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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...
Up the Canal Without a Paddle - The Panama Papers - The Biggest Data Leak In History
Apr 4, 2016
Mossack Fonseca ("Mossack") is a global law firm offering of a range of corporate services including the incorporation of companies in offshore jurisdictions and wealth management....
What's my (New) Name? - EU Trade Mark / Office Name Shake Up
Mar 23, 2016
We previously reported on the change being made to the name of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) to the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)...
Fixing Costs in Civil Cases - LJ Jackson Gives His Updated View
Mar 15, 2016
Lord Justice Jackson (Jackson LJ), who readers may be aware was given the task of reviewing costs in civil litigation claims, has recently put forward the idea that fixed costs sho...
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...
Report Published on the Future of Civil Courts
Jan 15, 2016
Lord Justice Briggs, a Court of Appeal judge, was commissioned to review and compile a report on the future of the civil Court structure. His interim report was published on 12 Jan...
New EU Trademark Directive Published
Jan 5, 2016
Background 2016 will see the some of biggest recent changes in the law of trade marks in the EU since the introduction of the Community trade mark ("CTM") in 1996. Regulation (EU...
UK Government Puts the Brake on Plans to Further Court Fee Increase
Dec 22, 2015
We previously reported in March 2015 about an increase in court fees. The fees increased on 9 March 2015 and led to a hike of more than 660% in some cases (unspecified claims). It ...
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...
Specialist IP Courts in China Celebrate a Successful First Year
Dec 9, 2015
In September 2014, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress gave its approval to the Supreme People's Court (SPC's) plan for an IP-specialised bench, leading to the...
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...
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