Few, if any, retailers can afford to ignore the new landscape for IP protection created by policies such as Amazon’s Seller Central programme. Even if they do not sell on them directly, retailers frequently need to contend with third parties selling legitimately or selling grey market or counterfeit stock. The way in which e-markets now handle claims of intellectual property infringement is very different from, and sometimes more important than, the court process. Whichever end of the complaint process they are on, retailers need to know how the processes work and what is the best practical way of using this very different dynamic to their advantage.

In this module we will provide a guide to the Amazon system, allowing e-commerce teams to navigate the platforms’ Amazon Brand Registry tool. Attendees will also learn other vital strategies for monitoring and protecting against counterfeiting online.

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Thursday 28th January

In this module we will help you understand the issues involved in putting together appropriate Terms of Use, the Consumer Rights Act’s impact on your Terms of Sale, and the thought process required to develop an appropriate Data Protection Policy/ Notice, which will help you to manage the legal issues that arise in e-commerce.

Practical steps for risk minimisation & effective communication across your business

Thursday 14th January

In this module we will discuss what steps can be taken as a matter of good business practice to prevent or minimise your business’ risk and exposure which can be as simple as training staff on how best to create and share internal or external communications or on how to initiate and run an ‘issue management team’ most effectively.

Debating designs

Tuesday 24th November

In this module we will provide an overview of unregistered rights in the UK and Europe, highlight areas of change (recent decisions such as Beverly Hills Teddy Bear Company v PMS and Cofomel v G-Star Raw confirm the constantly evolving nature of design law) and analyse whether there should now be more of an emphasis on obtaining registered protection.