand which budding entrepreneurs may not be aware of. For instance, sounds and musical jingles, also known as #sonictrademarks can…

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IP for Startups & Small Businesses in Under 10 Minutes


No doubt you’ve heard of the term IP or intellectual property and have been directed by colleagues and friends to go and protect your IP.  Many of you may also have Googled the term and will have been confronted with a vast array of search results advising you amongst other things, to apply for a patent, register a trade mark and…

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The one IP contract you must have drafted and ready to deploy…


  What is this contract I hear you ask? A confidentiality or non-disclosure agreement #NDA of course! Given that the UK system of #intellectualpropertyprotection is based on the principle of first to file and not first to invent; it makes sense therefore to ensure any public disclosures of lets say your #product#prototype are done under the shelter of an NDA.…

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Can I use copyright to protect my startup logo?


  An interesting question and one that I will address now. The short answer is a very conditional YES. Why conditional? Well you can only rely on #copyright protection if your logo could be viewed as an artistic creation; under section 4 of the Copyright Designs and Patens Act 1988, #artistic works are protected as works of copyright. So does…

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UKIP vs The Premier League


  UKIP has found itself in hot water in the last few days over claims that its new logo is too similar to #thepremierleague Two #intellectualpropery issues arise here. Could the Premier League claim UKIP is in breach of it’s #trademark or #copyright? Both claims are plausible given the similarities. What is more surprising is that UKIP could have avoided…

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How to protect your website content without spending a penny?


What do I mean by this? Well, for many #startups and #entrepreneurs their websites are an integral part of their ‘shopfront’ to the outside world. Typically these websites will contain photos, text, videos and music. All of this work can be protected by an #intellectualpropertyright called #copyright. Do you know one of the great things about copyright? Protection is automatic…

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