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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?
Various aspects of computer games and apps may be patentable in Europe, although in several respects, games and apps may fall within the exclusions for non-patentable subject-matter. An examination of case law provides examples of where the dividing lines between patentable and non-patentable may lie.
The decision on whether to seek patent protection will also be influenced by limitations on the extent of copyright protection for software code where what is reproduced consists only of the ‘look and feel’, or the user interfaces.
Computer game patents have been the subject of infringement litigation in the High Court of England and Wales. Issues of construction arise where the invention consists of apparatus 'for' a specified function, in particular as to whether unprogrammed hardware infringes such a claim.
Due to the roles of different intermediaries in the supply of
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The primary function of office-holders in personal and corporate insolvency is to collect in the assets belonging to a company or individual and to distribute these to the company's or individual's creditors. Office-holders have various duties and powers in order to ensure that they do this. For
Part 8 of the Corporation Tax Act 2009 (CTA 2009) is a specific corporation tax regime that applies exclusively to the gains and losses of intangible fixed assets. Note, however, that certain intangible fixed assets are excluded from the regime, see Practice Note: Excluded intangible fixed
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
This Practice Note provides a high-level introduction to diversity and inclusion (D&I) and key reasons why it is important to law firms. Specific aspects of D&I are covered in more detail in Practice Notes:•The growing focus on diversity and inclusion (D&I) in law firms•Unconscious bias—law
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