March 6, 2018

The Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court – What’s Next?

Europe’s patent system is looking uncertain. Plans for a Unified Patent Court (UPC) have been thrown into doubt after the German Constitutional Court agreed to hear a case about the legitimacy of the proposed court – and part of the complaint against it appears to relate to Brexit.

The intention behind the UPC is for it to act as a patent court for all European Union member states. As such, it will have exclusive competence over European patents and European patents with unitary effect, and will form part of the judicial system of contracting member states. It will not have competence in respect of national patents. (more…)

February 5, 2018

Are you planning to live or work abroad?

If you are planning to live or work abroad it is likely that you may need the services of a notary public to complete the necessary paperwork and other formalities.
Jonathan Durkin, notary public and solicitor at Prosperity Law Liverpool and Manchester, explains what documents you may need before being allowed to live or work abroad and how a notary public can help ensure your documents are in order or to authenticate them. (more…)

January 25, 2018

Gender Pay Gap Reporting – What Employers Need to Know

As the recent furore over pay levels at the BBC demonstrates, the gender pay gap is never far from the headlines. The resulting media coverage ought to have been sufficient to make any organisation pause for thought – even those considerably smaller and less well known than the BBC. And, although the gender pay gap is reportedly at its lowest level for twenty years, no organisation is immune to charges of institutional sexism as regards pay levels for male and female employees. (more…)

January 15, 2018

Getting married abroad – Notary Services

Getting married abroad can seem a wonderfully romantic thing to do, but if you fail to organize the most important things properly, your dream wedding could quickly turn into a nightmare.

All foreign countries have differing rules about the documents you are required to produce to prove who you are and your right to marry or enter a civil partnership with the person you have chosen. Many of these documents will need to be verified, as well as having the documents legalised by the Foreign Commonwealth Office or the Consular for the county where you are getting married – formally known as ‘notarised’. This process needs to be completed before you leave the UK to satisfy the authorities abroad that they are legally correct and authentic. (more…)

December 27, 2017

Intellectual Property – Can you Trade Mark Colour Combinations?

The courts have delivered the latest ruling on the long-running issue of whether or not companies are able to trademark colours associated with their brands. In Red Bull GmbH v European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), the European General Court (Second Chamber) (the Court) upheld the EUIPO’s decision to cancel two of Red Bull’s European “colour combination” trade marks for “lack of precision”. (more…)

December 15, 2017

Problems Getting Paid? Know Your Employment Rights

There are a variety of reasons for experiencing problems with pay, whether you are an employee or contractor. The first thing we advise, is talk to your employer and find out why.
If you are struggling to get in contact with your employer, or can’t seem to agree on the amount you are owed– then you are well within your rights to challenge them.
If you choose to challenge them, you should act quickly. It is much harder to recuperate lost wages after 3 months from the date the problem arose. (more…)

November 21, 2017

C & I Dinner 2017

The North West Law Society Commerce & Industry Group Annual Dinner is an evening event of networking and dining to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

The prestigious event included a champagne reception, 4-course meal, live entertainment, and a charity auction and raffle. The ticket sales, auction and raffle raised an impressive £15,000, with all the proceeds going to the charity. (more…)

December 2, 2016

C & I Dinner 2016

The Law Society Commerce & Industry Group North West Annual Dinner is an annual event where hundreds of guests from law firms around the North West gather to raise money for Cancer Research UK. This year the dinner took place on Friday 4th November 2016 at The Hilton Hotel, Deansgate, Manchester. (more…)

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