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Raising a glass in thanks!

Hybrid Legal held a special thank-you event for our clients in May. As part of our growth, we have appointed a fifth member of staff, Jon Craddock. He joins as client partner, providing outsourced legal support to recruitment companies and firms from other sectors. Jon was introduced to our clients at the informal gathering at the Dancing Man Brewery at the medieval Wool House at…

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​BT, Sky and other Internet Service Providers ordered to block illegal streaming of Premiership football matches

The High Court very recently handed down its decision in a case between the Football Association Premier League (FAPL) and six of the UK’s main Internet Service Providers (ISP’s), including Sky, BT, Talk-Talk, Virgin Media amongst others. The case highlights the increasingly flexible methods of enforcing intellectual property rights which the Courts are prepared to consider and,…

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Domain Names, Google AdSense and Trade Mark Infringement: The Argos Battle

Typing a website address into your internet explorer would not necessarily have you thinking about Intellectual Property (IP) straight away, but the recent High Court decision in the case of Argos v Argos is a good reminder to take good care of your IP in domain names. Taking the Argos name in vein: protecting IP in your domain In the blue corner we had Argos Limited (Argos),…

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​Tesco’s set to take over the wholesaler market

Renowned for its ‘every little helps’ slogan, Tesco has recently announced that it will be forking out a lot to take over wholesalers, Booker. The deal is estimated to be worth some £3.7 billion and is set to strengthen Tesco’s position in the food market. Booker is the largest cash and carry operator in the UK and supplies a pretty significant amount of caterers in the UK, along…

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Developments from the Tech Sector: Rights for Robots are no longer Light Years away...

Over the past decade technology has advanced at a staggering pace. Memories of playing snake on a Nokia 3210 seem like a lifetime ago as the invention of smartphones and new apps have opened the floodgates to do much more at the mere touch of a button. Technology has progressed so far now that even Artificial Intelligence (‘AI’) is making strides from Science-Fiction towards actual…

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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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