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Russian patents: Rospatent fee-based extradited examination

By Maria Aronikova On October 5 2017 the Russian Patent and Trademark Office (Rospatent) officially announced that expedited examination will be available for all applications. Rospatent had abrogated its former expedited examination practice in 2012. Since then, patent law has allowed accelerated examination through the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) system…

National minimum wage and ‘sleep-in’ shifts

By Connie Cliff and Martin Chitty Treatment of “sleep­in” shifts for national minimum wage (NMW) purposes is an area that can often cause confusion. Where a worker is required to work a number of sleep­in night shifts at the employer’s premises, and be available in case of an emergency, does the full night shift constitute ‘working’ […]

3D printing – planning law, policy and procedures

It was recently reported that a family in Nantes, France has become the first in the world to move into a 3D­ printed house. The four­-bedroom property is a prototype for bigger projects aiming to make housebuilding quicker and cheaper. In our Planning 2020 white paper, we approached 100 senior decision makers working in the […]

Clarity on Russian cryptocurrency and crowdfunding

By Meldir Erbulekova and Yulia Yarnykh From Russian rapper Basta launching his own cryptocurrency in December 2017 to top businesses exploring initial coin offerings (ICOs) and other alternative funding models, the Russian market is investing rapidly in blockchain technology and fintech…

How to empower teams to deliver successful projects

A guide on how enterprise collaboration platforms can take the pain out of project management and encourage teamwork How do you currently manage your projects? Do you struggle with keeping track of what stage different parts of the project are at? Is it hard to communicate with everyone in your project team at once? This […]

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Two US firms have shot into the top 10 slot for mergers and acquisitions involving UK firms, while Ashurst Morris Crisp has reached the number five position, relegating Clifford Chance to number seven, according to Corporate Money’s deal value league tables for the first three quarters of 1996. Showing the US firms’ increasing share of […]

Live link saved court time and money

Information technology played a critical role in Baker & McKenzie’s recent representation of a respondent in an international arbitration hearing. Part of the discovery event ually squeezed from the claimants was a ticket sales database which recorded important information about their sales activities. The database was disclosed in an unwieldy DOS format. We used Microsoft […]

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Boote Edgar Esterkin of Manchester advised St Davids Assemblies on a £1m design-and-build contract with the Welsh Development Agency for the erection of a factory at St Davids, Dyfed. Eversheds acted for the Development Agency.

Fraud loophole

The Home Secretary, Michael Howard, has promised to plug a loophole in the law relating to mortgage fraud following a report last week from the Law Commission which recommended urgent new legislation. The gap was brought to light by a Law Lords’ decision last July in which they allowed the appeal of alleged mortgage fraudsters […]

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