iLaw gets behind innovative art installation at the RSA

iLaw gets behind innovative art installation at the RSA

City of London commercial legal firm iLaw is focused on assisting some of the UK’s most innovative projects and companies, which is why it has pledged its support to a new art exhibition The Enki Experience at The Royal Society of Arts (RSA).

The new art installation will be available to view for the next 12 weeks at the RSA and focuses heavily on the concept of sustainability and purpose beyond profit.

As part of its mission to invest in projects that seek to advance discussions on a broad range of topics, iLaw is excited to be teaming up with sculpture Ellen Mulcrone and Alex Lambie – the entrepreneur and multi-media artist behind the campaign.

The exhibition is made up of a distinctive wooden sculpture, as well as audio recordings and sounds that seek to engage guests on the issues that face the modern world, including the pressures placed on corporate entities to balance the needs of shareholders, employees and the wider environment.

Speaking about the exhibition, Alex Lambie said: “ This installation opens a programme of work to engage individuals, communities and businesses with concepts, tools and practices that offer alternatives to the rivalry and greed through which consumer society has previously perceived problems and sought solutions.

“Our work shares a new prism through which to innovate with a true connection to compassion. iLaw’s support has been key to the development of this installation and further events starting in 2020”

Tom Clark, a Director at iLaw, said: “Commercially astute businesses are increasingly recognising the need to embrace sustainability and are under greater pressure from customers, shareholders and their peers to act ethically and ensure that the environment is considered in their actions.

“The Enki Experience takes a unique approach to this issue and we are proud to be sponsoring this forward-thinking and engaging exhibition.”

To raise awareness of the issues highlighted by the installation, the team behind the project hope to hold an event in 2020 aimed at organisations involved in corporate social responsibility and patrons of the arts.

To find out more about the Enki Experience, please visit https://www.withenki.org/rsainstallation

iLaw assists TV personality and entrepreneur, Spencer Matthews, with launch of low-alcohol drinks company

iLaw assists TV personality and entrepreneur, Spencer Matthews, with launch of low-alcohol drinks company

Spencer Matthews’ The Clean Liquor Company has released its first product, CleanGin, after seeking expert advice from innovative legal firm iLaw.

The London-based practice works with a variety of start-ups and entrepreneurs, assisting with the creation of contracts, the sourcing of funding, and importantly, the protection of intellectual property.

The experienced team at iLaw worked closely with Spencer and his team on a range of issues, including the registration of the brand’s trade marks, to ensure the product was delivered on time.

The firm was excited to work with the former reality TV star who created the “ultra-low” alcohol CleanGin. Bottled at 1.2 per cent ABV and containing only two calories per 25ml serving, the drink has been designed as a new healthy choice for the growing number of people seeking alternatives to high alcohol spirits.

Spencer Matthews, the founder of The Clean Liquor Company, said: “Sobriety is a lifestyle choice I made a few months before becoming a dad. I quickly realised that the drink choices for the sober curious were limited, mainly made of sugary and unhealthy options. So, I worked with a great team to build a premium no/low brand and flagship product that offers a new option for people.”

CleanGin will be available from January in nearly 500 Sainbury’s stores across the UK as well as being served in some of the country’s top pubs and clubs.

Justin Ellis, a Director at iLaw, said: “We work with a wide range of innovative brands that are fundamentally changing the sectors in which they operate. We have a passion for providing proactive, forward-thinking advice and support so it was great to team up The Clean Liquor Company, which is leading the way in the area of ultra-low alcohol beverages. We are delighted to see that the launch has gone so well and we look forward to providing ongoing support to this exciting brand.”

iLaw lends blockchain expertise to international conference

iLaw lends blockchain expertise to international conference

iLaw was recently asked to share its specialist knowledge of legal issues relating to blockchain investments, at an international conference hosted in London.

Tom Clark, a Director at iLaw was invited to address delegates at the 8th Annual OffshoreAlert Conference Europe, at a session entitled ‘Busting the Blockchain: How to Trace & Seize Virtual Assets & Evaluate Risk in a Pseudo-Anonymous World’?

More than 250 investigators, providers, and buyers of high-value, cross-border financial products and services, as well as regulators, law enforcement and journalists attended the event to discuss key offshore issues.

The exclusive two-day industry event took place at the Leonardo Royal Hotel London St Paul’s on 11 – 12 November 2019.

Tom was joined by fellow solicitors Warren Gluck and Joe Dewey of Holland & Knight to look at some of the key implication of blockchain and its impact on investments.

Speaking about his attendance at the conference, Tom said: “It was a real honour to be asked to take part in the conference this year and to speak to delegates about an area that is of growing interest to many.

“We are carving out a niche in the UK as a go-to firm for the latest issues to be emerging from various markets, including the blockchain and cryptocurrency sectors.”

Banksy takes on greetings card company in IP dispute

Banksy takes on greetings card company in IP dispute

A greetings card company has defended its legal position after street artist Banksy accused it of selling fake merchandise.

Disputing the accusations, card company, Full Colour Black, has argued that the anonymous artist’s comments are “entirely untrue”.

The Yorkshire-based firm started an invalidity action earlier this year aimed at cancelling an EU trade mark based on Banksy’s Flower Thrower mural.

In response, the elusive street artist opened his own hardware store in Croydon recently, after taking advice from intellectual property experts.

“A greetings card company is contesting the trade mark I hold to my art and attempting to take custody of my name so they can sell their fake Banksy merchandise legally,” he said in a statement.

The artist added: “Sometimes you go to work and it’s hard to know what to paint, but for the past few months I’ve been making stuff for the sole purpose of fulfilling trade mark categories under EU law.”

Hitting back at the artist, however, Full Colour Black owner Andrew Gallagher said in a statement his company was a “legitimate enterprise”.

“We don’t infringe his rights in any way. We don’t use his trade marks or his brand name.

“We make cards that feature Banksy’s public graffiti.”

According to the statement, the greetings card company took photographs of Banksy street art and made it available to fans of the artist.

“It is entirely untrue that we are attempting to ‘take custody’ of his name,” said Mr Gallagher, adding that he has offered to pay the artist royalties from sales.

Andrew Murch, a Solicitor with iLaw, who specialises in IP law, said: “Whilst the outcome of this case is awaited with interest, the general rule under trade mark law, is that unless an individual produces their own range of merchandise, the legal right could be transferred to someone else.

“Certainly when it comes to IP matters, the lesson is very much use it or lose it!”

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