Posted: Author: Arezou Rezai

Should’ve seen it coming – Specsavers applies to register “should’ve” as a trademark

The phrase “should’ve gone to Specsavers” is now synonymous with the international optometrist chain Specsavers so it comes as no surprise that the retailer would seek to protect its famous slogan. What is surprising, however, is that the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has accepted the application. Along with something that is purely descriptive, it… Read more »

Posted: Author: Andrew Willshire

Reasonable adjustments and employees pay

The duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled employees is imposed upon an employer by section 39 (5) of the Equality Act 2010 (EqA 2010). The duty is defined in section 20 of the EqA 2010 and is the key provision. There has been much case law on whether adjustments made by employers were indeed… Read more »

Posted: Author: Arezou Rezai

Designers take note – The perils of using your own name

Karen Millen, the co-founder of the fashion brand of the same name, has lost her legal battle regarding the right to use her own name in respect of new business ventures. The case highlights the factors to be considered by designers, and others trading under their own name, when deciding upon a brand name. Karen… Read more »

Posted: Author: Laura Trapnell

By way of illustration: the Freedom of Information Act and confidentiality clauses

Co-authored by Ryan Mitchell, Trainee Solicitor and Laura Trapnell, Head of Intellectual Property. The First-tier Tribunal’s Tate Gallery decision last month reiterates how public authorities’ disclosure obligations under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) cannot be avoided by including a confidentiality provision in the relevant agreement. Contractors should be aware that the specific terms of… Read more »