Intellectual Property, Information Technology & Cybersecurity

Amidst the hype of the GDPR in 2018, one other area of data protection reform progressed relatively under the radar – the ePrivacy Regulation. Surprising given the potential impact this could have on an organisations’ marketing practices.

Read more: ePrivacy Regulation – The latest!

Author: Sebastian Reyes

Data protection has been a hot topic since the introduction of the GDPR in May 2018, so what can we expect from the main political parties after the general election in December? We have taken a look at their manifestos…

Read more: General Election 2019: Party Manifestos on Data Protection

Author: Louise Keenan

The GDPR increased the fines available to EU supervisory authorities for breaches of data protection requirements.  Now, as we celebrate the GDPR’s 18-month birthday, it’s a good opportunity to take a look at some of the largest fines imposed to date and where in the EU we are seeing these.

Read more: GDPR Fines Across the EU

This isn't a law school examination question but a real life Danish copyright case which hit the headlines in the UK recently.

Intellectual property expert Simon Stokes looks at a case involving copyright infringement and artwork.

A very colourful painting "Paris Chic" by the Israeli artist based in Denmark, Tal R,  was bought from a leading UK art dealer in London in August for £70,000.  The buyers had previously founded the up-market Kanske watch brand.  They intended to use the painting's canvas  as "raw material" to make between 200 and 300 watches under their new Letho brand selling at around £1150 each.  The canvas would be used to make decorative watch faces.

Read more: Does Cutting up a Work of Art and Re-using Fragments of the Canvas to Make Watches Infringe...

Author: Ben Evans

A consortium of Italian vinegar producers, The Consortium for Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, have failed in their attempt to force a German company from using the term "balsamico" (balsamic) to market its vinegars.

The phrase "aceto balsamico di Modena" (balsamic vinegar of Modena) has been protected as a Geographical Indication (GI) since 2009 and can only be used by producers in the Modena region. The German company, Balema, based in Baden, Germany, had been marketing its products as "balsamico" and "Deutscher balsamico".

Read more: The Acid Test for Vinegar