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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...
'MERCK': Still Very Much a Globally Divided Brand
Jun 9, 2016
We previously reported on a case in the Chancery Division of the High Court, in which German company, Merck KGaA, succeeded in a claim of trade mark infringement against US Company...
Special Hold up In Mourinho Contract Negotiations
May 26, 2016
It has been widely reported (see the BBC article by clicking here) that image rights negotiations are the cause of delaying Jose Mourinho's appointment as the new Manchester United...
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...
Watch Your Mouth - Oral Agreements and Variations
Apr 5, 2016
In a recent case (JAS Financial Products LLP v ICAP Plc  EWHC 591) the High Court held that no legally binding agreement was entered into in the course of oral discussions re...
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...
Cyber Security Experts Encourage Boycott of VTech
Feb 12, 2016
Parents have been advised by security experts to boycott, or at the very least be cautious of providing VTech toys for their children following criticism of the company's response ...
Performing Rights Societies Set To Merge
Feb 5, 2016
Two collective rights management organisations are to merge. PRS for Music (Performing Rights Society – PRS) represents the rights of over 115,000 songwriters, composers and music ...
Grumpy Cat has Cause to be...Well...Grumpy!
Jan 14, 2016
Grumpy Cat is a cat with a permanent grumpy face due to an under bite and feline dwarfism. Her owner, Tabatha Bundesen, posted a picture of the cat to social news website Reddit in...
US Construction Machinery Manufacturer Caterpillar Bulldozed in Legal Battle
Dec 23, 2015
In a recent US (Illinois, Northern District) case Caterpillar Inc. was ordered by a jury to pay $74.6million (approximately £50million) in exemplary damages in a fierce lawsuit by ...
Businesses Given Breathing Space to Comply with Online Dispute Resolution
Dec 18, 2015
The purpose of the Alternative Dispute Resolution for Consumer Disputes (Competent Authorities and Information) Regulations 2015 is to provide consumers with information about prov...
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