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Recent changes to planning: an overview

There have been several changes to the planning system in recent months, reflecting the response to Covid-19 and most recently in support of the Prime Minister’s evocation to ‘build, build, build’.

‘No DSS’ no longer

The Department for Social Security or more commonly referred to as ‘DSS’, was the government department responsible for providing benefit payments. The department was however replaced in 2001 by the Department of Work and Pensions. In the case of Rosie Keogh v Nicholas George Ltd, the complainant contacted a local letting agent regarding a property […]

Swiss Federal Supreme Court follows the practice of EPO’s Board of Appeal on singling out

In a recent decision (4A_613/2019, 11 May 2020), the Swiss Federal Supreme Court (Supreme Court) followed the practice of the Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) as it held that the singling out of single features from two separate lists of features and therefore the combination of these  two specific features constitutes an extension of the subject-matter of the patent application leading to its nullity.

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Our lawyers are skilled at looking for commercial solutions, whether dealing with general tax planning, tax-efficient employee and remuneration packages, investing and exit tax structuring, or negotiating with HMRC. Tax is a cost that, like anything else, needs to be managed. Failure to take it into account at an early stage can mean the difference […]

China updates its rules on the disposal of idle land

The PRC Ministry of Land and Resources has recently released the revised Rules on the Disposal of Idle Land. This is the first time that the MLR has revised these rules after the 1999 Version which has been issued for over 13 years. The revised rules do not radically alter, but are a reiteration and […]

Corporate

Comprehensively covering all corporate legal services, Karanovic & Nikolic’s corporate department plays a pivotal role in providing legal advice to many clients. Covering Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, the team has the capacity to provide an integrated and seamless service on both local and cross-border transactions and are proud of the fact that […]

Puerto Rico

Jackson Lewis opens in Puerto Rico as gateway to Latin America

US employment firm Jackson Lewis is to open an office in Puerto Rico, marking its first base outside of mainland US. The firm said the new office will act as a “gateway” to businesses operating in the Caribbean and Latin America, where parts of the economy are projected to boom. The base will be led […]

Cadbury retains hold over its trademark for a shade of purple

This briefing considers trademark law in the UAE by comparison to Cadbury’s successful trademarking of a shade of purple in the UK. It will be noted that the definition of a trademark requires a mark to “take a distinctive form” and single colours as such cannot be considered to be inherently distinctive. Despite this requirement of distinctiveness […]

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