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Latest articles from Graham Horsman

  • HM Intellectual Property Snapshot: 3 ways to use intellectual property to help navigate the start of 2021

    HM Intellectual Property Snapshot: 3 ways to use intellectual property to help navigate the start of 2021

    Businesses continue to face challenges as we approach the one-year mark of the effects of COVID. Using intellectual property, such as the name of the company or product, its logo and its domain name, effectively can help a business to adapt and survive, or even thrive, at this time.  Here we look at three key ways in which you can use your intellectual property to benefit your business.

  • HM Intellectual Property Snapshot: Passing off and post-sale confusion – an update

    HM Intellectual Property Snapshot: Passing off and post-sale confusion – an update

    Passing off is where a business or entity improperly takes advantage of the goodwill and reputation in a similar brand owned by another business or entity. A recent English has reaffirmed a business's right to a legal remedy in the event of post-sale confusion, where those who see a consumer utilising goods after the sale may make the association. This additional level of protection is likely to be well received by those whose business model is predicated on brand recognition throughout the lifetime of their product.

  • Temporary suspension of statutory demand provisions - what does it mean for businesses and creditors?

    Temporary suspension of statutory demand provisions - what does it mean for businesses and creditors?

    The new UK Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill introduces a variety of measures which amend existing insolvency law to help businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic. One such temporary measure prevents any statutory demands made against companies in the period between 1 March and 30 June 2020 from being used as the basis of a winding-up petition. Here we examine what that means in Scotland.

  • New Scottish fire safety measures to be introduced post-Grenfell

    New Scottish fire safety measures to be introduced post-Grenfell

    Two years on from the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the implications for the construction and fire safety of high-rise domestic buildings are still under review. New legislation is anticipated this year to introduce measures to strengthen fire safety in Scotland's high rise homes and public buildings, including the introduction of more stringent construction requirements and enhanced safety information records.