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Brand owners seeking to prevent their EU trade marks from being revoked may not need to provide evidence from every EU country that those marks have acquired distinctive character, an adviser to the EU's highest court has said. 20 Apr 2018
The Court of Appeal has reduced to £200,000 a "manifestly excessive" £475,000 fine imposed on a truck sale and leasing company for breaches of health and safety law which led to the accidental death of a contractor. 16 Apr 2018
European law requires food businesses to ensure that only food which is safe is placed on the market. These requirements affect all stages of production, processing and distribution of food.
The UK's consumer product safety regulatory regime is broadly derived from EU legislation, which imposes obligations on each of the players in the supply chain from manufacturer through to distributor.
It can be tempting for suppliers and retailers to enter into discussions over the recommended price customers should be charged for products. However, there are limits to what the law permits.
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.
ANALYSIS: The recent announcement by the UK's Export Control Organisation (ECO) of a six-figure compound penalty for unlicensed exports signifies an increase in both export control enforcement and in the penalties being imposed. 13 Apr 2018
ANALYSIS: Businesses looking to develop connected and autonomous cars must consider how they will access patented technology central to the way those vehicles will operate. 13 Apr 2018
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