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The European patent office in Munich/Germany has permanently revoked the HTC-Twister Patent EP 1702 714. The decision does not only mean that HTC can no longer claim mentioned patent but that the revocation is retroactive and hence that this patent has never existed from a legal point of view.


The decision further means that HTC can no longer claim the exclusive rights on the distribution of diamond impregnated non- woven pads for the cleaning and maintenance of hard floors in Europe.


KGS DIAMOND, a Swiss based pioneer on diamond abrasive products, had patented its first Diamond Coated Non-Woven products back in 1993.


Today, KGS DIAMOND offers a wide range of Floor Restoration as well as cleaning and maintenance products second to none in performance, quality and cost effectiveness.


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North East Lincolnshire Council proposes to reduce street cleaning to “minimum standards”


As well as shedding two hundred posts at the North East Lincolnshire Council, the local authority also aims to cut frontline services in attempt to save £30m over the next four years.


The draft budget proposes some changes to services, including reducing street cleaning to "minimum standards.”


Labour group leader Chris Shaw told the BBC: "If you are going to put street cleaning to a


minimum standard that is a cut in a frontline service.


"We are being promised no cuts to frontline services by the ruling group on North East Lincolnshire Council; we are being told by Eric Pickles as part of the Conservative Liberal government that we should not have to have cuts in frontline services, yet here we are with cuts to frontline services."


The House of Commons is to axe over £63m from its budget over the next four years, according to the BBC.


The information comes from a leaked document, which outlines the cuts in detail.


The cuts are said to include, amongst other things: £2m on the budget for foreign travel for select committee members, £56,000 on newspapers and £140,000 a year on cutting the number of postal collections.


But, perhaps more importantly, the document reveals that cleaning budgets will also be cut.


While it is a comfort to see all areas tightening their belts, it seems such a shame that cleaning budgets are again seen as an easy area to cut back on. When will they learn?


Cleaning staff at the Southampton General Hospital held a two-day walkout over a pay dispute, with workers claiming they were owed backdated pay.


The strike, which began on Wednesday 15th December, saw approximately 240 cleaners at the hospital take industrial action over a deal struck up in 2006.


Further action has not been ruled out by public sector union, Unison, which is to meet with health chiefs sometime this month.


Yet, the hospital maintains an agreement will not come into force until April this year.


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