Intellectual property


Lore Leitner, Gibson Dunn

Gibson Dunn recruits privacy partner from Goodwin

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has hired a new partner from Goodwin to expand its privacy and cybersecurity team in London. Lore Leitner joins as a partner in the privacy, cybersecurity and data innovation practice, moving from Goodwin where she has been a partner for over two years. Her career has seen her gain experience at […]


‘We need specialists’: EasyJet boss hits out at judges after trademark defeat

EasyGroup founder and chairman Stelios Haji-Ioannou has called out chancery judges in a statement released today (13 June) after Justice Bacon ruled against the company in a claim brought against cosmetics company Beauty Perfectionists in the High Court. He has already stated his intention to appeal the ruling. Haji-Ioannou said: “We have found that there […]

Gemma Barrett

Another hire for A&O: IP partner joins firm

Allen & Overy is once again boosting its ranks before its merger with Shearman & Sterling, hiring a new partner to its IP team from Bristows. Gemma Barrett is joining A&O after 17 years at Bristows, where she made partner at the end of 2017. Barrett handles cross-border patent litigation matters within Europe, India and […]

Alessandro De Nicola

Orrick suffers second Italian hit with 15-lawyer loss to BonelliErede

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has been hit by a second mass defection in Italy this week, seeing a 15-lawyer team leave to join BonelliErede just days after another group moved to Hogan Lovells. The BonelliErede joiners will strengthen the firm’s risk, compliance and investigations (RCI) group, as well as its IP, privacy and IT team […]

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 […]


The Lawyer Podcast: Addleshaws and the myths of the mid-market

The doom of the middle market has long been foretold. As global mergers grab attention and smaller, boutique firms blossom, many question whether there is any role for mid-market practices in law’s future. But on Tuesday evening, Addleshaw Goddard marked a remarkable, decade-long turnaround as it was crowned Law Firm of the Year at The […]

business people annoyed

“Where is the money coming from?” Clients react to NQ salary hikes

Salary increases across the City for newly-qualified lawyers has brought into sharp focus how much in-house lawyers are willing to pay for external counsel. Last week, US firm Goodwin upped its salary for NQs to £175,000 from £161,500. In May, Freshfields, Linklaters, Clifford Chance and A&O Shearman all boosted its pay for NQs by £25,000 […]

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 […]