Intellectual Property and Information Technology

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Germus, Gábor
Germus and Partners

Bainbridge, Jill
Blake Morgan LLP

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Intellectual Property and Information Technology

Blake Morgan are delighted to share the inaugural edition of their Intellectual Property roundup - OwnershIP

The range of the selected articles – from the publishing of photos on social media to controlling the costs of litigation – provide a view through the eyes of Blake Morgan's experts of the developments they have seen over the last 12 months. They have not overlooked the now obligatory piece on the impact of Brexit.

Read more: OwnershIP - The Intellectual Property roundup from Blake Morgan

Hazel Dawson and Sinead O’Connor of DQ’s data protection team have co-authored the Isle of Man chapter of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Data Protection 2017.

The Guide, which is distributed online and in hard copy to a wide range of users, provides a practical cross-border insight into data protection law.  DQ is delighted to have contributed the Isle of Man chapter which builds on the firm’s association with ICLG, DQ’s employment team being authors of the Isle of Man chapter for the Employment Guide.

Read more: DQ authors Isle of Man chapter of Data Protection Guide

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Protecting private lives has become a natural need in the age of technology in which almost every place is equipped with cameras and where information, images, and ideas can be shared easily and without boundaries. Within this context, the legal regulations on the protection of personal data have a very wide scope of application by penetrating every branch of law in which real persons are involved. This branch, which is developing in our country, is a leading topic that should be taken into consideration immediately in terms of employers. In this article, we shed light on the obligations of employers within the framework of Law No. 6698 on Protection of Personal Data ("LPPD") and related legislation.

Read more: Protection of Personal Data within the Scope of Turkish Labor Law

Authors: Robert Van Arnam & Dirk Lasater

The U.S. Copyright Office issued a rule change to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) § 512 safe harbor provision that affects the rights of online service providers that are new to the DMCA system or those that designated a DMCA Agent prior to December 1, 2016.  Both types of providers must designate (or re-designate) a DMCA Agent with the Copyright Office on or before December 31, 2017

The DMCA provides a safe harbor from copyright infringement liability for online service providers (including related or affiliated providers that are separate legal entities, each of which must have its own separate Agent designation) that host user generated content on those providers’ systems or websites.  17 U.S.C. § 512. 

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On 1 October 2017, the UK Intellectual Property Office issued a change in the way that owners of registered designs can mark their products.

It was previously the case that registered design owners were required to mark their product with the word 'registered' together with the number of the registered design. This would allow them greater protection should infringement arise and would put them in a better position when seeking financial remedy.

The new change will enable registered design owners to have a choice in how they wish to mark their products, the first option being to display the registered design number and the second, newly implemented option, is to display a relevant website address. Registered design owners will benefit equally from both options, allowing greater protection and security in respect of potential infringement proceedings.

Read more: Registered designs – a change for owners marking their products