Adidas believes football club’s design is too similar to its famous trademark

November 8th, 2016

Adidas has become embroiled in a trademark battle with one of the world’s biggest football teams. The German multi-national has made a submission to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) arguing that FC Barcelona’s application for registering a new mark should be rejected. FC Barcelona had filed to register the seven-stripe mark in May … Continue reading “Adidas believes football club’s design is too similar to its famous trademark”

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Rents forecast to rise faster than house prices over next five years

November 8th, 2016

The latest research from Savills estate agents suggests that rents across the UK will rise at a faster rate than house prices between now and 2021. Weaker consumer sentiment and “post-referendum economic uncertainty” were cited by the property agents as justifications behind their predictions in a new report, which forecast that UK rents would rise … Continue reading “Rents forecast to rise faster than house prices over next five years”

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Age discrimination is rife in UK recruitment, says charity

November 4th, 2016

A community outreach charity group has called upon businesses to ensure greater inclusion of older job applicants during the recruitment process, London Employment Law Solicitors Joelson can report. The calls, which come from Business in the Community, follow a study entitled Age in the Workplace, which revealed that age discrimination in recruitment is rife across … Continue reading “Age discrimination is rife in UK recruitment, says charity”

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Appetite for investment in capital falls for second consecutive quarter

November 1st, 2016

London’s commercial property market is lagging behind the rest of the UK, it has been revealed. A report, conducted by the Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), said occupier demand edged up in most of the UK in the third quarter, while London fell for a second consecutive quarter with offices seeing the most significant dip. … Continue reading “Appetite for investment in capital falls for second consecutive quarter”

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Designers urge ministers to pay due regard to IP issues

November 1st, 2016

The UK’s fashion industry has called for assurances that the Government will do all it can to uphold intellectual property rights as part of negotiations over Britain’s departure from the EU. A study by the Creative Industries Federation (CFI) has warned that designers could be vulnerable to overseas competitors copying their brands if adequate safeguards … Continue reading “Designers urge ministers to pay due regard to IP issues”

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Gender discrimination in the workplace exposed by research

October 31st, 2016

Numerous studies highlighted by the press in recent weeks have pointed towards a growing ‘gender gap’ in workplace opportunities and a rise in discrimination against women London Employment Law Experts Joelson can report. Research from the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) has suggested that pregnancy or having children can have negative impact on female opportunities … Continue reading “Gender discrimination in the workplace exposed by research”

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Supermarket giant could face more than £100m in equal pay claims

October 31st, 2016

A Tribunal decision has potentially opened the flood gates for equal pay claims against Asda, which could cost the supermarket giant more than £100million dating back to 2002, Joelson’s London Employment Lawyers can report. The news follows the case of Brierley v Asda Stores Ltd, an Employment Tribunal in Manchester which saw a group of … Continue reading “Supermarket giant could face more than £100m in equal pay claims”

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Employers urged to consider ‘invisible disabilities’ in the workplace

October 26th, 2016

Employers are being urged to consider ‘invisible disabilities’ in the workplace, after World Mental Health Day highlighted a rise in discrimination claims and a lack of employer awareness of mental health conditions, Joelson’s Employment Solicitors in London can report. Under the Equality Act 2010, employees with long-term health conditions are protected against discrimination relating to … Continue reading “Employers urged to consider ‘invisible disabilities’ in the workplace”

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Vogue loses trademark case

October 26th, 2016

Arguably the world’s best-known fashion magazine this month lost an intellectual property dispute against a company in India which it claimed was trading on its international reputation. Advance Magazine Publishers, Vogue’s parent company, had filed a trademark infringement claim against the Mumbai-based Just Lifestyle Pvt Ltd. The firm owns the licences for a variety of … Continue reading “Vogue loses trademark case”

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Rental market neck-and-neck with property sales, report reveals

October 24th, 2016

The property rental market is outstripping the sales market for the first time in nearly eight decades, a report has revealed. The UK’s largest estate agency chain, Countrywide, found that a general lack of property sales since the Brexit vote, combined with rising prices, has seen the letting market boom. Homeownership levels have fallen to … Continue reading “Rental market neck-and-neck with property sales, report reveals”

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