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Reed Smith reboots its Paris IP offering with Dentons trio

Reed Smith is beefing up its Paris office with a new team hire, bringing in a three-lawyer group from Dentons. Dentons partner intellectual property partner Marianne Schaffner is joining Reed Smith’s IP, technology and data practice in Paris along with two associates. She spent over a year at Dentons, where she headed the intellectual property […]

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Sidley Austin client fails to throw out pharmaceuticals case

Peters & Peters will continue with its preparation for the Servier dispute after the Court of Appeal dismissed the pharmaceutical company’s appeal against a judge’s decision that was handed down last year. The case, which is featured in The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases 2019, is due to be heard in October, but this was Servier’s […]

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Cooley’s City office attracts second Hogan Lovells partner in two years

Nearly two years after bringing in Hogan Lovells’ product liability head Rod Freeman, Cooley has hired another partner from the firm to boost its IP department. The West Coast US firm has recruited partner Charlie Winckworth, making him the firm’s first City lateral hire in nearly a year. Winckworth has spent his 14-year-long career at Hogan Lovells, […]

Landmark ruling upheld as DWF loses data breach appeal for Morrisons

DWF has lost its appeal for Morrisons in the High Court today, as it was ruled that the supermarket is legally responsible for an enormous data breach affecting over 100,00 employees. Three senior judges, including the Master of the Rolls, upheld the original decision against the supermarket, issued in December 2017. In what was the UK’s first data protection class […]

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After Burford, litigation funders need a healthy dose of transparency

Litigation funders live and breathe disputes, but this was not the sort of dispute Burford Capital was used to. On August 8, Burford’s share price plunged 66 per cent after a ferocious attack from San Francisco-based hedge fund Muddy Waters, whose founder Carson Black questioned the accuracy of the funders accounting practices. Black described the […]

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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 […]

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