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How much did you say? – an estate agency law update

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The Estate Agents Act 1979 (“the Act”) has been with us for some 34 years, the major part  coming into force in May 1982. The important Regulations referred to at Section 18 of the Act came into force on 29 July 1991 (“the Regulations”) . So there really should be no surprises and no reasons for disputes over when a person acting as an estate agent is entitled to a commission, and how much they should be paid, and yet disputes continue and commissions are lost.

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19 September 2017 0 Comments Posted in News, Technology & Media

Royds Withy King advises the NAJ on the Made in Britain partnership

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Specialist intellectual property (IP) lawyers from UK Top 100 law firm Royds Withy King in London have advised the National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) on a strategic partnership with Made in Britain, the organisation representing more than 1,000 UK makers across 40 product sectors with one universal manufacturer’s marque.

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Fashion in courts: Chanel defends its intellectual property

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In the fast-moving world of intellectual property and trade marks, it is vital to defend your brand as actively as you can. And you don’t have to be an international powerhouse like Chanel to do it.

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6 things jewellery retailers can’t ignore this year

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The retail sector is a fast moving and highly competitive industry, one in which failure to foresee challenges ahead of the competition can make the difference between boom and bust. This is particularly poignant in the jewellery industry, where discerning customers expect the highest quality products to go hand in hand with customer service and experience.

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4 August 2017 0 Comments Posted in News, Events & Opinion

Pest control: the use of selective distribution agreements to curb internet vendors

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Whatever you are looking to buy, chances are you’ll look online first. In recent years, the internet has seen an explosion of online traders, some reputable, some not so much. Brand owners and distributors who consider certain online retailers damaging to their brands now have a way of dealing with that, as Selective Distribution Agreements become increasingly popular.

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17 May 2017 0 Comments Posted in News

New online copyright launch in China

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The Copyright Society of China (“CSC”) has launched its official online Copyright Monitoring Centre (“the Centre”).  The Centre had been founded for some time, since August 2016, but only went live last month.  The CSC hopes that the Centre will …

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5 May 2017 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Technology & media

The Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill receives Royal Assent

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The Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill

The Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017. It is expected to come into force in October 2017.

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27 January 2017 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Technology & media

Key change in copyright law this week – could you be impacted?

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As I reported last summer, Section 52 of the UK’s Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (CDPA 1988) was repealed on 28 July 2016. A consequence of the change was to bring certain works of artistic craftsmanship back into ‘copyright’. This change could have a significant effect in many sectors. The transitional period ends tomorrow on 28 January 2017. If you are in one of the sectors that could be impacted, including the jewellery industry, here is what you need to know.

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12 September 2016 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Technology & media

Royds Withy King share pearls of wisdom at jewellery trade show

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Partner Stephen Welfare recently took part in a business advice clinic at the IJL Trade Show at London Olympia.

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26 July 2016 0 Comments Posted in News

Copyright changes to come into force

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Changes to intellectual property law, set to take effect later this month, will extend the length of copyright protection for certain artistic works. The decision to repeal Section 51 of the Copyright, Designs & Patents Act has been welcomed by …

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4 July 2016 0 Comments Posted in News

Brexit and Intellectual Property

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The Referendum result has caused many businesses to be concerned about their European Community Registered Intellectual Property Rights. Are they still valid? The simple answer is yes; for now.  The exact date of the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU …

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30 June 2016 0 Comments Posted in News

Lawyers must deliver better service to tech-savvy clients

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Tech-savvy clients in a fast-moving digital age are becoming increasingly discerning of their legal advisers, but will pay for quality if it is delivered in a way they can understand. As a profession, the law has never been the fastest …

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