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  • Pretty fly for wi-fi (Brands & IP Newsnotes - issue 3)

    24 October 2016

    Those who provide access to free wi-fi networks will be breathing a sigh of relief after the CJEU’s judgment this September that providers of such networks can benefit from protection under the E-Commerce Directive.

  • Hyperlinks – the saga continues (Brands & IP Newsnotes - issue 3)

    24 October 2016

    The CJEU has issued another judgment on copyright infringement and hyperlinking; this time in relation to linking to unauthorised content.

  • Karen Millen - lessons from an SPA (Brands & IP Newsnotes - issue 3)

    24 October 2016

    Karen Millen, founder of the Karen Millen fashion brand has lost a High Court challenge to use her own name for homeware in the US and China.

  • Can you tell what it is yet? (Brands & IP Newsnotes - issue 3)

    24 October 2016

    Those looking to register shapes as trade marks have had a tough time of it recently. Attempts to register the shape of a Kit Kat, various bottles and a toothbrush have all recently failed in the UK and EU.

  • IPO doesn’t see anything wrong with Specsavers’ trade mark (Brands & IP Newsnotes - issue 3)

    24 October 2016

    Specsavers has managed to get its application to register “should’ve” (as in, “should’ve gone to Specsavers”) past the examination stage at the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO).

  • Brand owners gain another tool in the war against counterfeits (Brands & IP Newsnotes - issue 3)

    24 October 2016

    Brand owners will welcome a ruling from the CJEU over the summer that an operator of a physical marketplace can be an ‘intermediary’ for the purposes of Article 11 of the IP Enforcement Directive.

  • Social faux pas: Brands and celebrities

    21 October 2016

    An Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruling in September illustrates that some brands and their agencies are still getting it wrong when it comes using a celebrity’s social media presence to promote their product.

  • Bullying and harassment

    19 October 2016

    Dignity at work has become increasingly recognised in recent years as an important issue for employers to address. Taking action to prevent bullying and harassment at work can be crucial in avoiding increased levels of stress and absenteeism, low staff morale, high turnover and decreased productivity.

  • Shoot later ask questions first

    18 October 2016

    Wearable cameras have been in the headlines quite a bit recently. The moment BBC presenter Jeremy Vine ‘got a kicking’ (as he put it) whilst cycling to work was captured by his helmet mounted camera.

  • Court of Appeal confirms holiday pay should include results-based commission

    10 October 2016

    The Court of Appeal has given judgment in the ongoing holiday pay case of British Gas Trading Ltd v Lock and another, which raises the question of whether and how a salesman’s commission should be taken into account when calculating his holiday pay.

  • Key employment law issues for sports organisations

    10 October 2016

    This update highlights a few recent developments in employment law with particular relevance for professional sports organisations.

  • Government to extend review to include gambling adverts on TV

    07 October 2016

    The front page of The Times reports today that the government is to extend its review into Fixed Odds Betting Terminals to cover gambling advertisements on TV, amid concerns about the proliferation of gambling adverts and their exposure to children.

  • Blockchain Technology - Legal Insight

    07 October 2016

    Even before some realised the sun was setting on the Third Industrial Revolution, others are proclaiming the start of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. What is going to fuel this Fourth Industrial Revolution? According to many, while the First Industrial Revolution was steam-powered, it is argued that the Fourth Industrial Revolution will be driven by blockchain.

  • Talk (Talk) is not cheap - record fine for data breach

    06 October 2016

    Speak of making an entrance. Within a few weeks of her new appointment as the new UK Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham has issued TalkTalk with a £400,000 monetary penalty notice, the biggest fine yet awarded by the ICO.

  • Shared parental leave and sex discrimination

    06 October 2016

    The first case about the amounts paid to men and women on shared parental leave has been decided by an Employment Tribunal in Glasgow.

  • Family rights

    05 October 2016

    Employees who have parental responsibility for a child are afforded certain legal rights in order to protect and support their role as parents.

  • The fast growing world of mobile payments - are you on the money?

    04 October 2016

    Your smartphone can already act as your portable office. Now it can replace your wallet too!

  • Industrial action

    22 September 2016

    Economically turbulent times have seen an increase in trade unions ‘flexing their muscles’ by way of industrial action.

  • Collective redundancies

    21 September 2016

    Most employers are aware of the procedures that have to be followed when making someone redundant (or their job, to be more precise).

  • Retail therapy: Commission publishes preliminary report on the e-commerce sector

    19 September 2016

    The European Commission has released its long-anticipated preliminary report as part of the inquiry into e-commerce launched in May 2015. The report will be of interest to any businesses involved in e-commerce, and particularly those involved in online retail and distribution of digital content. This note focuses on the implications for those involved in the manufacture, distribution and retail of consumer goods.

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