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Blockchain implementation: slow but real

Earlier this month, Citigroup boss Mike Corbat, who oversees one of the world’s biggest banks, adopted a cautious tone when asked about blockchain technology path to mainstream adoption.  Corbat was quoted as saying that, “the expectations and the pace of implementation far exceed…what’s there.” The mainstream media jumped on Corbat’s comments and, not for the first [...]

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Blockchain, Corporate, Technology - 4 months ago

A new UK defence to patent infringement? Not quite yet…

In a recent decision in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (Technetix B.V. v Teleste Limited), HHJ Hacon might have opened the door to a new so-called ‘Formstein‘ defence to patent infringement. Admittedly, the judge’s comments were obiter dicta (comments of a non-binding nature) – since the patent in suit was held invalid for want of both novelty [...]

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Intellectual Property, Technology - 4 months ago

Incentivising employees in the age of blockchain

Implementing an appropriate and effective remuneration and incentive policy for management and employees is a key driver for a successful business.  Traditionally, incentive plans have included bonus schemes, share option schemes and other share-based arrangements.  These plans can be used to strategically incentivise certain employee behaviours, though they are not without their drawbacks.  We routinely [...]

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Blockchain, Corporate, Employment, Technology - 6 months ago

Blockchain 101: what is a smart contract?

In our previous articles, we have explored blockchain, cryptocurrencies and ICOs.  This article focusses on the smart contract or, more precisely, the blockchain-based smart contract. What is a smart contract? While they might be called smart contracts they, rather confusingly, are neither smart nor contracts.  The concept was conceived in 1994 by Nick Szabo, who [...]

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Blockchain, Corporate, Technology - 7 months ago

Is the Telecoms Code impeding progress?

Telecommunication technology is rapidly progressing. The government has recently announced plans to facilitate the nationwide rollout of 5G networks, but landlords and operators are locked in a stand-off due to the impact of the new Electronic Telecommunications Code. [...]

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Technology - 8 months ago

Island of AI: Singapore emerges at the new tech frontier

In a recent ranking of the most cited artificial intelligence research papers, which was studded with the likes of MIT and Google, a perhaps surprising name stood out: Nanyang Technological University. In fact, the Singapore university ranked second in the top ten only to Microsoft. [...]

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Cyber, Data, Technology - 8 months ago

Blockchain 101: an introduction

The terms 'cryptocurrency' and 'blockchain' are often used interchangeably by the general population. It is vital that we understand that these terms are very different, however. [...]

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Blockchain, Technology - 10 months ago

When is a vlog an advert?

Paying influencers to market products via their social media channels is a commonly accepted marketing practice. [...]

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Technology - 2 years ago

Brexit: the EU data protection package

The House of Lords EU Home Affairs sub-committee has issued a detailed report reviewing the implications of Brexit for the EU data protection package (comprising the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Policy and Criminal Justice Directive, the EU-US Privacy Shield and the EU-US Umbrella Agreement).  Whilst the Government has said that it wants to [...]

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Data, Technology - 2 years ago

Digital Economy Act 2017: Key IP Provisions

The Digital Economy Act 2017 received Royal Assent in the wash-up period before the dissolution of Parliament, and has finally been published. The Act contains a number of interesting provisions relating to IP. Dates for these provisions to take effect have now been confirmed. Maximum sentence for copyright offence of communicating copyright works to the public will [...]

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Intellectual Property, Technology - 2 years ago

Court grants first ‘live’ blocking order against streaming servers

The Football Association Premier League (FAPL) has won a landmark ruling in its ongoing battle to tackle illegal streaming of Premier League fixtures. The Court’s order obliges the six largest retail internet service providers (ISPs), BT, Sky, Virgin, PlusNet, EE and Talk Talk to block access to servers which allow delivery of infringing Premier League [...]

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Intellectual Property, Sports, Technology - 2 years ago

Blockchain

How would your job change if there was a record of client transactions in the cloud that was perfect, indisputable and uneditable? Blockchain is the technology making that a reality. The term Blockchain is slowly creeping in to popular vernacular. To many it is an alien concept loosely linked to the virtual currency, Bitcoin, which [...]

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Blockchain, Technology - 2 years ago