BREXIT: Changes to Service Address rules for UK Intellectual Property Office

From 1st January 2021, UK Trade Mark Holders are required to have a UK registered service address. EU registered addresses are no longer allowed. Ai Law provides a professional address for service at UK IPO through our Beyond Legal Service. Speak to a member of our team today.¬† Your Address for Service (AfS) at UK […]

GDPR shows its teeth against Twitter ($500,000 teeth), but does it go far enough?

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has made its first binding decision over a fine against Twitter for breach of GDPR by Twitter pursuant to its powers under Article 65 of GDPR in its “Decision 01/2020 on the dispute arisen on the draft decision of the Irish Supervisory Authority regarding Twitter International Company under Article […]

The Essential Functions of a Trademark

What is a trade mark? The terms “trade mark” and “brand” are often used interchangeably. Both refer to a recognisable sign that denotes origin and quality. A trademark can be infringed if it is used by another without the consent from the owner. From this perspective, a trademark gives its owner a monopoly over that […]

Coexistence agreements for trade mark owners.

Coexistence agreements Coexistence agreements can be used to settle or avoid disputes where two parties wish to use similar marks for similar goods and services. If registration of a trademark is legitimately opposed, it is worth considering whether the opposing party would be willing to enter into a coexistence agreement so that both marks can […]

Modern Day Brand Protection – How can a Business Protect its Intellectual Property Online.

Intellectual¬†property denotes ownership in the forms of expression of certain types of information and ideas. They are invaluable rights and protect a businesses identity and creations. IP can exist in every aspect of a business, including its processes, names, logos, impressions, formulation of ideas and know-how. It is the thing that makes one business unique […]

Succession Planning: Gifting the Family Home – Considerations

For most people the family home will make up the majority of their estate, so it is important that those looking to effect sensible succession planning are fully aware of the potential implications of gifting property to their children. Provided you unconditionally own your property and it is not subject to any mortgage, joint buyer, […]