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Are the days of the smartphone numbered?

Smartphones have revolutionised how society interacts with technology, and today, technology is changing our very perception of the world around us. Advances in virtual reality and augmented reality technologies are blending the boundaries between the real and virtual environments. Business potential is vast and investors are certainly taking note. Is it...

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What’s in a name?

Introduction “If this business were to split up, I would be glad to take the brands, trade marks and goodwill and you could have all the bricks and mortar – and I would fare better than you.” John Stuart, former Chairman of Quaker Oats Ltd. What is it worth? The...

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Is trouble brewing for craft beer brands?

Craft beer is, quite frankly, booming.  The last few years have seen a huge rise in the number of breweries on both sides of the Atlantic – over 24% more in the US over the last year1 and 65% more in the UK over the past five years2.  And there’s...

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The Importance of IP Due Diligence in M&A and Investment Transactions

Due diligence plays a central role in any M&A or investment transaction and its importance in guiding the transaction cannot be over stated. Fiona Stevens, a partner in GJE’s Life Sciences team who frequently advises on the intellectual property aspects of commercial transactions, discusses the importance of IP due diligence....

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When imitation isn’t the sincerest form of flattery…

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” Or so the old adage goes.  But try telling that to a manufacturer whose product has just been ripped off.  It’s the ultimate irony – just as your product is gaining traction and recognition in the market place, a new front opens up...

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