Intellectual property


Nicola Dagg

Revealed: A&O’s IP reshuffle in the wake of Dagg’s Kirkland move

Former Allen & Overy (A&O) head of intellectual property Nicola Dagg was leading on 75 per cent of the firm’s cases in the sector before the announcement of her high-profile move to US firm Kirkland & Ellis earlier this year, data from The Lawyer can reveal. Data gathered for The Lawyer Litigation Tracker Q2  shows that of the firm’s four […]


Morgan Lewis poaches seven partner IP team from McDermott

Morgan Lewis & Bockius has nabbed a seven partner intellectual property litigation team from McDermott Will & Emery, who will be spread between three of its US offices. The IP hiring spree sees five of the new partners – Jeff Gargano, Krista Vink Venegas, Shon Lo, Hersh Mehta and Kevin Shortsle – take up residence in Morgan Lewis’s […]

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 […]


Featured Briefings

How protectionism could affect technology

The technology we increasingly rely on every day such as phones, tablets and personal computers are made up of different components. These components and other parts are made using raw materials that can be found in countries all over the world. Materials including aluminium, lithium and cobalt have been listed by the World Bank as […]

Brexit poses challenges for intellectual property law

By David Barron, Ailsa Carter ‘Brexit’ poses considerable challenges for intellectual property law and presents uncertainty as to the  involvement of the UK, following its exit from the EU, in existing and proposed international regimes involving EU law. In March 2018, the text of a draft “partial agreement” was published . It indicates that, assuming the UK […]

Who foots the bill for identifying online infringers?

By Matthew Estabrooks, Graeme MacPherson The famous New Yorker cartoon goes, “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” This isn’t entirely true. Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) knows you’re a dog. The question in Rogers Communications Inc. v. Voltage Pictures, LLC is who has to pay to find out. This decision, released on Friday, deals with […]

CSP Regulations- An Overview

By Alexander Camenzind On September 21, 2017, the Certificate of Supplementary Protection Regulations (“CSP Regulations”) came into force, providing for the first time the ability to obtain an extended period of patent protection for human and veterinary drugs in Canada. With the first anniversary of the program quickly approaching, an overview of its implementation may prove […]

Defendants liable for trademark infringement and passing off – Supreme Court

By Scott E. Foster, Kathy Tran On July 30, 2018, after a 15-day trial in the British Columbia Supreme Court, Mr. Justice Sewell issued Reasons for Judgment in a trademark infringement and passing off claim brought by two Royal Pacific companies against a former sales agent, Vinh Phat Steven Dong, and two companies owned and controlled by […]

Luxembourg simplifies legal regime for business licences

By Benjamin Devouassoux, Laurent Thailly The Luxembourg law of 2 September 2011 regulating access to the professions of craftsman, trader, industrialist and certain liberal professions, has been amended with effect from 30 July 2018 (the Revised Law) in order (i) to facilitate individuals’ access to certain professional activities and (ii) simplify the process with the Luxembourg Ministry […]

Delhi High Court awards damages, costs and royalty fees in patent infringement suit

By Adheesh Nargolkar, Janaksinh Jhala Recently, the Delhi High Court, in the matter of Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V (Plaintiff) v Rajesh Bansal and Ors (Defendants), after duly conducting and concluding a trial in the suit decreed the suit vide order dated 12 July 2018 in favour of the Plaintiff for infringement of its standard essential patent […]

Battle over EU copyright law can change the balance of power between artists and hosting websites

By Howard Ricklow It is no surprise that the proposed EU draft directive on copyright has creators and ISP’s/distributors at loggerheads. On the one hand the likes of Facebook, Google and YouTube maintain that this raises concerns about “freedom of the press”, but these concerns are counterbalanced by copyright creators such as playwrights, musicians and newspapers, […]

Impact of Brexit on new automotive technology in UK

By Matt Hervey This short guide highlights key areas requiring action by companies in the UK’s automotive sector involved in the development of new technology. These include: access to funding (Horizon 2020; the European Investment Bank (EIB); the impact of Brexit on original equipment manufacturer (OEM) investments; financial sector contraction; and potential areas of government […]

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 […]

Judicial protection of IPR in China during a trade war

By Catherine Guo, Chen Changhui As the Sino-US trade war develops, the topic of the protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) in China is, as usual, front and centre. But only by fully understanding the past, present and future of IPR protection in the country can we properly evaluate it and predict how things will develop. Foreign […]

Opposition of Boutique Coffee Brands’ trade mark application

By Heather Williams Boutique Coffee Brands Ltd (the Applicant) filed an application to register the trade mark for, among other goods, alcoholic beverages in classes 32 and 33, and services relating to the provision on food and drink in class 43. The application was opposed by Chivas Holdings (IP) Ltd (the Opponent) on the basis of […]

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