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Why and how to protect your digital assets

31 Jul 2020
Unless you take positive steps your digital assets could be lost if you die or become incapacitated. If you do nothing else, check that your Will deals with your digital assets and make sure your digital identity is protected so that it cannot be misused after your death.
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Can former employees take your confidential information to their new job?

28 Jul 2020
When an individual moves to a new role, they take valuable skills and knowledge which they will use for the benefit of their new employer. Where this happens, particularly where an employee moves to a competitor, it can be difficult to draw a line between information that an employee can legitimately use in their new position as part of their own experience, and specific information which should not be disclosed even though the terms of their former employment contract have ceased to apply.
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The push for a gigabit-capable UK

23 Jul 2020
The UK Government has issued a call for evidence to enable a review of the current regulations around access to the nation's passive infrastructure, with the ultimate goal being a gigabit-capable UK.
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WBD advises Puma Private Equity on investment into Tictrac

05 Jun 2020
Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has advised Puma Private Equity which led a £6 million equity investment into Tictrac, a leading health engagement company. The corporate team was led by Partner Leon Miller, Managing Associate Alex Fergus and South African qualified lawyer Alice Millar who advised on the transaction.
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Preservation is priority – a lesson in the execution of 'search' orders

13 May 2020
The High Court has reiterated that the primary aim of search orders is to preserve evidence, not to serve as some form of early disclosure. The High Court also chose to remind parties (and their representatives) that exceeding the permission given to them by these search orders, carries with it the risk of substantial penalties and severe consequences. In a recent case, it was held that the Claimant and its legal representatives, who pre-emptively searched seized material, without the Defendants' or the Court's permission, committed "serious and completely unjustified" breaches of the terms of the search order.
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Sky is (almost) the limit for brand owners

29 Apr 2020
Following a reference from the High Court of Justice in England & Wales ("High Court"), the Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU") has confirmed that a lack of clarity and precision in the terms used to designate the goods and services is not an independent ground for declaring a trade mark registration to be  invalid. Whilst the CJEU ruling has been criticised subsequently for avoiding some of the key issues, it did rule that an application made without any intention to use that trade mark in relation to the goods and services specified, can constitute bad faith.

AMS Neve v Heritage Audio: option to choose court 'sounds' great for trade mark owners

14 Apr 2020
The Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU") has confirmed that when a seller of goods, who is established in one Member State, sells infringing goods bearing an European Union ("EU") trade mark specifically targeting customers in another Member State, the action can be brought under Article 97(5) of the European Trade Mark Regulation No 207/2009 (the "Regulation"), relating to the international jurisdiction provisions, in the court of the Member State in which the targeted customers reside.