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New reforms to branded pharmaceuticals NHS cost controls proposed

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 16:35
The manufacturers of branded pharmaceutical products could have to repay more than a fifth of their sales from the supply of medicines to the NHS in England to the UK government in 2021 under new proposals that have been published.

Remedies for patent infringement

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 15:57
Businesses found to have infringed patent rights can face potentially substantial bills for compensation and a block on the manufacture, supply and sale of infringing products.

Responsibility for paying costs in patent litigation

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 15:48
Businesses that are involved in patent litigation incur costs when engaging legal advisers. Some of these costs may be recoverable from the other side, but there are rules around costs that parties to litigation should familiarise themselves with.

Assigning patent rights to others

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 15:32
Patent rights are property rights and as such can be assigned, mortgaged, licensed, etc… However, when assigning a patent there are strict requirements and procedures that the patentee must adhere to and follow.

Procedures of a patent trial and settlement

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 15:25
Bringing or defending a patent claim before the courts can be a daunting prospect, not least because of the complicated nature of patents and patent law. It is vital that businesses understand the procedures that govern how patent trials operate.

High chief executive pay will require ‘appropriate disclosures’

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 14:54
Listed companies must be prepared to appropriately explain the difference between chief executive and average worker pay ahead of the introduction of new pay ratio reporting requirements, an expert has said.

UK government endorses 'vehicle to grid' technology

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 14:10
The UK government has endorsed technology which allows electric vehicle owners to supply electricity stored by the vehicle batteries back to the grid.

Call for 'constructive' EU response to UK Brexit proposals

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 13:07
Businesses face the prospect of long-term major disruption to their operations unless the UK's Brexit proposals are met with a positive and constructive response from the remaining EU member states, the UK's business secretary has said.

Reasons and remedies for patent revocation

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 11:43
When patents are granted they provide inventors up to 20 years of protection for their invention, but there are circumstances in which patents can be revoked.

Director liability 'should only apply when insolvent company evaded tax'

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 11:28
UK government proposals to make directors liable for tax debts when a company becomes insolvent should only apply when the company has evaded, as opposed to avoided, tax and should not extend to shareholders, a tax expert has said.

Corporate governance: 'employee voice' and workplace reporting

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 10:14
ANALYSIS: Recent corporate governance reforms will require greater engagement by boards with employees and workers, and more corporate reporting about the workforce.

Civil penalties for offshore environment breaches in force from October

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 10:08
A new civil penalty regime for environmental law breaches by offshore oil and gas companies will come into force on 1 October 2018.

Medtech body urges Irish government to invest in manufacturing centre

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 09:06
A new centre should be built in Ireland to help develop the country's medical technology (medtech) manufacturing capabilities, an industry body has said.

Costs in the Tax Tribunals

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 16:28
If you are involved in a dispute in the UK tax tribunals with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) you will probably incur costs such as legal fees and disbursements/expenses. The rules as to when you can recover your costs and when you may have to pay the costs of HMRC differ in the tax tribunals (the First-tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal) from the rules which apply generally to other types of court or arbitration proceedings.

Celebrities investigated by UK regulator over online endorsements

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 15:49
A number of celebrities and social media influencers are being investigated by a UK regulator over their endorsements of others' products and services on the internet.

Bank of England considers synchronised settlement

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 15:17
The modernised 'real time gross settlement' (RTGS) service operated by the Bank of England could simultaneously record the exchange of money and assets for which the payments are associated, it has said.

'Business common sense' considered in dispute over break conditions

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 15:06
A recent ruling on the construction of a 'break clause' in a commercial lease indicates that where there are two conflicting possible interpretations of a particular provision the courts will consider "business common sense" and the 'contra proferentem' rule in deciding which interpretation to adopt, an expert has said.

New Scottish land interests register needs longer transitional period

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 14:57
ANALYSIS: Complex, brand new registration requirements for those with controlling interests in land and buildings in Scotland require a longer transitional period before strict criminal penalties take effect.

BBC seeks review of laws on reporting criminal investigations

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 12:19
The BBC has called on the UK government to open a review of current laws governing the reporting of criminal investigations after deciding not to pursue an appeal against a recent privacy ruling in a case between it and the entertainer Sir Cliff Richard.

New law to provide equal opportunities for disabled employees in UAE

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 15:58
ANALYSIS: A new law which seeks to protect and provide equal opportunities for individuals with disabilities in the workplace is the latest move by authorities in the UAE to develop and modernise local employment law.