Dyson Look To Clean Up
201711.16
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Dyson Look To Clean Up

The leading manufacturer of household appliances, Dyson, is bringing a legal claim against their former chief executive Max Conze for an alleged series of breaches, after he stepped down from his role within the company in October. The Dyson board has issued legal action at the High Court of Justice in London. Mr Conze has…

CMA ‘pings’ fine out to golf retailer
201708.29
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CMA ‘pings’ fine out to golf retailer

American golf equipment retailer PING has caused controversy by stopping two UK retailers from selling some of its products online. The products in question are golf clubs and PING’s position is that the limitation relating to online sales comes down to their desire to offer custom fitting of clubs to each golfer’s needs. Custom fitting,…

Atari and KitKat to break it down in court
201708.18
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Atari and KitKat to break it down in court

Atari has issued proceedings in the US against Nestlé relating to intellectual property in one of its historic games. The claim relates to Atari’s game “Breakout”, a famous computer game introduced in the 1970s, the key elements of which Atari claims are reproduced in Nestlé’s new KitKat advertising campaign. The KitKat advert depicts a group…

UK chip designer ditched by Apple may consider legal action
201704.04
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UK chip designer ditched by Apple may consider legal action

Possibly the most well-known technology company in the world, Apple, plans to discontinue the use of its current graphics technology supplier, Imagination Technologies (Imagination). The UK firm provides Apple with chip technology used in products including iPhones, iPads and iPods, under a licensing agreement. It has been reported that Apple wants to create its own…

Counterfeit Spirits and Wine – Better have a Stiff Drink!
201608.01
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Counterfeit Spirits and Wine – Better have a Stiff Drink!

The health risk of counterfeit alcohol is something many people will be aware of, indeed we have reported on it in the past – see article entitled “Fraud and Counterfeiting in the Food Industry Makes the Sector Sick“.  However, most people do not consider the economic cost and damage that may be caused by the…

Can Suppliers Prevent Distributors Selling on Third Party Websites – CJEU to Decide?
201607.25
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Can Suppliers Prevent Distributors Selling on Third Party Websites – CJEU to Decide?

In an age where the importance and influence of the internet on retail is continuously on the rise, retailers, particularly those of brands aiming to build a reputation of luxury, may find themselves wondering to what extent they can stop or control how customers and distributors sell their products. The outcome of a recent referral…

Putting the Consumer in the Brand
201607.20
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Putting the Consumer in the Brand

Consumers have long been draw to specific products due to the ‘brand’.  Brand in this sense encompasses the get up, badges or indicators of origin including registered trade marks.  Individual consumers, particularly those in younger age groups, have recently come to expect bespoke and interactive experiences in terms of how brand owners market and sell…

Watch Your Mouth – Despite What Your Contract States What You Say and Do Can Vary It
201607.11
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Watch Your Mouth – Despite What Your Contract States What You Say and Do Can Vary It

The recent Court of Appeal decision in MWB Business Exchange Centres Ltd v Rock Advertising Ltd is the second recent Court of Appeal decision on the variation of contracts orally and/or by conduct where the contract contains an express clause preventing the contract being varied unless such variation is agreed, recorded in writing and signed…