"Corporate social responsibility is the continuing commitment by business to behave ethically and contribute to economic development while improving the quality of life of the workforce and their families as well as of the local community and society at large."
World Business Council for Sustainable Development
One of the misconceptions is that Corporate Social Responsibility is just for the large corporates. Whilst we are growing rapidly, we have even bigger ideas and so we thought why not consider these issues now and set the ground work for the future.
Whilst we can't confess to hugging trees on a regular basis, we do want to make sure our business is as environmentally responsible as possible, especially as we are in a field that is historically very paper-heavy. We do this in a number of small ways:-
• We ensure we use low energy light bulbs;
• We switch computers and lights off when not in use;
• We don't drive to work (okay that's mainly because the traffic is a nightmare); and
• We source environmentally friendly products, especially paper.
We wanted to go one step further so we also calculated our carbon footprint taking into account overseas flights, paper usage and various other factors. According to these calculations, we produce approximately 25 tonnes of CO2 emissions. We have therefore planted 25 trees in London to offset this carbon emission, and will continue to do so each year. A small step, but in the right direction.
Please see below our certificate...we resisted the urge to print and put in a wooden frame.
When we all sat down at the beginning to discuss the team ethos, one aspect was quite apparent. It was important to all of the Team that we give a little back to the Community, not just in the UK but around the world. And by "give" we don't just mean financially, we mean time which to us is even more valuable. We therefore ensure all of our employees are given time off each year to volunteer on their charity of choice. At the end of the year, we also make a financial donation to these charities. Please visit our News page to see updates on what the team is getting up to.
In addition, we undertake Pro Bono IP work for charitable organisations around the world. If you would like to find out more about this part of our business, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Brexit – its impact on Trade Marks and Designs in the UK...
This week is a historic week in which Article 50 is triggered signaling the UK’s exit from the EU.
Before we go any further, let’s be clear about one thing: despite some of the comments coming from certain
firms in some other member states, nothing at all will happen for at least 2 years. Nevertheless, we recognize
that our clients want to know what the future holds after Brexit. This is what we know, and can guess, at the
Laos became a Member of the Madrid Protocol as of 7 March 2016.
The Ministry of Commerce & Industry are currently in discussions to make significant changes to the way in which Trade Mark filings are handled and current proposals indicate that official fees are likely to increase by 100%. Details as to when this will take effect have not yet been finalised but notification confirming the same is expected soon.
On 28 February 2018, the EU Commission published its first draft proposal as to the terms of withdrawal of the UK from the European Union, outlining how existing EU trade marks and designs will be treated vis-a-vis the UK following Brexit.
Although this is a draft document that is yet to be ratified by the UK government or UK Intellectual Property Office, it clearly sets out the EU's preferred stance as to the treatment of IP rights. It will now be sent to the EU parliament Brexit Group before then being transmitted to the UK government and bodies.
The UK High Court recently referred some key questions to the CJEU in a trade mark infringement action brought by Sky Plc, the answers to which could have a significant impact on the future filing strategies of brand owners in the EU and UK.
Mr Justice Arnold, acknowledging the 'general public importance' of the issues raised in this case, referred the following questions to the European Court for guidance, firstly on the issue of the clarity of broad terms in goods/services contained in a trade mark registration.
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