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Legal Alert - March 2020

A monthly checklist from Atom Content Marketing highlighting new and pending laws, regulations, codes of practice and rulings that could have an impact on your business.

Case law: Business legally bound by contract with supplier, even though employee who negotiated it had no authority to do so

Businesses should ensure that employees – particularly those with titles such as ‘Buyer’ that imply they are authorised to negotiate and conclude contracts with suppliers – are aware of the limitations on their authority to do so, and the procedures they must follow. Otherwise a business risks being bound by contracts the employee did not have authority to make - including those made by email.

Case law: Need for trade mark owners to urgently review trade mark registrations recedes following full European Court ruling

Trade mark owners should consider whether they still need to review their trade mark registrations to ensure the specifications in their registrations are sufficiently precise and clear, and that there is an intention to use each mark in relation to all the goods and services specified in the registration, now that the CJEU has failed to follow its Advocate General’s initial opinion that they should.

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