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Your business interests on divorce


Julian Dunkerton, the founder of the Superdry fashion chain, has had to sell just over £50m worth of shares in order to fund his divorce settlement. If you have a business interest, could you be made to sell all or part of it on divorce?

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Registering a design - our litigation lawyers discuss a recent case concerning intellectual property rights of a sports shoe design


The European Union General Court has just rejected an application to register a intellectual property right in the form of parallel strips on a sports shoe. In doing so the Court took the view that the stripes were nothing more than “a rather banal generic embellishment” and that the design lacked “originality”. Partner Andrew Petchey who has himself just defended a European design right case says “unfortunately it looks like it is back to the drawing board and no doubt an expensive exercise for the Applicant!”.

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