20 February 2014

Why Tech City is the perfect home for an innovative law firm

When Temple Bright decided to open a London office it was natural to head for Tech City. But the company is a law firm rather than a tech firm, so what was the attraction of Shoreditch? Co-founder Tim Summers explains.

First and foremost, it was the lively community of businesses in this part of town that appealed. Shoreditch has a thriving ecosystem of entrepreneurs who are excited by the potential of technology to enhance our lives and disrupt the status quo. We’re a disruptive business ourselves, with a tech-enabled business model which is unusual in commercial law. In the three-and-a-half years since we set up in Bristol, our different profile has led us naturally to work with a client base of innovators in the West – and we wanted to recreate something of that success in London.

17 February 2014

Making your mark: how you can fight big business for your IP and win

Litigation is seldom a level playing field, but this month there have been two heart-warming tales of triumph in the face of adversity.

First up we have Lush, purveyor of bath bombs and other "fresh handmade cosmetics," taking on the might of Amazon to protect its trade mark rights.  

Lush has never made its products available for purchase on Amazon's UK website, a conscious decision motivated by what it perceives as a gap between the ethical and environmental standards of the two companies.

12 February 2014

Bristol’s new home for web innovation

Andrew’s recent Bright Stuff post about Engine Shed, Bristol’s terrific new business facility at Temple Meads, got me thinking some more about the fast developing tech scene in Bristol.

The city’s SETsquared incubator has its home at Engine Shed now, and is a proven tech innovation hub. But alongside SETsquared at Engine Shed is another less familiar operation, WebStart Bristol. (It’s less familiar simply because it’s very new.)

11 February 2014

Flappy Bird: Be careful what you wish for

As you battle floods and/or tube strikes on your way home tonight, spare a thought for Dong Nguyen.  

Mr Dong is the Vietnamese creator of the hit mobile app Flappy Bird, which was - excuse the pun - flying out of iTunes and Android app stores until he removed it last Sunday night.

Mr Dong was reportedly making $50,000 a day from in-game advertising revenue (the app itself was free). He probably still is, given that the millions of people who downloaded the app before it was withdrawn are still able to play the game.  

3 February 2014

What words can you trade mark? King, Candy and the developer uprising

Today is the closing date for Candy Jam: a protest against the trade marking activities of games developer King.com.

King is well-known for the game Candy Crush Saga, but has angered the developer community by registering the word "Candy" as a Community Trade Mark (which protects use of the mark across the whole of the EU) and also applying to register the mark in the US.

Contrary to some reports, it is not the fact that King is seeking trade mark protection for a common word that has provoked the uprising.  After all very many common words are used as trade marks, but not - and this is the important point - for goods or services which they are descriptive of.