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Status of intellectual property offices in CEE

Due to the impact of COVID-19, several Intellectual Property Offices (IPOs) have announced adapted guidelines and information on the current status of proceedings and deadlines.

To the point: technology & digitalisation l June 2020

Hot water instead of toxic substances. Bags that can’t be stolen. Phosphorus that can be “recycled”. “Waste pieces” with a cult character. Beer with “rhythm & beat”. Austrian Patent Office President Mariana Karepova was delighted to announce the truly innovative ideas and solutions nominated for the Austrian “Staatspreis Patent”, a state prize awarded for trendsetting […]

Poland: COVID-19 vs. lease agreements

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Polish authorities have implemented several restrictions aimed at limiting the spread of the disease, including the suspension of certain retail activities and services. This has had a direct impact on lease agreements in these sectors. The Polish Parliament has therefore adopted the so-called “Anti-crisis Shield” comprising regulations in […]

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Can UK employers claim the furlough grant while employees are on notice? Clarity is required.

Notice Pay during Furlough Leave The latest Treasury Direction for the furlough scheme, updated on 26 June 2020, could modify the effect of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. New wording at paragraph 2.2 may be interpreted to suggest that notice pay cannot be claimed through the scheme. With retrospective application, employers require clarification from HMRC […]

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Zurich

Five firms make the grade in Zurich’s new large claims panel

DWF and DAC Beachcroft are among a quintet of firms that have successfully landed roles on Zurich Insurance Group’s newly-launched panel. The roster, which will cover a geographic area spanning Europe, Middle East and Africa, will be tasked with handling large claims across its operations in the EMEA region. The full line-up includes longtime advisers […]

Judge dismisses Ocado’s claims against ex-Jones Day partner

A contempt of court claim brought against former Jones Day partner Raymond McKeeve by the retailer Ocado has been dismissed after a prolonged court battle between the pair. The decision was confirmed yesterday by Mr Justice Marcus Smith, who sided with McKeeve after Mishcon de Reya’s client, Ocado, failed to convince the court that he […]

Warsaw

Two CEE firms merge in spite of Covid-19 headwinds

Two Polish firms are merging into a single entity, a rare fusion at a time when the coronavirus is ravaging the global legal market. The combination of mid-size local firms Zieba & Partners and JS Legal will be called B2R Law Jankowski Stroiński Zięba, and will number 14 partners, as well as 70 lawyers. The […]

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