Articles and Updates
It is best practice to set out in employment contracts the employees' obligations and responsibilities in relation to any intellectual property rights created by them during the course of their employment. Often, we come across contracts which are not water tight and this can cause problems further down the line, either by not managing the expectations of employees or just making it more difficult to secure and protect the rights created. Paul Cox, Partner, provides further insight.
It is difficult to envisage a more iconic shape than that of the Rubik's cube. The Rubik's cube has kept users entertained and puzzled for many decades. Unbelievably, to those of us who have tried to solve the Rubik's Cube, the world record is reported as 3.47 seconds, which beat the previous record by 0.75 secs. In contrast, the shape of the Rubik's cube has been subject to an ongoing legal battle which has lasted for more than 13 years and made its way up to the highest court in the EU (nearly twice). Charlene Nelson, Chartered Trade Mark Attorney and Paul Cox, Partner, provides further insight.
The Senior Managers and Certification Regime (the SMCR) introduces a set of basic, high level rules which will apply to almost every individual who works within a financial services firm. Laura Autiero, associate, explains this in further detail.
Clients often enquire, when seeking to resolve an IP infringement case, how they can ensure that a defendant complies with the settlement terms. In some cases the claimant will not trust the defendant to do so especially if there has been some form of concealment or deceit. Rachel Pearse, Senior Associate provides further insight.
McDonald's has been in dispute with Supermac's, the largest Irish owned fast food restaurant in the Republic of Ireland, for a while now. Charlene Nelson, Chartered Trade Mark Attorney provides further insight.
The High Court has recently granted a website-blocking injunction to the video game and console manufacturer behind the Wii and Switch devices and games such as Mario Brothers and Mario Cart. Neil Parkes, Partner, and Lily Percival, Trainee Solicitor, provide further insight.
In a recent decision in AMS Neve Ltd & Another v Heritage Audio SL & Another, the Court of Justice for the EU (CJEU) confirmed that a Spanish website operator targeting customers in the UK could be sued in the UK because that is where the operator had advertised or made offers for sale. Chandni Jobanputra, Associate and Paul Cox, Partner provide further insight.
Some commentators were worried that the Supreme Court's findings in S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd  could render obsolete a landlord's ability to use ground (f) to oppose a lease renewal on the grounds of redevelopment. However, rather than killing off ground (f), the first judgment since Franses has not seen ground (f) derailed.