Taylor Wessing has published its Radar: Technology & Communications Update for December 2013. This section focuses on intellectual property.
Allen & Overy, on behalf of the Republic of Cuba, is challenging Australia’s Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011 legislation.
NCTM has assisted Ferrari in an infringement case before the Italian Supreme Court against an unofficial Ferrari owners’ club that used the Ferrari’s trademarks without authorisation.
The European Court of Justice has ruled on the risk of dilution as ground for refusal pursuant to article 8(5) of the regulation number 207/2009 (CTMR).
The Italian Supreme Court rules on the use of Ferrari’s trademarks by unofficial owners’ club download
The Italian Supreme Court has overruled the Court of Appeal’s decision that considered legitimate the use of Ferrari trademarks by an unofficial Ferrari owners’ association.
The Advertising and Marketing Communication Self-Regulation Authority has ruled again on a misleading advertising dispute between Henkel and Procter & Gamble.
On 26 November 2013, advocate general Cruz Villalòn of the European Court of Justice issued his opinion in case C-314/12 UPC Telekabel Wien.
This month, the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance released the Intellectual Property Guidelines for the Victorian Public Sector.
Pharmaceutical sector — clarification on approach to market definition for prescription medicines download
A recent decision by the Court of Appeal provides useful guidance on the correct approach to defining the market in relation to pharmaceutical products.
The Court of Appeal has recast the guidance concerning the circumstances in which the English Court should stay patent proceedings before pending the outcome of related EPO proceedings.
Pillsbury has selected 10 lawyers for promotion to partner, effective 1 January 2014. The new partners span the firm’s offices and practice areas.
The Trademark Law of the People’s Republic of China underwent some substantial revisions last August.
Simon Crossley of Eversheds has said that it is no coincidence that trade-secret theft has increased, due to businesses storing information on networked systems.
A trademark owner cannot be prevented from withdrawing consent to a third party’s use of the identical trademark in relation to identical/similar goods and services.
Nintendo v P C Box: European court considers technological protection measures for copyright for the first time download
Nintendo has applied for an injunction to stop the sale of P C Box’s devices in Italy.
Rihanna brought a passing off claim in the High Court against Topshop for the use of her image without her permission.
Mattel took action against Zynga for trademark infringement and Zynga counterclaimed for revocation of the trademark.
Mr Pinckney lived in France and wrote songs protected by copyright in France.
The High Court has ruled that the PMS International ‘Kiddee Case’ suitcase infringed Magmatic’s Community-registered design for its ‘Trunki’ child’s ride-on suitcase.
The long-running battle between Cadbury and Nestlé continues.
The Court of Appeal has given judgment in the ‘stay’ application in the long-running patent dispute between IPCom and HTC.
The European Parliament has voted — by an overwhelming majority — to significantly overhaul current EU data protection laws.
The considerable duration of EPO proceedings will continue to point in favour of refusing a stay of English proceedings in most cases.
Another two international firms have joined the growing rush into Myanmar, with UK IP firm Rouse and South East Asian firm Tilleke & Gibbins both expanding into the country.
Commons committee pushes for tighter controls on internet piracy and slams the Hargreaves report
DLA Piper has advised as project legal counsel on the implementation of the first standardised online Intellectual Property Agreement Guide project.
Alan Harper of Walker Morris explains the general rules in relation to the ownership of the main types of IP.
King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin (KWM SJB) has defeated Dechert in the Court of Appeal in a trademark battle for British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB).
Appleby Guernsey has announced the appointment of senior funds and finance lawyer Kate Storey, who has joined as counsel.
Washington DC-based intellectual property (IP) firm Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner has launched in London but has confirmed the closure of its office in Brussels.
Generic top-level domain (gTLD) is one of the top-level domains (TLD) managed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.
Eversheds has advised workforce payment solutions provider FleetCor Technologies on the acquisition of Epyx, a technology solutions provider to the fleet sector, from HgCapital.
This article summarises some of the technological innovations retailers are adopting to survuve in the tough economic market and their legal risks and implications.
Eversheds has been appointed as legal adviser to the Cell Therapy Catapult, a UK centre of excellence in cell therapy, following a competitive pitch process.
The Advocate General’s opinion in Georgetown University has been released. It fails to recommend whether or not more than one SPC can be granted based on the same patent.
Antitrust agencies amend premerger notification rules to clarify reporting of acquisitions of pharmaceutical patent rights download
The new rules may cause an uptick in premerger notification filings in the pharmaceutical industry.
The proprietor owned the trademark CATWALK registered since 1995. In 2010, an application was filed to revoke this word mark on grounds of non-use.
An application for an EU mark ZEBEXIR in classes three and five was opposed by the owner of the earlier mark ZEBINIX for identical goods in classes three and five and services in class 42.
The latest decision concerns a dispute over Zynga’s launch of an online game in January 2012: ‘Scramble with Friends’.
In Asos v Assos, the High Court reviewed the approach to be taken to many issues that arise frequently when considering trademark conflicts.
Nissan applied in Austria for the word mark ‘Primera’ for automobiles in 2008.
There was a likelihood of confusion between the figurative mark ZOOSPORT and the earlier figurative mark ‘Zoot (or Zooz) sports’.
Setting a helpful precedent for famous logo brands, Lonsdale has won a UK trademark opposition against a ‘look-alike’ logo at the English High Court.
This judgment highlights the overriding objective of the IPEC, which is to assist small and medium enterprises in resolving their intellectual property disputes at low cost.
The EU General Court has upheld an OHIM Board of Appeal decision, allowing Boomerang TV’s opposition to Cartoon Network’s CTM application for BOOMERANG.
This case concerns the shared use of the mark NATHAN BAUME and a stylised N for various leather fashion items produced by two entities.
Hogan Lovells has advised Astronics in relation to the acquisition of French company PGA Electronic.
Taylor Wessing’s Global Intellectual Property Index provides an assessment of how intellectual property regimes around the world compare with each other.
The European Commission has stated as one of its objectives that it wishes to foster cross-border online access and portability across borders of content.
Where physical goods are concerned, there have long been limits on the extent to which the owner of the IP rights in a product can use those rights.
Harmonised copyright issues table download
Taylor Wessing has published a harmonised copyright issues table. It considers copyright issues, relevant European legislation and CJEU rulings.
Imagine a service established in member state A that wishes to deliver on-demand streamed access to music and films to consumers in each of the other 27 member states.
Where to request repayment of private copying levies when comparable levies have already been paid in another member state? download
Most European countries that have a private copying exception to copyright protection also have an accompanying private copying levy scheme.
The FTC has announced final changes to certain HSR rules regarding acquisitions of exclusive patent rights in the pharmaceutical industry.
The FTC has announced revisions that clarify the types of patent licenses in the pharmaceutical industry for which a filing must be made before such licenses may become effective.
Wragge & Co is named a National Leader in the new Chambers UK 2014. The firm’s construction, employment, intellectual-property, planning and real-estate teams are all listed.
The consensus approach to monitoring online privacy is more effective than imposing inflexible rules
Ralph Miliband’s diary could have been kept secret if Ed had used new Guernsey rights legislation
Allen & Overy has advised Husky Injection Molding Systems on its acquisition of Schöttli Group. The sale is expected to close in early December.
Judge Rader urges legislative restraint and emphasises judicial ability to rectify litigation abuses through available tools download
This briefing from DLA Piper contains the patent law update given by Federal Circuit Chief Judge Randall R Rader at the at the Eastern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference.
Taylor Wessing has advised Inflexion Private Equity Partners on the secondary buyout of Cablecom Network Holdings.
Appleby and Liberation Management have together filed an application for the registration of the personality and image rights of Storm Models’ Megan Williams.
The 2014 edition of Chambers UK has recognised Pillsbury’s outsourcing and information technology practice and several partners.
On 23 September 2013, the Italian Supreme Court decided on the so-called ‘galenical exemption’ provided by Italian laws as a limitation to the enforceability of pharmaceutical patents.
The European Court of Justice has decided that the trademark owner has the right to withdraw the consent to use the trademark granted to a third party.
The European Patent Organisation has amended the provisions of the European Patent Convention dealing with the requirements for the filing of divisional patent applications.
On 3 October 2013, the Court of Justice of the European Union decided on the interpretation of article 5(3) of Regulation (EC) No 44/2001 on jurisdiction in civil and commercial matters.
Businesses and brand owners should make sure that their trademarks are not registered as domain names in the new spaces by unscrupulous operators or competitors.
First new gTLDs delegated; non-Latin gTLDs; a new product to defend your marks; and changes to ICANN Registry Agreements download
Brand owners should prepare for the impending release of numerous new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) — the first few of which will be open for registration soon.
Spain’s modified ‘patent box’ regime is now in effect. The most important developments — which became effective on 29 September — are described here.
DLA Piper has announced that the firm has been recognised by Corporate Counsel in the publication’s 2013 Annual Patent Litigation Survey.
Three lawyers at law firm Sintons have been promoted to associate: Iona Sims, Anna Barton and Scott Cable.
While much of the world is finally getting a handle on the .com, .net and .org domains, we are on the brink of an explosion of hundreds of new generic top-level domains.
We are acknowledged experts in advising clients on the ownership, protection, exploitation and enforcement of intellectual property rights.
Lawyers at Walker Morris have achieved a successful outcome in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court for Andy Powell from rock band Wishbone Ash.
Wilberforce Chambers’ Michael Bloch QC has resigned from the set to join Blackstone Chambers just weeks after senior clerk Declan Redmond announced his exit for Keating Chambers.
The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has launched a new ‘fast-track’ trademark opposition procedure. The new procedure came into effect on 1 October 2013.
DLA Piper has moved its New Jersey office from Florham Park to the Class A office building at 51 JFK Boulevard in Short Hills.
Copyright litigation update: copyright register has ‘right to weigh in’ before registration is invalidated download
The 7th Circuit has held that a district court had committed legal error in invalidating a copyright registration without first consulting the Register of Copyrights.
The law of confidential information download
The law of confidential information is a useful tool for protecting commercially sensitive material, such as trade secrets, which cannot be fully protected by intellectual property rights.
Medicinal products may be protected by a paediatric extension, which extends the lifetime of a supplementary protection certificate by a further six months.
The number of candidates entering and progressing through the product pipelines of some leading originator pharmaceutical companies has diminished.
The European Parliament and the European Council have adopted a new customs regulation, replacing Regulation 1383/2003/EC.
Who is entitled to a patent? download
Members of Taylor Wessing’s European team explain the issues and describe the key rules applying to patent entitlement in Austria, Germany and the UK.
The UKIPO has upheld an opposition by Georgio Armani against Jacob Armani’s application to register a figurative mark for baby equipment.
The house did not win: UK court rejects claim for passing-off and trademark infringement of Monte-Carlo marks download
A UK court has rejected a claim for passing-off and trademark infringement of the marks Monte-Carlo and Casino De Monte-Carlo brought against Anglofile International Ltd.
Hyundai filed a UK trademark application for the words Hyundai EON. E.ON claimed, among other grounds, there was a likelihood of confusion between the marks.
An IPO hearing officer had permitted one of the original members of the disbanded musical group The Animals to register the name of the group.
Mayer Brown JSM has hired Hong Kong-based partner Gabriela Kennedy from Hogan Lovells to lead its intellectual property and technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) group in Asia.
Trade mark law is now so complicated that even specialist judges find it hard to interpret
The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has opened a consultation on a new draft code of practice for conducting privacy impact assessments.
The UK ICO has prosecuted a pay-day loans company and its director for failing to notify that its business was processing personal data in the UK.
In a David (but not Beckham) and Goliath-style battle, a small UK shop has succeeded in retaining its trademark GOLDEN BALLS.
The UK Intellectual Property Office has introduced a fast-track procedure for oppositions. This is in addition to the standard opposition procedure, which will continue in force.
A UK appointed person has found that the trademark PORRIDGEBREAK was unregistrable in class 30 for ‘porridge oats, cereals’.
A hearing officer’s decision has been upheld by an appointed person at the IPO, allowing Hasbro’s opposition to the registration of GALATOPOLY.
DLA Piper has announced that Ann Ford, Claudia Frost and Lisa Haile have been named on Managing Intellectual Property’s annual list of ‘Top 250 Women in IP’.
Law à la Mode: Issue 11 — Fall 2013 download
The DLA Piper United States editorial team has published the Autumn 2013 edition of Law à la Mode, which brings together the latest industry news, comment and legal updates.
Stephenson Harwood has appointed a legal director and two consultants to its offices in China.
An attempt by the makers of Scrabble to protect its iconic letter tiles from imitations by claiming trademark rights has been thrown out by the Court of Appeal.
The new test set out in MedImmune v Genentech continues to have a profound impact on trademark cases, explain Bobby Ghajar and Carolyn Toto.
We stand today as one of the best-prepared and forward-looking firms in the field of intellectual property.
The CJEU’s decision in Pinckney v Mediatech Case C-170/12 (3 October 2013).
The EU and the US — conflicting agendas on geographical indications: what is happening in Asia download
This paper presumes knowledge of general background to the differences between the EU and the US in relation to geographical indications (GIs).
Patents for inventions may be obtainable, but the question arises whether they can be enforced when the user is in one place and the computing resources are elsewhere.
Hardly any FRAND defences have actually succeeded, due to the extraordinarily high practical requirements defined by the German Federal Court of Justice.
The information technology industry invests large sums each year in the innovation and development of new tools for mobile handsets and other computer systems.
The rise and rise of patent assertion entities (PAEs) in the US has become so serious that the problem is now being tackled at the highest political levels.
The UK Court of Appeal reversed previous decisions and cancelled Cadbury’s UK registration for the colour purple and upheld the cancellation of Mattel’s UK registration for a Scrabble tile.
Minter Ellison’s intellectual property team is at the forefront of intellectual property development globally.
Charles Russell’s client Cadbury has lost a court battle against Swiss rival Nestlé after it attempted to trademark the iconic purple colour of its Dairy Milk bars.
The European Court of Justice has ruled on whether metatags and domain names can be considered ‘advertising’ under the Comparative Advertising Directive.
This case is only the last of a long dispute among Budejovjcky Budva and Anheuser Busch over the right to use the term Budweiser.
The Italian Supreme Court asserted Italian jurisdiction over a request for a declaration of patent non-infringement of both an Italian and German portion of a European patent.
The ECJ held that the TRIPs (Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) agreement falls within the field of the ‘common commercial policy of the union’.
The CJEU has given judgment in case C-109/12, which concerns some practical effects of the borderline between medicinal products and medical devices.
The eagerly anticipated amendment to the existing PRC Trademark Law will come into force on 1 May 2014.
We work closely with many leading businesses to help them develop effective strategies for managing their intellectual property portfolios.
The UK Information Commissioner’s Office has opened a consultation on a new draft code of practice for conducting privacy impact assessments.
As of today, trademark owners have the option to use a new ‘fast-track’ opposition procedure to challenge conflicting marks filed in the UK.
Allen & Overy has advised Saudi Arabian solar company Sun & Life on the acquisition of the insolvent solar division of the Flabeg Group.
Karanovic and Nikolic has released an overview of intellectual property highlights in Serbia, Slovenia and Kosovo during September.
Field Fisher Waterhouse of counsel Thierry van Innis has quit the firm to launch a IP boutique with a former colleague from Allen & Overy (A&O).
Debevoise & Plimpton has announced that Brandon C Gruner and Le V Lam have been named counsel to the firm effective 1 October 2013.
DLA Piper partner Victoria Lee has been named by The Recorder on its list of ‘Women Leaders in Tech Law’.
DLA Piper has appointed Horace Lam as a partner in its intellectual property and technology group in Beijing.
Shoosmiths has appointed Stuart Malcolm, a specialist intellectual property lawyer, as a partner in its IP practice group.
Recent decisions of the US Supreme Court have confirmed that reverse payments in patent settlements are subject to competition law and are potentially anticompetitive.
Eversheds has advised polyester-fibre producer Advansa on the sale of assets used in its branded and speciality polyester products businesses to Invista.
The upcoming launch of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) will mark one of the biggest shake-ups of the internet since its introduction.
ENVI has voted to approve a suite of amendments to the draft European legislation governing medical devices.
FTC formally proposes to launch Section 6(b) study on activities of patent assertion entities download
The Federal Trade Commission has taken the first step to launching a far-reaching study of the impact that patent assertion entities have on innovation and competition.
DLA Piper has developed model rules for green property management agreements in collaboration with a real-estate services company and the DIFNI.
KWM recognised by Asian-Mena Counsel In-House Community Representing Corporate Asia & Middle East Survey 2013
King & Wood Mallesons has been named Firm of the Year 2013 in China across six practice areas.
