On February 2, 2017, the Government published a White Paper on its plan for exiting and achieving a new partnership with the EU.
February 07, 2017
On January 18, 2017, the Court of Appeal handed down its judgment in the long running case of Shanks v Unilever, on whether Shanks is entitled to compensation under the employee compensation provisions of the UK Patents Act 1977.
January 20, 2017
On January 17, 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May delivered her much anticipated speech on the UK Government’s plan for exiting the EU.
January 19, 2017
The government announced on November 28 that it will ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement, which means that a system providing for a unitary patent right covering most of the EU member states
December 20, 2016
The government announced on November 28 that it will ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement which means that a system providing for a unitary patent right covering most of the EU member states (Croatia, Poland and Spain are not at
November 29, 2016
Know-how and information are the currency of our knowledge economy and form valuable assets which need protection. Recourse to conventional intellectual property rights, such as copyright, design right and patents, is not always available for certain technical and business information, such as customer lists, trading algorithms, financial investment strategies, business plans, etc.
July 18, 2016
The overriding objective of dealing in cases justly and proportionately is often quoted but ignored by parties. The High Court of the UK in Positec v. Husqvarna  EWHC 1061 (Pat) made it clear that ignoring the objective is not an option. Mr Justice Birss has ruled that patentees will now not normally be required to disclose any R&D documentation showing how the invention was arrived at, for the purposes of assessing obviousness. If disclosure of the inventor’s records is sought, the opponent will need to make out a specific case for it.
May 18, 2016
Recognizing the increased challenges faced by businesses globally to protect their trade secrets, both the U.S. and the European Union have moved to strengthen their respective laws on trade secret protection. This legal update examines the upcoming changes that are on the horizon on both...
May 12, 2016
The European Parliament on 14 April 2016 approved the text of the European Trade Secrets Directive (the Directive), which now has also been provisionally agreed to by the European Council.
May 09, 2016
On 14 April 2016 MEPs voted in favour of the proposed Trade Secrets Directive (the Directive), approving the text in its current form. The press release issued by the European Parliament can be found here.
April 15, 2016
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