Matheson’s technology and IP law blog

Protection(ism) of non-agricultural indications of origin

December 23rd, 2014


A high water mark of intellectual property policy?  The Green Paper marks the start of the public consultation process on what the Commission has described as “possibly granting EU-wide protection to traditional non-agricultural products rooted in the cultural and historical heritage of particular geographical locations by extending to such products the benefits of geographical indications.” So, what does this mean? Geographical indications The protection of geographical indications (GIs) is long established at a European level for agricultural products, foods and… Read more…

The proposed trade secrets directive will make things more complex for Ireland

December 19th, 2014


In May this year, the Council of the European Union agreed in principle with the proposal for a directive on trade secrets (the “Directive“). A draft has been sent to the EU Parliament to begin the lengthy back and forth negotiations that take place at that point in the EU legislative process. The Trade Secrets Directive The Commission initiated the Directive because it believes that the current fragmented system for protection of trade secrets across the EU presents businesses with… Read more…

The common practice for the scope of protection of black and white trade marks

December 18th, 2014


What trade mark owners need to know in Ireland It had been generally accepted in Ireland that the registration of a trade mark in black and white or greyscale (B&W) would provide protection for that mark in all colours. This has now changed as a result of the Common Practice of the Scope of Protection of Black and White Marks (the “Common Practice“), which has been agreed by the trade mark offices of the European Union through the European Trade… Read more…

Public consultation on Consumer Rights Bill commences

September 15th, 2014


At the time of initiation of what is now the Competition and Consumer Protection Act 2014, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation indicated that a Consumer Rights Bill (the “Bill”) would be brought forward in 2015 to incorporate the European Union (Consumer Information, Cancellation and Other Rights) Regulations 2013. The proposed legislation will be the most important reform in this area of consumer law in recent decades. The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (the “Department”) has now commenced… Read more…

New Irish Data Protection Commissioner

September 11th, 2014


The Irish Government has announced the appointment of Helen Dixon as the new Irish Data Protection Commissioner. Ms Dixon, was appointed Registrar of Companies in December 2009 having previously held senior management positions in the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, succeeds Billy Hawkes. To coincide with Data Protection Day 2014, Matheson hosted a breakfast seminar in January on the latest developments in data protection law. The former Irish Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes spoke at the gathering of Ireland’s… Read more…