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Data protection and intellectual property

Data protection and intellectual property are tricky areas of the law. Business owners often need help understanding their legal rights and obligations when it comes to Data Protection and Intellectual Property. This section is designed to answer the most common queries and to give you a good understanding of the basic law in these areas.


Intellectual property

Intellectual property (or IP, as it is sometimes called) is the legal term for creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; images, symbols and names or phrases used by your business. The law provides specific protections for intellectual property, as it can be a very important asset. It’s important to ensure that you are protecting your intellectual property appropriately and you’ll also need to be careful of infringing other’s intellectual property rights. For example, just taking and using an image from the internet can land you in a lot of trouble.  These FAQs set out the basics of intellectual property law.


Purchasing IT FAQs

IT (Information Technology) is a key part of most businesses, whether it is the business or accounting software they run or the rules on the office intranet! These FAQs address the legal issues behind picking the right IT and some intellectual property implications for your business.


Design right

Design right is a particular type of intellectual property protection which protects new three dimensional designs for the shape of a product. This FAQs explain more about design right and how to register the design of a product.


Data protection

Data protection is something every business needs to consider. The Data Protection Act 1998 sets out the 8 key data protection principles and these FAQs answer most data protection questions we get asked. If you need more information, you can call one of our experienced advisers who will talk the problem through with you.