The following IP practice note Produced in partnership with Greg Burke of RPC, Paul Joseph of RPC and Sophie Tuson of RPC provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for intellectual property?
A semiconductor is essentially any material which has electrical conductivity and can thus either conduct, or conversely, block, the flow of electrical current.
Semiconductor chips, found, for example, in computers, mobile phones and microwave ovens, are generally made using circular wafers of silicon.
IP rights exist in order to protect the semiconductor industry, including electronic circuit boards and the component chips.
The semiconductor topography right is an additional right to unregistered design law, intended to protect a specific industrial article, namely, as set out above, the electronic circuit board and the arrangement of semiconductors.
The right was implemented into English law under the Protection of Topography Directive (Directive 87/54/EC) and the Design Right (Semiconductor Topographies) Regulations 1989, SI 1989/1100. Where a design is a semiconductor topography (see below), under the Design Right (Semiconductor Topographies) Regulations 1989, the design
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The principles of the notarial act are that it is:•an act of the notary and not of the parties named in the document•a record of a fact, event or transaction•in the form of a document, notwithstanding the form of the underlying document, fact, event or transactionThe purpose of the notarial act is
Commercial Property Standard Enquiries (CPSEs) are industry standard pre-contract enquiries used in commercial property transactions. CPSEs are endorsed by the British Property Federation and are free to use. The CPSEs include specific environmental enquiries at enquiry 15 and there are several
What is QOCS?Qualified one-way costs shifting (QOCS) was introduced on 1 April 2013 as part of the Jackson costs reforms following the removal of a claimant’s right to recover additional liabilities from the defendant, ie success fees and after the event (ATE) insurance premiums. The relevant CPR
The right to notice means a right for the employee to remain in employment for the period of notice, not simply to be paid for it. An employer will therefore often include in the contract an express right to make a payment in lieu of notice ('PILON') as an alternative to giving notice, to ensure
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