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Patenting computer software
  • Bircham Dyson Bell
  • European Union, United Kingdom
  • July 19 2007

It's supposed to be pretty clear that computer software cannot be patented in Europe: the Patents Act in the UK, and the European Patent Convention, both say unequivocally that a program for a computer as such cannot be the subject of a patent


International corporate insolvency
  • Bircham Dyson Bell
  • European Union, United Kingdom
  • September 10 2007

What and where is a company's ‘centre of main interest’ its COMI and why should you care?


Advocate General gives opinion in Heyday
  • Bircham Dyson Bell
  • European Union, United Kingdom
  • October 17 2008

The Advocate General has finally delivered his Opinion in the case brought by the trustees of the National Council for Ageing (otherwise known as Heyday) which sought to establish that Regulation 30 of the Age Regulations (which provides that employees over the age of 65 who are compulsorily retired cannot claim age discrimination) was counter to the intention of the Equal Treatment Framework Directive


Trade marks round-up: similarity of goods and the issue of distinctiveness
  • Bircham Dyson Bell
  • European Union, United Kingdom
  • September 24 2007

The question of how distinctive a trade mark has to be in order to gain registration has, once again, come under the microscope, as shown by the recent glut of cases debating this point


EHRC press for review of Eweida and Ladele
  • Bircham Dyson Bell
  • European Union, United Kingdom
  • October 31 2011

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have expressed discomfort with the decisions in Eweida v British Airways plc and Ladele and McFarlane v United Kingdom and is intervening before the European Court of Human Rights


Advocate General says holiday pay does accrue during sick leave
  • Bircham Dyson Bell
  • European Union, United Kingdom
  • February 29 2008

The Advocate General has disagreed with the Court of Appeal’s finding in Stringer v HMRC that the right to statutory (not contractual) paid holiday does not accrue to an employee absent on long term sickness


Advocate-General advises on trigger point for collective redundancy consultation
  • Bircham Dyson Bell
  • European Union, United Kingdom
  • May 31 2012

Knowing when to start collective redundancy consultation is a difficult issue for many employers


ECJ rules on pay during maternity suspension
  • Bircham Dyson Bell
  • European Union, United Kingdom
  • August 10 2010

The issue of pregnant workers' loss of supplementary allowances during maternity suspension and alternative work was considered by the ECJ in Gassmayr v Bundesminister fuer Wissenschaft und Forschung and Parviainen v Finnair Oyj


Discrimination questions referred to the ECJ
  • Bircham Dyson Bell
  • European Union, United Kingdom
  • April 25 2012

Two related cases on discrimination are to be referred to the ECJ


ECJ rules on holiday carry over for sickness absence
  • Bircham Dyson Bell
  • European Union, United Kingdom
  • July 26 2012

Under the European Working Time Directive, workers are entitled to a minimum of four weeks’ paid annual leave