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Jul 31 2017

THE IMPORTANCE OF PROTECTING YOUR PRODUCTS

Jonathan Kurtz-Shefford

Parents with young children (and even those without children) will have heard of ‘Fidget Spinners’.

The latest craze to take over the school yard was invented by Catherine Hettinger and most would assume she has become fantastically wealthy on the back of her invention however the reality is quite the opposite.

Catherine could not afford to renew the patent of the popular children’s craze she created and therefore makes no money from the global sales.

Her story is an excellent example of how important it is to protect your intellectual property. Continued protection of her Patent or even registering her trademark would have prevented her losing out on potentially millions of pounds in sales.

Trademarks play a major role in protecting your products and your brand, especially if they rise in value, and are often an appreciating asset.

Trademarks are the words, slogans, logos, colours, packaging, etc. that you wrap around your company and are placed on your products to differentiate yourself in the marketplace….

Jul 27 2017

IMMEDIATE CHANGES TO TRIBUNAL FEES ANNOUNCED

Stuart Atherton

In perhaps the most important judgment in employment law of the last fifty years, the government announced the abolition of employment tribunal fees after the Supreme Court ruled them unlawful.

The surprise ruling by seven justices overturned judgments by the High Court in 2013 and the Court of Appeal in 2015. Instead, the justices unanimously backed an appeal by trade union Unison which argued that the fees were introduced unlawfully.

The immediate consequence is that the Fees Order is quashed so that as of today fees cease to be payable for claims in the employment tribunal (ET) and appeals to the EAT, and…

Jul 4 2017

Power of Attorney

Kath Simpson

An ageing population faces challenges but lasting power of attorney offers protection and control over vital affairs.

In the UK, the number of over-65s now outnumbers people aged under-16 for the first time in our history. During the last century, life expectancy increased by 30 years but managing our affairs as we get older can, for some, prove difficult.

Declining health, sudden illness and dementia can all mean that we struggle with day-to-day management of house-hold and financial affairs and there may come a time when a trusted friend or loved one would be better suited to pick up the reins.

This is…