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Call for F1 investigation over allegations of Anti-Competitive Practice

Anneliese Dodds, Labour MEP for the southeast of England, has called for an immediate investigation into competition concerns arising from the Formula One motorsport industry.

Court of Appeal confirms jurisdiction to grant 'Arrow' declarations

The Court of Appeal has decided that, in principle, a claimant may obtain an 'Arrow declaration' where the circumstances of the case are such that it would be appropriate to do so.

Brexit: the White Paper

Yesterday, the government published its white paper on Brexit. Perhaps it should have been called its red, white and blue paper on Brexit. The document sets out the government's plans for how we will leave the European Union.

Inside IP: UPC to open its doors for business in December 2017?

Following the UK Government's surprise announcement in November 2016 that it was proceeding with plans to ratify the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement, the UPC Preparatory Committee has issued an important statement on the likely timetable.

"Events likely to give rise to a claim": when should an insured give notice?

In the recent case of Zurich Insurance Plc v Maccaferri Ltd [2016] EWCA Civ 1302 the Court of Appeal was asked to determine the meaning of a condition precedent in an insurance policy which required the insured to notify its insurers "as soon as possible after the occurrence of an event likely to give rise to a claim".

Inside IP: Court of Appeal confirms permission to appeal no more likely in patent cases than other cases

The Court of Appeal has formally disapproved the notion that permission to appeal should be more readily given in patent cases.

Countdown to 2017 - Draft Legislation Published

So, finally, the draft legislation - or at least most of it - has now been published. This Briefing covers the main points.

Executive pay and corporate governance back in the spotlight

Following much debate on curbing excessive executive pay and putting workers on company boards, earlier this week the Government launched the eagerly awaited consultation paper on corporate governance reform.

A brake on the English Family Courts power to vary offshore trusts?

In a recent High Court decision, Mr Justice Mostyn found that the English courts do not have jurisdiction either to make pension sharing orders in relation to foreign pensions or to vary them as a nuptial settlement; a decision which may significantly limit the English Family Court's powers to vary offshore trusts.

UPC: UK gives green light to ratification, but what will happen post-Brexit?

The Government has announced that it is proceeding with its plans to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement.

Autumn Statement - A Disappearing Act

In his first and last post-Brexit Autumn Statement, the Chancellor was keen to point out that the UK is predicted to be the fastest growing major economy in the G7 this year, with growth of 2.1% for 2016, in stark contrast to earlier gloomy pre-and post-Brexit predictions. 

Inside IP: Rubik's Cube shape trade mark held invalid following 10 year battle

Some 40 years after its release, the Rubik's Cube remains one of the best-selling toys in the world.

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Inside IP: Court of Appeal confirms that sales of 'grey' goods can be a criminal offence

The Court of Appeal has confirmed that criminal trade mark offences can apply not only to the distribution and sale of counterfeit goods (fakes), but also to 'grey' goods, i.e. those bearing an owner's registered trade mark(s).

Updated Remuneration Principles for Quoted Companies

Earlier this week the Investment Association (IA) wrote to the chairmen of remuneration committees of all FTSE 350 companies with key changes to its Principles of Remuneration (the Principles).

Lundbeck loses appeal to overturn 'pay for delay' fines

In a September 2016 ruling, the General Court of the EU ruled against Danish pharmaceutical company, Lundbeck, in its appeal to overturn antitrust fines imposed by the European Commission.

Inside IP: A modern EU copyright law fit for the digital age?

On 14 September 2016, the European Commission presented major proposals to reform EU copyright law, the latest instalment in its wide-ranging Digital Single Market programme of announcements.

Inside IP: Court of Appeal finds pregabalin second medical use patent invalid

The Court of Appeal has delivered its much-anticipated decision in the dispute concerning Warner-Lambert's second medical use patent for pregabalin, and skinny labelled generic products.

Inside IP: IP Crime Report 2015/2016

The UK Intellectual Property Office ("IPO") and the national IP Crime Group have published their 11th yearly review, the IP Crime Report 2015/2016.

Is there a case for worker representation on boards?

Only days before becoming Prime Minister, Theresa May unexpectedly announced her intention to shake up the UK corporate governance system by requiring company boards to have employee representatives.

Brexit: Impact on the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court

Following June's Brexit referendum, we published an overview of the possible implications for the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court.