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Roundtable: Talking data regulation and ethics with TLT

GDPR was not the final hurdle. The huge effort undertaken by organisations three years ago to bring themselves in line with the framework was part of a perpetual race. GCs and DPOs sit at the middle of a battle between the ever-advancing world of technology and data collection, and the ever-changing world of data regulation […]

Beijing China

Taylor Wessing debuts China IP agency

Taylor Wessing has launched an agency focused on intellectual property in Beijing, as its practice faces rising local workloads. The agency, which will have an exclusive partnership with the firm’s trademark and IP practice, is called Beijing Tailun IP Agency and will guarantee a degree of market access previously restricted due to the Chinese legal […]

Reed Smith

Second Reed Smith partner departs for in-house role

A Reed Smith partner is leaving the US firm’s London outpost to join the in-house legal team at Glencore Energy. Partner Karen Ellison will leave the firm after just over a year as a partner, having been made up in 2020. A lawyer in the energy and natural resources group, she joined as a trainee […]

St Pauls London

Osborne Clarke fends off Stephenson Harwood in IP partner hire

Osborne Clarke is hiring a Bird & Bird partner, just months after Stephenson Harwood said it was hiring IP specialist Tim Harris. In September, Stephenson Harwood released a statement on the hire of Harris, in which IP partner Alexandra Pygall said: “Adding a lawyer of Tim’s calibre, with heavyweight patent litigation experience, strengthens our existing […]

Analysis

The Formula for Success: EQ ≥ IQ

Why is a lawyer like a dentist? It’s not a trick question – both are professions where, in order to be successful, emotional intelligence is vital. A patient in need of root canal treatment will favour the dentist that welcomes them into the surgery and ensures they feel relaxed while the painful problem is treated. […]

Linklaters

Decline and stall: the clock is ticking for Linklaters’ finance team

In late 2019, Linklaters’ global head of banking Davide Mencacci left his base in Hong Kong to visit the London headquarters of the firm. It was a standard trip for a practice leader; catching up with fellow partners, updating management and shaking hands with clients. All seemed normal, but there was something brewing. Just a […]

Roundtable: Sins of the father reversed? Discussing Okpabi

Greek mythology, the Bible and Shakespeare all make much of the sins of the father being visited on the child. However, for parent companies at least, that may no longer be the case following the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Okpabi v Royal Dutch Shell. At The Lawyer’s latest roundtable, Stephenson Harwood partners Ed Davis […]

Featured Briefings

Brexit’s implications for automotive intellectual property

By Gordon Harris If a deal is reached ahead of Brexit, the indications are that a transition period would preserve the status quo for intellectual property (IP) until the end of 2020. This article explores the implications of a no deal Brexit, for IP regimes supporting the UK automotive sector. It explains what would not be […]

Amendment to Czech Copyright Act – the effect on businesses

…One of the main purposes of the new legislative framework is to implement Directive 2014/26/EU on collective management of copyright and related rights and multi-territorial licensing of rights in musical works for online use in the internal market. The amendment also responds to some practical issues in relation to the licensing of copyrighted works, and […]

Can Brexit UK remain in the UP and UPC system?

An Opinion, by English barristers Richard Gordon QC and Tom Pascoe, has been published considering the effect of Brexit (i.e. departure from the EU) upon the Unitary Patent (UP) Regulation and the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement. Can the UK remain involved in the UP and UPC system? In summary, it was concluded that, upon Brexit, the […]

Preliminary injunctions in Germany: a weapon of choice against infringers

A preliminary injunction issued by German courts can help protect your intellectual property in a number of ways: it can be used against infringing advertising but it could also extend to preventing the import and sale of infringing products. It may further include a request for information with regard to the infringer’s suppliers and could also secure the […]