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Inside IP: Court of Appeal gives green light to series marks

The Court of Appeal has recently given its decision on the remaining question in the trade mark dispute over the hit TV show Glee, deciding that the availability in the UK of series marks is compatible with EU law, despite there being no reference to them in the Trade Marks Directive (or the EU Trade Mark Regulation).

Betting & Gaming: Data breaches – Prevention and cure

The media is full of reports reminding us to take data security seriously. In the US, law suits are being brought by shareholders against directors in the wake of data breaches.

Gambling Commission consultation confirms AML reforms as key priority

Last week the Gambling Commission announced a further series of reforms to its Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP) which will come into effect in Autumn 2016.

UK Update: Anti-Money Laundering

The Gambling Commission has published a document detailing weaknesses in the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) controls...

A new rulebook for AIM companies - Q&A and action list

AIM companies should be making plans now for tough new European rules relating to control of inside information, announcements and...

Inside IP: Groundless threats

The recent decision of the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court in Global Flood Defence Systems Ltd & Anor v. Johann Van Den Noort Beheer BV...

Countdown to 2017 – Budget leaves non-doms unable to plan

Further detailed announcements in the 2016 Budget were conspicuous by their absence...

Betting & Gaming: UK regulatory roadmap 2016/2017

Gambling operators are faced with a raft of upcoming legal and regulatory developments.

Private client tax briefing for March 2016

Andrew Goldstone and Jeffrey Lee (Mishcon de Reya) review recent private client tax developments that matter.

The Budget 2016

The general thrust of this year's Budget was to help the economy continue to grow despite the much reduced productivity forecasts.

Inside IP: Case closed on Trunki's Community registered design

The Supreme Court's decision provides some clarification on the extent to which surface decoration is to be taken into account...

Office to Resi - it's official!

Those holding their breath for the office-to-residential permitted development right to be made permanent can now relax.

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Dementia no bar to establishing testamentary capacity

Earlier this year, the Court of Appeal ruled that a will executed by an 83 year old woman who was suffering from dementia...

UK Update: Anti-Money Laundering

On 29 February the Gambling Commission published a document detailing weaknesses identified in the Anti-Money Laundering (AML)...

Countdown to 2017: Non-dom tax changes - What we know so far

The UK government is planning major changes to the way non-domiciled individuals are taxed once they have been long-term resident in the UK.

Charities can challenge daughter's award in inheritance dispute

Three charities have been granted permission to appeal by the Supreme Court in the long running case of Ilott -v- Mitson.

Inside IP: 'glee' Court of Appeal Trade Mark decision is no laughing matter for Twentieth Century Fox

On 8 February 2016, the Court of Appeal handed down its decision in the on-going dispute between Twentieth Century Fox and a UK comedy club owner, Comic Enterprises, over the name 'glee'.

UK Corporate transparency: What you need to know about PSC registers

From 6 April this year new transparency and reporting rules will require most UK companies and LLPs to identify and record the people who own or control them on a "register of people with significant control" (a "PSC register").

Gender Pay – What employers need to know

The long awaited response to the gender pay reporting consultation was published today, along with draft regulations.

Inside IP: black cab trade mark claim driven out of court

In another significant blow to trade marks for the shapes of products, a decision from the High Court taken by Mr Justice Arnold held that trade mark registrations for the "iconic" shape of a London taxi were invalid (partly because they were, or could have been, protected as registered designs).