DLA Piper has hired IP partner Horace Lam from Jones Day’s Beijing office along with a team of four lawyers.
Goodman Derrick hosted a successful panel discussion on 19 September that focused on music rights in film and television.
Asos has successfully defended a trademark infringement and passing-off action in the High Court.
A little-known section of the Copyright Act allows designers and developers of video games to terminate copyright assignments granted after 1 January 1978.
Pillsbury has announced that Dr Qian Huang, an experienced intellectual property (IP) practitioner, has joined as a partner in the firm’s IP practice in Northern Virginia.
Apple opposed three UK applications of Wapple.net Ltd, relying on various UK and CTM word marks for the ‘apple’ word mark.
The court holds that local use of the name Queensbury on a gym in Bedford did not excuse the launch of a clothing line in a major central London retailer.
Disharmony over KitKat shape mark download
The UK decision over the registrability of Nestlé’s KitKat shape reads more like a patent judgment than a trademark one.
The benefits of being the first to register came to the aid of British Sky Broadcasting Group plc in a recent OHIM Board of Appeal decision.
The Court of Justice was asked whether the registration or use in a domain name and/or the use in a metatag fell within the definition of ’advertising’.
The EU General Court has annulled a decision that there was no likelihood of confusion between the figurative CTM ‘Cultra’ and the earlier trademark ‘Sculptra’.
BSkyB, the well-known UK broadcaster and provider of communication products, has won its claim against Microsoft for trademark infringement
NCTM Studio Legale Associato has launched its new trade and customs practice: the firm’s 19th practice area.
The Court of Justice of the European Unionhas given a ruling on the meaning of ‘bad faith’.
Medical devices and 3D printing download
The introduction of 3D printing as a new form of cheap and accessible manufacturing throws up two key threats for rightsholders.
The ‘regulatory review’ defence, better known as the ‘Bolar exemption’ after a similar provision in US law, first came into force in October 2005.
As part of the government’s initiative to modernise the way we perceive and deal in copyright works in the UK, it recently released a beta version of the Copyright Hub.
Pharmaceuticals company Lundbeck has been the subject of two important decisions in recent weeks.
A decision of the General Court has confirmed the significant protection that will be afforded to national and international emblems.
The recent patent infringement case of Scopema SARL v Scot Seat Direct Ltd has demonstrated just how ruthless the costs-capping regime can be in the Patents County Court.
The High Court has held that sales of T-shirts bearing a photograph of the popstar Rihanna without her approval constituted passing off.
Logos can be registered as trademarks, an example being the Innocent logo, which was registered as a Community Trade Mark by Fresh Trading Ltd.
A recent judgment provides guidance on when a prior disclosure of a design, which is subsequently improved and only then registered as a Community-registered design, may invalidate the registration.
Hogan Lovells has pledged to examine its policies and procedures around workplace stress and mental health in the wake of the death of IP partner David Latham earlier this year.
Second medical use patents download
Patent cliffs remain one of the biggest issues facing the pharmaceutical industry.
Debevoise & Plimpton has announced that Min Lee has rejoined the firm as counsel in its New York office and will closely with the firm’s privacy and data security practice as well as the firm’s intellectual property litigation group.
British technology company Dyson has instructed Wragge & Co to issue a High Court claim against rival Samsung over alleged patent infringements.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has strengthened its Paris IP team with the hire of Winston & Strawn partner Nathalie Hadjadj-Cazier.
Irwin Mitchell has boosted its intellectual property practice with the appointment of Brown Rudnick’s IP head Georgie Collins.
The America Invents Act (AIA) created a new post-grant review proceeding in the USPTO: the inter partes review or IPR.
The sports-media industry has recently experienced a proliferation of litigation involving right-of-publicity claims asserted by student athletes.
While in the past the primary value of trade dress litigation rested in the ability of the plaintiff to enjoin competition, recent cases suggest otherwise.
The future of DNA patents download
The US Supreme Court has ruled that certain patent claims owned by Myriad Genetics are invalid as products of nature.
Supreme Court corner — Q3 2013 download
In a split decision, the court found the proper judicial review of reverse settlement payments is a ‘rule of reason’ in light of the pro-competition nature of the Hatch-Waxman Act.
Australia’s Federal Court has handed down another decision with significant implications for the patentability of business method, software and computer-implemented inventions.
DLA Piper has released the Q3 2013 edition of its Intellectual Property and Technology News — EMEA.
DLA Piper has released the Q3 2013 edition of its Intellectual Property and Technology News — United States.
Hogan Lovells has advised the trustees of KPP on the settlement of its claims against EKC and Kodak Ltd.
Digital brand engagement has become more and more important in the last years in the CEE: for example, in the realms of eBooks, training courses, software and domain names.
A company’s trading names, brand names and logos (and in some cases, the shape of the product itself) can all be protected as registered trade marks.
Music streaming service Spotify has brought in Taylor Wessing to help defend a database copyright claim levelled at it by dance music label Ministry of Sound (MoS).
Trademarks are valuable forms of legal protection. However it is important that businesses choose the right trade marks as the wrong trademark can give little if any protection.
A recent German case concerning keyword advertising shows the significant margin of appreciation national courts have to apply to European Court of Justice case law.
In today’s digital age, the prevalence of targeted online advertising is easily felt. However, the mainstay continues, at least for now, to be keyword advertising.
Appropriate protection for the branding of digital goods and services is often a cross-border issue, as businesses naturally take advantage of the global network.
Karanovic & Nikolic presents a brief overview of some of the burning topics from this exciting and innovative field of intellectual property for the region of South East Europe.
The British Paralympic Association (BPA) has today announced that international law firm Hogan Lovells will be their official legal services provider through to the end of 2016.
Hogan Lovells has achieved a major victory in a trademark and unfair competition dispute for the Hard Rock Cafe Group.
While copyright and database rights are the IP rights most associated with the protection of software and digital content, design rights can offer real benefits to the digital sector.
Pillsbury has announced that intellectual property lawyers James Tumbridge and Paul Harris, from Gowlings (UK) LLP, will be joining its London office as partners in the intellectual property practice.
A recent spate of cases has generally upheld, on First Amendment grounds, a developer’s right to include unlicensed trademarks in video games. However, it may be wise for developers to be circumspect in what they include.
In its Green Paper entitled ‘Preparing for a fully converged audio visual world’, the Commission gave its gloss on the famous FAPL judgment of the European Court of Justice.
Nordic firm Magnusson has hired the general counsel of Sweden’s biggest publishing house Bonnierförlagen to head up its IP and media practice in Stockholm.
What you should know about electronic subscriptions and copyright law: a best-practices guide download
Increasingly, printed matter is being made available via the internet in electronic form and both publishers and readers are starting to prefer an online format over the printed hardcopy format.
Patent litigator Steven Moore has joined Pillsbury as a partner in the San Diego intellectual-property practice.
Insights on drafting pharmaceutical patents from the Supreme People’s Court’s Annual Report of Intellectual Property Cases download
In April 2013, the Supreme People’s Court issued the Annual Report of Intellectual Property Cases, which included 34 typical intellectual property and competition cases.
Appeal of infringement dispute of patent for invention on one of the 2012 Top 50 Typical Cases of Intellectual Property Protection in Chinese Courts download
In April 2013, the Supreme People’s Court of the PRC released the 2012 Top 50 Typical Cases of Intellectual Property Protection in Chinese Courts.
Washington DC-based intellectual property firm Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner, commonly known as Finnegan, is to relocate its Brussels office to London by the end of this year.
The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued a new Code of Practice on dealing with Subject Access Requests (Code).
The ruling made last month by the UK Intellectual Property Office that Nestlé could not protect the shape of its four-finger Kit Kat bar under trademark was remarkable for a number of reasons.
The UK Intellectual Property Office has ruled that Nestlé can not protect the shape of its four-finger Kit Kat bar under trademark.
The High Court has handed down judgment in the long-running case of Interflora Inc v Marks & Spencer plc.
The explosion in new generic top-level domains is likely to create an increase in the potential for ‘cyber-squatting’.
Starting an airline requires entrepreneurs with drive, motivation and vision to turn the idea into a viable reality.
The European Parliament and Council of the European Union have adopted a regulation that amends the existing regime for the border detention of goods that infringe intellectual property rights.
A recent High Court decision shows the importance of finalising the documentation before beginning work on a project, in this particular case for software development.
On 19 July, EU commissioner Viviane Reding stated that the European Commission will be reviewing its Safe Harbor Agreement with the US.
The UK Intellectual Property Office has refused to register four-fingered Kit Kat chocolate bars as a three-dimensional mark.
The courts have given guidance on the use of survey evidence in the context of trademark proceedings. But what about passing off proceedings?
The UK government has launched a new copyright hub to make it easier to access information about rights ownership and copyright licences.
The Copyright and Duration of Rights in Performances Regulations 2013 will come into force on 1 November 2013.
What happens to a damages award for patent infringement when the patent is later revoked or amended?
The Supreme Court has held that where a patent is valid and infringed, the defendant is entitled to rely on the revocation or amendment on the inquiry to damages.
Is there now any difference between trade mark infringement and passing off?
Rihanna has won her High Court case against Topshop over their sales of t-shirts bearing her image.
Shanghai Higher People’s Court has issued guidelines following controversial China State IP Office’s draft regulations last year.
On 19 July 2013 entered into force EU Regulation No. 608/2013 concerning custom enforcement of intellectual property rights (the Regulation).
On 25 July 2013, AGCOM approved a draft regulation to introduce a notice and take-down process in relation to copyright infringement.
The ECJ has ruled on the requisite of the ‘genuine use’ of a registered trademark and on the importance of colour in assessing the likelihood of confusion between two trademarks.
The Court of Milan has considered as an abuse of dominant position Ryanair’s refusal to grant access to its database and booking procedures to an online travel agency.
Different intellectual property rights protect different assets, each with their own rules on whether or not registration is required and how long the rights last.
Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union prohibits agreements that have as their object or effect, the prevention, restriction or distortion of competition within the EU.
The law surrounding defamation has always had a unique standing among civil proceedings in England and Wales.
Rihanna image infringed by Topshop download
The High Court has ruled in favour of pop star Rihanna against clothes retailer Topshop, which used an unauthorised image of her on some of its T-shirts.
The latest developments in the ongoing dispute between technology company Aereo and broadcasters.
The Court of Appeal has today handed down an important decision that concerns a patent for a synthetic copolymer known as copolymer-1.
DLA Piper has signed a letter of intent with Hines Interests to relocate its Chicago office from 203N LaSalle to River Point.
Protecting IP on the web is about to get even trickier, but luckily a new system is available to help
NCTM Studio Legale Associato has appointed two new equity partners, Paolo Lazzarino and Luca Garramone.
Certain stations may be eligible to file royalty claims for compensation with the US Copyright Royalty Board. These filings are due by 31 July 2013.
The English High Court takes a broad view of what constitutes an infringing communication to the public.
DLA Piper’s Spotlight on Belgium publication provides an overview of current legal developments that may have an impact on business activities.
Binder Grösswang advises clients on all legal aspects and issues of contractual arrangements regarding the marketing and web-related matters, product design and labelling, as well as intellectual property.
Amber Melville-Brown discusses the privacy pressures facing the baby Prince of Cambridge
The CJEU has again ruled on issues concerning the genuine use of trademarks under European trademark law.
India’s adoption of the international protocol for trade marks will reassure the country’s potential investors
Negotiating a good patent licence is a challenging business at the best of times.
Patent infringement by pre-expiry offer to supply a product after the patent has expired is an area of acute difficulty in Austria.
The European Commission now proposes a directive to cover take-down procedures and action relating to unlawful website content.
Internet TV service YouView is set to launch its first formal panel of external lawyers by the autumn, under a year after hiring a new legal chief from Virgin Media.
The Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact) has taken on Group Lotus in-house lawyer Byron Jacobson as its first permanent general counsel.
Aereo v Aereokiller: New York and California district courts disagree on what constitutes a public performance under the Copyright Act download
It is not too surprising that in struggling to apply ‘old laws’ to ‘new technologies’, courts sometimes reach contrary conclusions.
A High Court patents judge has handed down his decision in the cases of HTC Corporation v Gemalto SA and HTC Corporation v Gemalto NV.
Shoosmiths partner Laurence Kaye was the guest speaker at one of Outsell’s regular leadership council meetings.
MOLITOR has announced three appointments.
National and community trademarks reform aims to foster innovation by making trademark registration systems all over the European Union more accessible.
Hogan Lovells presents the first edition of its joint publication with Jakarta-based Hermawan Juniarto, entitled Doing Business in Indonesia.
Design contributes heavily to the UK economy. Despite this, design rights are among the most neglected of IP rights.
One of the most striking features of the intellectual property landscape over the last year or so has been the burgeoning reputation of the PCC.
Article 2(a) of the Copyright Directive requires member states to provide authors with the exclusive right to authorise or prohibit direct or indirect, temporary or permanent reproduction of their works by any means.
This case involved a claim in passing off, brought by Lumos Skincare, against defendants who were using the same mark for nailcare goods as Lumos had been using for skincare goods.
We handle a wide range of trademarks, patents and copyright-related matters.
The Snowden affair is more about private contractors than surveillance, or even whistleblowing
Pillsbury’s Intellectual Property practice advises clients on developing successful and comprehensive IP strategies by protecting, managing, asserting, defending and leveraging their IP assets.
The Supreme Court has changed the interplay between the national court and the EPO when considering a defendant’s liability to pay damages.
MOLITOR has announced the promotion of Claire Leonelli to partner.
DLA Piper has partnered with Corporate Pro Bono and the ACC to host a Clinic in a Box programme at its Chicago office.
The CIVC has obtained the registration of the word ‘Champagne’ and of its Chinese transliteration as a geographical indication in the People’s Republic of China.
The Court of Venice has rejected an interim injunction complaint based on the alleged infringement of a 3D community trademark.
On 27 May 2013, the Cancellation Division of OHIM decided over the revocation of the community trademark ‘Capri’.
Intellectual Asset Management ranked King & Wood Mallesons as the top law firm in patent litigation and licensing in China.
DLA Piper has released the June 2013 edition of its Technology and Sourcing News (UK).
OHIM has upheld the request by Grana Padano Consortium to declare invalid the community trademark ‘Cuore di Formaggio — Grana Italiana’
By decision rendered on 31 May 2013 within procedure T-396/11, the General Court set out the EU boundaries of the concept of ‘abuse of rights’.
A new police unit to tackle IP crime and online piracy will be launched in September by the Intellectual Property Office.
Libya — trademarks update download
The Libya Herald reported on 16 April 2013 that ‘the IMF confirmed its forecasts on Libya of 20.2 per cent GDP growth in real terms for 2013’.
The current regulation block-exempting certain categories of technology licensing agreements from the competition rules on anti-competitive agreements is due to expire on 30 April 2014.
Supreme Court in Actavis: analyse reverse-payment settlements' anticompetitive effects case by case download
The Supreme Court in FTC v Actavis held 5-3 that reverse-payment settlements of Hatch-Waxman Act litigation must be analysed under the rule-of-reason standard on a case-by-case basis.
A federal jury in New York has found Hebei Welcome Pharmaceutical Co and its parent liable for agreeing with other Chinese manufacturers to fix prices in the vitamin-C market.
The US Supreme Court ruled in Federal Trade Commission v Actavis that antitrust challenges to pay-for-delay agreements between drug makers should be analysed under the ‘rule of reason’.
Claire Leonelli from MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour takes an in-depth look into intellectual property in Luxembourg.
Shoosmiths’ intellectual property specialists are helping designers whose names have already been registered as a trade mark in China.
On 17 June, the Supreme Court finally weighed in on the issue of pharmaceutical patent settlement agreements involving so-called ‘reverse payments’.
Hogan Lovells has won four categories at the Euromoney European Women in Business Law Awards 2013.
TLT has sealed a third partner hire for its new Manchester office by recruiting DLA Piper IP disputes specialist Graeme Orchison.
Compulsory licensing of patents download
The availability of compulsory licences in respect of patents, especially in relation to pharmaceutical patents, has been the subject of considerable attention lately.
In 1993, a system of effectively extending the patent term of protection for pharmaceutical products was introduced by the SPC, Council Regulation (EEC) No 1768/92.
On 13 June 2013, the US Supreme Court ruled that certain patent claims owned by US biotech company Myriad Genetics are invalid as products of nature.
African intellectual property download
Comoros has become the 17th African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI) member state.
An increasing number of clients are receiving solicitations encouraging them to submit payment for trademark services.
Bird & Bird has confirmed the arrival of Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) franchising partner Mark Abell in the newly-created position of head of franchising, licensing and multi-channel strategies, after months of wrangling over the appointment.
The Supreme Court has ruled on crucial issues concerning the position of a former employee in receipt of a company’s confidential information.
