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News & insights on IP & IT
News / “He tried to strangle me.” What would those words convey to the “ordinary reasonable reader” of a Facebook post?
Stocker v. Stocker  UKSC 17 For the first time, the Supreme Court considers the meaning of words in the context of their publication on social media.
News / How will Brexit impact Trade Marks?
On March 29, 2019, the United Kingdom will leave the European Union. The exact impact of this unprecedented political move remains unknown, but the UK’s future post-Brexit is likely to be decided in the coming weeks. In June 2016, a referendum was held to decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the EU. With more than 30 million people voting (a turnout of 71.8%), leave won by 51.9% to 48.1%.
News / Brexit and the repatriation of EU laws
The Government's White Paper Legislating for the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union has confirmed the general approach that the proposed Great Repeal Bill will takenbspWhilst the UK will no longer be subject to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice (CJEU), EU laws existing at the time Brexit takes effect will in fact continue to apply, unless or until they are overturned by subsequent UK legislation
News / Data Protection – the EU-US “Privacy Shield” is here – for now!
In February we commented on the agreement reached between the EU and US authorities on a new framework for transatlantic data flows, called the “EU-US Privacy Shield”. This would allow the transfer of personal data from EU countries to the USA, where other legal justifications for this are not available.
News / Brexit and EU Intellectual Property – What Now?
The initial shockwave of the UK electorate’s vote in a referendum held on 23 June to terminate its membership of the European Union (Brexit) has given way to a tide of uncertainty as to whether, when and how the UK will indeed exit the EU. No independent member state has ever left the EU and the nature and scale of this development is unprecedented.
News / Changes to EU trade mark law
On 23 March 2016, new EU trade mark laws come into force, which are set to alter the landscape of EU trade mark protection moving forward The main changes are as follows:
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