Confidentiality Agreements – Do You Need Them? What Should They Include?

Peter Adediran’s specialist niche area of practice is intellectual property law – both contentious and non-contentious – as it relates to digital works including trademarks;copyright; patents and database rights PAIL®Solicitors. Read more on PAIL’s ® Resource Library

Confused about the full scope of confidentiality agreements – what they’re for, and whether you need them in your business? Read on for the expert advice you need to stay protected.

If you’re like most small business owners, you probably don’t use confidentiality agreements all that often. Most business owners don’t get employees or contractors to sign confidentiality agreements; and don’t understand the full scope of what confidentiality agreements can cover, or why they should use them.

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Part 36 Offer of Settlement in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC)?

Peter Adediran’s specialist niche area of practice is copyright, trademark and patent disputes and protection relating to digital media including websites and mobile applications PAIL Solicitors. Read more on PAIL’s Resource Library or keep up with the firm on Facebook.

1. Background

The Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) is a specialist list of the Intellectual Property List (Chancery Division) which is meant for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The idea is to provide quick affordable access to justice for SMEs. The Intellectual Property List includes three sub-lists: Intellectual Property, Patents Court and the IPEC, and is part of the Business and Property Courts of the High Court. A Part 36 offer is the same whether used in intellectual property or any other type of commercial litigation except that there are different costs rules in IPEC. HM Courts & Tribunals Service provide a detailed guide for businesses, and legal practitioners online on how to take a case to IPEC.

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Running Intellectual Property Litigation In England

This article sets out an overview of running an intellectual property dispute in England, it considers the initial matters that should be dealt with and forming a clear strategy from the outset as how to run the litigation.

Risks/Benefits analysis of litigating?
1. The first thing to consider is whether the proposed defendant has the financial means to pay legal costs and/or damages if your proposed litigation is successful.

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CRM database software licensing copyright infringement

High Court cases involving copyright infringement of CRM database software and billing software have increased exponentially as software companies compete aggressively for the same licensees in the customer relations, content management and sales space.

The recent case of Ultrasoft Technologies Limited v Hubcreate Limited Case No: IP-2015-000042, at the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, is a good example of how the fierce competition is being fought out through the courts. Judgment was handed down on Wednesday 16th March 2016 by Judge Hacon.

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Luxury fashion e-commerce

Luxury fashion e-commerce brand protection is one area of speciality that requires some finesse. We also advise beauty and lifestyle businesses which can be related to fashion. Specialisation in preparing website terms and conditions, registering trademarks and copyright, and advising on the on-line brand protection of textile goods, clothing, fabric design, jewellery, beauty, cosmetics and providing fashion information, means that we have built up the knowledge base over the years to maximise on-line brand protection.

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