Author Archives: Jane Lambert

About Jane Lambert

I am a barrister specializing in intellectual property, technology, media and entertainment and competition law. I specialize in helping SME (small and medium enterprises) protect and exploit their investment in brands, design, technology and the arts. SME require intellectual property (legal protection for their intellectual assets) at least as much as big business but their limited means restrict the way they can use it. Looking after such clients wisely requires skills and knowledge which have taken me years to learn.

Moving to London

It has been obvious to me for over two years that if I was to continue to provide the best possible service for my clients I had to be in London. Continue reading

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How to bring a Small Claim in the Patents County Court

Until recently most intellectual property claims were brought at great expense and ended inconclusively in the Chancery Division. There was the Patents County Court in London but that was almost as expensive as the High Court and for a long … Continue reading

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Litigation Funding for IP Claims

Until 2000 a large number of freelance artists, authors, designers, inventors and self-employed individuals relied on legal aid to protect their artwork, inventions and other intellectual assets but that source of funding was cut off by paragraph 1 (g) of … Continue reading

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Drafting A Privacy Statement

In “Basic Law for Web Designers No 2: Website Terms and Conditions” JD Supra 27 Aug 2011, I discussed the terms and conditions that should appear on websites. I said that every website should have at least two sets of … Continue reading

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“We’re in the Middle of an Innovation Strike”

Not my words but NESTA’s though I have used very similar words many times over the last few years. One of the most depressing reports that I have read for a while is “UK Innovation Index: Productivity and Growth in … Continue reading

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Intellectual Property for Start-ups and other Small Businesses

Intellectual property (“IP”) is the collective term for the bundle of rights that protect investment in branding, design, technology, art and literature. Examples of such rights (“IPR”) include patents for inventions, registered trade marks for brands, registered designs for product … Continue reading

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Catapult: Is that really the Sort of Initiative that we need to stimulate Growth?

The TSB proposes to set up a number of centres around the country that will be known as “Catapults” to bridge the gap between the universities and small and medium enterprises in order to stimulate growth and innovation but similar initiatives have been tried before with less than spectacular success. Enterprise and innovation cannot be created by fiat. They occur when certain conditions are met. There were no “Catapults” in 18th century England nor indeed in late 20th century Silicon Valley. Better uses of public money might be infrastructure projects like superfast broadband and maybe more could be done in that regard. Investment in education would also be worthwhile, especially if children were taught maths, programming and North Asian languages. Continue reading

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Patents County Court FAQ

These are the questions that I am often asked by solicitors – particularly those who do not specialize in intellectual property – about proceedings in the Patents County Court What is the Patents County Court? Officially the Patents County Court … Continue reading

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Small IP Claims

In my case note “Enforcing Small IP Claims: Sullivan v Bristol Film Studios“ 7 May 2012 I discussed an appeal where a claim for infringement of copyright, moral rights and rights in performances was thrown out not because it lacked … Continue reading

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Pre-Action Correspondence

On 16 Jan 1997, the US law firm, Sughrue, Mion, Zinn, Macpeak & Seas, sent the following letter to Prince Plc in England: “re: Domain Name PRINCE.COM Trademark Infringement and Dilution [...] Dear Sirs: We represent Prince Sports Group, Inc., … Continue reading

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