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The impact on sole directors in the recent Hashmi v Lorimer-Wing [2022] High Court case

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A recent court case has found that the Model Articles of Association adopted, in whole or in part, by a lot of private companies do not allow those companies to have a sole director. Any company which was incorporated since October 2009, or which has changed...

Family Investment Companies

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It is often a frightening concept to give away hard-earned assets and lose control over them and this, together with concern over future cash flow, can be a barrier to putting assets into trust or simply making gifts. One of the key benefits of a family...

How does Nestlé bounce back after KitKat case?

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The latest blow to Nestlé in its battle to trademark its KitKat product will perhaps come as little surprise to those of us within the legal profession; we’ve seen Nestlé and its bitter rival Cadbury lock horns numerous times in the past,...

KitKat decision highlights the need to protect assets early

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In the latest court battle between Nestlé and Cadbury, the Court of Appeal has refused to allow Nestlé to trade mark the shape of its four-fingered KitKat bar. Last year Mr Justice Arnold, sitting in the High Court, ruled in favour of...

Iceland v Iceland: the importance of legally protecting your brand assets

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The cold war over the usage rights of the name Iceland highlights the legal problems that can arise without effective brand name protection. When Malcolm Walker opened his first Iceland store in Oswestry, Shropshire in 1969, no one knew that he...

PGI, PDO and TSG - how to protect your food products

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What protection is available? Protected Geographical Indication ( PGI ) This is for products that are closely linked to a certain geographical area. If protected, at least one of the stages of production, processing or preparation will have to take...

A timely reminder to protect your designs

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As a food business you would be wise to invest in protecting your key designs – particularly after the courts rejected a plea by Kit Kat to trademark their legendary four-fingered shape. The well reported case involved Cadbury, who challenged an...

Protecting your brand

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What is a brand? A strong brand helps distinguish a business’ products from its competitors’. It adds value to the business by enhancing consumer awareness and improving customer loyalty. A brand can be made up of many elements, including:...

Intellectual property for food products

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Can you copyright a recipe? If your business has spent time and money in developing a recipe or new product, you should be thinking about protecting it from competitors. But can you copyright a recipe and is this the best way to protect your work? In the...