President Obama has announced a new initiative aimed at curbing patent infringement suits by ‘patent trolls’ who generate revenue through extortionate litigation.
The CJEU has ruled that brand owners can establish ‘genuine use’ of a registered trademark when that use derives from a different composite trademark.
'Greek Yogurt' trademark decision download
The claimants in this case were Greek yogurt manufacturer FAGE and its UK distributor. FAGE had been making Greek yogurt in Greece and selling it in the UK for 30 years.
The UKIPO has rejected an application by Chanel to register JERSEY for skincare products, soaps, perfumes, cosmetics and toiletries.
A company has restarted use of a device that had been used by another company that had closed its operations more than 40 years earlier.
The General Court has upheld a decision that there is a likelihood of confusion between the applicant’s ‘Caffè KIMBO’ mark and the earlier well-known unregistered Spanish ‘BIMBO’ word mark.
The English High Court has ruled in the latest round of a long-running international dispute between Aveda and Dabur over Dabur’s use of the brand UVEDA.
The General Court has upheld the Board of Appeal decision that there is a likelihood of confusion between the applicant’s figurative ‘Snickers’ mark and the earlier Italian word mark ‘KICKERS’.
In a recent case involving the efficacy of a tax scheme, the First-tier Tribunal found a series of unregistered trademark assignments were ineffective.
News Group launched a Sunday edition of its Monday–Saturday tabloid The Sun in February 2012, under a new masthead.
Hogan Lovells has been recommended by the Legal 500 US 2013 edition in 35 practice areas, including seven rankings in the Tier-1 category.
The UK IPO has launched its ‘technical review’ consultation on the drafting of three new exceptions to copyright infringement: private copying, parody and quotation.
A recent Supreme Court decision highlights the very real problems facing businesses seeking to protect their know-how in the marketplace.
On 22 April 2013, the SPC released its annual press release regarding the judicial protection of intellectual property and model cases of 2012.
The White House has announced several executive orders and legislative proposals aimed at curbing frivolous patent litigation.
On 5 June 2013, the Australian Law Reform Commission released a discussion paper for its Copyright and the Digital Economy inquiry.
Changes to intellectual property law download
The government has announced that it will be introducing an Intellectual Property Bill and the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 has been given Royal Assent.
The expansion of the list of available gTLDs is a hot topic within the legal and branding communities.
DLA Piper has released issue 18 of Intellectual Property and Technology News.
Supreme Court Corner — Q2 2013 download
DLA Piper has released its quarter two (Q2) 2013 edition of Supreme Court Corner.
The International Trade Commission (ITC) opened its doors to non-practicing entities (NPEs) with its decision in Coaxial Cable.
DLA Piper examines the outcomes of infringement disputes in federal district court compared with the International Trade Commission.
Hogan Lovells has announced that it has been named in the National Law Journal’s 2013 Appellate Hot List.
The Advertising and Marketing Communication Self-Regulation Authority has taken position on the interpretation of section 28 ter of the Self Regulation CMC relating to gaming and gambling advertisements.
The prior registration of a domain name does not prevent the registration of a posterior community trademark download
The EU General Court has confirmed OHIM’s decision to reject two oppositions against a trademark application, both of which were based on the prior registration and alleged use of the same word as a domain name.
The Italian Competition Authority has again ordered the shutdown of two websites that cloned the original Ray-Ban website and offered counterfeited sunglasses.
This month, Taylor Wessing’s Download site focuses on a converging media landscape and the challenges of regulating that landscape.
The EU General Court has dismissed a trademark appeal brought by an Italian high-quality wine producer.
The May 2013 issue of Walker Morris’s Intellectual Property Matters publication is available now.
Brands can be a very powerful and important asset for any organisation.
Interflora operates the best-known flower delivery network in the UK. Members of the network retain their own business name, while also using the Interflora branding.
A recently introduced bill introduced adds mandatory data breach notification to the many requirements that organisations will need to address before changes to the Privacy Act 1988 take effect in 2014.
Novartis has been awarded an interim injunction against Hospira to prevent sales of generic zoledronic acid in the UK despite Novartis’s patents having been declared invalid by the English High Court.
The Companies and Business Names etc Bill 2012 has recently received its third reading in the Legislative Council.
On 2 May 2013, the Court of Milan fully dismissed the infringement and unfair competition claims brought by Gucci against Guess.
Actions for breach of confidence that aim to protect trade secrets need to prove a dishonest intent
In recent years intellectual property (IP) specialists have become more prominent, both in private practice and in-house, as technology giants go head to head over valuable patents. That said, in certain circles IP law continues to be regarded as something of a niche area, attracting a mix of lawyers with commercial nous, boffins and those who might want a life less governed by the dictatorship of the M&A all-nighter.
The UK High Court has held that the purchase by Marks & Spencer (M&S) of Google AdWords, which includes the Interflora trademark, infringes that trademark.
Chambers USA 2013 recognises Hogan Lovells’ practice areas and lawyers.
DLA Piper has received 177 individual lawyer and 64 practice rankings in the latest annual Chambers USA.
Draft law from the Luxembourg government should make the country a venue of choice for data centres and e-archiving.
The Court of Appeal has allowed Novartis’s application for a preliminary injunction against Hospira.
The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal to strike out parts of a breach of confidence damages claim.
Bring Your Own Device Guidance issued by ICO. Walker Morris continues to invest in specialist expertise with partner and director promotions
The Court of Appeal has confirmed that the English court has cross-border non-infringement jurisdiction.
Mark & Spencer (M&S) has lost a long-running trademark battle with Interflora after the High Court ruled that the retailer had infringed Interflora’s trademark.
A recent decision might limit the options of a patentee to sue an infringer who has already filed a ‘torpedo’ action under the same patent.
Patents in Jordan are managed by the Patents Registrar in the Ministry of Industry and Trade and are governed by the Jordanian Patents Law No. 32 of 1999, as amended.
The April 2013 issue of King & Wood Mallesons’ China Bulletin is available now.
IP is one of Dacheng’s premier practice areas and the firm is qualified in the provision of patent and trademark agency services.
Antitrust enforcement against abuse of IPRs and anti-competitive conduct in the high-technology sector — an update from China download
SAIC has held a meeting to obtain feedback on the latest draft of the IPR abuse regulation.
Walker Morris announces two partner promotions as well as eight director promotions.
This year’s Queen’s Speech was as noteworthy for what it did not contain as its contents. The legislative themes are controlling immigration and promoting growth.
We have specialist intellectual property (IP) teams in all the important IP jurisdictions worldwide.
Taylor Wessing has added a fresh batch of data-protection-focused content to its Global Data Hub site.
Intellectual property in the cloud download
Intellectual property issues in the cloud continue to be one of the ‘cloudiest’ legal areas for customers and suppliers alike.
Al Tamimi has successfully represented a multi-national tobacco brand owner before the Dubai courts in one of the most controversial cases in recent years.
The latest edition of DLA Piper’s Intellectual Property and Technology News (EMEA) is now available.
The Saudi Arabian trademarks office has issued a circular stating that it will now only receive new applications electronically.
Taylor Wessing has launched the GIPI4 survey, which covers topics including patents, trademarks, designs, copyright and data protection/privacy.
Anti-counterfeiting action in Kuwait download
Like many other jurisdictions in the Middle East, trade in counterfeit goods in Kuwait poses a significant challenge for brand owners.
This special edition of Law à la Mode from DLA Piper focuses on a number of topical issues for brand owners.
The 3 May 2013 edition of Addleshaw Goddard’s Data & Information E-Alerts publication is available now.
Judgment of the UK Court of Appeal in the patent case HTC v Apple (Case nos. A3/2012/2043 and 2044) has been delivered.
The April 2013 edition of DLA Piper’s Technology and Sourcing News (UK) briefing is available now.
Bird & Bird has hired two franchising partners from Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) following the recruitment of high-profile IP and IT head Mark Abell.
Chris Appleby has been appointed as the new regional head of technology, media and telecommunications at Al Tamimi & Company.
This month’s issue focuses on the new Defamation Act 2013 and the Supreme Court’s view on browsing the internet without permission from the relevant copyright holder.
DLA Piper has announced that 34 lawyers have been promoted to its partnership. The promotions are effective from 1 January 2013 in the US and 1 May 2013 for the EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions.
In considering whether a design right could be registered, it is not sufficient to solely compare the filed design to the claimant’s own design.
Olswang has announced the appointment of Dr Justin Hill to its intellectual property (IP) practice.
Paul Steadman and Matthew Satchwell have joined DLA Piper’s intellectual property and technology practice in Chicago.
The Kuwaiti law number 4 in respect of Patents and Industrial Drawing & Designs and Integrated Circuits issued on 15 April 1962 provided the procedures for the application for registration of patents and designs.
IP Brief — 26 April 2013 download
Addleshaw Goddard has released its IP Brief dated 26 April 2013.
The April 2013 issue of Walker Morris’s Intellectual Property Matters online publication is available now.
The UK Supreme Court has handed down its judgment in the case of Public Relations Consultants Association Ltd and the Newspaper Licensing Agency & Others.
The Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact) is gearing up to unveil its first-ever general counsel, whose appointment is expected to be announced in the coming week.
The ECHR has rejected, as inadmissible, an appeal from the two founders of Pirate Bay — one of the world’s largest file-sharing web platforms.
Companies large or small or anyone with a commercially attractive product should consider international markets.
Are you deriving the most value out of your IP assets? Unless you have implemented an effective IP management programme, the answer will most likely be in the negative.
Hogan Lovells has expanded its IP team in Tokyo with the appointment of Dr Frederick Ch’en.
It’s vital to make sure you protect your ideas and investments, especially in today’s fast-moving marketplace.
King & Wood Mallesons has acted for Singapore-listed Far East Orchard (FEOrchard) on its $225m investment with Australian hotel and property company Toga Group.
Binder Grösswang has advised Austrian Stock Exchange-listed Lenzing on the auction sale of its plastics business unit.
Hogan Lovells has been named European Firm of the Year by Managing Intellectual Property magazine.
Henry Carr QC, sitting as a deputy High Court judge in the Patents Court, has made only the second reference to the CJEU for a preliminary ruling on the patentability of stem cells.
The Supreme Court has stated that the EU’s temporary copying defence to copyright infringement should apply to the acts of browsing the internet, caching browsed material and viewing material on screen.
Hogan Lovells partner Song Zhu has been named in this year’s Daily Top Intellectual Property Lawyers list.
In Resolution v Lundbeck, Arnold J has allowed Resolution Chemicals Ltd to pursue its own revocation proceedings against Lundbeck’s SPC/GB02/049 protecting escitalopram.
The ECJ has dismissed the complaints of Spain (C-274/11) and Italy (C-295/11) against the Council of the European Union with a view to the Unitary Patent.
Hogan Lovells’ global life-sciences practice has been placed in band one for the second year running in the Chambers and Partners Global 2013 rankings.
Trademark protection in Ethiopia download
The Ethiopian Trademark Registration and Protection Proclamation No. 501/2006 dealing with the protection of trademarks in Ethiopia was published on 7 July 2006.
Laurence Kaye, Shoosmiths’ new publishing and digital media specialist, is to chair an IP seminar at the London Book Fair.
Taylor Wessing has announced that it has appointed Mark Owen to its international technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) group.
The Iranian Trademark Registry has launched an electronic trademark application and workflow system.
The European Commission has announced a review of the trademark system in Europe with a view to modernising the system, both at EU and national level.
On 19 March 2013, Olswang’s fashion team hosted a dinner discussion on the globalisation of fashion at the Showroom Bonami Mannequins in Aalter, Belgium.
This issue of Radar looks at privacy issues with apps on smart devices in the context of a recent Article 29 Working Party Opinion.
Karanovic & Nikolic presents a brief overview each month of some of the hot topics from the field of intellectual property for the region of southeast Europe.
Al Tamimi’s Qatar litigation team successfully won a recent lawsuit brought on behalf of a Swiss watchmaker following a dispute that arose from the trademark registration process.
Interpretation of section 25 of the Self Regulation Code of Marketing Communication.
The Advertising and Marketing Communication Self-Regulation Authority has ruled that the expressions that emphasise the excellence of cleaning products are not in breach of the Code of Marketing Communication Self-Regulation.
Judgment has been rendered in the case Fédération Cynologique Internationale v Federacion Canina Internacional de Perros de Pura Raza (Case C-561/11).
Walker Morris has appointed registered UK and European trademark attorney Rachel Hearson.
Walker Morris is hosting an event to help individuals and organisations to understand the importance of IP rights.
The UE General Court, in the case T-378/11 regarding Medinet trademarks, took position on the relevance of colour in the perception of the relevant public.
Walker Morris has released the March 2013 edition of its Intellectual Property Matters publication.
This recent patent decision of the Supreme Court provides guidance about when replacing a part might be treated as the infringing act of ‘making’ a patented product.
There is about to be an explosion in new generic top-level domain names (gTLDs) beyond .com, .org, .edu and so on.
Arnold J says the SPC system is dysfunctional as it cannot be applied consistently by local patent offices.
Hogan Lovells has gained an ECJ referral on behalf of client ZTE in its patent dispute with Huawei.
DLA Piper has released a summary of all of the firm’s rankings and editorial commentary in Chambers Global 2013.
With an increasingly mobile workforce, the practice of bringing your own device (BYOD) is already a fact of life for many businesses.
This handbook sets out an overview of the applicable privacy and data protection laws and regulations across 63 different jurisdictions to start you on your way through this complex area of compliance.
Olswang has been recognised by Chambers & Partners in its 2013 Global edition.
This month on Synapse, Taylor Wessing discusses the impact of insolvency on licensors and licensees in the life sciences sector.
Anna Kurian Shaw from Hogan Lovells has been selected as an LCLD fellow for 2013.
Olswang has announced that 28 of its attorneys have been recognised by Thomson Reuters in its 2013 London Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. Partner Eleni Skordaki has also been listed in the Top 50 Women in London.
Consumers are naturally drawn to brand names that clearly indicate the services being offered. It is therefore not uncommon for financial services to be offered using descriptive names such as Cash Today or Pay Day Loan.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is set to amalgamate its IP and IT practice into its corporate and disputes groups.
On 13 March 2013, the UK Supreme Court handed down its ruling on the question of whether replacing part of a patented product infringes the patent in question.
Taylor Wessing has released the spring 2013 issue of its Brands Update publication.
Hogan Lovells has announced that the UK Supreme Court has given its decision in the long-awaited Schütz v Werit case, ruling that Werit had not been infringing patent rights by supplying replacing parts.
The CJEU has handed down its decision on the copyright questions referred by the UK High Court in the long-running battle between ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 and TV Catchup.
Many companies are applying to own and run as GTLDs either their own names (.brand) or descriptive terms (.money, .travel) instead of .com or .co.uk.
Walker Morris’s head of IP set to present at the Global Outsourcing Litigation Conference.
Simmons & Simmons has appointed Hidde Koenraad as a partner in its IP team in Amsterdam.
On 19 December 2012, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down its long-anticipated judgment in the ONEL/OMEL case.
On 7 March 2013, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued its long-awaited judgment in the case brought by ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 against TVCatchup.
Karanovic & Nikolic presents a brief overview of IP news for the region of south-east Europe.
Mr Justice Floyd has given two judgments in the case of Samsung Electronics v Apple Retail UK and others, concerning three patents owned by Samsung that were alleged to be infringed by Apple’s 3G devices.
The ECJ announces its decision on ITV & others v TV Catchup C-607/11.
NCTM offers strategic and commercial advice for the enforcement and protection of all forms of intellectual property.
Focusing on the Asia Pacific region, we discuss some of the key issues to consider when taking your business online.
Rights in data handbook: Protecting and exploiting IP in data and databases internationally download
The value of data and databases to business is undeniable and continues to increase.
In the ever-developing and ever-changing world of Intellectual Property, news and exciting projects are never in short supply.
Shoosmiths is set to add a publishing and digital media specialist to its commercial offering.
The High Court has held that it is possible, in certain circumstances, for a sub-licence to remain valid despite the termination of the head licence.
The High Court has today (28 February 2013) handed down judgment in a major copyright case that has been described as “a wake-up call for illegal websites”
Hotel Cipriani has succeeded in its latest round of trademark litigation.
ASSOS v ASOS: High Court provides further guidance as to survey evidence following Marks & Spencer v Interflora
The High Court has provided further guidance for survey evidence following Marks & Spencer v Interflora.
The European Commission has launched a consultation on its proposal for revisions to the Technology Transfer Block Exemption and the Technology Transfer Guidelines.
Walker Morris considers the extent of copyright protection for computer software.
