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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...
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...
Digital Toy Maker VTech Reports Customer Data Stolen
Dec 1, 2015
VTech, the company which specialises in electronic toys and educational material for children, has had its app store database, Learning Lodge, compromised in a recent cyber attack....
UK Government Rules Out Additional Enforcement Power Against 'Copycat Packaging'
Nov 25, 2015
After a year-long consultation, the UK government's Department for Business, Innovation & Skills ("BIS") has concluded that brand owners should not be able to seek civil injunction...
Dyson May have to 'Suck It Up' With Regard to Competitors' Energy Efficiency Claims
Nov 2, 2015
Dyson may face legal action following "false allegations" by its founder Sir James Dyson, regarding alleged circumventing of EU energy-efficiency tests. This is the latest revelati...
Aug 25, 2015
It is the common held belief that very few customers read the terms and conditions of online digital media services before signing up to the service, and this belief spawned the ol...
Significant Changes in Business Law - Are you Compliant?
Jul 29, 2015
New laws enacted but yet to be fully implemented will materially reform UK company law. The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 ("SBEE") will introduce various refo...
Is Time Running Out for Serious Online Copyright Infringers?
Jul 21, 2015
The aphorism that the "wheels of justice turn slow but grind exceedingly fine" is well suited to the recent decision by the Intellectual Property Office ("IPO") on a consultation t...
Are You Sitting Comfortably - The Sofa Workshop v Sofaworks - TM's, Non-use and Passing Off
Jul 7, 2015
In what Sofaworks CEO Jason Tisdale has stated was a 'David and Goliath' case, the Wigan based furniture manufacturer has lost its legal battle against their furniture brand rivals...
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