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McDonald’s fail to prove ‘genuine use’ of Big Mac trade mark

Many will have reacted with surprise at the widely reported news that McDonald’s had lost its registered EU trade mark for BIG MAC at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) following a cancellation action by Irish fast food chain, Supermac’s: Supermac’s (Holdings) Ltd v McDonald’s International Property Company Limited. Supermac’s successfully argued that BIG MAC [...]

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Intellectual Property - 4 months ago

Fake news, fake reviews: are influencers abusing their influence?

Sixteen social media stars – including celebrities such as Alexa Chung, Ellie Goulding, Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Rita Ora – have provided voluntary undertakings to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to improve disclosure in their social media posts, following a CMA investigation into whether influencers are clearly disclosing paid-for endorsements. They have undertaken to make it clear [...]

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Dispute Resolution - 4 months ago

How will Brexit impact the transfer of young players?

Sky Sports News interviewed Immigration Partner Maria Patsalos about the impact of Brexit on the transfer of players under the age of 18. Maria said, “The one thing with things like Brexit is that the rules can be torn up and you can start again, so it’s not always doom and gloom, there are some opportunities. “…However, if we are [...]

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Immigration, Sports - 4 months ago

Insurance in Post-Brexit Europe

The insurance market has for a long time relied on both the freedom of services and freedom of establishment to passport insurance services across the EEA. On 29 March 2017, the stable conditions over which the insurance market had hitherto developed were disrupted when the UK started the formal process of leaving the EU under [...]

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Dispute Resolution - 4 months ago

A crack down on cultural appropriateness

The Financial Conduct Authority, the Financial Reporting Council and others are making promotion and maintenance of a healthy workplace culture a franchise issue. [...]

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Corporate - 4 months ago