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Three-dimensional shapes of goods must be "significantly" different from the normal shape goods of that type take to merit trade mark protection, an EU court has said. 27 Nov 2015
The European Commission has given the go-ahead to the $77 billion acquisition of Broadcom by Avago, saying that the merged entity will still face effective competition in Europe. 25 Nov 2015
Anti-competitive agreements are prohibited by European and domestic competition law. This means any anti-competitive provisions in commercial agreements are void and unenforceable which could lead to the entire agreement being unenforceable.
Organisations are increasingly looking to work in collaboration or partnership with third parties. This may be to achieve operational aims, such as a step change in service delivery, or to reduce costs or achieve efficiencies.
Many private sector organisations are using competitive tenders to procure goods and services or award significant contracts. Competitive tenders can be used to maintain a competitive edge and drive a better commercial deal.
Businesses and outsourcing suppliers often face problems that cause commercial harm but are not serious enough to merit using contractual remedies, which are usually confined to damages claims or contract termination.
This guide was last updated in August 2015.
This guide is based on UK law. This was updated in April 2013.
Large businesses that miss the first Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) compliance deadline are not likely to be penalised providing that they submit their first assessment to the Environment Agency (EA) by the end of January 2016. 19 Oct 2015
The European Commission has cleared the proposed merger of US electronic component suppliers Altera and Intel. 16 Oct 2015
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