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Iranian Sanctions – The Fate of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is aimed at securing an orderly transition towards nuclear non-proliferation in Iran.

Countdown to 2017: Non-dom tax changes - a post election update

The government confirmed today that a new Finance Bill will be introduced soon after the summer recess which runs from 20 July until 5 September 2017.

Inside IP: Supreme Court re-writes rules on scope of patent protection

In a groundbreaking decision, the Supreme Court has fundamentally revised the UK approach to interpretation of patent claims and, in particular, has confirmed the extent of the role to be played by a doctrine of equivalents.

The Matthew Taylor Review: 'Good Work'

In October 2016, Matthew Taylor, the Chief Executive of the RSA and a former adviser to Tony Blair, was commissioned by the Prime Minister to conduct a review of modern employment practices.

Court of Appeal decides that unauthorised garage infringed BMW trade marks

The Court of Appeal has issued a significant decision that the use of BMW's registered trade marks by an independent garage on its staff shirts, van and Twitter handle was trade mark infringement and passing off.

PSC Registers

Are you aware of the updated requirements?

Inside IP: Patents Court grants first 'FRAND injunction'

Following his landmark decision in Unwired Planet v Huawei in April 2017

What does the election result mean for employment?

With a surprise hung parliament the outcome of yesterday's general election, uncertainty reigns and the future of the Brexit negotiations is likely to be an immediate concern for many.

The New FX Global Code

The FX Global Code published last month is a non-binding codification of global "good practice" for FX market participants.

Trade union woes

The latest figures on trade union membership were published by the Office of National Statistics last week. They will not make for happy reading for the unions.

Inside IP: Patents Court considers question of challenges to validity of foreign patents

In recent years, the English courts have demonstrated their willingness to adjudicate on claims relating to the infringement of foreign IP rights.

Brexit and IP: An Overview

The UK is due to leave the EU in March 2019.

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Legal Professional Privilege & Internal Investigations following SFO v ENRC

On 8 May 2017, Mrs Justice Andrews DBE handed down judgment in the case of The Director of the Serious Fraud Office v Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Ltd. (SFO v ENRC).

Conservative manifesto - what's in store for workers?

In a manifesto somewhat light on detail in what Theresa May hailed as the "greatest extension of rights and protections for employees by any Conservative government", there are nevertheless a few points to note. Here we present some of the highlights:

Inside IP: KitKat - Court of Appeal sets high bar for acquired distinctiveness

Most people in the UK would recognise the KitKat shape.

What next for restrictions on internet sales?

The EU Commission unveils its report on the E-commerce Sector Inquiry – more enforcement likely

Law Society Guidance for solicitors in SFO section 2 interviews

On 4 May, the Law Society published a practice note in response to the Serious Fraud Office's revised operational guidance on the presence of an interviewee’s legal adviser at a section 2 interview (section 2 Criminal Justice Act 1987).

The Work and Pensions Select Committee on the gig economy

On 1 May 2017 the Work and Pensions Select Committee published a report on self-employment practices, with a particular focus on the gig economy.

Upsurge in FCA investigations for insider dealing

Since Mark Steward was appointed as Director of Enforcement and Market Oversight for the FCA in October 2015 there has been a noticeable upturn in the number of investigations into insider dealing.

Inside IP: Navigating the new groundless threats regime

The Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017 received Royal Assent yesterday, some four years since the Law Commission's initial report proposed reforms to the regime relating to groundless threats of IP infringement proceedings.