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ICO proposes £184M fine for British Airways in first major GDPR sanction

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK’s data protection supervisory authority, today announced that it has provisionally determined that British Airways (BA) must pay a substantive fine for breach of the GDPR, in relation to a data breach that BA suffered in June 2018.  The reports state that the incident in part involved user traffic to the BA website being diverted to a fraudulent site, as a result of which customer details were harvested by the attackers. Personal data of approximately 500,000 customers were compromised in this incident.

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Mutual EU-Japan adequacy decision now in force

The EU and Japan have today announced a new personal data adequacy agreement between the two parties. This agreement will allow personal data to flow freely between the two parties on the basis that there are strong protective guarantees in place.

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ICO penalty for spam overturned

A fine imposed by the ICO on a company accused of sending millions of unsolicited emails was overturned last month by the Appeal Tribunal[1].

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The GS Media case: “He’s making it up as he goes along!”

rawpixel-com-252127The GS Media case: “He’s making it up as he goes along!”[1]

This is not a Brexit whinge, but when I reread the ECJ’s decision in the GS Media case[2], I do understand where 52% of my countrymen were coming from.  Generally, the EU has (IMHO) been a force for good in IP law, by trying to keep the law up to date in a period of insane technological development and promoting consistency across the member states to reduce the number of local wrinkles that businesses have to deal with.

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“Bripxit” – IP impacts of UK’s referendum results

Brexit jigsaw puzzle concept

Just over a week ago, the population of the UK voted in a referendum to leave the European Union.  This was something of a shock, particularly for those of us in the legal profession who get to appreciate the effects that EU harmonisation of law can bring for our clients.

The result is starting to sink in, so I thought I would let you have my thoughts on what effect I think this is going to have on intellectual property rights in the UK.

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IP HOUSEKEEPING – A CANTER THROUGH EU REFORMS COMING YOUR WAY DURING 2016

iStock_000014937781SmallHere’s a quick “heads up” of what I see as the key reforms of IP laws in the pipeline at the European Union (EU) level that are likely to affect EU regional registrations of IP, as well as the national laws of each and every EU Member State.  You will no doubt be reading more about these topics during 2016.

Patents

The new EU Unitary Patent (UP) is on the starting blocks: most of the key documents, including secondary rules and regulations for the UP and the associated arrangements for the Unitary Patent Court (UPC), are now agreed[1].  But ratification of the UPC agreement is still awaited from the 13 Member States required, including the UK and Germany (both of whose ratification is mandatory) for it, and so the UP, to come into force.  This is expected to occur during 2016 and the hope is that the UP will be up and running by the beginning of 2017.  Once that happens, innovators will be able to apply for one patent to cover the whole EU (without the need for converting to individual national registrations).

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