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Businesses that are involved in patent litigation incur costs when engaging legal advisers. Some of these costs may be recoverable from the other side, but there are rules around costs that parties to litigation should familiarise themselves with.
Patent rights are property rights and as such can be assigned, mortgaged, licensed, etc… However, when assigning a patent there are strict requirements and procedures that the patentee must adhere to and follow.
Bringing or defending a patent claim before the courts can be a daunting prospect, not least because of the complicated nature of patents and patent law. It is vital that businesses understand the procedures that govern how patent trials operate.
When patents are granted they provide inventors up to 20 years of protection for their invention, but there are circumstances in which patents can be revoked.
A number of celebrities and social media influencers are being investigated by a UK regulator over their endorsements of others' products and services on the internet.
The BBC has called on the UK government to open a review of current laws governing the reporting of criminal investigations after deciding not to pursue an appeal against a recent privacy ruling in a case between it and the entertainer Sir Cliff Richard.
UK landowners, telecommunications operators and the government will work collaboratively to implement the revised Electronic Communications Code ('new Code') and deliver the UK's digital connectivity ambitions.
Website operators cannot lift copyrighted media lawfully posted elsewhere on the internet without first obtaining the rights holder's permission to publish the image themselves, the EU's highest court has ruled.
Businesses can face claims of patent infringement if they carry out acts infringing patented products or processes without the consent of patent rights holders. However, UK patent law contains a number of defences against infringement which businesses may be able to rely on to defeat such claims.
Businesses can be found liable for either direct or indirect patent infringement under UK patent law. The differences between the two types of infringing acts are set out in section 60 of the Patents Act 1977.
The UK government has revealed that a deal was struck earlier this year to enable the UK to participate in the new Unified Patent Court (UPC) system during any Brexit implementation period that might apply.
A German appeal's court has rejected a bid from the internet’s global domain name organisation, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), to force a domain name registrar in the country to collect additional personal data.
ANALYSIS: A recent report has highlighted areas of similarity as well as differences in the way US authorities are responding to the rise of fintech in comparison to counterparts in the UK and Europe.
All businesses regulated to provide payment services in the UK will be required to adhere to high-level standards that many other regulated financial services firms are already obliged to meet under new proposals outlined by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
A new insurance and liability regime for driverless cars has been finalised in the UK.
Statements which, considered in isolation, do not cause or are not likely to cause serious harm to a person's reputation cannot be aggregated for the purposes of bringing a defamation claim in England and Wales, a High Court judge has ruled.
ANALYSIS: Businesses should welcome plans outlined by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to boost private sector involvement in major projects.
A wide-ranging new vision for the future of the UK's telecoms infrastructure has been outlined by the UK government.
A new digital taskforce will bring together experts from academia, industry and the government to advise on how data, artificial intelligence and machine learning can be used to predict the UK's infrastructure needs, the government has announced.
The number of personal data breaches received by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has more than quadrupled since the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force, it has said.