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They forgot about Drai

It’s fair to say that the bigger the brand, the more valuable it is; so it is no surprise that businesses will try their best to protect their brand even when, in hindsight, it may not have been the most commercially sound decision. A perfect example of this is the recently reported case involving rap […]

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The reaction of Data Protection Commissioners throughout the EU to Facebook’s latest data breach

Last weekend news broke of a data breach at the Conservative Party conference via an app, prompting predictions of an embarrassing GDPR fine for the party currently in power. The limelight for this data breach was wholly stolen by Facebook who revealed news of the largest ever data breach in the history of its company […]

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UK’s tough new immigration policy is now set out but who’s doing the work?

The UK’s long-term cabinet-agreed immigration policy finally emerged this week, following the Migration Advisory Committee’s (MAC) report last week. The Government, whilst taking the axe to the supply of lower-skilled labour from the EU, fails to offset this with any significant reform of the wider immigration system. The context EU nationals can, for the time […]

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The Future of Immigration: Tier 2 to devour EU, as well non-EU migrants

No preferential treatment for EU migrants – is the headline from today’s long-awaited Migration Advisory Committee’s (MAC) report.  The MAC has issued recommendations around the future of the UK’s immigration policy and, in particular, the system which EU nationals should face if they arrive after December 2020. But it’s not just this headline which is […]

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The shape of things to come?

Whilst the most common way to register a trade mark is using a word or logo “mark”, there are other options available if your business uses something that is sufficiently distinctive enough, for example a colour, a smell or a shape. The common hurdles for registering a trade mark that must be overcome include: the […]

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Is this finally the end of the blame-game in divorce?

The UK government are set to announce a consultation on ‘no-fault divorce’ as Justice Secretary David Gauke described the current system as creating “unnecessary antagonism” following the case of Owens v Owens. It was reported that David Gauke now plans to call for the existing fault-based system to be overhauled. We reported on the case […]

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What a load of croc!

Love them or hate them, Crocs have become synonymous with summer months, gardening and splashing about in the surf.  But did you know that they recently lost their patent protection in the EU?  This means that you can expect to see the shops flooded with copycat designs and variations. Whilst the process of registering a […]

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Cambridge Analytica – Facebook issued record fine

The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) has announced that Facebook is to be fined £500,000 for its part in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The ICO concluded that Facebook failed to safeguard its users’ information and be transparent about how such data was harvested by others. The Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said: “Facebook has failed to provide the kind […]

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It’s the end of the (copyright) world as we know it

The world was a different place in 1988.  The Soviet Union was still in existence, the Berlin Wall hadn’t yet fallen, the only Star Wars being discussed was President Regan’s anti‑missile shield and the internet was still a twinkle in Tim Bernard-Lee’s eye.  It was also the year that the Copyright, Designs and Patent Act […]

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Airbnb – Playing with fire?

Over the last few years, the popularity of short term holiday or business letting websites has increased and shows no sign of slowing down. It’s easy to see why. The hosts can rent out their property when it suits them and don’t have the burden of becoming a full time landlord. The guests get an […]

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