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Trademark litigation between Specsavers and Asda comes to an end download subscription

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co 22-Oct-2014

The Court of Appeal has found that the extensive use by Specsavers of its green, shaded trademark is enough to constitute genuine use of its wordless mark.

The UK Patent Box download subscription

Winckworth Sherwood 14-Oct-2014

The Patent Box is a new preferential tax regime that came into force on 1 April 2013.

Luxury fashion items and trademark infringement weblink subscription

Walker Morris 13-Oct-2014

Intellectual property disputes involving retailers and fashion are all too common; another one to have troubled the courts in recent months is Thomas Pink v Victoria’s Secret UK.

Cookies as registered Community designs weblink subscription

Walker Morris 13-Oct-2014

In Biscuits Poult SAS v OHIM, the applicant for invalidity challenged the registration on the basis that the design in question was not new and lacked individual character. 

A stitch in time... Stitching patterns and trademarks weblink subscription

Walker Morris 13-Oct-2014

A Hamburg court has upheld findings that the distribution of certain models of jeans would infringe Levi Strauss’s trademark rights in the stitching pattern on the back pockets of its jeans.

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The Constitutional Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan download subscription

GRATA Law Firm 23-Oct-2014

On 29 September 2014, the Constitutional Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan was issued.

The great dilemma — apps vs data privacy download subscription

Schillings 23-Oct-2014

Individuals and businesses need to begin assessing the risk of their data being misused, not by the person they’re sending images to but by hackers who may attempt to steal their data.

Richemont test case paves the way for online counterfeit outlets to be blocked download subscription

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co 22-Oct-2014

The decision in Cartier International & others v B Sky B Ltd & others marks the first website blocking order awarded to a brand owner.

Data breaches are personal download subscription

Schillings 21-Oct-2014

The recent hacking of celebrity images and those belonging to Snapchat users show that individuals are not immune to targeted cyber attacks. 

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How not to deal with challenges in the Company Names Tribunal weblink subscription

Walker Morris 23-Oct-2014

The Company Names Tribunal was set up to adjudicate disputes arising under section 69(1) of the Companies Act 2006. 

New rules on corporate transparency weblink subscription

Walker Morris 23-Oct-2014

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill will introduce new requirements regarding corporate transparency.

Upcoming nationwide transfer pricing investigation against outbound service-fee and royalty payments download subscription

DLA Piper 23-Oct-2014

On 29 July 2014, the China State Administration of Taxation released an internal notice to the China tax authorities at the provincial levels.

Sale-leasebacks accommodate buyer and seller in today’s healthcare real-estate market: seven reasons why they work, five pitfalls to note download subscription

DLA Piper 23-Oct-2014

The recent spike in real-estate values is once again shining the spotlight on another useful financing tool: the sale-leaseback.

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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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How not to deal with challenges in the Company Names Tribunal weblink subscription

Walker Morris 23-Oct-2014

The Company Names Tribunal was set up to adjudicate disputes arising under section 69(1) of the Companies Act 2006. 

Power of the courts to override an express costs clause in a mortgage weblink subscription

Walker Morris 23-Oct-2014

When a court assesses the amount of costs payable by one party in litigation proceedings to another, the costs may be assessed on either a standard basis or an indemnity basis.

Rights of a subrogated creditor weblink subscription

Walker Morris 23-Oct-2014

Subrogation is a remedy allowing a party to step into the shoes of another party assuming the benefit of any rights that second party may have in relation to a liability. 

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US & The Americas: FCC Enforcement Monitor — $86,400 fine for unlicensed and unauthorised BAS operations; and more download subscription

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman 23-Oct-2014

Pillsbury has published its FCC Enforcement Monitor for October 2014.

The Constitutional Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan download subscription

GRATA Law Firm 23-Oct-2014

On 29 September 2014, the Constitutional Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan was issued.

The great dilemma — apps vs data privacy download subscription

Schillings 23-Oct-2014

Individuals and businesses need to begin assessing the risk of their data being misused, not by the person they’re sending images to but by hackers who may attempt to steal their data.

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New rules on corporate transparency weblink subscription

Walker Morris 23-Oct-2014

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill will introduce new requirements regarding corporate transparency.

Your questions answered: am I in breach of my inherited shared ownership lease by complying with the will? download subscription

Shoosmiths 23-Oct-2014

Does the beneficiary of a shared ownership lease find themselves in breach if by acquiring the lease by will they inadvertently sublet the whole of the property in order to comply with the will?

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