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The Open COVID Pledge

Intellectual property rights are – by definition – monopolistic. How, then, can researchers, charities and NGOs collaborate with business in the development of new technologies to control and eradicate COVID-19?

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Could the Covid-19 Insolvency Law Reforms save distressed businesses?

The Government is expediting reforms to UK Insolvency Law to help companies avoid
insolvency as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. The changes are intended to: Read more…

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Fladgate’s Top Ten quick fixes – helping you and your business in these volatile times

With the fast moving issues we are all facing along with the added challenge of many of us
working remotely, we have identified a few quick fixes designed to help you and your business get through the day that little bit easier. Our top ten fixes include everything from how and when to use electronic signatures through to how to navigate some of the priority employment issues. Read more..

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Covid-19: Is your business insured?

What is BI Insurance?

BI Insurance covers losses which result from closure of business. BI Insurance is usually part of a commercial combined policy.

What does BI Insurance cover?

If cover exists:

  • loss of income;
  • fixed costs such as: payroll, operating expenses and business loan repayments; and
  • costs of temporary relocation. Read more…
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Covid-19: impact on contractual obligations in the travel industry supply chain

In last month’s article we looked at what obligations travel providers have to their customers in the event their holidays are affected by the Covid-19 outbreak. In this article, we will take a look at how the Coronavirus can impact B2B contracts in the travel sector; specifically, the contractual and legal issues arising in English law as a result of businesses in affected countries having to suspend, or even cancel, their operations.

Performing your contractual obligations: the English law position

The travel industry is a service-driven sector, and is reliant on a web of supply and demand relationships which will all be underpinned by contracts. The basic position under English law is that contractual obligations are absolute; this means a party must comply with its obligations regardless of the circumstances, and failure to do so may mean that party is liable to the other for breach of contract. However, in extreme circumstances, there are some exceptions to this rule. Read more…

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Joint authorship of copyright: UK Court of Appeal tears up the script

A dispute concerning the screenplay for the 2016 Hollywood biographical comedy “Florence Foster Jenkins” (FFJ) – a film about a tone-deaf New York socialite who labours under the delusion that she is a talented opera singer – has this month produced a Court of Appeal decision centering on the parties’ own adjustment to reality. Apart from highlighting a perhaps lesser-considered pitfall of working with your other half, the judgment emphasises the practical difficulties of applying the test of joint authorship in English copyright law.

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When appealing bears fruit: Pear Technologies v EUIPO – Apple

Are apples different from pears? Or are they both just fruit? Or, as cockney rhyming slang would have it, are they stairs? These are the questions (excepting the last one) that the distinguished judges of the Court of Justice of the European Communities (CJEU) have been gr-apple-ing with in the recent case of Pear Technologies v EUIPO – Apple [2019] EUECJ T-215/17. Aside from offering opportunities for highly amusing wordplay, this recent decision includes some useful guidance on the CJEU’s approach to the visual and conceptual comparison of signs in trade mark disputes.

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Tier 1 (Investor) visa suspended for ‘new’ applicants from midnight tonight

In a shocking move the Home Office have announced, without prior consultation or notice, that the Tier 1 (Investor) visa route will be suspended from midnight tonight until further notice, providing less than 24 hours’ notice of their plans. There was initial confusion as to whether the suspension took effect from tonight or Friday night, but it has since been indicated that no applications will be accepted after midnight today.

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Why future cities will be smart

Cities are the future, and future cities will be smart. Urbanisation is one of the continuing trends of the twenty first century.  In 1800, just 2% of the world’s population was urbanised.  In 2008, that figure passed 50%.  If current growth trends continue, 65-75% of the world’s population will live in urban centres by 2050.  Almost all of this 15-25% projected growth will take place in the developing world.

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The Future of ADR

As part of the increasing drive towards alternative means of dispute resolution (ADR), the Civil Justice Council’s ADR Working Group has published an interim report on the current and future role of various forms of ADR in civil disputes[1]. So what is the CJC likely to recommend?

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