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MAKING THE MOST OF THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IN YOUR BUSINESS   Do you know a business whose commercial ideas have been stolen by an employee or collaborator? Or someone whose entire website has been replicated by a copycat business? Or perhaps you are wondering how to value...

In July this year the Intellectual Property Office announced funding of £2.5m to help the City of London Police set up a specialist unit dedicated to fighting IP crime and online piracy.  The unit, which officially opened last month, has already begun sending letters to...

Tales of theft of commercial ideas and intellectual property are rife:   -       the employee, director or collaborator who steals confidential information in order to set up a rival business; -       an entire website replicated by a copycat business; -       digital content copied and sold on...

Any business which wishes to consolidate and ring-fence its brand should consider trade mark registration.   In Protecting Commercial Ideas: Part 1, we looked at the definition of confidential information and confidentiality agreements; these should be used from the very first development of a new business and,...

It is a basic tenet of intellectual property law that copyright is powerless to protect an idea: it can only protect the form in which the idea finds expression.   This is easy to understand in the context of music, literature and art: here it can be...