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SPCs and combination products: basic patent on a sole ingredient cannot double as basic patent for combination download subscription

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co 25-Mar-2015

On 12 March 2015 the CJEU gave its ruling in Actavis v Boehringer Ingelheim, yet another reference from the UK courts regarding the interpretation of the SPC Regulation 469/2009.

Small businesses offered IP toolkit download subscription

B P Collins 24-Mar-2015

A new toolkit has been launched for small businesses, to help them make the most of their intellectual property and attract new investments.

Dominant elements of trademarks – even the General Court must show its working download subscription

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co 24-Mar-2015

The CJEU has handed down its decision on an appeal brought by MEGA Brands International regarding the refusal of its application for the Community trademark MAGNEXT.

Know your copyrights: construction and development download subscription

Collyer Bristow 19-Mar-2015

Copyright is rarely discussed in construction and development projects, but any project that involves the creation of written work, plans, photographs etc must consider it.

Fashion fades but style is eternal: the problems of protecting a signature style download subscription

Collyer Bristow 19-Mar-2015

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. That may be so, but in the visionary world of fashion a brand’s signature style is the lynchpin of its long-term success.

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3D printing at home: what does it mean for retailers and IP owners? download subscription

Eversheds 24-Mar-2015

Retailers must reassess their place in a world where businesses can manufacture products more cheaply and consumers could soon be making their own goods.

Data Issues Roundup: “misleading” pensions cold texts; police data on demonstrators download subscription

Addleshaw Goddard 24-Mar-2015

ICO warns financial call centre to stop sending pensions texts, alluding to the fact that the messages were “misleading”.

Cloud, data protection and security – are cloud providers getting the drift? download subscription

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co 24-Mar-2015

Last month Microsoft adopted the first international cloud privacy standard. Could this lead to greater confidence in data security and privacy in cloud computing?

Food supplies and record-keeping: a new scandal in the food chain weblink

Walker Morris 23-Mar-2015

After the 2013 horsemeat scandal, the ‘nuts for cumin’ affair puts traceability and record-keeping back in the spotlight.

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Out of sight, out of mind: submissions should be easy to navigate and understand download subscription

Gateley 27-Mar-2015

In a recent Technology and Construction Court case the court enforced an adjudicator’s decision even though the adjudicator had clearly overlooked a document that would have reversed his decision.

Lessons on work-related fraud download subscription

Dentons 27-Mar-2015

Spot the signs: 40% of fraudsters live beyond their means while 30% are known to be in financial difficulties. These and other insights in this Canadian report could help HR professionals combat fraud.

Stack the odds in your favour: directors’ agreements and express terms download subscription

Collas Crill 26-Mar-2015

A director has been allowed to claim unpaid wages and compensation for constructive unfair dismissal from a company, despite there being no formal contract of employment. 

FCA elevates financial crime to key status download subscription

Shoosmiths 26-Mar-2015

The FCA’s new business plan reveals that financial crime is now one of its most important areas of focus.

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The comptroller of patents has been given extra powers to revoke patents download subscription

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co 9-Oct-2014

The comptroller of patents has been given extra powers to revoke patents based on lack of novelty or inventive step.

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The new Infrastructure Act and fracking in focus weblink subscription

Walker Morris 27-Mar-2015

The Infrastructure Act is intended to boost investment in development projects. The practical and commercial implications of the new measures are wideranging.

Limitation proves no bar to lessee weblink subscription

Walker Morris 26-Mar-2015

In Andrew Parissis v Blair Court (St John’s Wood) Management, the judge in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) provided some useful guidance.

FCA introduces new exemption for instalment credit weblink subscription

Walker Morris 24-Mar-2015

Interest free instalment credit’s exemption from regulation has been extended.

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Out! Compulsory retirement of cricket umpires at 65 was not discriminatory download subscription

Stewarts Law 27-Mar-2015

Policies that require employees to retire because they have reached a particular age amount to unlawful age discrimination unless employers can show that they are justified.

Online dating site hit with anti-spam fine download subscription

Dentons 26-Mar-2015

 Lack of a clear and prominent ‘unsubscribe’ mechanism sees Plentyoffish shell out $50k in Canada.

Advertising industry continues to push the boundaries download subscription

Dentons 23-Mar-2015

In 2014 the Advertising Standards Authority received (yet again) a record number of complaints.

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Implementing the Consumer Rights Bill download subscription

Dentons 27-Mar-2015

Pre-contractual information to form part of the contract and a provision for online content are among the innovations incorporated in the bill.

Large companies to publish payment practices download subscription

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co 27-Mar-2015

The government has announced it will introduce a requirement for many companies to report on payment practices, and a hardening of the Prompt Payment Code on payment terms.  

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