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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...
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...
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