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HMRC updated guidance on situs of crypto-assets

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Contributing authors: Mandy Casavant

About a decade or so ago, a new way of exchanging value was born. It would be generically termed “ cryptocurrency” and the first hatchling was called Bitcoin.

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Getting a drone for Christmas? A few rules for a flying start

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Is there a drone on your, your friend’s or your child’s Christmas wish list? With the prices starting at as low as £15 for a basic model, drones are bound to be a popular gift this year. If you are a drone novice, however, you’ll need to be mindful of a few ground (pun intended) rules.

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Wearable tech – a threat to jewellers or an opportunity?

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Each year when #BlackFriday and the Christmas sales period approaches, retailers (and accordingly suppliers) are looking forward to their busiest time of the year and a return on the R&D work throughout the year. For fashion-led industries such as jewellery, seasonal variations and being ‘on trend’ can make a big difference: get it right and your product is the must have this Christmas and you’ll be ‘quids in’, but get it wrong and you’ll be in potential financial difficulty. So design is key.

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Legal solutions to our digital future

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Contributing authors: Charlotte Ebbutt, Philip Banks-Welsh and Louise Hart

At Royds Withy King our lawyers work closely with technology-rich businesses to help bring new tech to market, and with businesses wanting to implement new technologies and innovations – from cloud-based outsourcing to AI and machine learning – across their operations.

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6 things jewellery businesses shouldn’t ignore this year

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The jewellery industry, perhaps as much if not more than most, has discerning customers who expect the highest quality products to go hand in hand with customer service and experience.

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I leave all my assets to my spouse, and all my data to be managed by…?

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Life used to be so simple. A person would die and their house, bank accounts and shares were all easily identifiable. The house would contain drawers of private letters and photographs, all dealt with by the Executors of the Will. But now, a person dies receiving hardly any hard copy post. Their life is charted in the on-line ether. A whole life is recorded in Facebook check-ins, Instagram images, Tick Tok videos, and banging playlists.

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Who’s feeling Uber-active?

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With Uber on the brink of a historic IPO on the New York Stock Exchange, employment lawyer Nikita Sonecha asks if driver activism leading up to the offering or during the AGM is going to be a disruptive force for this vast, but relatively delicate company.

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Game of Drones – a song of spies and flyers

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When drones are used to spy on the sets of Game of Thrones, or to disrupt airports and our holidays’, we could be forgiven for thinking that no good can come of this emerging technology. So with all the negative press coverage they have had in the last year or so, we ask are there any positive uses for drones?

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

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Commercial drone Philip Banks-Welsh

As Google’s ‘Wing’ drones have been approved to make public deliveries in Australia it is becoming increasingly clear that airborne drones will play a significant role in our future. With advances in technology, few could argue that the private, public, and commercial applications of airborne drones is huge. But is the UK at risk of being left behind by failing to incubate this potentially lucrative industry?

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Can Instagram take your profile from you?

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Contributing authors: Charlotte Ebbutt and Stephen Welfare

For many people their social media account is something that can feel intimately personal. You may have poured hours into gaining followers, or you may use it to quietly keep up to date with world events.  But whatever the level of engagement, the bottom line is that like your phone number or email address, your username is yours, right?

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Apple vs Huawei: behind the silicon curtain

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Last week, two out of the world’s top three smartphone manufacturers made media headlines, for very different reasons.

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Your brand and Brexit: what’s going to happen to your EU trade marks?

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With the Brexit date currently set for 22 May at the latest, and following the recent indicative votes in the UK Parliament, the terms of the UK’s departure from the EU remain unclear. While speculation continues about the way ahead, what do EU trade mark holders need to know now?

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