News in the field of Intellectual Property
The ways in which we access and receive news these days have changed considerably. With the advent of social media, news items are not only visible sooner, but they’re also available to a much larger group. Information is shared more quickly to the extent that we’re often inundated with an unmanageable amount of information and news items. News items are also becoming more ‘superficial’ and, while we at Novagraaf regularly use Twitter, we do also believe in the need to understand the full picture and background behind today’s news stories. That’s why we work to keep you informed on all developments in the field of Intellectual Property, in general, and the background of the news, in particular.
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Valuing intangibles: the role of IP in mergers and acquisitions
A well-maintained IP portfolio and, just as importantly, a well-maintained record of the IP portfolio can add significant value to a company as well as making it an attractive proposition. From a buyer’s perspective it can make the transition from buyer to owner a smoother ride. Novagraaf’s Helene Whelbourn outlines the process
Countdown to .vlaanderen and .brussels
Two new top-level domains are due to enter their second phase of registration next month: the .vlaanderen and .brussels domain names. Phase two runs from 2 October to 3 November 2014.
UK changes to design law and practice (from 1 October)
The UK’s new Intellectual Property Act 2014 has wide-ranging implications for design and patent law and practice, many of which will apply from 1 October 2014.
Led Zeppelin in copyright dispute over ‘Stairway to Heaven’
It’s one of the 1970’s most recognised guitar rifts, but Led Zeppelin will shortly be in court to defend ‘Stairway to Heaven’ against accusations of plagiarism.
Law-abiding outlaws: The Hells Angels approach to trademark rights
The US Department of Justice considers the Hells Angels to be an organised criminal syndicate but, as Magdalena Borucka and Alastair Rawlence discover, the motorcycle club is pretty astute when it comes to staying on the right side of IP law.
Has the Premier League scored an own goal?
News that the Football Association Premier League Ltd (FAPL) is set to clamp down on Vine videos of goals for infringing copyright laws, has sparked an unexpected debate about the Premier League's approach to IP protection, says Novagraaf UK's Magdalena Borucka
But first, let me take a selfie
Self-portrait photographs are now such a part of popular culture that the word “selfie” was added to the revised version of The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary this month. Selfies have also created a very grey area in respect of copyright ownership, says Novagraaf UK’s Magdalena Borucka.
Getting your IP in order: preparing for an IPO
Alastair Rawlence kicks off a series of articles setting out advice for organisations looking to consolidate their IP portfolios and to align their IP with their business strategies
Summer break 2014
It’s time for the Novagraaf Group’s newsletter team to take a short summer break. We’ll be back online with our next e-zine on 16 September.
Novagraaf are a first for Norwich Research Park's new hub building
Increase in entrepreneurial activity at the Park attracted patent attorneys, who expertly combine local knowledge with global connections