Intellectual property


Gherkin Kirkland

Paul Weiss hires ninth partner from Kirkland

Kirkland & Ellis has lost another partner to Paul Weiss’s burgeoning London office, this time in intellectual property. Partner John Patten is set to move firms and join his former Kirkland colleagues at Paul Weiss. IP specialist Patten has been at Kirkland since 2018 and was promoted to its partnership in 2021. His practice focuses […]

Allen Overy

A&O to expand cyber team with Norton Rose Fulbright hires

Allen & Overy is set to bulk up its data security and litigation team with new hires from Norton Rose Fulbright. Ffion Flockhart is joining the magic circle firm, The Lawyer has learnt, having co-led Norton Rose’s global data protection, privacy and cybersecurity practice. Flockhart is a lifer at Norton Rose and was given the […]

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird defends in first-ever oral hearing in UPC

Bird & Bird is set to defend a life sciences patent dispute in September in what will be the first-ever oral hearing before the brand new Unified Patent Court (UPC). The UPC was created to unify patent litigation across the European Union, meaning cases can be heard in one court instead of individual jurisdictions. The […]

Lewis Silkin merges with patent boutique

Lewis Silkin has acquired patent and trademark firm Miller Sturt Kenyon (MSK). An 11-strong team including 4 patent attorneys will join the mid-tier firm, with MSK managing director Andy Cloughley and director Matthew Turner joining as partners. Lewis Silkin previously acquires patent firm Ablett & Stebbing in 2019. Lewis Silkin joint managing partner Jo Farmer […]

Bristows to open in Dublin

Bristows is set to open a hub in Dublin this summer to assist its quest to be the first firm through the doors of the new Unified Patent Court (UPC), opening 1 June 2023. The UPC will be a new patent court common to 17 European Union (EU) member states with exclusive jurisdiction over European […]


How not to lose your associates

The exits we saw last year may have slowed a little since the most recent salary war cooled down, but the wider trend is one that dates back years: workers are less loyal than they used to be. Law firms are finding it increasingly difficult to retain their associates at a time when employers offer […]

WhatsApp-ing clients: fair or foul?

Do you WhatsApp your clients? It’s a more divisive question than you might expect. According to a recent poll of conducted by The Lawyer on LinkedIn, while 66 per cent of fee-earners don’t use the messaging service for this purpose, 34 per cent do. And it’s not split along seniority lines: partners, associates, trainees and […]

Beyond the Bubble: Even managing partners need a side-hustle

West Midlands: Everyone’s all about the wellbeing now, but some aspects of it are harder to crack than others – not least, the increasing prevalence of technology in our lives. Lawyers in particular are often desk-bound or required to constantly check their smartphone, and work long into the night in front of a laptop. But […]

National pro bono week: Quinn and Covington lawyers take on Russia

It has been 625 days since Vladimir Putin appeared in a televised broadcast and addressed Ukraine, Russia and the international community to say he would be conducting “a special military operation.”  Putin has refused to call it anything but since then. What we did see on that day was, in fact, the largest military invasion […]

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 […]