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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.

Setting aside fraudulent settlements

The Supreme Court has recently ruled on the ability to set aside settlement agreements.

Countdown to 2017 – Brexit and the non-dom tax changes

The EU Referendum has been and gone, we have a new Prime Minister and Chancellor, and Parliament has gone into summer recess, returning in September. All change, but what of the non-dom and UK residential property tax changes due to take effect in April 2017?

Inside IP: Extended copyright protection for industrially produced artistic works

Currently, mass-produced artistic works (i.e., where at least 50 are produced by an industrial process) have a shorter term of copyright protection compared to other artistic works.

New onus on landlords for counterfeit goods

Landlords may be forced to stop the sale of counterfeits and other illicit goods on their premises

Inside IP: Do you need to update your EU trade mark specifications?

Until 24 September 2016, EU Trade Mark (EUTM) owners, as well as owners of relevant International Registrations designating the EU, have an opportunity to file a declaration with the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) to clarify the scope of protection of their trade mark.

The Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court: What now after Brexit?

It has been some 40 years since European leaders first discussed the idea of a single European Patent.

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Inside IP: Court of Appeal upholds website blocking order against sites selling counterfeits

The Court of Appeal has confirmed that the courts have jurisdiction to issue orders against ISPs requiring them to block their customers from accessing websites selling counterfeit products, upholding an order in relation to six websites selling counterfeit Cartier and Mont Blanc products.

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...