Don’t let the raised bar trip you up download
On 15 April 2013, significant changes to Australian patent law will come into force
We advise on the legal and regulatory aspects of the intellectual property, commercial, communication and technology sectors in which our clients operate.
The significance of the Unified Patent Court agreement.
The government has published its final response to the Copyright Consultation.
Following the separation of North and South Sudan, the continuous worry for trademark owners is the protection of their rights in southern Sudan.
Identity protection in respect of the ownership of domain names is no longer an obstacle in litigation before the Dubai courts.
The IPO has produced an impact assessment that will lead to the repeal of Section 52 of the Copyright and Designs Act and Patent Act of 1988.
Taylor Wessing discusses injunctions against pharma patent infringement.
We give our clients legal assistance with regard to copyright, trademark and other intellectual and industrial property rights issues.
As Guinness World Records’ first full-time GC, Raymond Marshall faced his own departmental challenges - while judging weird and wonderful record attempts
We undertake the task of securing and registering trademarks in Cyprus and Greece, as well as with the centralised agency of the European Union based in Alicante, Spain.
MOLITOR launched its intellectual property, information technology and media practice group in 2007.
This is a comment on a court judgement that decided that a trademark consisting of punctuation marks should not be registered.
Walker Morris warns of a scam invoice warning.
We represent clients on the creation, development, exploitation and enforcement of all forms of intellectual property.
Technology boutique Kemp Little has hired K&L Gates IP partner Rebecca Halford-Harrison.
The firm’s intellectual property attorneys advise private and publicly traded businesses in a wide range of sectors.
The Curtis Intellectual Property Litigation team combines the skills of seasoned trial lawyers with the technical expertise of registered patent attorneys and Ph.D-level advisers.
Innovators rely on Mayer Brown to help protect, preserve and enforce their intellectual property assets.
The King & Wood Mallesons IP team is among the largest and most highly regarded practices in China.
Scraping the data barrel download
Everyone thinks they know what data is. But data is a very difficult concept to capture in terms of legal status.
China’s middle class is set to drive global consumer spending.
Combining careful planning with good judgement to help you protect your intellectual property.
We work closely with our clients to ensure that they maintain the right protection to safeguard their intellectual capital, develop their businesses or protect their creative work and, where appropriate, to secure the enforcement of their rights against unauthorised use.
We are recognised as being one of a small handful of go-to firms for intellectual property in Europe and Asia.
Our intellectual property group helps drive your business growth by protecting and leveraging your ideas and innovations, your brand and your creative works.
Our patents group is one of the largest and best known in Europe. Highly experienced in both contentious and non-contentious patent matters, we help our clients, based in Europe and internationally, to exploit, protect, manage and defend their IP rights.
The size and strength of Taylor Wessing’s European Trade Mark group and the variety of the brands we represent across all business sectors means we have outstanding experience in every area of trade mark and design law.
Our mission is to safeguard and enhance our clients brands and reputations. Through our expertise, we strive to reduce the time our clients spend dealing with problems in order to achieve their desired result, thereby increasing the value of their brands.
Field Fisher Waterhouse’s (FFW) head of IP and IT Mark Abell has resigned to join Bird & Bird.
Real Intellectual Property Case Law Guide.
Karanovic & Nikolic’s IP team brings together leading intellectual property lawyers, commercial and corporate lawyers to provide a full service to clients across the jurisdictions of the former Yugoslavia: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia.
DLA Piper’s Intellectual Property and Technology practice is one of the largest groups of IP lawyers in the world. Nearly 400 lawyers develop asset management and protection strategies designed to help clients manage risk, continue growth and protect market share around the globe.
Lawrence Graham (LG) and SNR Denton have taken lead roles on the sale of the Jessops brand and certain assets to a group including Dragons’ Den entrepreneur Peter Jones.
The Intellectual Property Department at Walker Morris has established a truly seamless one-stop service for clients, advising on all types of contentious and non-contentious matters, including licensing, merchandising and securitisation, patent and other IP litigation, and research and technology collaboration.
Simmons & Simmons is a full-service intellectual property practice providing clients with an unparalleled level of expertise and service.
Cayman Islands IP law revision download
The Cayman Islands has enacted the Patents and Trade Marks Law 2011.
China’s recently amended Civil Procedure Law (CPL) will come into force on January 1, 2013.
The National Copyright Administration of China (NCAC) released the first draft amendments to China’s Copyright Law at the end of March 2012.
US copyright and trademark law is now much closer to that of Europe, but key differences remain.
The treatment of intellectual property licenses under US bankruptcy law
The Patent Box download
The UK Government has been keen to improve the UK’s competitiveness in the high-tech arena. This was largely motivated by a string of departures of UK headquartered multinationals from the UK.
The effect of bankruptcy on intellectual property licenses.
UK copyright changes download
The Government state that the current copyright legislation appears to hinder the reasonable use of copyright protected works and is outdated in the digital age.
The licensing of trademarks is an essential component of various commercial agreements facilitating business operations in the UAE.
As part of the process of acceding to the WTO, Jordan has enacted its new Patent Law No. 71 of 2001 (the “Patent Law”), in accordance with the international standards which Jordan has been committed to through joining the TRIPs Agreement.
The Dubai International Financial Centre , a financial services free zone located in the Emirate of Dubai, has its own ‘European style’ data protection law, applicable in the jurisdiction of the DIFC.
This briefing considers trademark law in the UAE by comparison to Cadbury’s successful trademarking of a shade of purple in the UK.
Software companies cannot prevent the sale of “second-hand” software licences, where those licences are for a one-off fee and an unlimited period.
The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice has said that where a website operator displays material on its website that infringes the sui generis database right of a third party, that operator infringes the third party’s rights both in the country in which the server hosting the website is based and in the countries in which the users accessing that information are based.
An analysis of the SAS Institute Inc v World Programming Ltd case, and its implications for European copyright law in software.
Managing the risks and costs of e-discovery in multiple related investigations and litigations download
A guide to the effective management of electronic data where it is potentially implicated in a number of disputes.
This is a short guide to some of the key legal developments for intellectual property and data protection in 2013.
Effective patent litigation strategies need to reflect the realities of global competition.
An important new weapon in pan-European patent disputes - the English Courts can hear non-English patent infringement cases download
The English Patents Court has delivered a ground-breaking judgment which could change the way that European patent litigation is conducted.
UK Information Commissioner’s Office opens public consultation on changes to data protection notifications download
The UK data protection regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has opened a consultation on proposed changes to the data protection notification process.
The Court of Justice of the European Union has handed down its keenly awaited judgment in SAS Institute Inc. v World Programming Ltd.
New EU counterfeit goods regulation download
On 24 January 2013, the Internal Market and Consumer Protection committee of the European Parliament endorsed a new Regulation setting out customs procedures for goods suspected of infringing intellectual property rights.
Alison Dennis (scroll down for video interview) has substantially grown both her own client base and the life sciences practice at Field Fisher Waterhouse since she joined the firm from Reed Smith just four years ago.
FIFA IP legal counsel and head of trademark registration Alexia Willetts packed a lot into 2012.
Google’s director of litigation (Emea) Harjinder Obhi did not spend 2012 with his feet up.
11 South Square’s Michael Silverleaf QC has become one of the go-to IP silks of his generation, and 2013 will see him continue to work on industry-defining cases.
Baker & McKenzie has elected IP partner Paul Rawlinson to succeed Gary Senior as managing partner of its London office.
China trade marks — inclusion of retail and wholesale services relating to medicines and pharmaceuticals download
The China Trade Marks Office recently announced that from 1 January 2013 it is accepting applications to register trade marks in relation to retail or wholesale services for pharmaceutical, veterinary and sanitary preparations and medical supplies only in class 35.
From 1 April 2013, UK companies will be able to elect into a new regime that applies a lower rate of corporation tax to profits from qualifying intellectual property rights.
Welcome to the Fall/Winter 2012 issue of our China Life Sciences Newsletter, a periodic update on key developments, companies, and people in the dynamic China life sciences industry.
European IP bulletin — December 2012 download
In this issue (inter alia): European Commission to review misleading and comparative advertising directive; Information Commissioner’s office publishes report on enforcement of new cookie rules; Scrabble tile trade mark declared invalid.
A single patent court system for Europe and the high-profile ‘phone wars’ are putting IP at the heart of clients’ business strategies
China releases draft administrative rules on national standards involving patents (interim) download
On 19 December 2012, the Standardization Administration of the People’s Republic of China (SAC) released a notice to solicit public comments regarding the updated draft Administrative Rules on National Standards Involving Patents (Interim).
On 11 December 2012, the European Parliament approved three measures collectively known as the EU Unitary Patent Package.
CBH Rechtsanwälte has won a German court case for Haribo against WilmerHale client Lindt & Sprüngli after the confectionery company claimed that the Swiss chocolatier had infringed its trademark on golden bears.
On 6 December 2012, the EU Court of Justice dismissed AstraZeneca’s appeal of the General Court’s judgment in AstraZeneca v Commission.
Amcham, with the support of Karanovic & Nikolic, held its 10th Annual Intellectual Property Rights Conference (IPR) in Arandjelovac, Serbia on 5–6 December 2012.
Simmons & Simmons and Wragge & Co are set for a High Court trademark trial next year with a Birmingham comedy club trying to take Fox TV’s ‘Glee’ off the air.
Allen & Overy (A&O) IP litigator Huw Evans is set to leave the firm to join Norton Rose as a partner.
Olswang IP partner Campbell Forsyth has spearheaded new patent service HLP3, a process aimed at helping patent owners monetise their patents for a fixed fee, working alongside a group of insurers, funders and IP experts.
Field Fisher Waterhouse’s (FFW) has seen another partner exit its European practice with German managing partner Joachim Feldges moving to Allen & Overy (A&O) as the magic circle firm bids to strengthen its German IP team.
IP boutique Hoyng Monegier has picked up Hogan Lovells partner Carla Schoonderbeek, less than 18 months after she joined the international firm from Nauta Dutilh.
Finnish firm Roschier has launched a brands team through a merger with IP outfit Benjon.
Mobile phone giants square up for a big scrap over 4G technology
On 9 August 2012, China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) released a draft fourth amendment to China’s Patent Law for public comment.
Just one day before the start of New York Fashion Week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit gave some much-needed comfort to the fashion industry by ruling in the legal battle between French footwear designer Christian Louboutin and Yves Saint Laurent that Louboutin’s famous red lacquered sole deserves trademark protection.
Competition lawyers are worth their weight in gold.
Boutique IP firm Powell Gilbert has secured patent validation for its client Human Genome Science (HGS) after six years of litigation.
A woman who died after being crushed by falling window frames in central London has been named by police as Amanda Telfer, a lawyer at Keystone Law.
The former international legal chief of deals website Living Social has taken up a new in-house role at online games developer King.com.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan client Samsung lost a landmark patent case against arch-rival Apple over the weekend with a US court ordering Samsung to pay $1bn (£655m) in damages for infringing several of the iPhone maker’s designs.
The Court of Justice of the European Union, Europe’s highest court in charge of interpreting harmonised laws among the 27 member states, has set the scene for a new option in patent infringement proceedings in Europe.
Davis Polk & Wardwell, Debevoise & Plimpton, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Weil Gotshal & Manges have all snapped up roles advising on the Carlyle Group’s acquisition of Getty Images from US private equity rival Hellman & Friedman.
On 3 July 2012, the Court of Justice of the European Union released its much-anticipated ruling in UsedSoft GmbH v Oracle International Corp.
Charles Russell has secured a popular victory for Irish bookmakers Paddy Power after Olympics organisers LOCOG backed down over an advert campaign.
Political agreement was reached at the June 2012 European Council meeting on what had been termed as the last remaining issue on Europe’s new patent system — the location of the Central Division for the Unified Patent Court.
In this age of increased cross-border litigation the landscape of data protection is changing, and new legislation is on the EU launch pad
Apple IP challenge shows our court system is willing and able to achieve speedy results
If Europe rejects anti-counterfeit agreement there is little chance of it gaining wider acceptance
Belgian firm De Wolf & Partners has moved to strengthen its IP team with the hire of Capgemini’s former general counsel for Australia.
Hogan Lovells has scooped half a million euros in costs from a successful intellectual property litigation in the French courts.
Brodies has bulked up its IP practice with the hire of two partners from Maclay Murray & Spens.
New EU rules and lawyers’ increased comfort with digital formats are sparking a sea-change in the way law firms manage their documents
Retired NBA superstar Michael Jordan has instructed Chinese law firms Fangda and Jun He to advise on and act in a lawsuit in China against Qiaodan Sports Company for the unauthorised use of his name.
Dechert has launched an IP team in France through the hire of Linklaters partner Marianne Schaffner and a team of associates.
The Lawyer Roundtable ‘From Process to Profit’, in association with Thomson Reuters FloSuite Legal.
Fighting online piracy has been a hot issue for several years. Do we need a new Copyright Act? Four leading in-house lawyers have their say
Four lawyers from firms including Eversheds and Taylor Wessing have joined forces to launch an IP boutique in Munich.
UK lawyers are backing London as the home of the new European patents court, saying that the capital is a perfect fit.
Technology giant Apple is considering its next step after losing a court case in Shenzhen over the ownership of its iconic iPad trademark.
Hogan Lovells has hired an IP partner in Shanghai to bolster its Chinese practice.
Hogan Lovells has hired a Squire Sanders & Dempsey partner in San Francisco to strengthen its IP and IP litigation capabilities, particularly in the Chinese context.
US litigation powerhouse Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has picked up the outgoing general counsel of pharmaceutical giant Novartis as a partner to boost its European offering.
The head of the London intellectual property litigation group group at McDermott Will & Emery, Gary Moss, is leaving the firm to launch a legal practice at patent and trademark boutique EIP.
Niche IP firm Hoyng Monegier has hired a team of lawyers from Benelux giant Nauta Dutilh.
IP set 11 South Square was both a winner and a loser in the High Court this week as pop superstar Lady Gaga obtained an injunction preventing a computer game company from releasing a single by a cartoon character.
Mishcon de Reya has boosted its partnership with the addition of Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) IP partner Lewis Cohen and Travers Smith banking partner Michael Bardell.
Taylor Wessing has bolstered its trademarks, copyright and media team with the hire of trademark specialist France Delord as partner.
DLA Piper has boosted its IP and technology group with the hire of Jacqueline Bore as partner.
The Supreme Court has held that Lucasfilm can enforce a US copyright in the UK but that the stormtrooper helmet the movie giant went to court over was not a sculpture and therefore the defendant did not breach copyright.
Olswang has extended its European network with the launch of an IP-focused office in Munich.
Dewey & LeBoeuf’s Milan IP head Marco Consonni has left the firm with three lawyers to join Italian IP boutique Orsingher.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is preparing to launch a UK patent litigation practice. It will be the first major strategic extension of the US litigation firm’s London office since its launch three years ago.
Proposals to introduce a digital copyright exchange may be wishful thinking and could create a two-tier system of IP protection, according to sector experts.
Taylor Wessing has looked to rival firms SJ Berwin and Squire Sanders Hammonds as it continues the expansion of its IP practice.
Canadian firm Gowlings has hired Unilever’s former vice-president legal and global anti-counterfeiting counsel for its London office.
Seven IP partners have left Howrey’s US offices in the last five days including San Francisco-based rainmaker KT Cherian.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) plans to open in Munich and Düsseldorf after hiring a four-partner team from Howrey.
Brick Court’s Jonathan Sumption QC has been called upon to represent Lucasfilm in its Supreme Court battle over the alleged copyright infringement of the Star Wars stormtrooper helmet.
The boutique firm formed by Howrey’s European IP team has made a further five partner hires in time for its official launch.
The fate of the recent Johnson & Johnson contact lens action shows why the pace of movement towards a centralised EU patent system is quickening, says Douglas Campbell
Norton Rose has hired a DLA Piper partner to strengthen its IP and IT practice in Paris.
SNR Denton has claimed a starring role acting for Qatar on its successful bid to host the 2022 Fifa World Cup.
US firm Kilpatrick Stockton yesterday confirmed it is to merge with IP boutique Townsend & Townsend & Crew.
Norton Rose has launched an IP and technology practice that will be headquartered in Hong Kong and offer services across Asia.
Howrey’s European IP head and Europe managing partner are both set to leave along with at least 10 other partners to set up their own IP firm.
Digital books are finally making their mark, and a happy ending to the long IP tussle between authors and traditional publishers may just be in sight
IP specialist Rouse has appointed a new head of its UK operations, with Luke Minford moving into the role after six years heading the firm’s office in China.
A team of six IP lawyers, including five partners, are leaving Hogan Lovells’ Los Angeles office for DLA Piper because of client conflicts.
Baker & McKenzie has been appointed as global IP counsel for manufacturing giant JCB.
