Useful links

Patent Box – tax provisions: The Patent Box enables companies to apply a lower rate of Corporation Tax to profits earned after 1 April 2013 – chapter and verse is here.

10 Steps to Cyber Security: Guidance on how to manage cyber-security threats including high-level briefing for senior executives suggesting questions that should be asked in relation to security.

European Intellectual Property Rights Helpdesk: The European IPR Helpdesk, which provides assistance on IPR for those involved in EU-funded research and development projects, has published a fact sheet about the importance of confidentiality of business information.

Website user privacy – cookies etc. – ICO site: The Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations changed on 26 May 2011 and are enforceable from 26 May 2012.

Email Marketing rules from ICO: Essential information if you do email marketing.

Bribery Act guidance: The Ministry of Justice has the information and downloads about this legislation and action points which should be noted by all business owners or managers.

On Guard – On Line – Web security: A US site with lots of information about Web threats and issues – including videos and educational games.

Think Privacy! campaign – Feb 2010: A range of free downloadable materials from ICO, including posters, bin stickers and postcards developed by various organisations, are available as useful tools for businesses to promote privacy matters within their own organisations.

Performing Rights Society: PRS says it exists “to collect and pay royalties to our members when their music is exploited in one of a number of ways – when it is recorded onto any format and distributed to the public, performed or played in public, broadcast or made publicly available”.

PPL – music licensing: The organisation involved in licensing recorded music and video.

The Office of Fair Trading: Provider of information and regulation that can be relevant to businesses of any size.

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers: Generic top-level internet domains (gTLDs) are being expanded. This site is an information hub for this important development of the Web. The link takes you to the current programme details but from there it is a click to the home page.

Copysafe – if you don’t want your web content copied: One supplier of systems that “copy protect” enterprise and web media including html, images video etc.

Copyscape: a provider of services that protect your web content against plagiarism.

WikiPedia – Intellectual Property: What is IP? This site is good for basic information and links to advanced sources.

UK Intellectual Property Office: Information on the protection of copyright, designs, patents and trademarks. There is a search facility too.

The UK Internet Governance Forum (UK IGF): The UK Internet Governance Forum is a collaborative partnership between Nominet, the UK Department for Culture, Media & Sport, key parliamentarians and other organisations taking a leading role in making the Internet a better place.

Information Commissioners Office – search: If you need to check the registration details of a business then you can do so here – and it leads to a clear explanation of obligations.

Companies House: All UK companies are required to file certain information and this is available for public inspection at a modest cost. Novalex can carry out specific searches for you – please contact us.

The Law Society: The organisation that represents and supports solicitors.

Solicitors’ Regulation Authority: The independent regulatory body regulating solicitors in England and Wales.

Telnic – “dot Tel”: A domain name suffix that stores contact information – and doesn’t need you to build, host or manage a web site. It went live in December 2008 and the concept is explained here.

More about “dot Tel”: For more information about the domain suffix – “dot Tel”.

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