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Blockchain implementation: slow but real

Earlier this month, Citigroup boss Mike Corbat, who oversees one of the world’s biggest banks, adopted a cautious tone when asked about blockchain technology path to mainstream adoption.  Corbat was quoted as saying that, “the expectations and the pace of implementation far exceed…what’s there.” The mainstream media jumped on Corbat’s comments and, not for the first [...]

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Blockchain, Corporate, Technology - 5 months ago

Further guidance on data transfers in the event of a no-deal Brexit

Following guidance issued by issued by DCMS and the ICO at the end of last year (discussed in our bulletin), the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has published its own information notice on data transfers from the EEA to the UK post-Brexit in the event of a no-deal.  The notice confirms that, after 29 March 2019, if the [...]

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Data - 5 months ago

A new UK defence to patent infringement? Not quite yet…

In a recent decision in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (Technetix B.V. v Teleste Limited), HHJ Hacon might have opened the door to a new so-called ‘Formstein‘ defence to patent infringement. Admittedly, the judge’s comments were obiter dicta (comments of a non-binding nature) – since the patent in suit was held invalid for want of both novelty [...]

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Intellectual Property, Technology - 5 months ago

Brexit: short term certainty for immigration rights of EEA nationals beyond 29 March

Amidst the seemingly endless chaos and uncertainty surrounding  Brexit negotiations, votes and pledges on everything from free market access to customs unions, to trade deals, Irish border back-stops and bar room banter in Brussels… there is now some short term certainty about the rights of the 3.5 million EEA nationals living and working in the [...]

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Immigration - 5 months ago

Regulatory cooperation and information sharing

News that a former director has been banned by the Insolvency Service from acting for a period of four years is a timely reminder that regulators working together can draw from a pool of sanctions to penalise offending individuals. Keith Nicholas Hancock, of Manchester, was sole director of “Lad Media Limited”, a lead generation and data brokerage [...]

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Data, Dispute Resolution - 5 months ago

Brexit and Designs: Government plans for a ‘supplementary unregistered design right’

With just over a month to go, the government has published in draft The Designs and International Trade Marks (Amendment etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. One of the more difficult Brexit issues for IP rights is the treatment of unregistered design rights which are, of course, extremely valuable rights in a number of design-led industries. The [...]

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Intellectual Property - 5 months ago

Data Protection Fees and Accountability

From May 25 2018 a new requirement was placed on data controllers in the UK to pay a fee (unless they could claim an exemption) to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The ICO keeps, and publishes, a register of fee payers, and a new blog post by Paul Arnold, their Deputy Chief Executive, suggests that being on that register sends [...]

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Data - 5 months ago

Government proposals to extend redundancy protection for new mothers

The Government recently launched a ten week public consultation over plans to extend existing statutory protections available to those who face redundancy whilst on maternity leave. The intention is to extend redundancy protection to cover not just the maternity leave but also pregnancy and the six-month period immediately after women return to work. The consultation [...]

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Employment - 5 months ago