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Can Suppliers Prevent Distributors Selling on Third Party Websites - CJEU to Decide?
Jul 25, 2016
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, ...
Putting the Consumer in the Brand
Jul 20, 2016
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....
Watch Your Mouth – Despite What Your Contract States What You Say and Do Can Vary It
Jul 11, 2016
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 a...
Royalty Rates for Use of Musical Works in ITV Broadcasts Determined
Jul 6, 2016
The Copyright Tribunal has ruled on the yearly royalty rate to be paid by ITV Network Ltd, under its licence from PRS for Music (PRS) for the use of musical copyright works in tele...
Pharmaceutical Giant Experiences 'Pain' After Nurofen TV Advert Banned
Jul 4, 2016
The advertising watchdog has banned a TV advertisement for one of the biggest painkiller brands, Nurofen, because it alleged that the product could specifically target joint and ba...
Samsung and Apple Go Head to Head in Mobile Payment Market
Jun 22, 2016
Samsung and Apple, who together sell approx. 40% of smartphones globally, are about to go head to head in the mobile payments market as Samsung continues to roll out its new paymen...
End of the Annual Return - No More Happy Returns After 30 June
Jun 13, 2016
As of 30 June important changes will come into force which will result in the Annual Return being abolished for companies and LLP's and a new requirement to file a Confirmation Sta...
Donald Aiming to Trump US Tax System by Moving Trademarks to Delaware
Jun 2, 2016
It has been revealed that the Republican presidential candidate and billionaire businessman Donald Trump has moved his portfolio of trademarks to a company in Delaware which could ...
Fraud and Counterfeiting in the Food Industry makes the Sector Sick
May 23, 2016
Food fraud might not be something that much consideration has been given to by the wider population, however, it is a real problem and one which may cause serious harm. Examples i...
Directors Defence Blown Apart in Trade Mark and Passing Off Claim
May 12, 2016
A company director has been found jointly liable for trade mark infringement and passing off in claim brought about by a company specialising in sports performance and nutrition. ...
Sssshhhh, its a Secret - But is it Confidential? New EU Trade Secrets Law
Apr 14, 2016
On 13 April the European Parliament voted on the proposed trade secrets directive ("Directive"). Current Laws Protecting Trade Secrets in England Trade secrets are reasonably wel...
BREXIT - Potential Impact and Risk to Contractual Relationships
Apr 11, 2016
We previously reported on the potential implications of a BREXIT relating to intellectual property in our earlier article "BREXIT - An IP Perspective". In order to complete a revi...
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