?Norton Rose has continued to grow its Asian footprint with the hire of two IP partners from DLA Piper’s Hong Kong office. Non-contentious IP and technology specialist Gigi Cheah and contentious and non contentious IP lawyer Justin Davidson will join the City firm’s Hong Kong practice, taking its partner headcount to ...
US firm Howrey is to launch a Düsseldorf office after hiring a partner from one of Germany’s top IP boutiques.
Olswang has been retained by Paradox Entertainment to help it defend its intellectual property ahead of the release of the film Conan.
PINSENT Masons is hiring a team of six lawyers that together form the bulk of the life sciences boutique Roiter Zucker.
High flying Wilberforce Chambers barrister Anna Carboni is to leave the set to join IP boutique Powell Gilbert.
Stephenson Harwood has boosted its Hong Kong practice with the appointment of Clifford Chance consultant Audrey Shum as a partner in its IP team.
Midlands firm Freeth Cartwright has brought in Simon Barker from Birmingham rival Martineau to head its intellectual property team.
IP boutique Joshi & Welch has appointed former BP in-houser Bob Boad as its new chairman.
The Allen & Overy (A&O) German IP litigation partner leaving the firm to launch Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges’ first Continental Europe outpost is taking over the magic circle firm’s entire office.
US litigation firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges is launching its first office in Continental Europe with the hire of a group of IP lawyers from Allen & Overy (A&O) in Germany.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has built up its Brussels IP practice with the hire of former Allen & Overy (A&O) of counsel Thierry van Innis.
DLA Piper has hired Gareth Morgan from Taylor Wessing as a partner in its IP/IT practice.
A viable Europe-wide patent system has caused legislators not a little consternation over the years. Benoît Strowel examines the history behind the concept
?A viable Europe-wide patent system has caused legislators not a little consternation over the years. Benoît Strowel examines the history behind the concept.
?Illegal downloading of copyrighted material is now being tackled by the Government with a new bill. Hamish Porter takes a look at what it contains
Illegal downloading of copyrighted material is now being tackled by the Government with a new bill. Hamish Porter takes a look at what it contains
Arnold & Porter has bulked up its London IP practice with the capture of a four-lawyer team - led by partner David Perkins - from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy.
Marks & Clerk Solicitors has brought on Simmons & Simmons partner and dispute resolution specialist William Cook to the firm.
Speechly Bircham has turned to Nabarro for the hire of competition partner Robert Bell.
Hammonds is in talks with German firm Gulde Hengelhaupt Ziebig & Schneider about setting up a patent prosecution referral relationship following the departure of two partners from the UK firm’s Munich office.
Guernsey is forging ahead with plans to introduce laws offering greater protection and exploitation of IP rights. By Jason Romer
The European Commission wants to make pharmaceuticals companies’ IP rights less anticompetitive. Stefan Abel and Thomas Friede report
Not so long ago, in a courtroom far, far away, raged a fierce battle over a Briton selling replica Star Wars paraphernalia. Karen Fong sheds some light on the dark side of IP
A pair of high-profile IP partner hires made last week by the City offices of US firms confirmed the continuing vigour of the practice area during the downturn.
?Bird & Bird has formed an alliance with Beijing IP boutique Xiang Kung Law Firm, with the aim of strengthening its contentious capabilities in China.
Bristows’ financial results have confirmed the health of the IP market, with the London firm posting a 19.5 per cent increase in revenue.
Linklaters’ global head of technology, media and telecoms (TMT) and IP has left the firm to take up roles with Bird & Bird and Chinese healthcare group Sinocare.
When it comes to intellectual property disputes, going down the litigation route isn’t always the best option. Gary Fern argues that protecting patents is best done through arbitration
The Commercial Court working party’s recommendations are not set in stoneand, as such, will be a shot in the arm for the country’s litigation framework, says Simon Davis
A new pre-action conduct direction flags up the importance to the plaintiff of securing the court first seized, ensuring their jurisdiction of choice isn’t scuppered by the defendant’s delaying tactics. By Keith Oliver, Steve McCann and Katie Brown
A working party set up by the Commercial Court Users Committee has tried to streamline and deliver precision to the court’s methodology. Gregory Banner reports on what could be achieved
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) IP partner John Olsen, who took his firm to an employment tribunal, has left to join the London office of US firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge.
Eversheds has won a mandate as the sole adviser to the organiser of the world’s first zero-carbon grand prix, which will take place on the Isle of Man TT circuit in June 2009.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have joined forces with leading US firms and banks to lobby for the expansion of public private partnerships ...
The Football Association has revamped its legal panel, handing positions to 11 silks, who will decide on football disputes involving clubs and players.
Former Crystal Palace FC manager Iain Dowie is taking CMS Cameron McKenna to court over fees racked up by the firm when it represented Dowie in defence of a claim brought by the club.
Leading international IP firm Rouse has formed a strategic alliance with consultancy Iceberg Transactions to ramp up its non-contentious IP transaction capability.
Mishcon de Reya has scored a rare criminal conviction from an IP case, securing a jail sentence on behalf of Microsoft against a parallel importer.
Pinsent Masons and Mills & Reeve have landed spots on Trafficmaster’s legal panel, knocking previous advisers ;Addleshaw Goddard and Lewis Silkin off the list.
Slaughter and May has completed the biggest deal of the football transfer window, securing Russian star Andrei Arshavin for Arsenal.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been appointed the official law firm of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Waning life sciences market prompts firm’s hunt for new corporate partners.
US firm Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell confirmed today that it had hired a group of around 30 lawyers from New York IP boutique, Morgan & Finnegan.
Linklaters in High Court defending negligence claim" /Former Linklaters partner Andrew Legg gave "careless and negligent advice" in a dispute between two telecoms companies, the High Court was told this week.
US intellectual property boutique Morgan & Finnegan is on the brink after 12 of its 17 partners quit.
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has scored a lead role on US drug manufacturer Pfizer’s $68bn (£49.8bn) acquisition of rival Wyeth, the biggest M&A deal in the world for months.
Mobile phone giant Orange has left Bevan Brittan out of its new-look panel.
SJ Berwin in redundancy talks with 50" /SJ Berwin has launched a series of redundancy consultations that could see up to 50 members of London staff lose their jobs.
The Daily Mail and Russian oligarch Alexander Lebedev have called on Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Simmons & Simmons to advise on the sale of the Evening Standard.
Bird & Bird has boosted its Frankfurt office with the hire of two partners, taking Wolfgang Hess and Sven-Erik Heun from Lovells and Willkie Farr & Gallagher respectively.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Hill Dickinson have advised on West Ham United’s new sponsorship agreement.
Copying has long been viewed as part and parcel of the fashion industry. But as the downturn bites, designers and retailers are increasingly taking action to protect their brands.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has cut 31 support staff after a redundancy consultation ...
Speechly Bircham has bolstered its IP, technology and commercial practice by taking on two partners, Nathalie Moreno from Beachroft and Vinod Bange from Eversheds.
DLA Piper has seen off Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) and Pinsent Masons to win a Government mandate worth up to £10m in fees over five years.
A High Court judge has ordered Allen & Overy (A&O) and McDermott Will & Emery to estimate their costs before an intellectual property (IP) ...
So there you are, quietly enjoying some internet porn, when you hear a letter drop on to the mat. It is from Davenport Lyons, a media and IP firm, demanding around £500 for the porn. And it has killed the mood.
He began his career as a journalist and dabbled in the music business, but now Gordon Finlayson has finally found his perfect job – overseeing the legal function at Showtime Arabia.
Channel 4 has promoted Prash Naik to the role of controller of legal, replacing Jan Tomalin, who has left to set up her own firm.
High Court judge has ordered Allen & Overy and McDermott Will & Emery to estimate their costs before an intellectual property (IP) trial, showing judicial unease over the cost of UK litigation.
BT Group is in the process of overhauling the in-house functions of its separate businesses, creating central pools of lawyers to handle employment and regulation issues.
BAE Systems has appointed a new chief counsel for its land systems business following Mike Elston’s move to India.
Consumer group Which? has complained to the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) about letters sent by Davenport Lyons to alleged file-sharers on behalf of copyright owners.
BAE Systems is set to lose its head of knowledge management, with Jo Humphrey expected to join technology company Johnson Controls as chief- counsel for Europe.
T-Mobile is set to renegotiate terms with its UK panel firms in an effort to drive down costs in response to the economic downturn.
Denton Wilde Sapte has been giving lessons to global media network Al Jazeera on improving its image in the press.
Bird & Bird’s newly formed association with Singapore firm Alban Tay Mahtani & de Silva (ATMD) has been established as a precursor to a full-blown merger.
Davenport Lyons’ client list gets the sex factor" /London media firm Davenport Lyons is bulking up its client list with porn companies as part of a push into copyright litigation.
With record deals, fitness videos and even a festival tent, Ministry of Sound has become more than just a nightclub. Tom Phillips meets head of legal Victoria Davies
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) could face a £10m legal bill following the collapse of its £25m, six-year investigation into alleged price fixing by drug manufacturers.
Mobile phone company O2 has completed a radical overhaul of its legal function that has seen general counsel Justine Campbell leave the company and Clifford Chance and Herbert Smith appointed as sole advisers in Europe.
When Pavel Klimov embarked on his career in communist Russia he had few options open to him. Now he is a globetrotting lawyer in charge of Unisys’ Emea legal team.
The Guardian newspaper has lost its head of legal Nuala Cosgrove to media regulator Ofcom.
Intellectual property (IP) disputes in the High Court have shot up by 83 per cent in the past year as businesses move to protect their IP rights in the downturn.
Mark Abell and Christopher Jackson, the Field Fisher Waterhouse partners trapped in a Mumbai hotel siege, have been evacuated.
Irwin Mitchell personal injury (PI) head John Pickering has been elected unopposed to the post of managing partner.
Patent and trademark attorney firm Mathys & Squire has launched a Manchester office with the hire of two directors from rival firm William A Shepherd & Son.
Start-up IP boutique iLaw now employs 10 lawyers following the hire of former DLA Piper commercial lawyer Rachel Laurent.
Clintons’ star family lawyer Liz Vernon is to go up against Withers partner Mark Harper in the Ecclestone divorce, set to produce the largest divorce settlement in UK legal history.
India’s largest law firm by lawyer numbers, FoxMandal Little (FML), has hired a new head of copyright from specialist Indian IP firm Akash Chittranshi & Associates.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has gone head to head with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in a case brought by a Bahraini prince against singer Michael Jackson.
Daily Mail chief Paul Dacre’s speech to the Society of Editors, in which he took Mr Justice Eady to task for his privacy rulings, has laid bare the simmering tensions between certain papers and the judiciary.
Outsourcing lawyer Rory Graham and former Baker & McKenzie disputes lawyer Robert Coffey have launched their own firm.
Mr Justice Eady has come under attack from the Daily Mail editor-in-chief Paul Dacre for bringing privacy laws in by the back door.
Indian firm Luthra & Luthra has scooped a four-lawyer team from Indian IP specialist firm Anand & Anand.
NBC Universal has hired a Field Fisher Waterhouse partner to launch the legal department of its new International Television Production business.
As the international vice president of legal for genealogy website The Generations Network, Ruth Daniels is relishing the challenge of new markets, she tells Tom Phillips
Speechly Bircham has advised food maker GO3 on the launch of a healthy eating food range endorsed by David Beckham.
Memery Crystal has laid off two fee earners in its corporate department following a round of redundancies.
Collyer Bristow has forced the Daily Mail to apologise to Italian footballer Marco Materazzi for the newspaper's coverage of the 2006 World Cup Final.
The London IT legal market has a new entrant in the form of Coffey Graham, a two-partner firm, which launched last week. Founders Rory Graham and Robert Coffey hail from Morgan Lewis and Baker & McKenzie respectively.
Big Brother producer Endemol has hired ITV's group director of legal and regulatory compliance as global head of legal.
Former actor Caroline Barnett has found the perfect role as the Royal Shakespeare Company’s general counsel. Tom Phillips reports.
IP chambers 8 New Square has scored a Court of Appeal win for technology company Symbian, in a decision that could see software patents allowed in the UK for the first time.
The Newly launched Abu Dhabi media city twofour54 has turned to Dubai-based pay-TV operator Showtime Arabia for its first general counsel.
Norfolk-based Steeles Law has been retained by Formula 1 chief Max Mosley to take his privacy case to the European Court of Human Rights.
Bates Wells & Braithwaite head of immigration Philip Trott has made a name for himself standing up for rappers’ rights
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is to appeal the High Court’s ruling that one of the Government’s longest and most expensive prosecutions should be dropped.
The former UK legal director of Paramount Home Entertainment has launched a boutique media firm.
London sports firm Couchman Harrington Associates has won a choice mandate from pensions company Aegon to advise on its sponsorship of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).
White & Case has secured a mixed ruling on one of the most anticipated judgments on competition law from the European Court of Justice (ECJ).
Brabners Chaffe Street has bagged a lead role acting for West Ham United on the club’s appeal against a £30m payout to Sheffield United.
Facebook has hired Kirkland & Elllis partner Theodore Ullyot as its new general counsel.
Eversheds has chopped the size of its in-house IT team by 40 per cent – from 200 employees to 120 – following the outsourcing of its daily operations.
Bermuda-based fixed satellite provider Intelsat has appointed the former head of business and legal affairs for the emerging markets division of MTV Networks International as its assistant general counsel, principally responsible for Europe and the Middle East.
US firm Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo is to move into bigger offices in London as it seeks to build up its reputation for corporate and IP in the UK capital.
It’s no accident that the Chancery Division and the Commercial Court are separate entities – and that’s how they should stay, argues Geoffrey Zelin.
Calls for a merger of the Chancery Division and the Commercial Court have right – and the interests of litigants – on their side, says Lawrence Cohen QC
The Commercial and Chancery arena is in for a busy new term, with two of the biggest cases for this year starting in the courts – the Buncefield litigation and Tajik Aluminium.
Commercial enterprises thrive on saving time and costs, which is why mediation is threatening to take over from traditional litigation.
The court system needs to address the high costs of lower-end commercial disputes if it wants to service the business community effectively.
A group of around 15 intellectual partners from Heller Ehrman are thought to be about to leave the firm to join Washington DC-based Covington & Burling.
The New York office of Winston & Strawn played host yesterday (15 September) to a group of 21 UK technology companies on the hunt for business opportunities in the US.
MTV Networks is due to reshuffle its legal team after parting company with Robert Cummins, its head of business and legal affairs for emerging markets.
Field Fisher Waterhouse IP partner John Olsen has filed a claim with an employment tribunal, complaining of age discrimination and harassment. His claims are absolutely astonishing.
Field Fisher Waterhouse partner John Olsen is taking his own firm to an employment tribunal, alleging age discrimination and bullying behaviour.
The world’s largest-ever meeting of intellectual property lawyers was held this week in Boston, with the centrepiece being a battle over a hamburger.
West End firm Davenport Lyons has continued its recent expansion by hiring a trio of partners for its employment, IP and property practices.
Brabners Chaffe Street has emerged as the busiest law firm in football, advising nine clubs on a total of 33 transfers during the summer transfer window, which closed last Monday (1 September) at midnight.
Linklaters IT partner joins Bristows" /Bristows has snared Linklaters IT partner Christopher Millard, who joined the firm as a consultant today.
The London office of US firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius is reviewing its strategy following the loss of its only two IT and outsourcing partners.
Linklaters has advised the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) on an early exit from its contract with US-owned exams administrator ETS Europe after the latter failed to deliver test results.
DLA Piper has been hit by the loss of an IT litigator less than a month after making five redundant in its technology, media and communications group.
The press pack outside the London Central Employment Tribunal is a sure sign that somebody's reputation is going to be irretrievably sullied by the afternoon's media coverage.
Denton Wilde Sapte has marked its tenth year advising the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) by acting on the £300m sale of the UK media rights to matches between 2010 and 2013.
Alexandra Harrison, a legal consultant at Kroll Ontrack and former barrister suggests why using technology in the preparation and presentation of evidence is key to controlling the cost of litigation. Edmund Lawson QC also talks about his first hand experience.
As the Beijing Olympics Start, Athlete Privacy is High on the Agenda
Norton Rose has raided DMH Stallard for IP partner Jonathan Ball, who only joined the South East firm ;a ;year ;ago ;from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
Fladgate faces potential £10m payout as Izodia gets around to negligence action" /Fladgate may have to pay out in excess of £10m in damages if the negligence action brought against the firm by former dotcom company Izodia is successful.
Howrey has won a groundbreaking patent case for new client Eli Lilly after the High Court handed down its first-ever judgment on the patentability of human genes.
