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Go ambush marketing, stay legal

The term “Ambush Marketing” was invented by the advertising business in the US in the 1980s. It stands for a special kind of marketing campaign where companies cleverly connect their goods or brands with a popular, often athletic, event.

Law Firm: Schoenherr | Published: 03 May 2010 | Practice Area: Regulation and enforcement

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Bulgaria: radical changes to trademark law

The draft amendment to the current Bulgarian trademark law, which provides for major changes to trademark registration procedures, has passed the first round of voting in the National Assembly.

Law Firm: Schoenherr | Published: 03 May 2010 | Practice Area: Trademarks

France HR briefing: Stress at Work

Stress at work has become a major topic of interest in France following the implementation of various agreements focusing on the issue. In addition, case law has gradually increased the employers' responsibility for properly addressing the issue stress at work.

Law Firm: Eversheds | Published: 30 April 2010 | Practice Area: Practice and Procedure

Ireland: With Open Arms

The Irish Government is taking steps to make the country more attractive for fund management company re-domiciliations. This article – exclusively for Legal Week - outlines the process and touts the pro-enterprise nature of the jurisdiction.

Law Firm: Matheson Ormsby Prentice | Published: 30 April 2010 | Practice Area: Trade Finance

International HR briefing: EU

In March 2010, the EU Commission took the first step towards a comprehensive review of the Working Time Directive (WTD). This is despite last year's failure to agree changes to the treatment of on-call time or amendments to the 48-hour opt-out.

Law Firm: Eversheds | Published: 30 April 2010 | Practice Area: Health and Safety

Advocate General says privilege should not apply to in-house lawyers under EU competition law

Following a recent ruling, the Advocate General has stated that legal professional privilege should not be extended to protect communications between parties and their in-house lawyers from disclosure during competition investigations by the European Commission. But what does this mean in practice?

Law Firm: Herbert Smith Freehills | Published: 29 April 2010 | Practice Area: Litigation

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Private Equity: the latest on Europe’s Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive

Despite the European Council's invitation to the Spanish Presidency to start negotiations with the European Parliament in March, progress has faltered for a number of reasons and the impact of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive on the private equity industry remains uncertain.

Law Firm: SJ Berwin | Published: 29 April 2010 | Practice Area: Central Government

Ireland: Bad Bank Bailout

The Irish Government will shortly pay e50bn (£44bn) to its banks for loan books that were previously valued at e77bn (£67bn). Largely classed as land and development loans, around e19bn (£17bn) is secured against UK property. This report – exclusively for Legal Week – asks how did it come to this...view abstract

Law Firm: McCann FitzGerald | Published: 29 April 2010 | Practice Area: Commercial Property

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Court of Appeal and European patents regulator lock horns over industrial applicability

The UK Court of Appeal has recently reached a different conclusion to a decision of the Technical Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office in the case of Eli Lilly and Company v Human Genome Sciences Inc, even though both courts cooperated together during proceedings.

Law Firm: Field Fisher Waterhouse | Published: 29 April 2010 | Practice Area: Health Care

IP update: Rambus – the patent ambush

The European Commission's "patent ambush" investigation against Rambus should serve as a warning to entities engaged in setting industry standards that they should do so in an open and transparent manner. This briefing investigates the issue further.

Law Firm: Field Fisher Waterhouse | Published: 29 April 2010 | Practice Area: EU Competition Law

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