This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 19 April 2015

Some of us still don’t really understand the technology behind 3D printing. There’s an extensive Wikipedia entry on it, and no doubt plenty of explanatory videos on YouTube as well, but if you’re a Luddite like some of us on The Lawyer, it still all seems a little bit too sci-fi for comfort.

Anyway, as 3D printing technology enters the mainstream, issues with intellectual property arise. There is the obvious danger that counterfeiters will be more easily able to create duplicate copies of ‘genuine’ products. Possibly evildoers may also be able to create replica humans with guns built into their hands à la Doctor Who though as mentioned, we’re shaky on the tech here.

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Walker Morris , whose IP lawyers have a firmer grasp of the science involved, has a useful run-down of the design, copyright, patent and trade mark considerations when it comes to 3D printing. The firm concludes that although there’s no guarantee that it will take off and the technology “is still relatively unsophisticated,” this is an issue that needs to be watched. There is some practical advice for rights holders: click here for more information.

As the UK’s political parties throw the immigration hot potato around in the run-up to the general election, workers continue to move freely around the European continent, much to the chagrin of Nigel Farage.

Eversheds has produced a summary of the key employment law developments across Europe to be aware of in the next nine months – including major changes to dismissal law procedure in the Netherlands, a new gender balance law in Germany and the abolition of mandatory retirement at 70 in Denmark. Click here for more information.

Bored at work? We suggest finding a similarly disengaged colleague and having a nice game of Wikiracing. That ought to remove the temptation to do what senior RBS banker Rory Cullinan did during board meetings – Snapchatting his daughter with a series of messages along the lines of “SO BORED”. When said daughter innocently posted them to Instagram, it led to The Sun publishing the supposedly private messages and Cullinan‘s eventual resignation. Seriously, Wikiracing – if someone starts asking questions you can always pretend you were doing research.

Schillings provides more details of Cullinan’s case and the reminder that, “when it comes to privacy, nothing is out of scope.” Click here for more information.

Top five briefings by law firm 
Schillings: Head of the bored: when it comes to privacy, nothing is out of scope Download
Walker Morris: 3D printing: the issues for Boeing and other rights holders Download
Dentons: Financial Regulatory Developments, 10 April: centralised MiFIR data; easing swaps clearance; updated Basel III FAQs; and more Download
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co: Safari workaround’ case can proceed, and will involve important issues of law Download
Baker & McKenzie: HK Competition Commission publishes revised guidelines Download
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Top five briefings by practice area
Company: In no uncertain terms: why contracting parties should take nothing for granted Download
IP: Trademarks: the importance of filing relevant evidence Download
Banking: Private financing of UK infrastructure: enhancing the benefits Download
Litigation:
The Singapore International Commercial Court: key features
Download
Employment: Employment forecast: a European update for GCs Download
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Top five briefings by region 
Asia-Pacific: Asia Pacific: record first quarter for M&A transactions DownloadMiddle East: Big Data: is the Gulf Cooperation Council ready? Download
Offshore: Jersey investment funds – the regulatory options Download
UK & Europe: The new procurement rules: a lighter touch and a better deal for SMEs Download
US & The Americas: US visa applications: an update Download
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