Start Me Up

Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) – Starting Up Start-Ups As a SME business investor, the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) may not be for you, but you may like to try Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS), or as the late Steve Jobs may have termed it, “EIS Nano”. The idea for SEIS came out of the Read More …

Trademark Hijackings, Part Deux

Internet Sales On 22nd September 2011 the Court of Justice of the EU reached its long awaited decision in the Interflora v Marks & Spencer case. Interflora sued M&S for buying “Interflora-themed” Google Adwords (see previous blog entry entitled “Trademark Hijackings” on the use of Trade Marks as Search/Adwords terms) such that when customers searched “interflora” Read More …

Bribery Act – Prosecution #1

Bribery Act 2010 The first prosecution under the Bribery Act 2010 which came into force earlier in 2011 is of a court clerk, Mr Patel at a county court in Essex. The CPS said “It is alleged that Patel promised an individual summonsed for a motoring offence that he could influence the course of criminal Read More …

Small Business IP Matters

Intellectual Property and Small Businesses. It is actually worth registering IP if it is prohibitively expensive and time consuming to enforce. Read More …

Intellectual Property and SMEs

A brief overview of Intellectual Property; Trade Marks, Patents, Copyright and Designs. Read More …

Are You A Distance Seller?

I was recently asked by a client who runs a successful online business information service about the UK laws governing distance selling to both consumers and businesses. So after researching his particular issue, I thought I would write a general note on the topic. The Distance Selling Regulations The Distance Selling Regulations (full title: Consumer Read More …