Reed Smith and Stephenson Harwood have secured a Court of Appeal discharge of a $50m (£25.44m) freezing injunction against the Republic of Bolivia and its state-owned telecommunications company.
In a report published in April by its Financial Crime and Intelligence Division (FCID), the FSA warns that many financial services organisations are still falling substantially short of what it expects of them in safeguarding the security of their customer data, and that this presents a “serious, widespread and high-impact risk” ...
Nowadays it’s so easy for vast quantities of data to leave the workplace – on CDs and DVDs, on laptops, on USB sticks. Inevitably some of it is mislaid, lost or stolen. When two CDs went astray containing personal details of 25 million people, businesses realised that if confidential data is going to leave the office it ought to be encrypted.
DLA Piper is conducting a firmwide review of staffing levels, resulting in five redundancies in the firm’s technology, media and communications (TMC) group.
Wragge & Co is set to open an IP litigation office in Munich by September, although it will maintain its relationship with German best friend Graf von Westphalen, which also has a Munich presence. Wragges head of IP Gordon Harris said: “Increasingly, if you have European patents, US clients ask themselves whether to enforce in the US or in Germany, and quite frequently the answer to that is Germany.”
Virgin Media has promoted associate general counsel Scott Dresser to deputy general counsel.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, Cravath Swaine & Moore and Cooley Godward have brokered a deal that sees the end of a three-year global dispute between Qualcomm and Nokia.
Reed Smith is to launch an office in Silicon Valley after hiring Morrison & Foerster Palo Alto partner Rich Scudellari.
Heller Ehrman has recruited IP partner Richard Penfold from DLA Piper to boost its year-old London office as speculation over an impending merger with Baker & McKenzie persists.
DLA Piper has made five lawyers redundant in its technology, media and commercial group.
Litigation firm SimmonsCooperAndrew has struck down George Lucas’ High Court battle for ownership of the IP rights to the Star Wars stormtrooper helmets.
Wragge & Co opens Munich IP base" /Wragge & Co is to open an IP litigation office in Munich by September, though it will maintain its relationship with German best friend Graf von Westphalen, which also has a Munich presence.
Alston & Bird is targeting a simultaneous launch of two offices this week on the US west coast.
Many lawyers acting for brand owners will have felt the shockwaves emanating from Google’s recent controversial change to its policy regarding the use of trade marks as keywords in the UK and Ireland.
Norfolk-based Steeles Law has been retained by Formula 1 chief Max Mosley as he launches libel proceedings against the News of the World.
Pinsent Masons has scored its first major deal for bookmakers William Hill since a June panel review, ;advising ;the company on a deal to upgrade its online betting service.
Baker & McKenzie has prevailed over a Scottish family in a fight over the narnia.mobi domain name, after a decision from the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has hit the US for its new general counsel, hiring Sidley Austin life sciences partner Dan Troy after a seven month search.
Howrey’s burgeoning UK intellectual property (IP) practice has scored a valuable patent win for biotechnology ;client Angiotech against Conor Medsystems in the House of Lords.
Nokia has found a new global general counsel following a 10-month search, having decided to promote internally for the role.
Bird & Bird has boosted its IP team in Germany with a partner hire from Mayer Brown’s Frankfurt office.
Lovells is advising international conservation group Flora & Fauna International (FFI) on a series of carbon-reduction PPP projects in developing countries.
Hogan & Hartson is launching its first office in the Middle East when it opens in Abu Dhabi next month.
Lovells has advised on the ParalympicsGB on the intellectual property issues on its new TV advertising campaign featuring Sir Paul McCartney.
French firm Jeantet Associés has scored a €40m win for retailer LVMH after a French court ruled that auction site Ebay failed to block the sale of counterfeit LVMH goods.
Orrick has hired the former head of Jones Day’s Los Angeles IP group, Rob Dickerson as a partner.
US firm Duane Morris has moved into a new London office to pave the way for the expansion of its core practice areas. The firm is targeting litigation, insurance, corporate, IP, insolvency and employment as areas of growth in the City. London co-managing partner Susan Laws said: "The much-improved office space will allow us to continue to support the growing interest in the London legal market from our US, Singapore and Vietnam offices." The new office is next door to the old premises ...
Music industry association IFPI has ended its year-long search for a general counsel, promoting litigation head Jo Oliver to the top job.
Bird & Bird won International Firm of the Year at The Lawyer awards last night, in recognition of a global expansion strategy that has helped the firm triple its revenue over the last seven years.
Music industry association IFPI has ended its year-long search for a general counsel, promoting litigation head Jo Oliver to the top job.
Bookmaker William Hill has slimmed down its internal legal panel of advisers.An invitation to tender was sent to around 10 firms, with Addleshaw Goddard, Ashurst ;and ;Pinsent Masons making the cut.
Baker & McKenzie, the firm suing an Edinburgh dad on behalf of the CS Lewis estate after he purchased the ‘narnia.mobi’ domain name has not managed to protect its own .mobi domain name.
China is on course to overtake the US as the world's largest patent-filing jurisdiction by 2012 if the growth in both countries continues at its current rate.
Sport boutiques Couchman Harrington Associates (CHA) and Onside Law have finalised a deal that will see a new Twenty20 cricket tournament in England funded by Texas billionaire Sir Allen Stanford.
Football is becoming more soap opera than sport and each character in the cast has their own legal team backing them up. As money pours into the game from sponsorship and media deals, the stakes have increased along with the legal complexities.
The Scottish father who owns the narnia.mobi domain name insists that it was a present for his 11-year-old son despite the fact that he owns 78 other domain names.
Davenport Lyons won a favourable decision from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for its client, Bond Street suit maker Sartoriani, allowing it to advertise its suits as "bespoke" even though they have not been made on Savile Row.
A couple from Edinburgh being threatened with a law suit by Baker & McKenzie over their son’s 11th birthday present has received offers of Pro Bono advice from three law firms, The Lawyer can reveal.
Howard Kennedy has parted company with its six-partner media practice, with three of the team poised to launch their own boutique.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), Linklaters and Simmons & Simmons have all scored roles advising on a £635m contract to provide flight training for the Ministry of Defence (MoD). BLP helped the Ascent consortium, comprising VT Group and Lockheed Martin, secure the 25-year deal. BLP finance head Simon ...
#Field Fisher Waterhouse has boosted its technology practice by hiring Katrina Dick as a partner from Lovells. Dick specialises in communications law and regulation, new media, and information technology law. At Lovells she was of counsel. FFW's technology group now comprises 12 partners and 22 lawyers. The appointment is the firm's fifth lateral hire since April and the second in ...
Olswang has represented Microsoft on an agreement with Channel 4 to allow users of Windows Live Messenger to watch shows such as Skins and Peep Show online.
The next time you run an internet search on Google and click on one or two of the top results, you might find yourself participating in a covert trademark theft that spans the globe - all in the space of around 0.08 seconds, depending on your connection speed.
Orange's vice-president for legal and regulatory Amanda Doyle is reviewing her panel. Kit Chellel finds out who the favourites are.
Cravath Swaine & Moore and Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison snared lead roles on Time Warner's $9.25bn (£4.68bn) spin off of its cable television operations. Longstanding adviser Cravath advised Time Warner on the deal, which has separated the media conglomerate from Time Warner Cable. Corporate relationship partner Richard Hall led the team. Paul Weiss corporate partners Ariel Deckelbaum and Robert Schumer led the team advising Time Warner Cable.
Bird & Bird has emerged as one of the fastest growing technology and media outfits in the top 100 UK firms, outstripping its peers with a 24 per cent increase in turnover to reach £143m.
Pfizer has snared DLA Piper’s co-head of its class action practice group to be its vice president and global general counsel.
Media and entertainment firm Harbottle & Lewis has appointed tax partner Glen Atchison as its new managing partner, taking over from Lawrence Abramson. Atchison will take up his role at the start of June after leading the tax practice for 10 years. He has been on the firm's management committee since 2006.
Stephenson Harwood and Norton Rose have snared lead roles on the outsourcing of sharia-compliant insurance, believed to be the first deal of its kind.Norton Rose, led by partner Mike Rebeiro, advised Principle Insurance on the £90m outsourcing...
Olswang has posted an 11.2 per cent increase in revenue over the past year, up to £92.4 million from 83.1m the year before.
US firms Cravath Swaine & Moore and Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison snared lead roles on Time Warner’s $9.25bn spin off of its cable television operations.Long standing advisers Cravath advised Time Warner on the deal, which will see the...
Media and entertainment firm Harbottle & Lewis has appointed a new managing partner, with tax partner Glen Atchison taking over from Lawrence Abramson.
An Allen & Overy (A&O) IP and commercial partner in Hamburg has set up his own boutique practice, taking three associates with him.
Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has hired IP bengoshi Yukihiro Terazawa to bolster its Japanese practice with joint venture partner Ito & Mitomi.
US firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge has launched a European patent prosecution practice in London just months after merging with UK firm Kendall Freeman.
Herbert Smith is rolling out a bespoke computer system designed to ensure that work is efficiently allocated between teams.
K&L Gates merges with Taiwan firm" /US firm K&L Gates has announced a merger with Taiwanese firm J&J Attorneys-at-law, strengthening its Asian capabilities.
Thomson Reuters has unveiled a restructured legal team following the firms' merger and installed a new general counsel for Europe.
Bird & Bird has launched a Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) desk with the hire of rated Czech Republic technology and media partner Stephen Kines, paving the way for an office opening in Prague.
The founder of IP consultancy Rouse & Co International has been appointed chief executive at common law set Seven Bedford Row (7BR).
Squire Sanders & Dempsey has relaunched its office in Ukraine after taking an eight-lawyer team from its former local ally The Silecky Firm.
Nabarro's French best friend, August & Debouzy, has hired the lawyer representing former Société Général rogue trader Jérôme Kerviel as a partner.
Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has sewn up a raft of UK life sciences deals, winning a place on six transactions in the past month.
Media law firm Schillings scored a victory in the Court of Appeal today (7 May), which held that the privacy of client and Harry Potter author JK Rowlings’ five-year-old son had been infringed.
IP firm Rouse Legal has boosted its partnership with the hire of the head of Allen & Overy's intellectual property group.
Media boutique Wiggin has added two new partners, promoting one and hiring the other from Bristol firm Veale Wasbrough.
DLA Piper has scored the lead role acting for the FA Premier League in a dispute with a group of UK pubs over the broadcasting of football?matches.
Field Fisher Waterhouse has snared three Eversheds franchising lawyers and is to relaunch construction.
Telecoms giant Orange UK is set to revamp its roster of legal advisers in its first panel review for three years.
The backlash from A&O's £5.2m bill for work shows how you can win a court battle but lose the ensuing PR war.
Music promoter AEG Live, which has artists such as Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake on its books, has created the new role of general counsel and promoted one of its in-house lawyers to the position.
The Competition Commission signalled its intention to force a break-up of the near monopoly BAA operates in the supply of airport services in the UK.
BlackBerry manufacturer Research In Motion is set to scrutinise the details of the £5m-plus bill that Allen & Overy presented it with following a patent battle with wireless technology company Visto.
Canon Europe has launched its first-ever series of formal panel reviews in emerging markets, targeting jurisdictions such as Russia and Dubai.
Collyer Bristow IP partner Clare Algar is to leave private practice to join human rights charity Reprieve as deputy director.
Real estate investment trust DuPont Fabros Technology has hired a new general counsel from mobile telecoms company Sprint Nextel.
Herbert Smith client Imagem Music has won an auction to buy classical music publisher Boosey & Hawkes from private equity house HgCapital.
Compared with last year, 2008 has been an unexceptional promotion round for many senior associates in the top 100 firms. But for those in the IP and technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) departments, it was just another year of being almost completely overlooked.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has been slammed by the High Court for racking up almost £5.2m in costs and spending the equivalent of nine man years for a five-day trial.
Speechly Bircham has picked up the lead role acting for model Elle Macpherson on her deal to become the new face of $1.33bn American cosmetics giant Revlon.
Bird & Bird doubles partnership promotions" /Bird & Bird has doubled its promotions to the partnership, making up a record 14 associates to partnership this year after last year’s haul of seven.
PartyGaming is taking its commercial work in-house to save money after hiring Victoria Allison from IWC Media to join the team at the online gambling company's Gibraltar HQ.
The television company responsible for hit show The Apprentice has hired Jacqueline Moreton as its head of legal and business affairs from the UK arm of US media company CBS Paramount.
Herbert Smith IP heavyweight Bill Moodie is retiring after more than 30 years in legal practice.
The University of Dundee is introducing a bachelor of law degree that enables students to gain dual-qualification in Scottish and English and Welsh law.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has fended off competition from a range of other firms to advise the BBC on the sale of its outside broadcasts division to sports broadcaster Satellite Information Services (SIS).
Olswang has advised independent film company Celador Films on Trainspotting director Danny Boyle's new picture. Film partner James Kay closed the deal on new title Slumdog Millionaire six weeks early after the team simplified the documentation to make it more user-friendly. Film4, the co-developer and co-financer on the project, was advised by in-house legal head Paul Grindey. Distributors Pathe Pictures ...
DLA Piper launches NY patent team with former Clifford Chance IP chief" /DLA Piper has snared former Clifford Chance America IP head to lead its IP practice group in the New York office.
Bird & Bird has lost its former chairman and leading technology partner Hamish Sandison to Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW).
Diageo has restructured its global IP team to focus on regions rather than product lines in order to align the team more closely with the rest of the business.
Senior IP lawyer and patent attorney Tibor Gold has taken up a role as a consultant at LG. According to senior partner Penny Francis, this will help open doors for the firm's burgeoning IP practice.
Litigation boutique SimmonsCooperAndrew will cross light sabres with Harbottle & Lewis in a High Court battle of galactic proportions over who owns the IP rights to the stormtrooper costumes from the Star Wars films.
Lovells has strengthened further its international IP practice with the addition of Wragge & Co patent litigation partner Adam Cooke.
Simmons & Simmons Hong Kong has hired technology, media and telecoms (TMT) partner Damien Bailey from Minter Ellison, where he headed the Chinese TMT practice.
Olswang's Berlin office has doubled in size after taking on Linklaters' highly rated IP team of two partners and six fee-earners.
Hardwicke Building has ramped up its IP capabilities with the hire of senior junior Madeleine Heal from 5 Raymond Buildings.
Linklaters IP team quits for Olswang" /Olswang has taken on a star team of eight lawyers from Linklaters in Germany, doubling the size of its burgeoning Berlin office.
Olswang has advised new client Arts Alliance Media on five long-term deals to secure the rollout of digital cinema for five studios across Europe.
IP boutique Powell Gilbert has made up its first partner, bringing the total number of partners to six at the year-old firm.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has scored a winning role for Carling Cup winners Tottenham Hotspur, advising on the club's crackdown on counterfeit goods being sold over the internet.
City IP boutique Bristows has recruited a three-partner disputes team from the London office of US firm Howrey.
Simmons & Simmons has edged out DLA Piper and Eversheds to become the preferred legal adviser for £1bn turnover outsourcing specialist Sitel.
Dundas & Wilson has just launched a specialist outsourcing unit that it claims is the largest in Scotland. As Dundas partner Laurence Ward puts it: "A dedicated outsourcing team of this size is unique in Scotland."
Howrey has launched an IP practice in its newly-formed Madrid office, grabbing a four-lawyer team from Spain's leading firm for IP Gómez-Acebo & Pombo.
Is entry into the US and Japan total madness or entrepreneurial genius?
Olswang has advised communications company Photon Group on its largest acquisition to date.
Nabarro has hired IT outsourcing partner George Wheeler-Carmichael from DLA Piper in a bid to attract more public sector-related work.
The trade organisation for the global mobile phone industry has hired a new general counsel to revamp its legal department.
Linklaters has merged its technology, media and telecoms (TMT) and IP practices as it prepares to boost both departments internationally.
Wragges triumphs as Appeal Court ends Cinpres patent saga" / One of the country's longest-running patent cases has ended with a Court of Appeal victory going to the IP team at Wragge & Co, after 12 years of bitter courtroom battles.
Bird & Bird IT partner Simon Shooter has advised De Beers in his first major deal for the diamond giant since joining the firm from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) a year ago.
Hollywood actress Sharon Stone has used it. Supermodel Naomi Campbell has had it. Hell, even hypnotist Paul McKenna has utilised it.
On 20 November, to gasps from the House of Commons, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) had lost two CDs containing a copy of its entire child benefit database. This is one of the largest ever breaches of personal information security, anywhere in the world.
IP firm Bristows has re-energised its partnership with the promotion of two associates.
Twenty two media groups have joined forces to lobby the Government for a cap on the exponential costs in libel cases.
BT Global Services is on the verge of naming a new US general counsel after moving its legal chief into a senior lobbying position in Washington DC.
