May 2013

Patents County Court decides “Button Moon” Copyright and Passing Off case

30-05-2013 11:15

The Patents County Court (the PCC) recently handed down judgment in the case of alleged copyright infringement and passing off in drawings and characters in the 1980’s children’s TV show Button Moon.

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The use of assessment centre competency tests as part of a redundancy selection procedure was unreasonable

24-05-2013 14:39

An EAT decision provides a reminder to all employers that any departure
from the conventional approach to selection criteria during a redundancy exercise
must be treated with caution.

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High Court gives decision in Interflora v M&S trade mark dispute

23-05-2013 15:36

On 21 May 2013, the High Court handed down its long awaited judgment in the Interflora v Marks and  Spencer  trade mark infringement case.

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Intellectual Property Office Workshops

20-05-2013 16:09

The Intellectual Property Office is running a series of free workshops across the UK to help businesses understand what valuable Intellectual Property Rights they might have.

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Queen’s Speech proposes new Intellectual Property Bill

10-05-2013 14:44

In her speech on 8 May 2013, the Queen announced plans for a Bill to “make it easier for businesses to protect their Intellectual Property”.

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Mediation Service at the Intellectual Property Office

09-05-2013 09:52

The Minister for Intellectual Property has recently announced the start of a mediation service, to be run by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), to help businesses in the cost effective resolution of disputes.

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Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 – Copyright and Photographs

03-05-2013 11:19

The Intellectual Property Office (“the IPO”) has published a guidance note concerning the “facts and myths” about the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, in particular how the new law will affect copyright in photographs posted online.

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Business Bank launched

02-05-2013 16:13

The first stage in the creation of a UK business bank has recently taken place with the government announcing that £300m will be invested in the scheme.

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