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Latest Legal News

Latest Legal News

HR Question Time: Discussion Overview

HRQT

Last week saw the third in our successful series of “HR Question Time” events.  It was the first hosted by the combined force of Burness Paull & Williamsons.

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LChalmers

Non-executive Directors - Useful Guide To Duties And Responsibilities

Rachael Gibson

There has been, at least in the past, a misconception in the business community that non-executive directors are somehow subject to less stringent duties of care to the companies that they are involved with.  That is simply not the case.  Any non-exec still labouring under that false belief could be heading for trouble.

Of course, breach of director’s duties (executive and non-execs alike) has far reaching consequences – such as the threat of director disqualification proceedings and personal liability for misfeasance.

But now, help is at hand.

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LChalmers

Another Bite Of The Apple

Louisa Mann

As the Brazilian patent authority rules against Apple in a recent trade mark dispute involving the name “iphone”, we consider the risk of a registered trade mark being revoked through non-use.

Registering a trade mark is fairly straightforward, though will not be permitted (or is susceptible to challenge) if it conflicts with earlier registered or unregistered rights of a third party.  However, registration does not provide the rights holder with an indefinite and unfettered right to use that mark.  Typically, and as is the case in the UK, registration of a trade mark last

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