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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...
Law School in US makes an ASS of Itself
Apr 7, 2016
A US university was left embarrassed following their decision to rename a law school after late Supreme Court judge Antonin Scalia. George Mason University in Virginia said it wou...
Sporting Personalities, Brands and Contracts – Termination for Breach
Mar 9, 2016
Objectives of sponsorship Sponsorship is a form of marketing by which a sponsor (often a business) contributes funds, products and/or services to an event organiser, producer of a...
Who Has Significant Control of Your Company and Why it Matters
Feb 8, 2016
As of 6 April, barring a small number of exceptions (see below), all companies and LLP's will be obliged to keep and maintain a register (PSC Register) of people with significant i...
Community Trade Marks - Act NOW and make a declaration
Jan 21, 2016
Community Trade Mark ("CTM") owners will soon be offered a 6 month, one off opportunity to file a declaration at OHIM (soon to be known as the EUIPO) to clarify the goods and servi...
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