Editorial

The Knowledge Management of External Content

Chris Knowles of Vrisko asks whether law firms have been seriously over-investing in “Big Technology” knowledge management systems to capture, store and manage their internal knowhow. Are they neglecting systems now available, at a far lower cost, to help them gain more value from their substantial investments in tried and tested legal and business information, from publishers such as Butterworths, Sweet and Maxwell, PLC and LexisNexis?

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Gloom, doom and Gutnick

The implications of Dow Jones & Company Inc v Gutnick [1] are reviewed by Megan Macgregor, Senior Lawyer, and Mark Vincent, Managing Partner, of Griffins Information Technology and Intellectual Property Lawyers. [2]

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SAM v Hedley’s: The TCC answers the Court of Appeal in Watford Electronics

Two cases have come out of the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) in recent weeks reversing what for many had seemed to be a run of success for users against IT suppliers. In particular, when it came to applying the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 (UCTA) to exclusions and limitations of liability, IT suppliers were prone to fare badly. This note from Richard Stephens reports on the recent case of SAM Business Systems Limited v Hedley and Company [2002] EWHC 2733 (TCC), a decision of Judge Bowsher QC. *This article will look at two principal issues in the judgment: the presence of bugs and their legal implications and limitations and exclusions of liability in the light of the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977.

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Automated Registration of Title

Ian A Davis, Director of Legal Services at the Registers of Scotland Executive Agency, describes the giant strides made towards automatic registration in Scotland.

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SCL Award Presentation

Richard Harrison of Laytons, one of this year’s judges, reviews the event.

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Computer Forensics - a Policy Decision

Computer forensics is a discipline that is increasingly called upon to resolve a whole range of legal issues both within the workplace and outside of it. But, for most employers, their chances of carrying out a successful forensic investigation are being severely hampered by a failure to recognise the importance of defining and implementing the right kind of policy. In this article, Clifford May, principal consultant at security specialist Integralis, examines how appropriate policies can be designed and provides practical advice on the methodology of forensic investigation.

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“An indigestible dish”?

In Intel Corporation v VIA Technologies (20 December 2002) [2002] EWCA Civ 1905, the Court of Appeal handed down a decision dealing substantively with the tension between intellectual property rights and competition law. The case considers the inherent rights of a patent holder, and in what circumstances those rights may be qualified or fettered by competition law. Pat Treacy of Bristows reflects on the judgment.

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