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9 March 2017 Health & safety breaches - what discount will I get for a guilty plea?

The Sentencing Council have released their Definitive Guideline on the Reduction in Sentence for a Guilty Plea, which sets out the approach to be taken by the courts.

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5 December 2016 EUIPO v Szajner - when an EU TM opponents unregistered right is changed by the national courts

Advocate General Kolkott’s opinion on 2 December 2016 highlights the importance of keeping up with national case law when dealing with EU trade mark opposition or invalidity appeal proceedings.

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9 November 2016 Changes to immigration rules

Employment law expert, Elish Kennedy, outlines changes to the immigration rules due to come into force on 24 November 2016.

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12 February 2016 Product recall: a new central register and a call for a change in the law

The Retail Ombudsman has today announced the launch of a new ‘central register’, due to go live next week, designed to hold contact details for consumers in order to facilitate automatic updates in the event of a product recall.

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1 October 2015 When brands go bad

Whilst VW may not be any more damaging to the environment than the next marque - it will now have to spend many millions more in order to try to shed the perception, created by this scandal, that company is potentially dishonest, inefficient and unreliable.

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6 August 2015 Obvious to try – are expectations of success relevant in patentability assessments?

In Teva v Leo, the Court of Appeal heard Leo’s successful appeal against the High Court decision that combining two active ingredients using a non-aqueous solvent (the ‘solvent’) was an “obvious” step, and therefore required Leo’s patents to be revoked.

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15 May 2015 Patent litigation - approach summary judgment / strike out with caution

Swift resolution of patent disputes is key to minimising significant unnecessary costs and uncertainty.

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24 April 2015 Clarification of the illegality defence?

The Supreme Court saw an opportunity to clarify the law surrounding ex turpi causa in its recent decision of Jetivia SA & Another v Bilta (UK) Ltd (In Liquidation) & Ors.

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15 April 2015 Diageo promotes 'craft' over 'consumption' to survive ASA complaint

The Guinness brand is known for its iconic advertisements, although regulations today preclude the use of famous slogans of yesteryear such as “Guinness is Good For You”.

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17 July 2014 Are home delivery services by the big four supermarkets sustainable?

With the news that Ocado has posted a profit for the first half of its financial year, there are hopes it will make an annual pre-tax profit for the first time since it was founded in 2000.

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