Businesses selling branded products through retailers should beware of stopping those retailers from using the brand names in online search advertising, or risk being fined for breaching competition law.
Businesses will welcome new EU laws harmonising trade secret laws in all member states. These are aimed at stopping employees and others from acquiring or using their trade secrets without permission, or disclosing them to anyone else.
Businesses considering using a hashtag on social media should ensure it is not identical or similar to an existing trade mark, or risk the trade mark owner taking legal action for infringement of the mark.
Spouses and other parties in acrimonious disputes should avoid posting defamatory comments about the other side on social media such as Facebook, as this may amount to 'publishing' those comments for the purposes of defamation law.
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