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Daniel Hnatchuk

Competition Bureau updates IP Enforcement Guidelines

Intellectual Property - Canada
Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh

The Competition Bureau recently released its updated IP Enforcement Guidelines.

César Navarro

Difference in severance for employees under service agreements and permanent employees is not discriminatory

Employment & Benefits - Spain
CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo

In a preliminary ruling in a case referred to it by the Galicia High Court, the European Court of Justice has confirmed the existence of objective grounds which justify a difference in compensation paid on the termination of works contracts linked to a specific service (ie, 12 days' salary) and the termination of permanent contracts (ie, 20 days' salary).

Karsten Metzlaff

Inadmissible imitation of 'presentation of dishes': stronger protection for gastronomic concepts

Franchising - Germany
Noerr LLP

Franchisors must typically consider the extent of concept protection if franchisees which have left the franchise system reuse the concept in a largely unchanged fashion or if third-party competitors (outside the franchise system) copy the concept's main features.

Urszula Wojtyra

Federal Court of Appeal requires PMPRB to redetermine whether patent pertains to Galderma's Differin

Healthcare & Life Sciences - Canada
Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh

The Federal Court of Appeal recently granted the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board's (PMPRB's) appeal and returned to the board the matter of whether the invention of the patent at hand pertained to Galderma's Differin.

Christiana Pyrkotou

Objectivity versus practicality: adding a third party to an action

Litigation - Cyprus
Elias Neocleous & Co LLC

A recent Supreme Court decision examined a first-instance court's interpretation of the Civil Procedure Rules and, in particular, who can be added as a third party to a process pending before the courts.

Costas Stamatiou

Brexit's potential impact on shipping in Cyprus

Shipping & Transport - Cyprus
Elias Neocleous & Co LLC

In an effort to minimise disruption to the shipping industry deriving from Brexit, the Shipping Deputy Ministry has undertaken a number of contingency measures.

OnDemand

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Three’s a crowd? Third-party arbitration funding

Arbitration & ADR / Canada, Cyprus, Greece, India, Netherlands, Poland, United Kingdom

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Uber-complex: regulating ride-hail services

Shipping & Transport / Finland, USA

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Competition and antitrust in the digital age

Competition & Antitrust / Bulgaria, Czech Republic, European Union, Hungary, Mexico, Pakistan, Poland, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey