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  • A recent decision by the European court of justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg means that the four finger Kit Kat chocolate and biscuit bar is set to lose its protected trademark status, opening up the likelihood of ‘copy-cat Kit Kat’s’ from rival manufacturers. The ECJ’s advocate general advised judges to throw out manufacturer Nestle’s appeal, and whilst the advocate generals advice is not binding, it’s very likely that it will be followed. The appeal failed on the basis that for EU trademark protection to apply, the item in question must be distinctively recognisable across all EU states. Although Nestle provided evidence that the four finger Kit Kat was significantly recognisable in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Denmark, The Netherlands, Austria, Finland and Sweden, this was not enough to maintain the protection. Nestle revealed during the appeal that between 1996 and 2007, it... Read More

  • In what has been described as one of the largest contract update and re-drafting exercises in history, legal services provider Axiom is now able to provide an AI (artificial intelligence) based process designed specifically to help companies update over 7.5 million financial services agreements and contracts in the run-up to Brexit. Read More

  • Andrew McCabe, the former FBI Deputy Director whose employment contract was recently terminated by USA’s Trump administration has managed to raise over $300,000 (over £200,000) to cover legal defence costs via the crowdfunding platform ‘GoFundMe’. Read More