Mobile app privacy agreements

Mobile app privacy agreements surveyed in a global study by the Global Privacy Enforcement Network in 2014 revealed that the majority of the mobile app privacy agreements failed to comply with privacy standards. 26 privacy and data protection authorities in 19 countries took part in the study. The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) (UK data protection authority) also participated.

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Data processing agreements

Mobile and Web based applications are improving businesses through smart use of technology systems to maximise product and/or service delivery. Data processing agreements legal advice has to be as smart to add value to businesses. Today possibly all information technology or businesses that use technology require data processing agreements legal advice. Applications must also interface and work with various internet services. This means back-end services. It also means data processing agreements.

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Mobile app developer non-circumvention agreement

Mobile app developer non-circumvention agreement explained by mobile app expert lawyers

So you have come up with some novel ideas to develop some features for a native mobile app for IOS or Android. Assuming you cannot code yourself, you will want to start approaching coders to build the app. But how will you prevent those developers stealing your ideas or building the same or a similar app for other another business? This is a major problem for a business because you don’t want to spend thousands developing an idea only for it to copied. Obviously you have to tell a developer about your ideas for them to build the app in the first place. Also the developer will build the app with the skills and knowledge that they have acquired over the years, and these skills are transferable

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The value of trademarks

The value of trademarks like all legal matters is only illustrated when the worst happens. Until then it is difficult for an inexperienced entrepreneur to really appreciate their value. Mr Payan Tabibian is an entrepreneur, originally Iranian but with US nationality, who had an idea for a business, much like millions of other entrepreneurs around the world every day.

Mr Tabibian had an idea for a hamburger restaurant, and one of his initial tasks was to come up with a distinctive name and logo. Like millions of entrepreneurs just starting off their businesses, Mr Tabibian could not have imagined that 10 years after he thought of the Z-burger trademark, his brand name and logo would become embroiled in a legal battle worth millions.

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Intellectual Property Enterprise Court

the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court has multi-track and small claims track procedures. The small claims track procedure is particular useful to eCommerce (Internet)businesses who trade multiple branded products online and are continually victims of infringement but are put off by the prospect of long, complicated and expensive litigation. Small claims are suitable for cases of a value around £10,000 and costs are severely restricted. Damages in the multi-track procedure are limited to £500,000 and there is a cap of £50,000 on costs.

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Digital music downloads

Digital music downloads have new regulation. Those parts of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (the “Act”) that relate to digital music retail – streaming and downloading, and eCommerce websites will come into force 01st October 2015.

For those eCommerce businesses (retailers including those on Amazon, EBay and other third party websites) that comply with The Consumer Contracts (information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 (the “2013 Regulations”) governing cancellations of purchases via websites and the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Regulation 2011 (amends the 2008 Unfair Trading Regulations) (the “2011 Regulations), the Act is to be read in conjunction with the 2013 and 2011 Regulations.

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International online marketing

International online marketing received some much needed clarification in the Sofa Workshop Case. Last Monday the 29 June 2015, his honour Judge Hacon handed down judgment in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court that should send reverberations right across the online marketing stratosphere.

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Defamation

In February 2015, we were instructed by the owner and manager of a reputable rental and property management business which started trading in February 2001 in Jalon, Alicante, Spain regarding a case of online defamation/harassment. The D had set up a website with a disparaging name similar to our client’s.

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Song writing credits copyright splits?

Song writing credits copyright splits where recently clarified by the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court in the Touch Sensitive Case. About a month ago, on the 20 May 2015, Miss Recorder Amanda Michaels sitting as deputy enterprise judge at the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court handed down judgment in yet another dispute issued in the IPEC regarding song writing credits and royalty splits. The case is called (1) Minder Music Limited (2) Julia Adamson -and- Steven Sharples [2015] EWHC 1454 Minder Music Limited was the first claimant, Julia Adamson the second and Steven Sharples the defendant.

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Online fashion industry

The online fashion industry is an area of specialisation at our firm and the purpose of this article is to provide a few relevant contractual starting points for fashion entrepreneurs, that they might chose to get further advice on, to set them apart from the rest.

When setting up a business in the fashion industry, there are a variety of legal challenges many businesses could inevitably face. As the fashion industry covers a broad spectrum of organisations, from online retailers to modelling agencies and everything in-between, the issues that may arise will vary depending on the type of establishment. We have come across all of these issues first hand, and we will cover some of the most common in this brief guide.

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Photographs

Photographs are a very important part of the digital world. Electronic photographs are included in the definition of photographs in s 4(2) of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (the “Act”). At PAIL® Solicitors we are proud to say that we work with a group of crazy creatives, who can budget for our services, which includes photographers. We want to share some tips with photographers out there for a minute. You love photographs, and you want to be this amazing photographer who works for yourself, or to partner with a graphic designer, and/or writer to create a design and consulting creative agency, or some other kind of service.

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Fashion show

This is a fashion show lawyer’s guide to setting up a successful fashion show. The fashion show should be an essential part of any fashion retailers brand building strategy. It builds consumer awareness of their brand and helps to sell clothes. Fashion entrepreneurs setting up online fashion retail brands ought to consider putting on an entertaining and theatrical presentation of their clothes or/and accessories on live models. Nothing else can compete with real models showcasing clothes on a catwalk as opposed to mannequins or images on a website.

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Parallel Importer

Parallel importer – the European Pharma Case. It’s been a long time coming, but I’ve finally got round to reviewing this important appeal judgment for parallel importers. I had actually prepared the notes for this article at the beginning of March 2015, however being gratefully inundated with work, I’ve only found the time, on a Saturday in April to finish the job. So here goes! The judgment this article reviews is in the case of – Speciality European Pharma Ltd Claimant/Respondent v. (1) Doncaster Pharmaceutical Comp Ltd (2) Madaus GMBH Defendant/Respondent – Appeal Judgment 06/02/2015. The case concerns the free movement of goods and services within the European Union (EU) and the potential of brand owners to use trade mark law to prohibit imports.

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Starting up an online fashion retail business

Make sure you know the exact target market for your product. This is a priority because it will shape your branding and visual aesthetics. It will assist you in any marketing campaigns or promotions tactics you employ to boost sales. You should take legal advice for any promotion or marketing campaign. If it includes a digital aspect you should ensure that the lawyer you use has some specialisation in digital.

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