An update on new decisions, the relevant legislative process and other trends in the fields of intellectual property and unfair competition law from a Swiss perspective.
The Swiss Federal Administrative Court (SFAC) recently clarified (B-622/2018, 8 June 2020) that the “relevant” public, in a legal meaning, for (traditional) pastries comprises all consumers and professionals residing in Switzerland irrespective of the culinary origins of such pastries.
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.
In its landmark decision of 29 April 2020, the Swiss Federal Supreme Court held that the online use of a trademark or other sign must have a commercial effect in Switzerland for such use to be considered use in Switzerland. A global website targeted at a worldwide audience may have a commercial effect in Switzerland.
In its long-awaited landmark decision «Schrems II», the CJEU invalidated the EU-US Privacy Shield while imposing additional requirements on the use of Standard Contractual Clauses. The decision also has implications for Swiss employers when transferring employee data to countries without an adequate level of data protection.
Guidance on the latest food and drink rules, including post-furlough planning and workforce measures manufacturers, Brexit and the workforce – how to prepare for upcoming changes, protecting innovation in the food & drink industry, and more.
Flaux LJ and Butcher J today handed down judgment in the test case brought by the FCA to explore whether hundreds of thousands of businesses can recover under their business interruption policies for losses caused by the pandemic, in the “insurance case of the century” – the only claim heard under the Financial List Test Case Scheme. Many of those businesses will, today, be celebrating a fantastic win for them.
Though clearly overtaken by COVID-19 and the state of the economy as the most pressing issues for the United Kingdom (UK) government, Brexit is making its way back into the headlines.
The Netherlands is gearing up for its new UBO register in accordance with international AML / CTF best practices and will require certain entities to comply from 27 September 2020.
On 13 July 2020, the Cayman Islands Department for International Tax Cooperation (the “DITC”) issued version 3.0 of the Guidance on Economic Substance for Geographically Mobile Activities (the “Guidance”) pursuant to the ES Law (as defined below). This replaces the previous version 2.0 of the Guidance issued on 30 April 2019.
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Keating Chambers has put forward £20,000 to help fund a criminal bar pupillage, in a bid to offset the financial impact of the pandemic on the criminal bar. The one-off fund will support one pupillage for an aspiring criminal barrister. Construction set Keating has pledged the money for a set that has had to withdraw […]
The legal world is mourning the loss of one of its real estate stalwarts, Geoffrey Lander, who passed away on Saturday 12 September. The former Nabarro head of real estate and a prominent figure within the wider property community passed away while undergoing chemotherapy aged 69. Tributes recall Lander’s immense charisma and charm, as well […]
Back to normal at Norton Rose Fulbright? Back in April, the majority of staff at Norton Rose Fulbright switched to a four-day working week for what seemed like a rather apocalyptic length of time: 12 months. Turns out NRF was just preparing its employees for the worst, as this week it decided to end the […]
South-West firm Thrings has kicked off a redundancy consultation for around 20 roles and deferred the rent payment of two of its offices, part of an extensive set of measures implemented by the firm. The Bristol-headquartered outfit has taken the decision as it faces a fall across its financial metrics. Revenue in 2019/20 dropped 8 […]
Bird & Bird has seen its average profit per equity partner (PEP) drop in the financial year 2019/20. The UK firm’s PEP went down by 3 per cent from from £575,000 to £555,000, a metric that the firm had not previously reported as part of its financial results for 2019/20. It marked a fall for the […]
PwC Legal is looking to expand its lawyer headcount in regional offices as part of a project for the new financial year. The legal arm of the accountancy firm is eyeing growth for its professionals especially in its bases in Manchester and Birmingham, but expansion will equally be pursued in Leeds and Belfast. The project, […]