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The Collaborative Economy: guidance issued by the European Commission

EU guidance addresses new economic models including ride-sharing and crowdfunding. On 2 June 2016, the European Commission issued a communication on the EU agenda for the collaborative economy (the Communication). The aim of the Communication is to support consumers, businesses and EU Member States to engage confidently in the collaborative…

Bonus for agents selling software

A High Court decision means more agents trading in software may benefit from rights under the Commercial Agents Regulations, including payment on termination or expiry. The question of whether the supply of software is a supply of services or a sale of goods is of little practical importance, but it…

Smart fabrics: the fabric of the future

The development and legal implications of smart fabrics. When we talk about wearables, we instantly conjure up images of items like the FitBit, the Oura ring or even the Apple watch. Collaborations with fashion brands have certainly helped wearables move from gadgets that fail to resonate with the fashion conscious…

Wearables: style and substance

Despite certain wearables in the past receiving a poor reception from the upper echelons of the fashion industry, fashion and tech brands continue to collaborate and wearables are getting a stylish recharge. You only need to look at the latest offerings from the likes of WiseWear’s collaboration with Iris Apfel…

Trade Secrets Directive finally passed

On 27 May 2016 the Council of the European Union confirmed that it has approved the Trade Secrets Directive, meaning that it will become law. The date by which Member States must implement the Directive will be confirmed when it is published in the Official Journal of the European Union…

NHS promotes e-consultations

In a recent report, the NHS has promised £45m to GPs to stimulate the uptake of electronic consultations, along with additional funding for a raft of other technology-driven improvements. In the recently released General Practice Forward View, the NHS discusses various measures that it intends to take (backed by a…