Web 2.0 and blogging

The incident involving Community Trade Mark Filing Service and defamation threats has been thought provoking on many levels. Only recently I wrote an article on online reputation monitoring for the Society of Computers and Law magazine.  (The article is accessible to members, and at £50 per annum, membership is excellent value). In the article I...Read More »

By Shireen Smith | May 25, 2009

Stocktaking on Community Trade Mark Filing Service issue (at the risk of boring readers)

[caption id="attachment_542" align="alignright" width="276" caption="Quack? (Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net)"][/caption] I think it's worth looking at what has happened here given the allegations of defamation. It all started when I posted a tweet on Twitter mentioning that 3 clients had received CTMFS' ‘invoices'. Ending with the word ‘scams'. If Mr Evans' intention was to stop the use of...Read More »

By Shireen Smith |

Threats of defamation proceedings

When I wrote the postscript about the Community Trade Mark Filing Service, I assumed that would be the end of it. Obviously I had not understood Mr Evans. Having now received a solicitors’ letter in which they have even attempted to frighten me by making accusations of breaching Law Society Codes of Conduct for publishing...Read More »

By Shireen Smith |

Postscript re CTMFS Pro Forma invoices

Interest in this matter was heightened when the Ipkat took it up here.  Many people got in touch, and some have apparently contacted CTMFS directly to complain about the misleading nature of the pro forma invoices their clients receive. So, I am pleased to read on CTMFS’ FAQ a that on 13 May 2009, they...Read More »

By Shireen Smith |

Trade Mark Scams – With a twist

What is a scam?  According to the consumer fraud reporting “A confidence trick, confidence game, or con for short (also known as a scam) is an attempt to intentionally mislead a person or persons .... usually with the goal of financial or other gain..." The Intellectual Property Office devotes a whole page here warning IP...Read More »

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