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Crowdfunding – Coping with the Consequences


Crowdfunding – Coping with the Consequences Posted on Jul 31, 2015 by Sandy Finlayson  | 0 Comments   Congratulations – you have just completed a successful equity crowdfunding round as you have welcomed 500 new shareholders to your company – now what?   There are many practical consequences for a small company in suddenly finding itself with a greatly enhanced shareholder base.  The purpose of this note is to flag up the important issues and suggests ways in which they might be dealt with. Rules of Engagement Some of the crowdfunding platforms use a nominee arrangement which leaves their nominee...
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Pieces Come Together for Lego


Pieces Come Together for Lego Posted on Jul 16, 2015 by Iain McDougall  | 0 Comments   The iconic Lego group, the plastic toy company based in Billund, Denmark has successfully retained trademark protection for its “minifigure”. The Community trade mark (CTM) secures the three-dimensional minifigure that we recognise as a lego person in all its guises from the original “happy face”, to Harry Potter.   The decision issued last month was challenged by Lancashire based company Best-Lock, who argued that the defining feature of the minifigure was its ability to interlock with other building blocks. Had this argument been...
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Launch of the new improved Business Forum Scotland

  MBM Commercial is delighted to announce their co-sponsorship of the exciting re-launch of Business Forum Scotland, which is designed to help young and growing companies with their business planning and networking.   Business Forum Scotland has been improved and spiced up and some of the key changes include :   ·         The introduction of a new expert panel for every event – comprising investors and CEOs; ·         A focus on ‘improving’ the quality of the audience.  You can only attend if you are a CEO, business owner, investor or senior management; and ·         A tie up with Linc Scotland (the...
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New online filing requirement for your employee share scheme.

New online filing requirement for your employee share scheme. Posted on Jul 06, 2015 by Dr. Julie Nixon  | 0 Comments If you have a company operating HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) approved tax-advantage share plans, new reporting requirements mean that you will have to register such share plans online with the HMRC PAYE Portal by the 6th July 2015 for 2014/2015 returns to continue to receive those tax benefits and to avoid penalties for missing the deadline. Automatic late filing penalties of up to £700 (plus a potential £10 per day penalty if returns are over 9 months late)...
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Marc Marked Out for Infringement?

Marc Marked Out for Infringement? Posted on Jun 01, 2015 by Dr. Julie Nixon  | Tags: fashion , trade mark infringement , intellectual property  | 0 Comments By Julie Nixon It isn’t often I get to blog about IP and fashion, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity when I heard that Adidas AG recently filed a claim against Marc Jacobs International LLC in the US Federal Court for allegedly infringing its iconic Three-Stripe Trade Mark. Disappointingly Vogue online has described this as copyright infringement! As part of the “Marc by Marc Jacobs” line (the cheaper diffusion line of the...
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