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Spousal maintenance has been the subject of debate – whilst most people can perfectly understand the rationale behind child maintenance, many cannot appreciate why an ex-spouse would have a duty to financially support their former partner – even when that partner may have moved on in to a new relationship.

The Women & Equalities Committee’s (the “Committee”) first report of 2018 was published on 20 March 2018.  The report highlighted seven areas that the committee felt the Government needed to undertake more consideration and valuation of, especially around increasing rights for self-employed parents in certain areas for example but not limited to antenatal appointments, paternity leave pay and shared parental leave pay.

In March the European Commission published the “Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community”. The paper sets out the position of the negotiations so far and makes clear those areas that have been agreed by the negotiators (subject to technical legal revision) and proposals made by the Union which are still under discussion.

As followers of our previous blog may remember, the EU General Court found that Nestle had failed to show that their 3D mark, Kit Kat’s four fingers, had acquired distinctive character through use in the EU. The Court found that Nestle had shown use in Denmark, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Finland, Sweden and the UK.

Copyright and Planning Permission – brave (or stupid) to develop without assignment of rights

The case of Signature Realty Ltd v Fortis Developments Ltd and another [2016] EWHC 3583 (Ch), 17 February 2017 provides useful insight for developers and architects regarding the use of plans approved as part of planning permission.

Updates to two previous blogs and cases on music copyright.

Still Got to Give it Up

In March, a federal appeals court in the US upheld the original jury decision in the Blurred Lines case, where it was found that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke and infringed Marvin Gaye’s copyright in the song Got to Give it Up.

With the World Cup starting in Russia today employers should be thinking how the event might impact their organisation.

Although the event is taking place outside of the UK, it is still likely to cause a shift in behaviour amongst the UK workforce with an increase in requests for annual leave, sickness absence and website use during working hours.

In a long anticipated decision, the CJEU has ruled that a mark consisting of a colour applied to the sole of a shoe is not covered by the prohibition of the registration of shapes since such a mark does not consist ‘exclusively of the shape’.

Are you trying to find a way to fill the football shaped void in your life until the World Cup starts next week? Have the last 2 weeks since the Champions League Final left you yearning for expert reviews and detailed analysis of big match ups?

Volunteering is a useful tool that can provide charities and other third sector organisations with assistance whilst allowing an individual the opportunity to give something back to the community. Issues arise, however, when the relationship between the individual and the organisation is not correctly defined. The risk being that the volunteer is found to be either an employee or a worker rather than a volunteer and has the benefits of rights with the organisation having increased obligations.

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