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  • EU trade mark reforms come closer (Brands & IP newsnotes - issue 1)

    27 September 2015

    Seven years after the European Commission started its evaluation of the European trade marks framework, the texts of the new proposed legislation were finally published in June 2015.

  • What’s New Copycat? (Brands & IP newsnotes - issue 1)

    27 September 2015

    Last year, consumer group Which? carried out a comprehensive survey of the copycat product packaging market in the UK. It found that over 150 of retailers’ own-label products “mimicked” the market-leading brand-owner’s packaging.

  • When “logos” turn into “no-goes” (Brands & IP Newsnotes - issue 1)

    27 September 2015

    As we move even deeper into an age of digital advertising and social media, it is becoming increasingly important for businesses to have a short hand for their brand; something which denotes the business, stands out as a guarantee of origin and makes the brand instantly recognisable. We’re talking about logos.

  • A copyright work in 140 characters? (Brands & IP Newsnotes - issue 1)

    27 September 2015

    It isn’t easy to keep your social media followers entertained with rafts of enthralling and hilarious new material.

  • Not so-far, Sofa Workshop (Brands & IP newsnotes - issue 3)

    27 September 2015

    If a trade mark proprietor does not make ‘genuine use’ of its marks, they may be vulnerable to attack from third parties.

  • You’re cabbing a laugh (Brands & IP Newsnotes - issue 1)

    27 September 2015

    The High Court has refused an application by the manufacturer of the iconic London black cab (“LTC”) for permission to adduce survey evidence in a claim for passing off.

  • ...a little bit of law - The Landlord and Tenant Act 1954

    19 September 2015

    The Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 (the “1954 Act”) might sound just like any other piece of legislation; however the importance of it for commercial leasehold transactions should not be overlooked.

  • A glitch in time – European Court rules on travelling as ‘working time’

    11 September 2015

    The European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) has ruled that, for workers with no fixed or habitual place of work, travelling time to and from the first and last customer appointments of the day should count as “working time” for the purposes of the EU Working Time Directive (“WTD”).

  • Framework Agreements

    27 August 2015

    Framework agreements offer a potential solution as contracting authorities attempt to minimise the impact of the Public Contract Regulations 2006 on their business.

  • Community Infrastructure Levy

    27 August 2015

    The Community Infrastructure Levy (“CIL”) is a discretionary planning charge which was introduced in 2010 through the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010.

  • Community Infrastructure Levy

    21 August 2015

    The Community Infrastructure Levy (“CIL”) is a discretionary planning charge which was introduced in 2010 through the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010. The charge was introduced to allow local authorities to raise funds from developers undertaking new projects in their area in order to fund specific infrastructure schemes.

  • Business Rates

    20 August 2015

    If you own or use commercial premises, the chances are you will be liable to pay business rates.

  • Section 106 Agreements - a note for anyone developing land

    05 August 2015

    When granting planning permission for development, local planning authorities often impose planning obligations on the party promoting the development. These obligations are usually contained in what are known as Section 106 Agreements or Planning Agreements – separate legal agreements that sit alongside the planning permission. Those agreements will, generally, bind the land to which the planning permission relates – so anyone who owns that land will be bound by the obligations.

  • Social Media and Online Issues - Defamation and Privacy

    20 July 2015

    Online publishing via social media is now instant, free and easily accessible. Anyone can publish content without much in the way of control or the input of an in-house legal team to veto high risk content. Such freedom and accessibility raises issues for online publishers who face the possibility of claims of defamation and breach of privacy.

  • Stadium naming rights deals – Top 10 tips

    17 July 2015

    Naming rights deals are one of the most complex forms of sponsorship agreements. This inbrief guide seeks to get rights holders thinking about all the key issues which will need to be included in the agreement, before they negotiate any deal

  • Remuneration in financial services - new rules on deferral and clawback

    29 June 2015

    New rules on deferral and clawback of variable remuneration are set out in a joint policy statement issued by the Prudential Regulation Authority (“PRA”) and the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”). They will apply to variable remuneration awarded for performance periods beginning on or after 1 January 2016.

  • The Law of Privacy

    08 June 2015

    The protection of privacy which embodies our law of confidentiality has become increasingly important. Together with the law of defamation, privacy and confidentiality are vital rights for individuals and corporations, especially when well known figures and celebrities attract so much attention.

  • Online content: risks and rewards

    05 June 2015

    With digital content becoming ever more popular and users becoming more sophisticated, all those involved in the online publishing industry need to be aware of the risks that come with the rewards of digital content.

  • Zero-hours contracts – exclusivity ban now in force

    27 May 2015

    The new government has finally implemented the long-heralded ban on exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts. This has been a hot topic for many months, with all of the major political parties including plans to tackle the widespread use of such contracts in their election manifestos.

  • ...a little bit of law - The Private Rented Sector

    19 May 2015

    At its widest, the private rented sector in the UK comprises any property that is privately owned and which is rented to individuals as their principal home.

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