Marks & Clerk, the UK's biggest patent and trademark attorney firm, has appointed its youngest-ever chairman and committed to a strategy of international expansion.
Technology boutique Kemp Little has helped to improve mobile phone coverage for people on the T-Mobile network, advising the company on an outsourcing agreement with Ericsson.
One year on, Eversheds’ Tyco deal is setting a standard that others are trying to follow. By Nina Goswami
Olswang has made a major long-term investment in its telecoms practice with the hire of ex-Mayer Brown partner Rob Bratby.
Howrey has boosted its London IP group with two new partners, taking Marjan Noor from Taylor Wessing and Paul Inman from Simmons & Simmons.
An increasing number of law firms are opening, or considering to open, offices in 'Second Life', the virtual three-dimensional world.
Lovells has beefed up its global intellectual property media and technology practice with the addition of a new partner in Warsaw from Linklaters.
Media boutique Harbottle & Lewis settled its case against Hollywood producer Israel Baron after two days in the High Court just before Christmas.
Manchester sports boutique IPS Law has launched a music and entertainment practice with a lawyer from Laytons Solicitors.
Wiggin's sport and media team has scored a hat trick of deals, picking up mandates from ITV, Virgin Media and Manchester United FC.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has embraced the world of children's television, advising international broadcaster and TV distributor Chello Zone on a 10-year joint venture with HIT Entertainment, the home of popular children's programmes such as Bob the Builder, Thomas and Friends, Angelina Ballerina, Pingu, Barney and Fireman Sam.
Most users of social networking websites such as Facebook have no idea how their personal data can be used. It's time to educate them on the risks, says Kevin Calder
From the shape of a sausage to Tarzan's yell, the courts are inundated with unusual trademark applications. Mary Bagnall and Susie Curtis clarify what, exactly, a trademark is
The US is facing stiff resistance over its patent reforms.
Osborne Clarke has boosted its Cologne office with the appointment of partner Michael Trimborn who will lead its German patent practice.
Eversheds hires DLA Piper tech partner" /Eversheds has hired former DLA Piper senior technology, media and commercial partner David Glover as a partner in its commercial practice group.
Online gaming is set to get a boost in the coming weeks, with Asian Logic becoming the first Asia-based gaming company to seek a London listing.
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has boosted its New York IP team with the hire of two partners from IP firm Morgan & Finnegan.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) is offering a discount fixed-fee arrangement for its trademark opposition service, giving clients the chance to nip IP disputes in the bud for £200.
Reed Smith Richards Butler senior associate Gregor Pryor has bagged a role advising social networking site Bebo on an open media content-sharing platform.
Milwaukee-based Foley & Lardner has been given the green light to set up a representative office in Shanghai following an application made in February (www.thelawyer.com 5 February).
IT consultancy Capgemini UK has expanded its legal panel following a review, handing SJ Berwin its first role on the roster to advise on dispute resolution.
Media lawyer Nigel Davies has joined West End media law firm Davenport Lyons as a partner in its music department.
Technology firm Kemp Little has launched its dedicated competition and regulatory practice with the recruitment of partner Susannah Sheppard.
The BPI, the industry group for UK record companies, has finally ended its search for a new general counsel, hiring Kiaron Whitehead from litigation firm Forbes Anderson Free.
Hill Dickinson's Manchester office has recruited its first patent attorney in a bid to establish itself as a full-service IP/IT practice.
UK gaming and amusement machine operator Danoptra Holdings has landed Halliwells' head of gambling law Nick Hawkins to take the newly created role of director of legal services.
Addleshaw Goddard is bringing football back home to terrestrial television, scoring the lead role for the Football League in its £264m media deal with the BBC.
UK gaming and amusement machine operator Danoptra Holdings has snared Halliwells head of gambling law Nick Hawkins to take the newly created role of director of legal services.
The BPI, the industry group for UK record companies, has finally ended its search for a new general counsel, hiring Kiaron Whitehead from litigation firm Forbes Anderson Free.
Google has hired a new general counsel to head its growing UK legal team, snapping up Expedia's rated European legal chief Luisa Edwards.
Payments processing company Total Systems Services (TSYS) has snared Global Switch general counsel Solomon Osagie to head its new UK-based legal team.
Lovells has announced a merger with Japanese firm Kubota Law & Patent that will allow it to advise on domestic Japanese IP law for the first time.
Sports experts at Blackstone Chambers and 4 Pump Court went head-to-head at the International Automobile Federation (FIA) in a clash that could have seen Formula 1 rookie driver Lewis Hamilton crowned champion.
Beachcroft has lost its head of technology Nick Holland to rival firm Eversheds.
Media boutique Atkins Solicitors has scored substantial damages for the former prime minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie Booth QC of Matrix chambers.
The in-house team at US defence company Raytheon has negotiated and signed a £650m contract with the Home Office to manage its e-borders project.
The Government’s loss of 25 million people’s bank and employment details in the post has led to calls for the Information Commission to receive stronger powers.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has hired the former head of Collyer-Bristow's sports practice to head its commercial legal department.
Pinsent Masons has recovered from Mishcon de Reya's raid on its IP team with hires from national rival Addleshaw Goddard and the BBC.
Brodies has beefed up its technology and information group with the addition of former Addleshaw Goddard partner Andrew Rigby.
Bird & Bird is celebrating one of the best half year performances in its history, growing by 24 per cent over the last six months.
India’s second largest IT company Infosys Technologies is set to target UK and US firms through the launch of its legal process outsourcing (LPO) business.
Ireland is becoming an attractive location for IP, with foreign companies moving their brands/licensing IP to those located in Ireland. To sustain this position, substantial efforts have been made to introduce measures to ensure that Ireland has the necessary legislative and administrative framework in place to offer sufficient legal protection for IP rights, as well as tax incentives to encourage and foster growth of IP rights in Ireland.
Norton Rose has lured two senior TMT associates from Allen & Overy (A&O) and Baker & McKenzie by offering them partnership.
Bird & Bird has launched a new trade and customs practice in Europe, landing a four-lawyer team from Simmons & Simmons in the Netherlands.
On 1 October 2007 a new system for examining UK trademark applications was introduced.
New York firm Dreier has signed an alliance with London boutique SK Sport and Entertainment to advise US sports figures in the UK and Europe.
The International Trademark Association (INTA) has named Unilever global anti-counterfeiting head Richard Heath as its president for 2009.
Baker & McKenzie has hired a raft of IP lawyers in Asia to recover from last month's raid by Jones Day, opening up a new front in the war for IP talent.
IP practitioners will need to update their textbooks on trademark and design rights after the Court of Appeal handed down two judgments within a week.
McDermott Will & Emery has suffered the loss of its London head of IP, Larry Cohen, who has defected to US rivals Latham & Watkins.
Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner has raided the New York office of Weil Gotshal & Manges, hiring patent litigation partner Steve Rizzi.
The Law Society and the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) have settled a row over the use of the title “trade mark attorney”, reaching an agreement through mediation.
Colt Telecom is planning to establish a formal legal panel as the final stage in a reconstruction of its legal department begun when the company relocated to Luxembourg in June 2006.
Football League chairman Lord Mawhinney has hit out at the lack of legal integrity in football players’ contracts.
Nominet, the operator of the .uk internet domain, is looking for 10 IP and internet specialists to join its dispute resolution panel as it looks to cope with the growing number of domain name disputes.
New York firm Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has launched an IP practice, raiding IP firm Morgan & Finnegan for a trio of senior lawyers.
Simmons & Simmons has pledged to focus on organic growth in its London communications and outsourcing group following the loss of two-fifths of its London partner capability in a matter of months.
Magic circle firm Clifford Chance has advised interactive media company Ludorum on a licensing agreement for the UK broadcast related rights to a new animated children’s series.
Olswang’S US ally Greenberg Traurig has lured GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) global head of trademarks to boost its New York office.
Guildhall Chambers silk Richard Smith QC has managed to get England rugby captain Phil Vickery a lenient punishment after his trip on USA centre Paul Emerick.
Judges and eminent legal figures across Europe are set to launch a steering group to harmonise data protection for criminal proceedings.
ITV has appointed LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae corporate partner Andrew Garard as its legal director to replace the outgoing Kyla Mullins.
Manchester United FC has doubled the size of its legal team with the hire of a lawyer from Addleshaw Goddard.
Getting rid of unnecessary disclosure will make patent litigation cheaper and faster, says Jonathan Radcliffe
Simmons & Simmons has pledged to focus on organic growth in its London communications and outsourcing group following the loss of two-fifths of its London partner capability in a matter of months.
Transfer spending by English football clubs this summer has exceeded £500m, according to recent analysis by Deloitte. This figure confirms the ever-increasing value and complexity of football transactions.
Taylor Wessing has scored the lead role on the disputes committee of the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France, thanks to a recommendation from rival Clifford Chance.
Eversheds has won a crucial IP dispute for chemicals company Dupont against packaging giant Smurfit.
IP firm Fish & Richardson is expanding its reach beyond the geographic confines of the US, opening its first international office in Munich.
Eversheds has won a crucial IP dispute for chemicals company Dupont against packaging giant Smurfit.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) could be in line to take over from Slaughter and May as Arsenal Football Club's lead law firm after advising Russian steel billionaire Alisher Usmanov on his purchase of a 14 per cent stake in the club.
Lovells is planning to build an IP practice in the US following the lateral hire of partner Veronica Mullally from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe.
Bird & Bird has boosted its Brussels IP team with the hire of Linklaters Brussels IP head Jean-Christophe Troussel.
Ashurst has expanded its growing India group with the hire of former Arnold & Porter partner Murali Neelakantan as a partner in its corporate department and head of the firm's India group.
The outsourcing team at Pinsent Masons has raised its public sector profile by advising the Cabinet Office on a framework contract for sharing IT services.
Judges are creating new privacy case law with each new ruling. And with the lack of parliamentary legislation
Marks & Clerk Solicitors won a last-minute injunction against Channel 4 for client Miss World Limited, forcing the broadcaster to change the name of its Mr Miss World show.
Bristows, Taylor Wessing alumni spirit away human genome case" /Two of the biggest names in IP, Bristows and Taylor Wessing, have missed out on the UK's first-ever human genome patent litigation after the loss of key litigation ...
The infringement of IP rights is set to become a criminal offence after the European Parliament's legal affairs committee backed a directive to harmonise EU criminal laws.
The High Court has dealt a blow to companies looking to patent software-related inventions after rejecting Bloomberg's bid to patent a computer program.
Media behemoth Viacom has instructed East Coast litigation specialists Jenner & Block to handle its $1bn copyright case against video site YouTube.
The exponential rise in popularity of user-generated websites MySpace and YouTube has brought to the fore the fact that the copyright laws governing these media are a grey area. By Graham Simkin and Kevin Smith
The Court of Appeal's decisions in Aerotel and Macrossan go some way to clarifying patent law and signal the UK's intention to concur with a European standard. By Alan Johnson, David Brown and James Boon
What constitutes a ’material breach’ is becoming a central problem for those wishing to terminate long-running IT contracts. By Sarah Walker and Carolyn Greene
Wragges IP chief departs to join Marks & Clerk Solicitors" /Wragge & Co’s head of IP Gregor Grant has quit the Birmingham-based outfit for Marks & Clerk Solicitors, the associated law firm of the world’s largest firm of patent and trademark attorneys.
Recently-merged Anglo-American firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham is the latest to profit from the demise of Boston technology and venture capital powerhouse Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault.
Hammonds’ beleagured IP and construction practices have suffered another blow with the departure of three more partners.
Simmons & Simmons won out over Nabarro Nathanson to advise HMV on its first major deal since completing its panel review in mid-2004.IT partner Michael Sinclair led the Simmons team advising the leading music retailer on its new music download contract with Microsoft.
2004 saw Lord Hoffmann do a U-turn on his Improver patent yardstick. Will it make patent law any easier to interpret? By Stephen Jones
The Eleven departing Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) media and IP partners have been cleared to vote in the forthcoming management elections after the firm went to counsel to clarify its position.
Hallmark IP has recruited Olswang’s former head of trademark filing and prosecution, Vivienne Coleman, as the first step on its road to becoming a multidisciplinary IP practice.
Morrison & Foerster’s raid on Shaw Pittman, first reported in The Lawyer last week, was the third eye-catching move into outsourcing by a US firm in the space of a year.
Australian and Indian law firms have emerged as unlikely targets for DLA ahead of this Saturday’s (4 December) vote on the merger with Chicago’s Piper Rudnick.
Dutch M&A heavyweight Stibbe is to restructure its IP department and exit patent law following the departure of partners Jan Brinkhof and Kurt Stöpetie.
IP boutique Rouse & Co has lost Burger King as a client but hired one of the fast food chain’s trademark attorneys.
The London office of Morgan Lewis & Bockius has scored a double coup after recruiting the former head of Norton Rose’s IP/IT group as well as the general counsel from client Cantor Fitzgerald International. Richard Barratt joins the US firm as a partner from Norton Rose, where he was global head of IP and IT before a recent restructuring of the department. Former client Robert Falkner was general counsel ...
Leading Dublin firm Matheson Ormsby Prentice has expanded its IP team with the recruitment of Alistair Payne from rated Australian firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth.
US-based firm Morrison & Foerster’s (MoFo) efforts for London charity Choices 4 All has led to the firm employing an office junior with learning disabilities, an unlooked-for benefit of providing pro bono IP protection advice.
DWS’s TMT practice left with skeleton crew; defectors cite lack of investment as reason for exodus. By Joanne O’Connor
Nicholson Graham & Jones’s merger partner Kirkpatrick & Lockhart has shaken up its San Francisco management. It has appointed IP specialist Deborah Bailey-Wells as administrative partner, taking over from Peter Sheats. Bailey-Wells will also become a member of the firm’s management committee. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 28 September
DLA’s international association DLA Group is expanding its presence in Eastern Europe after securing its first Polish member.
Shearman & Sterling is forging ahead with its Californian recruitment drive after scooping its second lateral in less than a month. IP litigation partner Brian Cannon leaves Fish & Neave for Shearman. He will rejoin former colleague Vicki Veenker who left Fish & Neave four years ago to establish Shearman’s IP group at Menlo Park.
Norton Rose may be on the verge of losing its entire Cologne office as its partners accelerate talks with CMS Hasche Sigle.
Kilpatrick Stockton is forging ahead with its aggressive UK recruitment drive after taking on a former Clifford Chance partner. Mary O’Connor, formerly an arbitration partner at the magic circle firm, will become a partner in the litigation department at the Atlanta firm’s London office. Just over a month ago, Kilpatrick scooped two senior IP partners from Simmons & Simmons. Its London head of IP ...
Linklaters Madrid has strengthened its M&A and private equity practice with the hires of two associates from magic circle rivals. Alexander Kolb arrives from Clifford Chance’s corporate department, where he has worked since 1999, while Victor Manchado joins after five years at
Ireland continues to be a jurisdiction of choice for companies wishing to establish a European base. Alistair Payne reports on managing IP in Ireland
Clifford Chance has lost its last Düsseldorf IP partner Christian Osterrieth to embryonic German IP boutique Reimann Osterrieth Kohler Haft.
Cobbetts has bolstered its IP, information, communications and technology and media teams with the hire of two solicitors for its Manchester office. Laura Harper arrives after a five-year stint at Pannone & Partners, while Sonia Luthra joins the top 50 firm from DWF Solicitors.
International competition law and trade practices firm Stanbrook & Hooper has re-appointed a former partner of the firm to boost is competition and intellectual property expertise.
Former International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Juan Antonio Samaranch declared the Sydney Olympics “the best Games ever”. Could the Athens Games rise to this challenge? The Greeks certainly had a tough act to follow and the doom-merchants had a great time cataloguing the problems facing the organisers, but by the closing ceremony the praise was all but unanimous: the Greeks ...
No sooner had the British Olympic Association’s (BOA) head of legal affairs Sara Friend stepped off the plane from Athens, than she was back in the office working on the London 2012 bid and demanding legislative change.
Hogarth Chambers has merged with 19 Old Buildings to form the bar’s largest IP set.
A former City lawyer is heading the legal team at Capital One, a company that markets itself as ‘fun’. Jodi Bartle goes looking for a laugh
US firm Pillsbury Winthrop has scooped the co-chair of IP at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo and his eight-strong team for its Northern Virginia office.
Simmons & Simmons has been hit with the double loss of its London and New York IP heads to Kilpatrick Stockton.
Tech company latest to adopt one-firm partnering scheme pioneered by DuPont
IP boutique Willoughby & Partners last week found itself at the centre of the Orange-EasyGroup spat over the use of the colour orange in EasyMobile’s trademark.
