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Hayley Hall, a member of the IP Team, has been selected to join a subcommittee of the International Trademark Association (INTA).

INTA is a global association of trade mark owners and professionals dedicated to supporting trade marks and related intellectual property. The Association was founded in 1878 with a view to protecting consumers and promoting fair and effective commerce.

A number of technology commentators believe that the increasing availability of affordable 3D scanning and printing devices will bring about a revolution in the way physical objects are created.

Traditional commercially viable design and manufacturing processes generally require significant capital investment and large-scale product runs. By contrast, 3D scanners and printers allow consumers themselves to capture create and/or produce on demand any object they need.

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has recently released a new code of practice to assist organisations faced with requests from individuals seeking to obtain their personal information (subject access requests).

As well as conferring rights on individuals, the Data Protection Act 1998 also places obligations on organisations when handling subject access requests. Organisations tasked with responding to subject access requests should review their existing practices and align them with the recent ICO guidance by considering the following points:

North West law firm Brabners has made up one Partner, eight Senior Associates and three Associates in its annual round of promotions.

Property law expert Matthew O’Brien has been promoted to Partner. Matthew has been with Brabners since 2003 when he joined the firm as a trainee. Matthew acts for a range of investors, landlords and tenants from across the commercial property sector and specialises in transactions in the industrial and logistics sector.

Rihanna has recently won a legal battle against Topshop’s parent company Arcadia, over a T-shirt bearing her image. This is an interesting decision for its confirmation of the law of passing off in relation to image rights in the UK.

Private sector companies which have attempted to contract with public sector bodies will doubtless be frustratingly familiar with the application of EU public procurement law.  However, procurement law may also provide an opportunity to private sector companies as the law clearly states which types of contract should be put out to tender by contracting authorities. Where contracting authorities do not put such contracts out to tender, private sector companies may challenge that decision, as seen in an ECJ decision in June 2013.

On 10 July 2013, the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee will vote on the EU Commission’s proposal for a revised Tobacco Products Directive.

The Government is to invest £150,000 into the creation of a new Copyright Hub.

As of 1st March 2011, the ASA remit now includes online marketing communications. This includes UK 
advertisers’ own marketing messages on their own websites and marketing communications in other 
online space under the advertiser’s control (such as social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter).
All trading entities that have marketing communications online will be affected by this change, and as 
such are recommended to ensure that their websites and other online marketing communications