• Intellectual property and IT law

    News and practice advice on patent, copyright and trademarks as well as related issues such as licensing and IP, information technology and data security.

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    Law Society podcast on IP (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017

    The Law Society has today finalised membership of its new Board by appointing two solicitors not already on its governing Council, together with two lay members.

    7 February 2018

    Joint Intellectual Property-Brexit position note to government

    We have produced a joint position paper summarising the key priorities and recommendations for the government to consider in relation to Intellectual Property and Brexit.

    9 January 2018

    Blockchain: How pizza can change the world

    On Saturday 22 May 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida, Laszlo Hanyecz made a revolutionary transaction: he bought two Domino's pizzas for the equivalent of $41. This was the first ever purchase made using the digital currency Bitcoin. 

    18 October 2017

    Intellectual Property: Why you should choose the UK

    There are many excellent reasons to choose the UK for the protection, exploitation and enforcement of intellectual property.

    14 February 2017

    Cybersecurity: What the Panama Papers can teach all law firms

    The Panama Papers leak exposed the most common weakest link in law firms' cybersecurity: its people. Mark Leiser looks at what firms can learn from the scandal.

    2 February 2017

    MoJ consultation on Transforming Our Justice System - Law Society response

    The Law Society has responded to the MoJ consultation on proposals for 'assisted digital' services.

    13 December 2016
    Consultation response

    Data protection

    The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) regulates the processing of information relating to individuals. Solicitors must comply with the DPA. Failure to do so may constitute a criminal offence. This practice note sets out how solicitors can comply with the Act.

    16 June 2016
    Practice note

    Semi-automated online services

    This practice note looks at the risks for firms and their duties to clients that arise from delivering legal services electronically and online.

    8 June 2016
    Practice note

    Professional indemnity insurance research report

    For the second year running professional indemnity insurance (PII) renewal went smoothly for the vast majority of firms, our 2015-16 PII survey has found.

    28 April 2016

    Protecting your firm if you fall victim to a scam - archive version

    This practice note outlines the regulatory and legal requirements that apply when a firm's client account has fallen victim to scammers.

    14 January 2016
    Practice note
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