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Do employees want the right to disconnect?

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On both sides of the Atlantic, there are growing calls to give employees the right to ignore out-of-hours work calls and emails. In France, organisations with more than 50 workers are obliged to negotiate on employees’ rights to ignore their smartphones and other devices outside working hours. And New York City Council is considering a law that would ban private Read More

Every charity must learn from Fraud Awareness Week

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October 22-26 is Charity Fraud Awareness Week, and it’s an excellent initiative. The plan to highlight different types of fraud each day of the week illustrates the scale of the problem: cyber-fraud, grant fraud, donation and legacy fraud, insider fraud, and risks around moving money. The latest Annual Fraud Indicator estimated fraud against charities in the UK at £2.3bn in Read More

Employee Ownership is a great boost for business and fully backed by Scottish Government

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This article on employee ownership by Douglas Roberts from our Corporate and Commercial team was featured in the Scotsman on Monday 1 October. Employee ownership offers great solutions for business owners looking to improve performance or plan for the future. The Scottish Government is doing the right thing by backing it, writes Douglas Roberts The Scottish Government recently announced a Read More

Multicolored Leaves More Inherently Distinctive than Multicolored Trademarks

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As we enter into fall, the leaves on the trees will soon be multicolored. They are sure to be inherently distinctive, with each tree being a unique creation. It is too bad multicolored trademarks do not get the same distinction! On September 10, 2018, in In re Forney Industries, Inc., the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), in a precedential Read More

Creating a Strong Trademark

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What is a Trademark? A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, or design that is used in conjunction with, and to identify the source of, goods or services in the marketplace (e.g., brand names and logos). A service mark is a form of trademark that applies to services instead of physical products. Most people are more familiar with the term Read More

Company Liquidation in Dubai

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Following the growing trend of companies participating in acquisitions and corporate restructurings, the rigorous procedure resulting from liquidation becomes incumbent to fully understand before a company’s directors and shareholders propose to walk through this route. Introducing Liquidation Liquidation is a process of winding up the affairs of a company. It can be done either voluntarily by the company for the Read More

The Race to Deploy Next Generation (5G) Telecom Networks: What Are the Governments of Australia and the United States Doing?

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Ubiquitous access to broadband telecommunications services are well-established policy objectives for the governments of Australia and the United States, and both are now re-doubling their efforts to spur deployment of next generation networks. Tomorrow’s wireless broadband networks – aka fifth generation or “5G” – promise to advance key economic, educational, health and security goals. The governments of both countries are Read More

What You Need to Know about California’s New Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

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A new prescription drug monitoring program is going into effect that will impact many health care institutions and professionals. Effective October 2, 2018, as a result of the implementation of California Senate Bill 482, practitioners must, with limited exception, review the prescription history of their patients no more than 24 hours prior to prescribing a Schedule II, III, or IV Read More

Significant New Patent Office Rule Reshapes Strategic Approaches to Patent Claim Challenges

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In a significant decision that promises to impact strategic thinking in patent claim challenges, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will soon adopt the same reading of claims in Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) post-grant proceedings as that used in federal district court. Any inter partes review (IPR), post-grant review (PGR) or covered business method patent review (CBM) Read More

NAFTA May Be Replaced by USMCA: What Would That Mean for Your Taxes?

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On September 30, 2018, representatives from Canada, Mexico and the United States of America (the “U.S.”), announced that after thirteen months of intense negotiations, the three countries reached a preliminary agreement. This agreement revises the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement (“the NAFTA”). The full text of the proposed agreement was published by the U.S. government on October Read More