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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.

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.

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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.

EU Commission initial findings on e-commerce sector inquiry identifies concerns with restrictions on retailers

The European Commission's preliminary report on its e-commerce inquiry has confirmed fast growth of the sector within the EU, and identified trends and business practices which may hinder competition between Member States, and limit consumer choice for EU citizens.

Inside IP: Time to consider a UK registered design?

The UK Intellectual Property Office has published guidance on reduced fees that will come into effect for new UK design registrations (and for renewals of existing registrations) from 1 October 2016.

Daniel and another v Tee and others [2016] EWHC 1538 (Ch): Imprudent decisions made by trustees of minors' trust did not make them liable as no loss was suffered

This decision contains a useful summary of breach of trust cases where issues arise about the scope of the duties of professional trustees – in this case solicitors – where independent advisers are used (in this instance relating to investment advice).

Inside IP: What's in a name? Risks for designers when selling 'own name' brands

The High Court has ruled that designer Karen Millen is not permitted to use the name KAREN on clothing or the name KAREN MILLEN on clothing or other goods (such as homeware) in the US or China, following the sale of the Karen Millen business in 2004 where the designer agreed to restrict her future use of the name.

Countdown to 2017 – Further Details Announced

The government finally published the long-awaited second consultation today, and many of the expected changes have been fleshed out in this announcement.