The UK has introduced a fast-track, low cost procedure for trade mark oppositions on relative grounds, which will be welcomed by all businesses seeking to protect their rights in the UK market. The procedure is effective from 1 October 2013 and is set to benefit brand owners as its aim is to simplify and speed up the opposition process.
The recent High Court case of Newbury v Sun Microsystems demonstrates the dangers of agreeing settlement terms in principle but with a formal agreement to follow.
The case concerned an employment dispute over unpaid contractual commission which the claimant, Nr Newbury (Newbury), claimed was owed to him by the defendant, Sun Microsystems (Sun).
The draft EU Data Protection Regulation is intended to replace the current data protection regime in Europe. It has been subject to intense negotiations and has been heavily amended since it was proposed in January 2012. On 22 October 2013 the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) approved a compromise text to be put to the European Parliament.
This article sets out some of the most significant provisions in the draft Regulation.