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Sorting Fuct from Fiction – US Supreme Court decision of the registration of profanities Read More

Sorting Fuct from Fiction – US Supreme Court decision of the registration of profanities

Designer Erik Brunetti’s line has been given a green light after justices agree ban blocks free expression. Justices came to that conclusion after the designer Erik Brunetti’s fashion ....

Trade Mark symbols – what do they mean? Read More

Trade Mark symbols – what do they mean?

At the firm we regularly receive queries about what clients should be doing to show they have Intellectual Property Rights in ....

New guidance on the use of Gender Stereotypes in advertising Read More

New guidance on the use of Gender Stereotypes in advertising

Adverts showing a woman struggling to park a car or a man refusing to do housework while his wife cooks dinner will be banned from next year as part of an industry-wide crackdown on sexist ste....

Trade Marks: The Shape of things to come Read More

Trade Marks: The Shape of things to come

The European Court of Justice has thrown out an appeal by the chocolate bar’s maker, Nestlé, which argued that it owns the shape of the teatime treat. Nestlé has spent ....

How much data does your smart home produce? Read More

How much data does your smart home produce?

The amount of data that individuals are creating, recording and sharing is increasing exponentially. This is one of the reasons behind the introduction of the European GDPR regime on 25 May 2018. Its ....

Trademark infringement can be a game of chicken! Read More

Trademark infringement can be a game of chicken!

All trade mark practitioners will be familiar with the imbalance that can exist where global or national brand seeks to challenge a small business over use of its Intellectual Property. Regardless of ....

Headscarf ban: A cross for all employees to bear Read More

Headscarf ban: A cross for all employees to bear

A court ruling from the ECJ has held that employers are able to ban their employees from wearing headscarves, but only if there is a wider policy preventing all workers from the visible wearing of any....

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet Read More

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet

A number of news outlets are reporting on Waterstones’ decision not to use its name, branding and trade marks in three new stores opened on local high streets. Ownership of a trademark does not c....

There is more than one way to skin a cat. Read More

There is more than one way to skin a cat.

I am very proud that my colleague Michael Shapiro has been made an equity partner in the Firm. Michael’s route to partnership has not been the conventional one, joining the firm as an office junior ....

National Living Wage – HMRC’s name and shame policy Read More

National Living Wage – HMRC’s name and shame policy

Having been introduced originally in 1999, the National Minimum Wage is affecting more businesses across the UK as the rates continue to rise. The National Minimum Wage has risen nearly 17% since 2....

The costs of Leasehold ownership Read More

The costs of Leasehold ownership

This article by the BBC highlights the need for all parties to a property transaction (whether residential property or commercial property) to take time to understand what is being transferred and on ....

McCartney intends to Get Back his share Read More

McCartney intends to Get Back his share

The Beatles back catalogue is one of the most valuable in the world and Sir Paul McCartney has issued proceedings against its owner (Sony) to clear the way for him to reclaim his share of the publishi....

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