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Beware of the phish when you surf – recent changes to privacy laws.

We’ve all heard about it – personal information being leaked into the public domain or perhaps sold to third parties without knowledge or consent. Whilst these occurrences can be catastrophic, we seem to have developed a ‘breach fatigue’ or desensitization as data breaches become more of ‘the norm’. Protecting your personal information is not as simple as having a 12-character…

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To bee or not to bee: Is the 'Manuka Honey' dispute coming to an end?.

Key takeaways In 2017, the UK Intellectual Property Office decided in favour of the New Zealand ‘Manuka Honey Appellation Society’ (MHAS), agreeing to place a certification mark on tubs of Manuka Honey originating from New Zealand. In 2021, in Australia, the MHAS opposed the registration of the term ‘Australian Manuka’. The Registrar’s delegate did not agree with the opposition. Similarly,…

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Look before you leap – understanding restraints of trade.

Key takeaways Employment agreements often include post-termination obligations. Restraint clauses are only enforceable to the extent that is reasonably necessary to protect an employer’s legitimate business interests. Employees need to carefully consider their post-termination obligations before accepting an offer of employment. Employers must take care to ensure any restraints clauses are enforceable. Why worry? It is dangerous for an employee…

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Baseless claims: Ed Sheeran wins 'Shape of You' copyright case.

Most of you will have heard Ed Sheeran's blockbuster song 'Shape of You', the most streamed song in Spotify's history with over 3 billion streams. You may also have heard about the copyright case in which Sheeran and his co-writers were accused of plagiarising the 2015 song 'Oh Why' by Sami Chokri...

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Garden leave: it’s not a walk in the park.

Garden leave may sound relaxing, but the circumstances which call for it are most certainly not.Garden leave typically occurs: when an employee is directed by an employer to take paid leave or to undertake special duties; or during the notice period following termination or resignation. Employees are...

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SMS: Scam Message Service?.

Have you recently received a text that didn’t seem right? Maybe it looked like one of these: 'Your package is on its way: get it as soon as possible! Click this link!' 'Hello, I've seen this video of you on the internet! Click here to see!' 'Hi, do you need a part time job? Click this link!' If that's a yes...

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