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12 July 2018 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Technology & media

Drones can lift the UK economy, so why is the law weighing us down?

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Commercial drone Philip Banks-Welsh

Nobody seriously doubts now that airborne drones will play a significant role in our future. With advances in technology the private and public/commercial application of airborne drones is limitless.

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30 May 2018 0 Comments Posted in News, Technology & Media

New drone legislation on horizon

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New drone legislation is set to be introduced in the UK over the coming months with a view to increasing the safety of drone use. But what do we all need to know about drones and the new frontier they represent for UK businesses? Comment from Royds Withy King drones lawyer and former RAF air traffic controller Philip Banks-Welsh.

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26 April 2018 0 Comments Posted in Technology & media

Martin Lewis and the Facebook ‘face-off’ – why is he suing Facebook over someone else’s ads?

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Martin Lewis, founder of MoneySavingExpert.com, is to launch defamation proceedings against Facebook over claims that more than 50 fake advertisements featuring his face and name have recently appeared on the popular social media platform.

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1 June 2017 0 Comments Posted in Dispute resolution, Opinion

Online court pilot – a brave new world for the court system

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Online court pilot

According to minutes from the Civil Procedure Rules Committee meeting in April, a pilot scheme to test the new online court is set for late July. On the face of it, a court system offering the improved use of technology would provide an opportunity for litigants to benefit from more efficient court processes. However, many commentators question whether the online court will streamline litigation, or leave users disillusioned and frustrated.

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24 March 2017 0 Comments Posted in Dispute Resolution, Opinion

‘What’s in a name?’ Reusing a company name after insolvency

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To quote Shakespeare, “That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet”, which suggests that names are of limited importance and do not really affect what things are. However, in business a name is all-important and it is not uncommon for directors of insolvent companies to want to continue trading using another company with the same or a similar name.

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19 January 2017 0 Comments Posted in Dispute Resolution, Opinion

Investigating corporate insolvency – are you prepared?

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We all saw the news last year about BHS and its sad demise. At the time, Business Secretary Sajid Javid ordered the Insolvency Service to fast-track its investigation of BHS and the circumstances which led to its insolvency. What lessons can companies look to learn from this retail giant?

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27 May 2016 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Technology & media

Important update on the implementation of changes to old rules for copyright protection of “artistic works”

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Artistic designs

In a previous article published on 24 March 2016 it was identified that the IPO were reconsidering the implementation date for the proposed changes to copyright protection for articles which qualify as “artistic works”.

The original date for the change was April 2015 with a 5 year transitional period. This was later revised to April 2016, after being challenged, with a much reduced transitional period until 28 October 2016. The latest position is that the changes will now become effective on 28 July 2016 with a transitional period ending on 28 January 2017.

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24 March 2016 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Technology & media

Are you ready for the changes to copyright protection for artistic designs?

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Designer chairs

Legislation introduced by the Government will bring an end to the shortened period of copyright protection for artistic designs which are industrially manufactured and sold.

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18 September 2015 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Technology & media

A fishy tale – and why it matters to you

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fish supermarket packaging

Lookalike branding is on the increase. The case below, along with numerous others, reinforces the need to carefully consider your product branding, packaging design and appearance, and to take active steps to protect it from being copied.

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20 April 2015 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Technology & media

The Court system embraces social media

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Digital Wills

Often associated with old fashioned, out of date traditions, and criticised for being out of touch with modern society, the Court system finally appears to be showing signs of changing with the times.

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6 February 2012 0 Comments Posted in Case Studies

Commercial Agency Claims: Compensation or no compensation

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If you are a principal in a business that relies on good relationships with its sales agents, you might be surprised to find yourself facing a compensation claim from an agent at the end of the agency agreement. Perhaps even …

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