Archive for June, 2015

Plans for alternative dispute resolution announced

A policy paper that explains alternative dispute resolution (ADR), which enables consumers to settle disputes with traders via an ADR scheme instead of taking legal action, has been published by the Department for Business (BIS). The Alternative Dispute Regulations 2015 installs competent authorities to certify ADR schemes and set standards that ADR scheme providers, such as trade associations, must meet. Starting on 1st October 2015, the regulations will require traders to provide consumers with information about a certified ADR provider for their sector.
The policy paper is available at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/alternative-dispute-resolution-for-consumers

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Small firms struggle to protect their copyright

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New research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has indicated that small businesses find it difficult  to protect their intellectual property and struggle when using  the tools and services which have been put in place by the Intellectual Property Office. 25% of small businesses  surveyed had experienced some sort of intellectual property violation within the last five years. One third of businesses with intellectual property rights stated that they had spent money on securing the rights within the last five years, with 22% of those spending more than £5,000. The most common forms of copyright theft include the unauthorised use of copyright-protected work on websites and the illegal use of trademarks.
Read more about the research at:
http://www.fsb.org.uk/News.aspx?loc=pressroom&rec=8996

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