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‘W’ is distinctive and valid as a trademark download

NCTM 1-May-2015

Italian hotel chain told to repay profilts after losing dispute over the letter W

Parallel import remedies: IP issues in Russia and Kazakhstan download subscription

GRATA Law Firm 29-Apr-2015

Trademark rights in the new ’Eurasian Economic Union’.

Intellectual property agent – client privilege coming soon to Canada download subscription

Baker & McKenzie 29-Apr-2015

On 21 April 2015, the Government of Canada announced its 2015 Federal Budget, which proposes certain innovator­-friendly changes to Canada’s intellectual property regime.

Preliminary judicial protection in Switzerland: some hints and tips download subscription

Prager Dreifuss 29-Apr-2015

A discussion of interim relief in recent cases, highlighting the importance of clarity and areas where it pays to be prudent. 

Scrabble v Scramble: a jumbled decision? download subscription

Shoosmiths 28-Apr-2015

The appeal against the High Court’s ruling of JW Spear & Sons Ltd, Mattel Inc and Mattel UK Limited v Zynga Inc was decided recently – what does the decision mean for brand owners?

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Twitter’s $8bn value crash shows there’s little room for issuer error download subscription

Stewarts Law 1-May-2015

NASDAQ is responsible for running Twitter’s investor relations site, where earnings information was published early.

Wake-up call for law firm web strategy: how to boost your online presence download subscription

Totum 1-May-2015

Now Google has said ’no mobile-friendly, no go’, it’s time to pay more than lip service to the digital world. Article includes top tips from legal marketers.

Vidal-Hall & Ors v Google: decision makes it easier to bring data protection claims download

Goodman Derrick 1-May-2015

Most advertising platforms and social networks now offer targeted services…

Lithuania: public bodies must tell all about their stakeholders download subscription

Tark Grunte Sutkiene 1-May-2015

Lithuania plans to oblige public establishments to provide data about their stakeholders (personal data, value of contributions etc).  

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How Hungarian law treats bosses differently download subscription

Schoenherr 1-May-2015

The law is less protective and more flexible towards company executives than it is to general employees.

Cross-border insolvency: who can apply for the opening of a secondary procedure? download subscription

NCTM 1-May-2015

The ECJ has held a secondary insolvency proceeding in the member state where the debtor has its registered office may be opened at the request of creditors entitled under the law of that state. 

Twitter’s $8bn value crash shows there’s little room for issuer error download subscription

Stewarts Law 1-May-2015

NASDAQ is responsible for running Twitter’s investor relations site, where earnings information was published early.

Common sense prevails in collective redundancy decision download

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co 1-May-2015

Law returns to pre-Woolworths litigation position; employers must look at the ‘establishment’ question.

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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.

From the firm of the week

Europe to launch e-commerce sector competiton inquiry weblink subscription

Walker Morris 29-Apr-2015

Looking at barriers to the development of effective cross-border e-commerce in the EU.

The super-complaint against the supermarkets: what does it mean for suppliers? weblink subscription

Walker Morris 27-Apr-2015

Which? has lodged a super-complaint in relation to concerns about misleading and unclear pricing practices in the groceries sector.

New insolvency rules on hold weblink subscription

Walker Morris 27-Apr-2015

The introduction of the new insolvency rules is now likely to be delayed until 2016.

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IP: a clarification on the concept of ‘communication to the public’ download subscription

NCTM 1-May-2015

When EU states can give wider copyright protection.

Bridge is dealt a winning hand: permission to revisit the ‘sport or game’ question download

Gateley 1-May-2015

Tracksuits on, as judge grants review of status that could see bridge organisation reclaim VAT on entry fees. 

Briefing for Charities and Social Enterprise, 29 April: appeals time limit; new regulator; and more download subscription

Bates Wells Braithwaite 29-Apr-2015

Also; good practice for annual reports; voluntary sector survey findings; and more

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Regulatory and compliance Briefings

Enforce consumer debt actions with High Court officers download

The Sheriffs Office 1-May-2015

Relieve the burden on bailiffs; the first in a series of changes The Sheriffs Office would like to see in the regulatory review. 

Whistleblowing – private dispute or public interest? download subscription

Goodman Derrick 1-May-2015

Following the introduction of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, the rules on whistleblowing require disclosures made on or after 25 June 2013 to be in the public interest.

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