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The bill contains some substantial changes compared with the draft bill published for pre-legislative scrutiny in June 2013.
Protected food name status is awarded by the European Commission. The relevant EU legislation has been around since 1993.
EPO decisions take precedence over national decisions where the two conflict.
A new customs regulation has come into effect that strengthens the powers of customs officials to detain suspected counterfeit and pirated goods at EU borders.
The advent of the patent box — which came into effect last April but has so far had a low profile — should prompt a re-think.
Trademark toolbox: colours download
Colours can be registered as trademarks. For example, Heinz has successfully registered the turquoise colour used on its baked-bean tins.
Businesses need to be bear in mind that the Tour de France’s intellectual property rights are likely to be zealously protected.
The Intellectual Property Enterprise Court has ruled that a UK registered design for a beer glass was valid and infringed by the defendants’ glass.
In the five years following the introduction of competition into retail energy markets in 1999, the number of energy suppliers fell from 15 to six.
The OFT can make such a reference if it has reasonable grounds for suspecting that competition for the supply or acquisition of goods or services is not working effectively.
The London Stock Exchange has published AIM notice 38, which consults on a number of proposed changes to the AIM Rules for Companies and AIM Rules for Nomads.
Corporate Matters — January 2014: government proposals for enhancing corporate transparency download
The government has been consulting on proposals to enhance corporate transparency.
Crowdfunding as a way of securing investment is beginning to gain ground on both sides of the Atlantic. What are the current regulatory requirements and how is this likely to change?
The government has been consulting on how it can reduce the administrative burden that weighs too heavily on companies. Legislation is likely to follow this year. What are the proposals?
Parties to a contract need to be confident that the directors of the company they are dealing with have authority to bind the company. What is the position where the director has no authority?
The negotiation of earn-out provisions is often one of the pinch points in the negotiation of a share purchase agreement...
A recent Court of Appeal decision has lessons for both solicitors and non-executive directors on how to manage conflict situations.
Good and bad leaver provisions — a mainstay of private equity deals — don’t often find themselves in court. A High Court decision has considered their effectiveness.
Corporate Matters — January 2014: schemes of arrangement — accidental failure to give notice download
Does the accidental failure to send a notice of a shareholders meeting to all the shareholders necessarily render the meeting invalid?
Changes to the TUPE regulations came into effect on 31 January 2014. What are the main implications for corporate finance?