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  • Taken Too Far? Clarifying a Word Mark Owner’s Right to Use the Trademark In any Form

    Taken Too Far? Clarifying a Word Mark Owner’s Right to Use the Trademark In any Form

    Published: 20 Mar 2017

    A recent decision of the Federal Court of Appeal has further clarified the law concerning the use of a design element in a trademark. The Facts The applicant filed an application to register a design mark for use in association with apple-based alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and other apple products.  The application was opposed by the owner of the trademark PINNACLES registered...

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  • Welcome to Legal Shorts, a short briefing on some of the week’s developments in the financial services industry.

    Welcome to Legal Shorts, a short briefing on some of the week’s developments in the financial services industry.

    Published: 17 Mar 2017

    Welcome to Legal Shorts, a short briefing on some of the week’s developments in the financial services industry. If you would like to discuss any of the points we raise below, please contact me or one of our other lawyers.  Claire Cummings 020 7585 1406 claire.cummings@cummingslaw.com www.cummingslaw.com ________________________________________ FCA updates Connect webpage on MiFID ...

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  • Welcome to Legal Shorts, a short briefing on some of the week’s developments in the financial services industry.

    Welcome to Legal Shorts, a short briefing on some of the week’s developments in the financial services industry.

    Published: 17 Mar 2017

    Welcome to Legal Shorts, a short briefing on some of the week’s developments in the financial services industry. If you would like to discuss any of the points we raise below, please contact me or one of our other lawyers.  Claire Cummings 020 7585 1406 claire.cummings@cummingslaw.com www.cummingslaw.com ________________________________________ FCA updates Connect webpage on MiFID ...

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  • How to Hire Employees in Mexico, a Quick Glance at Labor Contracts

    How to Hire Employees in Mexico, a Quick Glance at Labor Contracts

    Published: 17 Mar 2017

    When navigating the complexities of a new legal system it is vital to maintain focus on certain principles as to avoid law suits and more importantly, to avoid wasting time, resources and energy in unproductive hiring strategies. When understanding employment regulations in Mexico it is important to take into account that Mexican Federal Labor Law provides many statutes that are not available un...

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  • OLG Dresden: Representation or accompaniment at general meeting of shareholders

    OLG Dresden: Representation or accompaniment at general meeting of shareholders

    Published: 16 Mar 2017

    GmbH shareholders can be represented by a proxy at the general meeting of the shareholders. In addition, it may be permissible according to a ruling of the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Dresden [Higher Regional Court of Dresden] for them to bring an adviser along to the meeting. GRP Rainer Lawyers and Tax Advisors in Cologne, Berlin, Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart and Lon...

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  • BGH on liability of managing directors if social security contributions not paid

    BGH on liability of managing directors if social security contributions not paid

    Published: 15 Mar 2017

    The managing director of a GmbH, a type of German private limited company, is responsible for ensuring proper payment of social security contributions. Failure to fulfil his duties can render him personally liable. GRP Rainer Lawyers and Tax Advisors in Cologne, Berlin, Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart and London conclude: While a managing director of a GmbH is not in...

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  • Family foundations and business succession

    Family foundations and business succession

    Published: 14 Mar 2017

    Establishing a family foundation can be a sensible means of preventing disputes from arising among heirs as well as resolving the issue of business succession. GRP Rainer Lawyers and Tax Advisors in Cologne, Berlin, Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart and London conclude: In the case of many family-run companies, the issue of business succession will need to be addressed...

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  • Interesting Decisions from the Liechtenstein Supreme Court from 2016

    Interesting Decisions from the Liechtenstein Supreme Court from 2016

    Published: 14 Mar 2017

    THE YEAR 2016 IN REVIEW i)                    The refusal to provide information on a trust constitutes no specific and concrete danger which would allow the requesting party to obtain a freezing order. The PSC had to decide whether a freezing order which was originally granted by PCJ against a...

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