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Design Opinion Service to be Introduced
Mar 26, 2015
A new design opinion service is set to be introduced by the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO). The purpose of the service is to provide advice on potential design disputes. ...
Judges Sacked for Using Court Computers to View Pornography
Mar 19, 2015
Three judges have been sacked after allegedly using their Court computers to watch pornographic material. A fourth judge resigned before the conclusion of the enquiry. The Judicia...
Courts and their Pro-dispute Resolution Stance
Mar 17, 2015
The case of Laporte v The Commissioner for the Police of the Metropolis  EWHC 371 (QB), has reinforced the pro-alternate dispute resolution ("ADR") stance of courts. ADR enc...
National Crime Agency's Triumph following Cyber Crime Strike Week
Mar 9, 2015
Last week proved to be a successful week ("Strike Week") for the National Crime Agency ("NCA") who had dedicated a week to targeting those committing cybercrimes. The NCA launched...
New Copyright Protection Term for Industrially Manufactured Artistic Works
Mar 5, 2015
It has been announced that a new law is set to be introduced in April 2020 to allow designers of artistic work which is industrially manufactured to extend the term of copyright pr...
Court Fees Increase - To Take Effect on Monday 9 March
Mar 4, 2015
We have previously reported on the proposed increase in court fees and the opposition to the increase in such fees from various parties including The Forum of Insurance Lawyers, a ...
The Law Society invokes the Magna Carta against planned hike in legal costs
Feb 24, 2015
We have previously reported on the Government's plans to increase the cost of bringing a claim in the English Courts. Now, in the 800th anniversary year of the signing of the Magna...
Rise in Licensing and Copyright Disputes
Feb 23, 2015
Research has revealed that the vast majority of claims issued in the High Court are in respect of licensing and copyright infringement disputes. The claims are typically in respect...
First Paperless Criminal Trial
Feb 18, 2015
The first criminal trial to use iPads in a bid to reduce paperwork got underway yesterday. Members of the jury sitting on a three-month fraud trial at Southwark Crown Court were h...
Online Dispute Resolution: Is the eBay Model the Way Forward?
Feb 17, 2015
A recent report by the Civil Justice Council has highlighted the fact that bringing low value claims in the current court system is too costly, too slow and too complex, and the me...
Cyber Crime - The Ongoing Threat
Feb 16, 2015
A report authored by computer security firm Kaspersky, and reported on BBC business news today claimed that cyber bank robbers, with members spread as far as Russia, Ukraine and Ch...
Cost of Bringing a Claim to Increase – A Further Update
Feb 2, 2015
Further to our last update (26.01.2015) on the issue of rising court fee costs, there has been a further update as yet another group are contesting the proposed increases which wil...
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