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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Freshfields wades into IP battleground with Arnold & Porter team hire

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has joined the growing number of firms making hires in IP, making its first patent team hire since partner Justin Watts exited for WilmerHale last year. Arnold & Porter patent litigation partner Christopher Stothers is joining with a team of four lawyers made up of counsel Laura Whiting and associates Paul Abbott and Ammina […]

Hogan Lovells makes up first new global IP head in 15 years

Hogan Lovells has appointed IP partner Burkhart Goebel as its first new global head of intellectual property in 15 years, as the leadership baton moves across from Germany to Spain. Goebel, who is based in Madrid and Hamburg, will step down from his role as regional managing partner for Continental Europe to head the IP practice […]

Nicola Dagg

Kirkland strikes at A&O strategy with hire of IP head Dagg

Allen & Overy’s (A&O) international litigation expansion strategy has been dealt a heavy blow today, as Kirkland & Ellis lands the hire of global head and London IP star Nicola Dagg. This is the first IP litigation hire for Kirkland in London, and Dagg is expected to help service Kirkland’s existing US clients and bolster […]

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Featured Briefings

Pimlico Plumbers: the self-employed v brand debate

By Paula Rome The widely reported decision in Pimlico Plumbers emphasises the risks of retaining control over staff. However, such control can be key to protecting an organisations’ brand and reputation in the marketplace. Where does this leave us? What does control mean?

A guide to how patent law works

Patent and intellectual property laws are essential to enabling organisations to be able to gain protection for the innovations that they develop. The result of the latest dispute between Apple and Samsung has highlighted the importance of patents and intellectual property when taking products to market…

The importance of Louboutin shoes for European trademark law

On 12 June 2018, Christian Louboutin’s won a key legal battle in the war over the trade mark of his red-soled shoes when the European Court of Justice (ECJ) stated that their red colour was separate from the shape of the soles. For a bit of background, Paris­-based Christian Louboutin has marketed the red­bottomed shoes for more than a quarter of a century, and they featured even on the television series “Sex and the City.” Louboutin had registered trademarks in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, covering footwear in and high­heeled shoes, where the colour red is applied to the sole of a shoe.

Employee created rights in the field of trademarks

By Vanessa Delnaud, George Sevier, R. Nelson Godfrey, Maria Stadnik, Maria Aronikova, Jamie Rowlands, Manuela Finger, Ines Lin, Céline Bey and Clémence Lapotre This is our fourth international article featuring our trademark expert teams from across the firm in Canada, China, France, Germany, Russia, Singapore, the UK and the UAE. In this article, we will address the topic of employee-created rights or commissioned works […]

Prior rights and registered intellectual property

By David Aylen, Manuela Finger, Ines Lin, Denis Kolesnikov, Clémence Lapotre, Robert A. MacDonald, Jon Parker, Alice Stagg and Jian Xu This article explores if the exclusive rights in a trademark can be obtained in the course of trade without registration and what is the scope of such rights across Canada, China, France, Germany, Russia, UAE […]

Geographical indications of origin in Serbia

By Dragomir Kojić, Partner and Tamara Bubalo, Associate Geographical indication of origin, this very peculiar form of industrial property protection, has undergone a revival phase over the past few years, thus becoming more omnipresent not only within the circles of interest, but also amongst the Serbian public at large…

Avoid World Cup marketing own goals this summer

By Jo Pritchard The 2018 FIFA World Cup is to shortly kick off in Russia. Amidst the excitement, it is important to remember a few key dos and don’ts for any planned marketing campaigns. With a global audience of more than 3 billion, it will be tempting to capitalise on the football fever with World […]

IP: What constitutes evidence of use?

The concept of use arises frequently in trademark law, but there may be regional differences in its presentation. The focus of this article will be on how it can be raised and proven at various stages of a trademark’s life in Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Russia the United Arab Emirates and China…

Trade secrets: Retailers don’t get left on the shelf

By Aideen Burke, Peter Bolger and Jeanne Kelly The EU Trade Secrets Directive (EU 2016/943) (the “Directive”) clarifies and strengthens the current protection available to trade secrets in Ireland. Trade secrets may be of particular relevance to retailers, who can often have commercially valuable information and materials which are not otherwise protectable by traditional forms […]

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