Friday, 23 August 2013

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This week's highlights from Out-Law News

TMT & Sourcing and Intellectual Property

Plans for 'superfast' patent processing service dropped by IPO amidst stakeholder concerns
Concerns about how a new "superfast patent processing service" proposed by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) would affect the quality of patents granted in the UK has led the IPO to shelve plans to introduce the service.

Regulators could soon be passed material about corporates' links to convicted 'blaggers', says SOCA
The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) is looking into sharing the names of more than 100 organisations and individuals connected to private investigators convicted of data 'blagging' offences with a number of regulators, including the UK's data protection watchdog, in a move that could lead to criminal prosecutions.

System failures cause most IT outages, say regulators
The majority of outages that occurred last year on fixed and mobile telephone and internet networks were caused by "system failures", according to a new report based on data compiled by regulators.

Probation officer prosecution should remind businesses of potential criminal penalties for data breaches, says expert
The prosecution of a probation officer for handing over personal information relating to the victim of domestic abuse to the alleged perpetrator should act as a reminder to business of the criminal penalties they could face for breaching UK data protection laws, an expert has said.

Data protection 'quandary' for retailers in proposed PCI DSS update timetable, says expert
Retailers should start planning early to adhere to an updated standard on the secure storage of payment card information, an expert has said.

Google to encrypt data before storing in the cloud
Data that businesses store via Google's cloud computing service will now be automatically encrypted, the internet giant has announced.

ABI begins publishing sample annuity rates to improve pensions transparency
A new service which will allow consumers to compare annuity rates offered by different retirement savings plans is a "useful starting point" in improving transparency in the pensions market, an expert has said.

Late company account filing penalties have soared since financial crisis, experts say
Annual penalties issued to UK companies for late filing of accounts have increased by 55% since the financial crisis according to research by Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind

Deloitte survey: more universities plan to spend despite continuing uncertainty
An increasing number of higher education finance directors are ready to invest to maintain their competitive position despite the vast majority believing that their institution still faces above normal levels of uncertainty, according to a new survey.

Financial Services
Investment funds urged to become AIFMD compliant by the start of next year
Managers of alternative investment funds (AIFs) are being urged to become fully compliant with the new European regulatory regime six months earlier than provided for in the legislation.

Skilled workers shortage and rising costs could threaten infrastructure recovery
The rising cost of materials and difficulties in recruiting suitable staff are among the main issues worrying civil engineers as prospects in the infrastructure sector improve, according to a new survey.

Changes to HS2 plans to appease project opponents could almost double costs, says think tank
The cost of design changes and additional infrastructure to appease opponents of the Government's proposed national high speed rail link could push the cost of the project up by an additional £30 billion, an economic think tank has claimed.


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