Jones Day is helping two of its former IP partners to launch their own practice by offering them rent-free space in the firm’s London office.
Elvis Presley’s That’s All Right recently made the top three in the UK singles chart on the 50th anniversary of its first release. This anniversary also has major implications for the copyright in the sound recording of the track; it will expire on 31 December 2004. From 1 January 2005, third parties will be able to press and sell copies of this recording without infringing copyright.
The commonly held idea that perfumes, recipes and other formulae are the mere sum of their ingredients, and are therefore not protected under copyright law, was recently rejected by the Court of Appeal of Den Bosch in the Netherlands. In a groundbreaking decision, the court ruled that Lancôme’s perfume ‘Trésor’ was copyright-protected. Physicochemical analysis and the laws of probability ...
King & Spalding’s fledgling New York patent litigation group has welcomed a partner from Kenyon & Kenyon. Robert Perry, who was also a member of Kenyon & Kenyon’s management committee group, will bring the number of fee-earners in King & Spalding’s New York-based group to 11, including four partners. King & Spalding set up the practice area in May, bumping up the firm-wide lawyers and patent agents based throughout Atlanta and New York to 60 experts.
The Nordic telecoms market continues to be particularly mobile. Henrik Nilsson provides the lowdown
Langleys Solicitors has appointed a new partner to bolster its commercial team. Andrew Argyle has joined the firm’s Lincoln office, where he will specialise in commercial litigation. Argyle arrives from Birmingham firm Shakespeares, where he was a partner in the commercial litigation department.
From pharma to logistics to the Tube, Innovision’s microchips are leading the way towards a more coherent future. Alex Wade gives the lowdown
Legacy Gouldens IP stalwart Charters Macdonald-Brown has left Jones Day to set up his own practice. Macdonald-Brown, who was head of IP at Gouldens since 1977, which then merged with the US’s Jones Day last year, left the firm last Wednesday (30 June) and started up his new specialist IP practice, entitled Redd, the following day. Joining Macdonald-Brown is partner Simon Chalkley and associate Sara Ashby, ...
Thames Valley firm Pitmans has appointed a new senior solicitor to its defendant personal injury team. Alan Davies joins from Merriman White, a firm based in London and Guildford. Davies was previously a partner at Gregory Rowcliffe & Milners and Edward Lewis in London and specialises in insurance litigation.
Chicago-based law firm Jenner & Block has merged with IP litigation boutique Roper & Quigg. Roper’s founding partner Harry Roper will lead Jenner’s IP and technology team. Seven other lawyers will join Jenner as partners, two as of counsel, with a further nine associates making the move. Former assistant secretary of commerce and commissioner of patents and trademarks Donald Quigg is one of the of counsel. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 14 June
On 22 June, 1400 people will crowd into the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane for the most eagerly-awaited event of the year. With only one week to go, The Lawyer brings you a sneak preview of the shortlisted individuals and teams
“We don’t believe in charging clients for each minute we spend. Our philosophy is very much one of ‘pick up the phone and give us a call’,” says Carole Hailey, who set up boutique IP and IT firm the Waterfront Partnership two years ago.
Why lawyers and their clients would benefit from working with journalists – especially in a crisis. By Magnus Carter
Landwell has sustained another partner loss after losing its London based head of real estate to Bird & Bird.
The London office of Arnold & Porter has snatched Denton Wilde Sapte IP partner Clive Thorne as part of the firm’s effort to beef up its London practice. Thorne, a well-known IP litigator, is set to join Arnold & Porter as a partner on 1 September. He has extensive experience in the UK and Asia in a wide range of IP and technology litigation and arbitration involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, design rights and e-commerce disputes. The addition of Thorne will bring the total number ...
Hussein Damirji, a native Iraqi who has spent most of his life outside his homeland, has returned to set up his own law firm.
Editor of Taxation magazine Malcolm Gunn joined the London tax team at Haarmann Hemmelrath as a tax consultant on 25 May. Gunn will focus on personal income and capital taxation.
North West firm DWF has added another partner to its growing haul of former Weightman Vizards property lawyers.
The former general counsel of Oxford GlycoSciences (OGS) and British Biotech John Ilett has been named as the first European lawyer at US pharmaceutical company Cephalon.
Blake Lapthorn Linnell has completed a review of its practice groups and is introducing a series of sector teams aimed at specific industries.
The Kurdistan government has appointed Clyde & Co to act on all negotiations and contracts with foreign companies investing in the one relatively safe region of Iraq.
The European Commission’s decision against Microsoft is likely to be a watershed for competition law enforcement in the EU. Robert Bell reports
The European Court of Justice has just given trademarks a thorough run through the wash, says Andrew Hobson
Former Hertz in-house lawyer Hannah Merritt has scooped one of the most coveted jobs in the legal market.
Halliwell Landau has posted a record turnover, which is up by 12.7 per cent to £40m for the last financial year. Halliwells also announced nine internal partnership promotions, with one intellectual property lawyer gaining equity. At the same time, the Manchester firm has lost property partner Nancy Brown to Eversheds. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 11 May
Italian intellectual property (IP) boutique Trevisan & Cuonzo is to launch a new office in Parma specialising in IP issues for the food and food-related sectors.
Halliwell Landau has posted its highest-ever turnover for the last financial year after revenue grew by 12.7 per cent to £40m.
Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw and Baker & McKenzie have barged aside the trademark agents to land top five positions in 2003’s community trademark filings chart.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has raided Pillsbury Winthrop for a team of partners to launch its new San Diego office.
Top five Dublin firm William Fry has carried out its second raid on PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) Irish law firm Landwell, poaching a rated contentious intellectual property (IP) team.
DLA has continued to strengthen its intellectual property (IP) practice with the hire of Harbottle & Lewis partner Richard Penfold.Penfold will work with head of IP Jeremy Dickinson, who joined from Hammonds in 2002, to further grow the practice.
Hammonds is continuing its push in Italy with the hire of White & Case partner Lorenzo Attolico and a team of assistants and the expansion of its office space in Rome.
The war of the Apples in the High Court (the Beatles’ Apple Corps v Apple Computer Inc) highlights the failure of intellectual property agreements to account for technological advancements. The purpose of a trademark is to distinguish one person’s goods or services from those of others. Nevertheless, it happens that two – and sometimes more – traders end up using the same brand. ...
A new guard is to take over management of Nicholson Graham & Jones, with insolvency head Tony Griffiths succeeding Michael Johns as managing partner.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has nabbed intellectual property (IP) partners David Knight and Simon Chapman from regional firm Laytons. The pair will join FFW as partners. Knight focuses on patent litigation and Chapman concentrates on trademarks and copyright. The duo’s previous clients have included Hilton, Nokia, Remington, Reckitt Benckiser and Qinetiq.
US Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has launched an investigation into legal fees earned by a leading New York attorney while acting for a charity that evolved out of 11 September.
The Australia-US free trade agreement is aimed at reducing legal and investment barriers. By Michael Beaumont and Madeleine Cox
UK trademark behemoth goes all out to create MDP while Govt pontificates
Slaughter and May has been dumped by Abbott Laboratories for its forthcoming court fight over royalties against Cambridge Antibody Technology Group (Cat) and replaced by
Just as the Spanish have got the hang of how to pronounce Lovells (previously the whisper in Madrid was “Low Balls are coming, Low Balls are coming”), it seems the City firm may have to change its name.
The management of Weil Gotshal’s global litigation practice is being decentralised following 100 per cent departmental growth in the past five years.
Blake Lapthorn Linnell has been dealt a blow with the departure of three partners in as many months.
Miguel Rodriguez Mendose, head of Van Bael & Bellis’s Geneva office and former deputy director general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), has been appointed chairman of the WTO panel ‘European Communities – Protection of Trademarks and Geographical Indications’. The panel will rule on US and Australian complaints over the EU’s system of trademarks and geographical indication for agricultural products and foodstuffs. He is joined by Seung Wha Chang of Korea and Peter Kam-fai Cheung ...
One of Mishcon de Reya’s best-known partners, David Glick, has left to set up his own media and entertainment-focused group of companies. Glick, noted for his deal-doing abilities in the music business, counts Craig David, Fatboy Slim, Nick Cave and The Kinks among his clients. His new business will be known as the Edge Group and will feature a legal services business (Edge Legal) and a boutique management ...
Gianni Origoni’s close association with Linklaters has helped it score Cisco Systems as a new client.
US firm Townsend & Townsend & Crew is to merge with litigation boutique Legal Strategies Group (LSG) on 1 March. Six partners and 12 lawyers will join Townsend’s San Francisco branch, a 150-lawyer intellectual property and litigation practice. LSG focuses on antitrust, trademark and commercial litigation. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com, 18 February
US firm Townsend and Townsend and Crew is to merge with litigation boutique Legal Strategies Group (LSG).
The creation of a Community Patent Court with EU jurisdiction has been formally proposed by the European Commission in its bid to harmonise and simplify EU intellectual property protection.
Wragges wards off Treasury Solicitor for Napster address" /Wragge & Co has secured a crucial domain name victory for new client Roxio, the owner of the outlawed former file-sharing system Napster.
Wragge & Co has won out against the Treasury Solicitor’s department in a bizarre dispute over the Napster domain name.
Niche licensing firm Poppleston Allen has beaten big four accountancy firm Deloitte to advise the Cyprus government on the review of its betting legislation.
Zimbabwe’s only independent daily newspaper The Daily News is back on the streets after a three-month hiatus, following a campaign by African and UK lawyers.
Music distributor Vital was more than ready for an in-house counsel when Karen D’Rosario arrived. She has been helping save the company a small fortune ever since. By Matt Byrne
Taking over Yahoo!’s European legal affairs was the perfect move for Jonathan McCoy, a champion of the freedom of the internet.
Lovells’ Hamburg office has lost competition and intellectual property (IP)/technology, media and telecoms (TMT) partner Walter Scheuerl to Wragges’ German best friend Graf von Westphalen Bappert & Modest. Scheuerl pointed to the fee structure at Lovells and other international law firms as a key reason behind his move.
Three Weightman Vizards lawyers have left the 78-partner firm to form a new commercial boutique. The new firm, PFK Legal opens for business today (12 January). It is the brainchild of Mark Forman, Neil Kelly and James Powell. It will focus on commercial, media and intellectual property work out of offices in Oriel Chambers, Liverpool.
Clifford Chance New York is continuing to lose lawyers as a group of eight intellectual property (IP) attorneys jump ship for Hogan & Hartson.
Clifford Chance’s New York intellectual property (IP) group has been hit with a series of defections, including its high-billing head of department.
Clifford Chance is set to lose the head of its Munich office next year when intellectual property partner Joachim Feldges leaves to set up an independent boutique.
With £62bn worth of funds on its books, F&C Management has hit on a winner with legal director Gillian Switalski, who much prefers an in-house strategy.
Shearman & Sterling’s London office has added another string to its bow as it expands into intellectual property (IP) through the hire of its first UK specialist.
Addleshaw Goddard has lost its second intellectual property (IP) partner in three months.Simon Clark is joining Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) with a group of three associates to create a new IP group for the firm.
Field Fisher Waterhouse's intellectual property (IP) practice is teaming up with its tax group to launch a direct attack on the big four accountancy firms.By combining the firm's IP expertise with its transfer pricing knowledge, Field Fisher hopes to offer what it terms "the most comprehensive asset management service in the City".Brands, technology, me-dia and telecommunications ...
Clydes beats the City with Iraqi launch as it stakes key claim to lucrative post-war reconstruction
German investment bank Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein is set to launch legal panels in the US, Japan and Singapore following a successful pilot scheme in the UK. A further German panel is likely to follow.
Mr Justice Jacob, one of the finest judges in the High Court, has been promoted to the Court of Appeal.
Microsoft has poached the intellectual property (IP) chief of rival technology giant IBM. Marshall Phelps will manage Microsoft’s entire IP portfolio from its West Coast HQ as vice-president and deputy general counsel for IP. He will be responsible for 3,000 US patents and over 11,000 trademarks. First reported on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews 10 June
With its acquisitive streak finally slowing down, Getty Images' legal department has its sights set on image rights. Steve Hoare reports.
Anglo-German firm in shock U-turn as profits slide; IT departures imminent
Second-tier Dublin firm Eugene F Collins has taken over commercial property and finance boutique GD Fottrell & Sons.
Lovells has won a coveted licence to open a second office in China in the latest round of permits issued by the Chinese Ministry of Justice.
US firm Foley & Lardner has gained its first foothold in Asia by launching an office in Tokyo.
Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw is extending its Lloyd's reinsurance practice with the hire of highly-rated reinsurance litigator Ian McKenna from Holman Fenwick & Willan.
The Brussels office of Loyens & Loeff has recruited the name partners of intellectual property (IP) and IT boutique Van Asbroeck & Cottenie, resulting in the dissolution of the seven-lawyer firm.
Australian firm Deacons has axed 21 staff in its Hong Kong office.
Mr Justice Jacob has attacked "timorous" patent agents in an attempt to encourage them to take a more active role in advocacy.A
The future of Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly's Silicon Valley office is hanging in the balance with the imminent defection of 25 of its lawyers to Dechert.
Two-thirds of external advisers to go as Sanna overhauls entire legal function
Bristows has succeeded where Bird & Bird failed and become the first firm to overturn a certificate of validity for a patent in the High Court.
From cosmetics to Field Fisher via the Paris Ritz, John Olsen has had a long fight to get due recognition for his trademark practice. Steve Hoare reports
Linklaters' London head of intellectual property (IP) Anna Carboni is set to leave the firm to join Wilberforce Chambers.
Field Fisher Waterhouse has claimed first place in the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys' (ITMA) annual ranking of community trademark (CTM) filings, while Linklaters is the only law firm to significantly buck the downward trend of filings.
Field Fisher Waterhouse has entered into a unique relationship with attorneys Mathys & Squire to offer the patent expertise of both firms under one virtual roof.
Norton Rose has bolstered its technology group with the appointment of intellectual property (IP) and IT litigator Matthew Harris, who is currently a partner at Herbert Smith. Harris has acted on a number of high-profile IP/IT disputes recently, including Capital One's IT dispute with a Fujitsu subsidiary and the AA's copyright dispute with Ordnance Survey.
Taylor Wessing's German and UK managing partners seem like chalk and cheese. So can they integrate their firms? Catrin Griffiths reports
Richards Butler's Michael Skrein is used to hobnobbing with celebrities. Kathryn Hobbs meets the man who really knows how to treat a girl
KLegal's growth strategy is paying off, with H20 partner Catrin Turner et al joining the ranks - but the firm might get more growth than it bargained for
Ronald Thwaites QC, brought up on a professional diet of criminal actions, finds that his direct approach to civil work keeps him off the streets
For Baker & McKenzie's Harry Small, keeping Levi's little red tab sacred was a must - despite the fact that he doesn't wear jeans very often
A law firm with no office and equal fees for associates and partners? It's a crazy idea, but Peter Rouse might be just the man to pull it off
Intellectual property (IP) specialist chambers 8 New Square is looking for a successor to its head, Michael Fysh QC, who has been appointed judge at the Patents County Court.
Yet another Wessing partner has quit the firm - but has not followed his 15 former colleagues to Andersen Luther.
News in brief
A new niche practice has been formed in Singapore with the marriage of two of Asia’s biggest names in IP.
Lovells is continuing its expansion in Europe as the Paris office takes on an intellectual property (IP) partner from local firm Dubarry Le Douarin & Veil.
Franco-US firm Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn is expanding its New York intellectual property (IP) practice with a team from Pryor Cashman Sherman & Flynn.
Beachcroft Wansbroughs has lost its head of intellectual property (IP) and an assistant to Field Fisher Waterhouse.
Denton Wilde Sapte has announced the formation of a new intellectual property (IP) group.
IP.com offers a cheap alternative to messy, expensive patents and from small beginnings the website is now aiming to go global. Mary Murphy investigates the company that says it is the true defender of ideas.
Linklaters & Alliance is sending one of its top London intellectual property (IP) partners to Germany in a bid to integrate the European practice into the rest of the group.
One Raymond Buildings and 5 New Square merge: recruitment ubderway
Birmingham firm Martineau Johnson is taking on the head of intellectual property from Eversheds' Nottingham office to boost its high-tech practice.
Shearman & Sterling has raided leading Los Angeles intellectual property (IP) boutique Fish & Neave for the second time in six months.
When even the railway system can't make a man angry, he has to be the nicest lawyer around. Fiona Callister meets Martineau Johnson's very agreeable senior partner elect
Coudert Scharmann, Coudert Brothers' German office, has relocated a senior partner to Munich.
Morrision & Foerster golden boy Kristian Wiggert, the new London office managing partner, may appear unassuming, shy even. Claire Smith meets the man whose image belies his professionalism