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The rise of wearable tech: seamless transition or legal problems to come?

Wearables

The rise of wearable tech: seamless transition or legal problems to come?

Wearable technology has moved from watches, glasses and fitness bands to being integrated into garments, providing greater connectedness and even greater disclosure of personal data. But the fusion of fashion and technology isn’t a seamless one, and multiple legal concerns have arisen over intellectual property and copyright, as well as consumer privacy and security.

12 August 2015

Telecoms

Will the UK proposals for spectrum sharing really “change business”?

In our recently launched Infrastructure sharing study (click here) we identified that whilst 19 of the EU’s 28 member states permitted spectrum sharing, the reality was that there are very few significant spectrum sharing deals in the market. The UK is one of the more vocal of EU markets on the topic.  As part of its ten year spectrum management plan – published in April 2014 Ofcom stated that it wanted to take the international lead on spectrum management and it saw a key aspect of this role to mean exploring opportunities for new types of spectrum sharing and managing the co-existence of different services. Earlier this year Phillip Marnick, group policy director for Ofcom, restated the view that increasing spectrum sharing had to be a central tenet of UK spectrum management. 

06 August 2015

Media

Media Newsletter July 2015

This is our monthly Media Newsletter produced by our German office. It covers the latest legal and regulatory developments in the media sector across both Germany and Europe.

31 July 2015

Television

The rise of social network television

Advertisers and broadcasters are chasing multiplatform, short-form content and social media’s opportunities to hold onto eyeballs

23 July 2015

Trademark

Genuine Use In Only One Member State Is Not Sufficient To Maintain A CTM

Facts
The Claimant, Sofa Workshop, owned two CTMs for the word mark SOFA WORKSHOP. The registrations covered various types of furniture, textile, homeware accessories and retail services of a general store specialising in household furniture. The Claimant used the CTMs extensively in the UK but their use outside the UK was limited to advertisements in UK magazines which were distributed across Europe.

17 July 2015

Restructuring & Insolvency

Restructuring Bonds: Legal Issues Under English Law

With the volume of European bond and note issuances continuing to climb, a focus is returning to the issues that arise in restructuring such debt. A significant body of English case law developed following the economic downturn in the early 2000s and again following 2008, which is directly relevant in this context. There have been recent legal developments both within and outside the high yield debt arena, including in the increasingly complex area of cross-border insolvency.

03 July 2015

Real Estate

Victim of Fraud

The removal of a forged charge from a registered title may entitle the lender to an indemnity from the Land Registry.

26 June 2015

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