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Commercial service charge changes: have your say

20 Nov 2017

The tide may finally be turning for tenants when it comes to service charge. For many years now, landlords have effectively been able to operate unregulated when running service charges under a commercial lease. This is in part due to the fact that, despite the RICS code of practice being in its third edition, compliance […]

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50 Shades of Grey (market trading)

15 Nov 2017

Here, Intellectual property partner Claire Meyers discusses the risks associated with dealing in parallel/grey market goods. Broadly speaking, a trade mark owner is entitled to prevent a third party from using his trade mark without his consent.  However, once branded goods have been placed on the market in the EEA by the trade mark owner, […]

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When is selling parallel traded goods (grey goods) a criminal offence?

13 Nov 2017

In the context of Brexit, there has been much talk of the English Courts adopting a more robust attitude to competition and departing from some of the jurisdiction and jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice. There is, however, scant evidence of such an approach in a recent decision given on 3 August 2017 by […]

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Patents, trade marks and registered designs: can you make a threat to sue?

13 Nov 2017

It has long been the law in England and Wales that any threat to sue on a patent, trade mark or registered design could be the subject itself of an action by a person in receipt of the threat that the threat was unjustified. This has caused a number of practical problems, in particular, in […]

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