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Brexit and… patents

15 Oct 2018
Following publication of the 'agreed' text of the draft Withdrawal Agreement (the "Draft Text") between the United Kingdom ("UK") and the remainder of the European Union ("EU") on 19 March 2018, our intellectual property ("IP") team has produced a suite of briefings on key aspects of the likely implications of Brexit for IP rights and systems across the EU, to inform our clients what changes they will need to consider making to their existing IP strategies and protocols to continue dealing in post-Brexit UK and Europe. The topic of this note is how Brexit is likely to impact upon patents and related rights.
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RICS Professional Statement: service charges in commercial property

15 Oct 2018
Last month, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors ("RICS") published its latest Professional Statement, entitled "Service Charges in Commercial Property" (the "Statement"). The Statement re-states updates and replaces the existing Service Charge Code (the "Code"), and has the regulatory effect of formalising the Code within the RICS best practice framework. The Statement is effective from 1 April 2019 and will apply to all Service Charges across the UK.
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NPPF2 & Viability

15 Oct 2018
New changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF2) introduced in July 2018 represent a significant shift in planning policy and have the effect of restricting developers' ability to challenge planning permissions on viability grounds at later stages of the planning process.

Success for WBD at the Yorkshire Legal Awards

12 Oct 2018
Paula Dillon, Real Estate Partner at Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) won the Yorkshire Lawyer of the Year Award at the Yorkshire Legal Awards 2018 whilst WBD's Intellectual Property (IP) team, led by Patrick Cantrill, won the Intellectual Property Award in a highly successful night for the firm.
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WBD's Sarah Holmes speaks to the BBC on Brexit

09 Oct 2018
Sarah Holmes of Womble Bond Dickinson took part in the BBC's Spotlight & Inside Out programmes looking at how Brexit will impact on trade coming into and out of the UK and what this means for businesses operating in all industries from farming, manufacturing and logistics.