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Unregistered Design Rights – Why You Shouldn’t Overlook Them

UK unregistered design right (UDR) can be a pretty valuable asset in your IP portfolio, but it may be that you’ve never really considered how it could be of use to you. It’s often said that UDR resembles the overlooked, younger sibling of the IP family and tends to be forgotten about – but the fact is it can actually be quite a beneficial means of protecting your business. What are UDRs? So what are they? Well UDRs are the “design rights” that were brought in under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (CDPA) and, rather confusingly, are quite distinct...
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The Law of Personalities

Modern business is no longer just about what you can do; it is about who you are as a person. In recent years, soft skills and attributes have been viewed as increasingly important to recruitment and HR. This is compared to more traditional hard skills, such as technical skills and qualifications, which can be more easily quantified.  Because of this, psychometric testing and personality typing has stepped in to quantify the unquantifiable - what makes people ‘tick’.  Through these tests, employers can receive information not just about the strengths and weaknesses of current and potential employees, but also about how well...
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SHORT FORM IP LICENCES – WHAT ARE THEY AND WHY DO YOU NEED ONE?

What is a short form IP licence? A short form IP licence is exactly what it sounds like – it is an agreement which does not incorporate the full range of clauses that would normally be included in an IP licence. Particular clauses are shortened or simply removed altogether. For example, the standard boiler plate section that lawyers usually insist on including in every agreement (for good reason I’d like to protest in our defence!) is omitted and commercially sensitive terms are stripped from the document. The result is normally the bare bones of what you might consider to be a...
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Doing Business in the U.S. – Trump in the Changes!

  As Donald J. Trump takes office as the 45th President of the United States, and as a Republican-controlled Senate (52 of the 100 Senators) and House (241 out of 435 Representatives) which make up the 115th Congress convenes, what legal changes are expected? Major issues such as infrastructure spending, international tax reform and immigration reform have been tipped to be key areas. Below we have identified some key policy issues and legal reforms that have been identified and that may affect UK businesses doing (or planning to do) business in the U.S. Overall, it is expected that the new Administration...
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What are you missing out on?

Our first blog of 2017 discusses how we can improve the quality of Board conversations to prevent them getting “stuck” in order to allow businesses to grow and develop. Our guest blogger is Margaret Williamson, Director of Boardroom Development.  Margaret has over 20 years of experience of researching and working with Boards and shares some of her insights in the blog.  

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