European Patent divides the EU

A previous blog reported the problems of getting the whole of the EU to agree how many languages patent applications should be translated in to. The official languages of the...


iPhone Tracks Users’ Movements

Recent publicity surrounding the discovery that Apple’s iPhone keeps a record of where you go – possibly for up to a year – and then saves a copy to your...


How to Survive in the Lair

With another successful series of ‘Dragons Den’ (Series 9 BBC 2) now complete, I do think about what there is left to be invented, mainly so I can retire early… ...


Stand and Deliver

The use of guarantees in everyday business life is common place. The type of guarantees vary, such as directors or shareholders guaranteeing the debts of a company (a personal guarantee)...


Consumer rights when booking a package holiday

At this time of the year when the cold weather and dark evenings are becoming tiresome, a lot of us are considering where we can go for some reliable sunshine....


‘Reasonable Endeavours’ in Commercial Contracts

It is very common to see obligations in a contract qualified through the use of endeavours clauses – with ‘best endeavours’ being the most stringent, ‘reasonable endeavours’ the least and...


It’s Time to Face the Trade Marks (What an X Factor Dispute can Teach Business)

The producers of X Factor revealed at the start of this month that Simco Ltd was withdrawing its application to register a trade mark for the name of girl group Rhythmix....


Glee Trademarks and the Patents County Court

(Don't Stop Believing…) I blogged previously on how the Patents County Court (PCC) was finding its feet in the Westwood v Knight case. In Comic Enterprises Ltd v Twentieth Century Fox Corp, the PCC had to...


Who will Govern?

Gordon Brown became Prime Minister without facing an election. On 6 May 2010 he had no choice but to go to the polls. He failed to secure a majority and...