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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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Miners dig in for a six-month legal battle

A major test case, which could extend the liability of industry to include work-induced lung diseases, is now in progress before a High Court judge in Wales and is expected to go on well into next year with further sittings in Sheffield and London. The action has been mounted by a group of eight former […]

Experts eye up legal aid reform

Lord Woolf’s proposals to reform court procedures have rightly been identified as of crucial importance to expert witnesses, yet the Government’s initiatives to reform legal aid could be equally significant. The cost of legal aid now stands at around £1.4bn, double what it was five years ago. As an entitlement-based scheme the overall cost of […]

A loss of balance on the bench

The recent release from jail by High Court Family Division President, Sir Stephen Brown, of a father sentenced by magistrates to six weeks for falling behind on maintenance payments has raised serious concerns about the tendency of lay magistrates to take excessive action in family cases. David Burrows, the Bristol-based specialist family law solicitor who […]

Council fails to stop arcade

Derby City Council’s attempt to block a proposed shopping arcade by citing the traditional rights of the council’s market has been thwarted by a High Court decision. In Shops Centre had gone to the High Court in October seeking declaratory relief and arguing that its proposed shopping centre would not constitute a rival and therefore […]

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