McCambridge Ltd. v Joseph Brennan Bakeries

The High Court earlier this year has been the venue for a dispute between two leading Irish bread makers – McCambridges and Brennans – about packaging and branding. The case is particularly interesting because of the rise generally in recent years of attempts by the producers of non-branded and white label goods to benefit from some of the positive associations that branded goods have in consumers’ minds. This article discusses some of the issues in this case at a critical juncture after an initial finding by the High Court that there has been confusion in the minds of consumers.

McCambridges v Brennans – Passing off and the value of registered IP rights

Electronic or virtual signing of documents

Recent guidance from the Irish Law Society to solicitors has again highlighted the issues involved in the execution and exchange of legal agreements by email and other ‘virtual’ means.  This article summarises the most relevant case law and considers the practical effects of the guidance and what business people can do to minimise their impact.

Electronic or virtual signing of documents

Company start-ups on the rise

Business Barometer reports yesterday that the numbers of companies incorporated in Ireland in the third quarter of 2011 were up 5% on the number incorporated in 2010 and up 10% on the same period in 2009. There have been 40 new companies incorporated each day of November so far and this level of start-up activity is encouraging.

What does this mean for the Irish economy? Well, company incorporations are a leading indicator that new business activity is continuing and is picking up from the seriously depressed levels seen in recent years. It may also be indicative of non-Irish businesses migrating to Ireland (which would reflect the recent achievements of IDA and others).

On the other hand, the Irish Exporters’ Association had to sound a warning call when third quarter results fell short of expectations (aggregate export growth fell to 1.7% while exports of manufactured/merchandise goods actually fell by 3% when compared to the year before). That caused the IEA to revise downwards their forecast for export growth for the full year.

Overall, while times remain challenging there are reasons to be optimistic and for companies focused on doing business outside Ireland the increased cost competitiveness of the Irish economy is doing a lot to help those companies succeed abroad.

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Independent Contractors vs Employees

When companies think about recruiting extra personnel they are often faced with a decision as to whether to take on a new employee or to bring in contractors or consultants. This article discusses some of the key issues businesses need to think about when deciding exactly how to bring in new staff.

Contractors vs Employees