Intellectual Property Briefings
A quick guide to trademarks download subscription
Trademarks give your business a unique, protectable brand which is readily identifiable by consumers.
US hedge fund manager issues threat to Big Pharma patent portfolios download subscription
Hedge fund manager Kyle Bass plans to take on some of the world’s largest drug producers by challenging the patents that protect their top products.
Lidl's ‘Deluxe’ mark descriptive, says the General Court download subscription
A reminder to all brand owners when creating brand names to give careful consideration to ensuring they are original
Audit clauses: judgment confirms that drafting clarity is key download subscription
A recent summary judgment by the High Court serves to highlight the role an audit clause plays when a licensor’s desire to police the use of its intellectual property conflicts with the licensee’s interest in preserving its own confidential information.
Court of Appeal confirms no English celebrity image right but Topshop’s Rihanna T-shirt was passing off download subscription
The Court of Appeal has delivered its decision in the litigation between Rihanna and Topshop, upholding the trial judge’s finding that Topshop’s unauthorised use of Rihanna’s image on a T-shirt was passing off.
Vehicle leasing wars over ‘E’ subscription
Information Technology Briefings
Five golden rules for accountability on privacy and cyber security download subscription
The vulnerability of information on digital platforms constitutes an unprecedented risk and the undermining of customer trust goes straight to the bottom line.
The new general counsel: being front and centre of cyber incident response download subscription
Looking across our cyber response engagements there’s a stark – and illuminating – contrast between the UK and US.
Unlock Italy: telecoms operators optimistic download subscription
Decree-Law 133/2014, known as the ‘Unlock Italy Decree’, has significant implications for the telecoms sector. In particular, a 50 per cent tax credit is envisaged for wideband in ‘white areas’.
ICO issues enforcement notice in response to Office data security breach download subscription
Shoe retailer Office has become the latest retailer to have its knuckles wrapped by the Information Commissioner’s Office following a data protection breach.
Clear days: some clarity download subscription
The Companies Act provisions governing the length of notice shareholders are entitled to prior to annual general meetings (AGMs) and general meetings can prove tricky to interpret.
Over 50 per cent of Britons believe childcare should be shared download subscription
A survey from the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills has found that 83 per cent of potential future parents will consider taking advantage of the new rules that come into force in April.
Employing an ex-offender: where do employers stand? download subscription
The employment issues around employing individuals who have been convicted of a criminal offence.
Median pay rises drop to 2 per cent download subscription
Pay rises are currently worth more than inflation but only because inflation has fallen to a record low.
The comptroller of patents has been given extra powers to revoke patents download subscription
The comptroller of patents has been given extra powers to revoke patents based on lack of novelty or inventive step.
From the firm of the week
What is the true value of a property? subscription
When considered practically, the logical approach would be that a property is worth however much people are prepared to pay for it.
Case update: a chattel or a fixture? subscription
The degree and object of annexation were the key principles for the High Court to consider in the recent case of Lictor Anstalt v Mir Steel UK Ltd and Libala Ltd.
The issue was who should bear the cost of rates liabilities where a lease has been disclaimed and the landlord has not re-entered the property.
Rihanna retains passing-off victory against Topshop download subscription
In 2013 global pop sensation Rihanna took legal action against the retail giant and its parent company Arcadia for using an image of her on a T-shirt and succeeded in the High Court with her claim of passing-off.
Tweeting hell! download subscription
The behaviour of employees on social media and an employer’s ability to discipline inappropriate behaviour has been a hot topic for some time.
Blurred Lines: music copyright disputes download subscription
Blurred Lines, Robin Thicke’s collaborative track with Pharrell Williams, from the album of the same name, has been courting controversy since its release in 2013.
Regulatory and compliance Briefings
Liability of registrar of companies in negligence download subscription
Case establishes duty of care against the Registrar of Companies for mistaken liquidation entry.
Ireland: Companies Act 2014 conversions — decisions to be made download subscription
With the commencement of the Companies Act 2014 at our doorstep, companies will need to make decisionsabout their future.