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  • Lewis Silkin co-host gender pay gap roundtable discussion with techUK

    29 June 2017

    Lewis Silkin recently co-hosted a second roundtable discussion on the subject of how best to approach gender pay gap reporting which involved senior representatives of a number of leading technology companies.

  • Australia - Work and Holiday visas and new six-year multiple-entry visas available for Singaporeans

    27 June 2017

    Following the recent summit held in Singapore, it was announced that two new visa measures will come into place. These are the availability for Singaporeans to apply for Australia’s Work and Holiday Visa programme and the new six-year multiple-entry visa for business and tourism in 1 August 2017 and 1 January 2018 respectively.

  • Brands and IP newsnotes - issue 5

    27 June 2017

    Welcome to the 5th edition of our Brands & IP newsnotes put together to bring you the latest, and most interesting legal developments affecting intellectual property law. In this issue we cover; the potential pitfalls of social media, design by artificial intelligence, interesting trade mark applications and cases, an update on the UPC, and the importance of protecting trade secrets.

  • Landlord & Tenant Act 1954 - The Basics

    27 June 2017

    Part II of the 1954 Act is perhaps the most important legislation governing commercial premises. The provisions of Part II of the Act were substantially amended with effect from 1st June 2004 and did away with many of the tactical manoeuvres that were available under the old regime.

  • Peering over the Brexit cliff edge: The Government’s plans for EU nationals in the UK

    27 June 2017

    The Government has announced its long overdue plan for the future of EU nationals and their family members, who have been anxiously waiting for clarity since the referendum result a year ago.

  • Lewis Silkin is proud to support Createch 2017

    23 June 2017

    Createch - the emerging category in which technology enables new forms of creativity and vice versa - was celebrated as a new growth opportunity for the UK at a unique gathering of business leaders, entrepreneurs and creatives.

  • Give me a break…KitKat latest developments (Brands & IP Newsnotes - issue 5)

    23 June 2017

    Last month the Court of Appeal gave us the latest decision in the long running battle between Nestle and Cadbury. Interestingly, whilst agreeing that the well-known four- fingered chocolate snack should not be registered as a 3D trade mark, all three Lord Justices chose to give their own judgment. And for Nestle, this one might just take the biscuit.

  • Get me a #covfefe (Brands & IP Newsnotes - issue 5)

    23 June 2017

    In case you missed it, the 45th President of the United States recently took his habit of late night tweeting to a new low. Presumably meaning to rail against the ‘mainstream media’ coverage, Trump instead complained of “negative press covfefe” and trailed off mid-sentence. Cue ridicule and the hashtag #covfefe trending on Twitter.

  • Public goes nutellay crazy for AI design (Brands & IP Newsnotes - issue 5)

    23 June 2017

    Nutella hit the headlines in February this year after using an algorithm to produce millions of unique labels in Italy. The jars flew off the shelves with customers keen to get their hands on a one-of-a kind jar. Each label design was completely unique with only the Nutella logo remaining the same.

  • Champagne supernova: Cristal brand owner sues cava producer (Brands & IP Newsnotes - issue 5)

    23 June 2017

    Do you know your Champagne from your Cava? Quite possibly, but a High Court judge held in late 2015 that a Spanish cava producer trading under the brand name, “Cristalino” had used a confusingly similar sign to that of the famous tipple preferred by rappers and the like, “Cristal”.

  • All hands on deck as creative industries and search engines tackle online piracy (Brands & IP Newsnotes - issue 5)

    23 June 2017

    The UK Government, through the UKIPO, Ofcom and DMCS, has helped broker an agreement between Google, Bing, the BPI and Motion Picture Association over a new voluntary code of practice.

  • To UPC or not UPC – implementation of Unified Patent Court delayed (Brands & IP Newsnotes - issue 5)

    23 June 2017

    The Unified Patent Court (UPC) is intended to provide a regional forum resolve patent disputes. At the moment, parties have to litigate patent disputes on a country by country basis across Europe, which is time-consuming, expensive and can lead to differing decisions in some countries. UPC decisions will have effect in all 25 states participating in the UPC, providing a single forum to resolve these disputes.

  • Playing with fire: user-generated content on Twitter (Brands & IP Newsnotes - issue 5)

    23 June 2017

    The strange world of Twitter, where brands engage with their customers at their peril. The main lesson learned from the recent #WalkersWave Twitter promotion is one that brands have heard before: the British public love nothing more than a piss-take.

  • Clash of the Titans: Google v Uber (Brands & IP Newsnotes - issue 5)

    23 June 2017

    In February, Waymo, part of Google’s parent company, sued Uber for theft of confidential information. Allegedly, a former employee of Waymo, who had been a key part of Google’s driverless car initiative, took 14,000 files and then shortly jumped ship to start up his own autonomous vehicle company. A short time later, Uber acquired the start-up for $680 million.

  • What are the options for the UK and EU to reach a compromise over free movement and access to the single market?

    23 June 2017

    Theresa May’s ill-fated snap election seems to have transformed the UK’s national zeitgeist, not least in the public narrative over Brexit.

  • Servicing trade mark infringement

    22 June 2017

    The use of a third party trademark to provide information or describe a service being offered does not necessarily constitute trademark infringement. Where the use of a trademark goes beyond that and creates an impression in the average consumer that the particular serviced is authorised by the trademark owner, this will constitute an infringement.

  • Validly serving a Statutory Demand is a prerequisite for presenting a Bankruptcy Petition

    22 June 2017

    The court has stressed the importance of validly serving a Statutory Demand before presenting a Bankruptcy Petition. The creditor must do all that is reasonably required to bring the service of the Statutory Demand to the attention of the debtor. Without effectively serving a Statutory Demand on the debtor, presenting a valid Bankruptcy Petition is impossible.

  • Service of a claim form on an agent - was it valid?

    22 June 2017

    In a recent case the High Court considered as a preliminary issue whether a claimant had validly served a claim form on what they considered was the agent of the claimant. The rules of service require that the defendant must be served at the place within the jurisdiction where it conducts business, or where it carries on its activities and which has a real connection with the claim. Therefore the question here was whether the agent’s office was a place at which the defendant conducted its business, or where it carried on its activities?

  • What did the Queen’s Speech have to say about employment law?

    22 June 2017

    Employment issues were quite prominent in the Conservative election manifesto, with Theresa May making the bold assertion that she was promising “the greatest expansion in workers’ rights by any Conservative government in history”. In the event, the political reality of minority government and the exigencies of legislating for Brexit have inevitably resulted in a rather more modest reform agenda.

  • Vietnam - New mandatory work permit system from 1 July onwards

    22 June 2017

    The Vietnamese Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs has been transitioning to a new online work permits application system since April which was piloted in Dong Nai and Vung Tau City.

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