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Ofcom proposes to regulate apparatus that causes interference to communications networks download subscription

Eversheds 3-Mar-2015

Ofcom is proposing the regulation of all electrical apparatus to ensure it does not cause undue interference to wireless telegraphy equipment.

Online reviews and endorsements: CMA seeks information download subscription

Shoosmiths 3-Mar-2015

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has invited views from the business community and consumers on the development of online reviews and endorsements.

Google to comply with privacy measures set out by Italy’s DPA download subscription

NCTM 3-Mar-2015

In Italy, for the first time in Europe Google is to be subject to regular checks to monitor its progress on bringing its platform into line with domestic legislation.

Prevention better than cure? IT suppliers and the Insolvency Service download subscription

Shoosmiths 27-Feb-2015

Earlier this month the Insolvency Service issued an updated draft statutory order regarding the provision of essential IT supplies which is planned to come into force on 1 October 2015.

Big Data, big deal? download subscription

Shoosmiths 26-Feb-2015

The first week of each New Year sees the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) roll into Las Vegas, providing an annual glimpse into the future of consumer technology.

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Rabbit food wars – Supreme Petfoods do not reign supreme download subscription

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co 3-Mar-2015

Arnold J does battle again with the complexities of European Trade Mark law in a dispute about the trademark SUPREME for foodstuffs for rabbits and other small animals. 

Secondary meaning and the strong protection of a weak trademark download subscription

NCTM 2-Mar-2015

The Italian Supreme Court of Cassation has issued a ruling regarding the extent of protection of weak trademarks based on the doctrine of  ‘secondary meaning’.

Trademarks – the nature of ‘strong trademark’ of a certain mark is not sufficient to state its counterfeiting download subscription

NCTM 2-Mar-2015

The Italian Court of Cassation ruled on the counterfeiting of the figurative trademark ‘Valentino’, owned by Valentino S.p.A., by the figurative trademark ‘Giovanni Valentino’, owned by Florence Fashion Jersey Ltd.’ –

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The future of Formula 1 download subscription

Gateley 3-Mar-2015

As the start of the 2015 F1 season looms, it was announced last week that the insolvent Marussia team may be in a position to join the others on the grid, racing as Manor.

Yahoo! gains safe harbour exemption for its online contents download subscription

NCTM 2-Mar-2015

A decision that held Yahoo! responsible for copyright infringement in connection with videos uploaded by end-users has been overturned.

Art Matters newsletter: Sir Winston’s paintings, Wedgwood, Caravaggio and more weblink subscription

Collyer Bristow 26-Feb-2015

 Welcome to Collyer Bristow’s Art Matters, our newsletter covering all aspects of art law.

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Hate crimes and drag queens in cyber space download subscription

Collyer Bristow 10-Oct-2014

In a new book published by Harvard University Press, Hate Crimes in Cyber Space, Prof Danielle Citron lays her prescription for tackling the ‘awful internet’.

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Twitter takes on the trolls download subscription

Schillings 9-Feb-2015

It was revealed yesterday that Dick Costolo, the CEO of Twitter, admitted on Twitter’s internal forums that Twitter ‘sucks at dealing with abuse and trolls’.

A partnership for avoiding embarrassment download subscription

Schillings 5-Feb-2015

Social media offers huge opportunities for brands to strengthen their reputation and build stronger relationships with their customers and other stakeholders. But it can be a double-edged sword.

Assessing reputation risk download subscription

Schillings 6-Jan-2015

The General Council of a well-respected company recently asked: how do you measure reputation risk? With no singular guidance on the issue, this is a question that many organisations struggle with.

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Litigation Briefings

ACCC v Pfizer: a bitter pill for the ACCC download subscription

Minter Ellison 3-Mar-2015

The Federal Court of Australia has dismissed the ACCC’s anti-competitive conduct case against Pfizer, finding that Pfizer did not breach the prohibition on misuse of market power.

Aguas v State of New Jersey: new test for supervisory sexual harassment download subscription

Dentons 3-Mar-2015

The New Jersey Supreme Court refines ‘Toys ‘R’ Us’ standard and adopts the Ellerth/Faragher test for supervisory sexual harassment.

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Jersey private trust companies download subscription

Carey Olsen 6-Nov-2014

This briefing note considers key issues relating to the establishment and use of a Jersey PTC in the context of private wealth management.

Employment reforms ‘worrying businesses’ download subscription

B P Collins 3-Nov-2014

New employment regulations relating to shared parental leave and pensions auto-enrolment remain a major worry for UK firms, according to a survey.

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