Trademark Registration: The necessary steps

Any member of the economy has the right to apply for trademark registration for products or services that they use in the course of their trade. Whether these rights are granted depends on evaluation by the federal authorities and the application’s compliance with the legal requirements. Here we show how this process unfolds in the context of trademark registration, the registration costs...

EU-US Privacy Shield: What the replacement for Safe Harbour means for us

In the end, it is evident that personal data transfer to the U.S. will continue to be an uncertain field for companies. The transfer of data to the U.S. remains within the framework of the currently applicable regulations rather than a legal grey zone. The companies concerned are advised to closely monitor any developments in data protection law. At the beginning of 2017, the EU Justice Commission...

Deleting personal data with Google

The internet never forgets – is it always true? In some cases, search engines are obliged to grant users permission to delete defamatory search results. If Google displays personal data that is outdated or of no interest to the public, users can request the search engine to delete links to that data from the results pages permanently. But what exactly is the ‘Right to be Forgotten’ act, and when...

My programme, your programme: copyrighting software

Many developers are now idolised, and with the right idea and snippet of code you could be as successful as most of Hollywood. Musicians and writers often find themselves having to deal with plagiarism, imitators, and free-riders, which is a problem that many developers also face. Their software can easily be stolen and copied. Register your software and you can rest assured that you’re covered if...

Design rights: protecting your design idea

Ever wondered why products never have the same shape and ornamentation, even when it comes to everyday items like toilet paper or bottles of beer? The answer lies in design right and registration. Though the UK’s independent body for copyright and design, the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), offers their design right policy free of charge, design registration is a more legally binding way to...

Sale contract negotiation: The laws of e-commerce

Most people don’t spend much time reading into laws and paragraphs of legal jargon. But for online business it is extremely important to know your rights and obligations, both as a merchant and as a customer. Even for simple matters such as an online sale contract, there are some regulations which differ from physical retail. The law has laid out some important duties for online merchants that are...

Impressums for Facebook pages

When operating a business from an English-speaking country, it’s easy to overlook the finer details of legal requirements overseas. However, if your business also has a base in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland, you will more than likely be required to provide an impressum on your online presences. Failure to do so could lead to disciplinary action, which could have serious consequences for the...

The most important facts on image copyright online

Just because a photograph or artwork is available to view on the internet, doesn’t mean that you can use it for your own purposes. The creator’s consent and payment for royalties are often required. The rules don’t solely apply to sharing images that don’t belong to you; even if you use your own, you have to stick to certain guidelines.

The need for a global touch

In today’s globalised world, strong bull markets on the home front simply aren’t enough if you wish to turn your company into a true Unicorn. Branching out into the world is a task that requires understanding and respect for different cultures and their laws. Failing to take such nuances into account may not only turn potential clients and customers off, it can also be the source of other, more...

Registering your company name (as a trademark)

The name of your business is critical for success. A good company name can create a strong brand that will allow you to stand out among the competition. But what happens after you’ve found the perfect name for your company? Read on to find out more about registering a company name and registering a trademark.