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Trade marks: groundless threats of infringement
  • Bird & Bird
  • United Kingdom
  • February 8 2017

The High Court has held that a letter sent by German attorneys to a US parent company threatening EU trade mark infringement proceedings against its


The Changing Face of Medical Devices and In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices: White Paper on the New Regulations
  • Bird & Bird
  • European Union, United Kingdom
  • February 8 2017

The developments of the medtech industry have vastly outpaced the current regulatory framework for medical devices of the European Union ("EU") which


Visions of adequacy? UK surveillance powers after Brexit
  • Bird & Bird
  • European Union, United Kingdom
  • February 6 2017

In June 2016 the UK public voted to leave the EU. Assuming that Parliament authorises the Prime Minister to give the required formal notice to leave


Preparations for the UPC speed up
  • Bird & Bird
  • European Union, United Kingdom
  • February 6 2017

As we reported here, the Preparatory Committee announced that it is working under the assumption that the Provisional Application Phase of the UPC


Platform liability for misuse of private information - scope of the EU’s hosting defence
  • Bird & Bird
  • European Union, United Kingdom
  • February 6 2017

The case concerned a Facebook page published by Mr McCloskey called “Keeping Our Kids Safe from Predators 2”. At various times this page featured


The Unitary Patent & The Unified Patent Court (UPC)
  • Bird & Bird
  • European Union, United Kingdom
  • January 31 2017

The European Patent Office (EPO) and the participating countries are in the final stages of establishing the Unitary


A Full Quiver: Court of Appeal Upholds Arrow Declarations
  • Bird & Bird
  • European Union, United Kingdom
  • January 30 2017

The Court of Appeal has upheld two judgments, of Arnold J and Henry Carr J, refusing to strike out claims for Arrow declarations in Fujifilm v AbbVie


Employers may rely on expired disciplinary warnings when dismissing
  • Bird & Bird
  • United Kingdom
  • January 26 2017

Where an act of misconduct does not in itself constitute gross misconduct, reliance upon earlier disciplinary offences as the principle reason for


Employee unfairly dismissed despite his violent conduct
  • Bird & Bird
  • United Kingdom
  • January 26 2017

In this case, Mr Spoor was dismissed for gross misconduct after he violently grabbed a colleague by the neck


The Supreme Court rules that Parliamentary approval is required to invoke Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union: A Note on the Supreme Court's judgment in R (Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the EU
  • Bird & Bird
  • European Union, United Kingdom
  • January 26 2017

On 24 January 2016, the UK's Supreme Court issued its judgment on the government's appeal against the High Court's ruling in R (Miller) v Secretary