business law

IP Rights in Technology: Why is it Important and How to Enforce Your Rights

IP Rights in Technology: Why is it Important and How to Enforce Your Rights

Technology is a hot topic at the moment. There are many buzz words and new developments to keep everyone on their toes. Keeping up with the lingo is hard enough let alone understanding the technology behind it. Once you figured out the workings of blockchain, VR, AI and IoT something new will probably have been developed! As technology evolves, intellectual property (IP) protection has to evolve with it and although the law can be slow to keep up with changes in technology there are currently mechanisms available to protect your IP both through registrations (trade marks, design rights and patents) and through automatic protection (copyright and unregistered design rights). Why is it important to protect your rights? ­Intellectual Property is a creation or invention which can be owned and ... »

A Guide to Shared Parental Leave

A Guide to Shared Parental Leave

Although overshadowed by other stories in the media when they were first introduced on 1 December 2014, the Shared Parental Leave and Statutory Shared Parental Pay regulations have brought about one of the biggest changes to employment law in years. Shared Parental Leave has the potential to affect every employer at some point, but research shows uptake amongst fathers has been low. The principals of SPL are simple, but for both employers and employees, the details can be rather more complicated. Our guide will help clarify the process for employees and employers: 1. What is Shared Parental Leave? 2. Who qualifies for Shared Parental Leave? 3. Statutory Shared Parental Pay 4. Applying for Statutory Parental Leave (employees) 5. Preparing for Shared Parental Leave (employers) 6. Processing ... »

General Data Protection Regulation: How to Prepare

General Data Protection Regulation: How to Prepare

For UK businesses of all sizes, protecting personal data, both physically and electronically, has never been more important. The data protection landscape has changed rapidly in recent years and is heading for its biggest shake up in some time with the incoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR outlines how the data of any EU citizen must be handled, wherever in the world the company in possession of this data operates, making it a truly global piece of legislation. It comes into force on 25 May 2018. The requirements stipulated in the new legislation range from stricter rules around securing consent for the use of personal information to, in some cases, the introduction of a designated data protection officer within the workplace. With just over a year to get ready, comp... »

Your Business on Divorce/Dissolution

Your Business on Divorce/Dissolution

Business assets On the breakdown of a relationship, any business owned jointly, solely or contains an interest, will need to be valued and perhaps, need to be restructured to effect any settlement. Settlements now centre on contributions to the business and homemaking during the marriage or civil partnership, with both regarded as of equal merit. It is important to understand the nature of your business and how it operates. Full and frank financial disclosure is required including examination of up to five sets of audited accounts and up to date management accounts, if they exist. Since the landmark decision of White v White (2000), where there are more than sufficient assets to meet the needs of the parties, as a starting point the court must consider a 50:50 division as a measure of equi... »

Create and Protect your Brand

Create and Protect your Brand

More lately, as a derivative of advertising and marketing, brand identity has become a prominent feature of recognising specific goods or services. Brands have extended beyond the precursor corporate image to incorporate a refined set of codifiers and signifiers which together abridge the emotional gap between brand owner and the person or entity that buys into the brand. As our appetite for sieving out advertising messages has grown, so has our desire to be associated with certain brands matured. Perhaps, the most recognisable and successful stories of international branding is Coca Cola. Love or hate it, Coca Cola illustrates that the use of a distinctive name, a powerful logo, an iconic design, an unswerving colour scheme and an aspirational set of statements all add to the entirety of ... »

Business Law and Using a Solicitor

Whatever commercial activity you are engaged in – from buying supplies to selling your product – you need to be aware of the legal issues involved. While the full range of business law is vast, the key points the owner of a start-up business needs to know are relatively straightforward. Understanding the basics will help you avoid any legal difficulties. This briefing: Provides an overview of some of the key aspects of business law that may affect you. Outlines the principles of contracts and how to use them to your advantage. Highlights the key trading laws you need to be aware of. Explains how to choose and use a solicitor. »