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IP bulletin: Lego bricks, BlackBerrys and metal rappers

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has recently delivered a number of interesting decisions in IP including some much-needed guidance on trade mark registration of shapes and the registration of advertising slogans. This briefing also looks at Blackberry technology and the costs of IP litigation.

Law Firm: Stephenson Harwood | Published: 27 April 2010 | Practice Area: Litigation

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Changing terms without consent: Asda ruling makes it possible

Like most types of contracts, employment contracts can only be varied by consent. In Bateman v Asda Stores, the Employment Appeal Tribunal had to consider whether a general clause purporting to give Asda the right to change terms and conditions allowed it to introduce a new pay scheme.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 27 April 2010 | Practice Area: Regulation and Enforcement

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What do Lego bricks and Scottish Terriers have in common?

The answer? They were both the subject of recent decisions that shed further light on the ability to register three-dimensional shapes as trademarks. This briefing looks at recent developments in Lego's court battle with market rival MEGA Brands over its attempts to register its iconic Lego brick.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 26 April 2010 | Practice Area: Remedies and Enforcement

The Real Deal: Property update

This property briefing from SJ Berwin takes a look at the implications of two recent developments in real estate - sale contracts: does your contract tell the full story? and marketing materials: why inaccuracies could be costly. Click to read more.

Law Firm: SJ Berwin | Published: 16 April 2010 | Practice Area: Litigation

New UK Employment Legislation

This alert includes a summary of the new employment legislation that comes into force in April 2010.

Law Firm: Dewey & LeBoeuf | Published: 08 April 2010 | Practice Area: Contract of Employment and Statutory rights

Contractual power allows employer to change employment terms without staff agreement

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled in favour of Asda after employees challenged its right to make changes to their pay structure unilaterally. Here, we take a closer look at the reasons behind this decision and comment on its implications for businesses.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 07 April 2010 | Practice Area: Collective Consultation

Insurance and reinsurance litigation bulletin: Notification clauses (again!)

Loyaltrend v Brit involved a claim for property damage and business interruption from subsidence. Loyaltrend sought to recover under their insurance policy with Brit. Its denial of the claim was upheld because Loyaltrend failed to comply with a notification clause found to be a condition precedent.

Law Firm: Herbert Smith Freehills | Published: 06 April 2010 | Practice Area: Litigation

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Ain’t misbehavin’: Opening our ‘i’s’ to behavioural advertising

In its latest attempt at self-regulation, the online advertising industry in the US has developed a new symbol which it proposes to add to online advertisements to provide access to information that will improve consumers’ awareness and enhance their privacy. We take a look at the implications.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 06 April 2010 | Practice Area: Regulation and enforcement

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Doing things your way: the ups and downs of changing terms of employment and data protection developments

What do the strike by BA’s cabin crew, the pay levels of ASDA’s shop floor staff and the loss of personal details of 2,135 individuals by a large insurer have in common? Not much, you may think. However, they are all the subject of important recent developments. Nabarro takes a closer look.

Law Firm: Nabarro | Published: 01 April 2010 | Practice Area: Termination of Contract

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Providing logistics services without a signed contract

In an ideal world, provision of logistics services should never begin before a contract is signed. However, that isn’t always possible. Consequently, it’s important to ensure a binding interim agreement is put in place and remains in effect until the full contract is signed. Here, we look at why...view abstract

Law Firm: Holman Fenwick Willan | Published: 30 March 2010 | Practice Area: Practice and Procedure

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