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Hashtag – registrable?

There is a growing trend for businesses to try and register their most popular hashtags as trade marks.
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Jurisdiction – drafting

A few reminders about jurisdiction issues:
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Disclosure – NDA

Some basic points on the content of a non-disclosure agreement:

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Ambiguity – look at deleted words?

 If there is ambiguity in a document, then it may be possible to look at earlier drafts to see which words have been deleted.

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Liability – cap

 It is common for a contract to contain a liability cap. The idea is to protect the seller or service provider from being sued for much more than the value of the contract.

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Contract – agreement to agree?

Suppose I agree to buy something but we do not agree the price, the specification or even the date for delivery. Is that a binding contract, or is it merely an unenforceable ‘agreement to agree’?

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Registered design – multiple applications

The Supreme Court’s decision in the Trunki case has been greeted with disappointment by many UK designers and innovators. The clear message that emerges, however, is that registering a design is still an important step to take but the utmost care should be taken when filing those registered designs. Too much detail can be counterproductive, since it may restrict the scope of protection. The best advice is to keep designs as simple as possible, and then make multiple applications to protect every variant and aspect.

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Winding up – capital or income?

Important changes in the taxation of capital received on a winding up come into effect on 6 April 2016. As a result, taxpayers may want to consider winding up or declaring substantial dividends before that date.

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Execution – ex-director?

What happens if a document is signed by a director, but that person is no longer a director by the time the document is dated and the transaction completed? Has the document been validly executed under CA 2000?
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Companies – significant control

Very few companies seem to be ready for the introduction of the new rules on disclosure of people with significant control (PSCs), on 6 April 2016. The rules apply to virtually all companies (save listed and AIM companies) and also to LLPs.
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