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Autumn Statement 2016: A Nutshell Summary

Last week the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, delivered the usual Autumn Statement, setting out the Government’s position in relation to everything from measures to tackle offshore tax avoidance schemes to corporate gym memberships. Here at Hybrid Legal, we’ve been racking our brains and considering the impact of the Chancellor’s statement in some of our core practice…

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Rubik’s Cube Puzzled over 3D Trademark Ruling

Rubik’s Cube Puzzled over 3D Trademark RulingThe Rubik’s Cube is one of the most iconic and distinctive toys ever made and has been popular amongst young and old across the globe for over 20 years. To date, the brain teaser remains the world’s best-selling toy.However, they have just lost their trademark following a puzzling ruling from the European Court of Justice following a…

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Iceland v Iceland. Things are getting frosty between the Icelandic Government and the Supermarket Chain

The relationship between Iceland, the country and Iceland, the company, has grown chilly over a trademark dispute over the company’s European trademark “Iceland.”The Icelandic government are now launching legal action against Iceland Foods and seeking to invalidate the trademark, claiming that it “defies logic” to allow a private company to bear the trademark for a nation, especially…

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Contractor or Employee? You'd better be UBER careful!

To Uber, or not to Uber? That is the question. At least, that is the question that goes through most people’s mind when they’re staring down the barrel of a night tube home in the early hours of the morning, or gazing through the office window as the wintery conditions set in before heading out for a meeting. And yet, just a few years ago you’d be forgiven for exhibiting a blank…

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Restrictive Covenants: Finding the right condition(er)...

The High Court very recently handed down a judgment in the ongoing dispute between known hair salon chain ‘Rush Hair’ and Ms Gibson-Forbes (“GF”). Last year, GF negotiated with Rush to sell her shares in the franchise and set out to start her own salon. As part of the deal, restrictive covenants were put in place, in order to protect Rush’s access to clients in the area. A dispute…

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Ready, Set, Protect! (Intellectual Property Update - October 2016)

The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) recently jumped off the BBC bandwagon and, it would seem, is now headed to Channel 4 to continue bringing the best of amateur bakers onto our TV screens. Whilst die-hard fans will, no doubt, mourn the absence of crowd favourite Mary Berry, the move to Channel 4 highlights the importance of protecting your intellectual property rights. By maintaining…

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New Age Thinking

Members of Britain’s ageing workforce increasingly want to carry on beyond the State Pension age – and businesses are taking advantage. There is a greater number of older people working today than ever. The latest government figures show that some 9.4 million people aged 50 and over are now in work¹, making up 30% of the workforce (8.2 million between 50 and 64, plus 1.2 million…

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Attack and Defence: Lessons from Uber

Uber are one of the most prolific start-ups of our generation but fame, fortune and innovation are not without controversy. Since its inception in 2008, Uber has grown globally and is one of the most recognizable brands. However, the taxi-app start up are constantly in the news and their exploits provide ample opportunity for budding entrepreneurs and businesses to take note and…

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The Cloud: Automation, Productivity and Opportunity.

Firstly, let’s debunk the myth of ‘the cloud.’ Put simply, ‘the cloud’ is a network of remote servers that allow you to store, manage and process data online, without the need to store it on your personal computer or a server installed in your office. Cloud computing has become an increasingly popular phenomenon, and for good reason. Not only does it help to increase the efficiency…

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What does the future for Data Protection look like in the UK?

With all the furore that has surrounded the result of the recent referendum, it’s easy to overlook the implications that are likely to follow. In this article we’ll look at the, now confirmed, impact of BREXIT on data protection laws in the UK. The Current State of PlayThe Data Protection Act (DPA) has been the primary source of regulation in this area since it’s introduction in…

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