Intellectual property



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 […]


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 […]


Have we forgotten how to listen?

We shout a lot these days and we seem to have forgotten how to listen. Even if we are listening it is, more often than at any time in the history of mankind, within our own bubble as we plug in the earphones and pull up the audio drawbridge. There’s a lot of shouting on […]

Featured Briefings

Draft patent (amendment) rules, 2018 published for objections and suggestions

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has published Draft Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2018 (Draft Rules) for objections and suggestions. The key highlights of the Draft Rules are broadly set out below: International Applications: Patent agents will be required to file all documents, including scanned copies of documents, only by electronic transmission at the time of […]

Changes to the UK’s trademarks law

Today the EU Trade Marks Directive 2015 comes into force and brings with it changes to the UK Trade Marks Act 1994 (TMA), and the UK Trade Marks Rules 2008 (TMR). We have set out a brief summary of the key changes which will impact the application, registration, enforcement and licensing of trade marks in […]

Austrian Constitutional Court declares percentage Cap of Copyright Levies null and void

By Adolf Zemann, Guido Kucsko Copyright levies on recording media have been occupying the Austrian courts, courts of other Member States and the CJEU frequently over the last few years. A recent decision of the Austrian Constitutional Court adds another chapter to this never-ending story. The background Based on the InfoSoc-Directive (2001/29/EC), Member States must provide that […]

Foreign patent holders (and patent lawyers) – Beware when writing to Canadians

By Marc Crandall A number of changes to Canada’s intellectual property legislation came into force on Dec. 13, 2018.  One of the changes to Canada’s Patent Act is a new subsection relating to written demands (a.k.a. cease and desist letters) in relation to patents – seemingly any patents, including foreign patents. The newly added subsection sets […]

Amendment to Czech trademark legislation: Additional responsibilities of trademark owners

By Zdeněk Kučera On 1 January 2019 an amendment to Czech trademark legislation entered into effect. The amendment incorporates applicable EU regulations, and also introduces some country specifics. Below, we summarise the most important changes from a practical perspective: The Industrial Property Office (IPO) will no longer refuse, on its own motion, the registration of trademarks […]

Canadian Patent Law: 2018 year in review

By Alex Gloor, Michael Crichton There were various developments in Canadian patent law in 2018.  Numerous decisions of the Federal Court of Appeal and Federal Court will have a notable impact on patent law in Canada going forward. In addition, both the Patent Act and the Patent Rules were the subject of significant amendments that will impact both prosecution […]

Patenting of human genes?

By Barbara van der Ven Is it possible to patent the sequence (or partial sequence) of human genes? Genetic research is very important in the fields of diagnosis and treatment of genetic disorders, infectious diseases and non communicable diseases. From the very beginning, genetic research has always been connected with moral and ethical questions, such as […]

What new geographical indications bill means for products in Russia

By David Aylen, Elizaveta Osipchuk, Gordon Harris On July 27, 2018, the Russian State Duma passed first reading of a draft bill entitled “On Amendments to Part Four of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation (on geographical indications)” (the Bill on geographical indications (GIs)). As a part of the general legislative process, a bill […]

Bill introducing changes to IP legislation receives swift approval from parliament

By Michael O’Neill Bill C-86, the Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2, (the “Bill”) which makes a number of changes to the Trademarks Act, the Patent Act and the Copyright Act as well as introducing the College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents Act became law in Canada after receiving Royal Assent on Dec. 13, 2018. The Bill moved swiftly through Parliament and only received very […]

Brexit and the protection of geographical indications for food and drink

By Ravi Randhawa In this article we review the potentially complex and disruptive implications of both a ‘deal’ and ‘no deal’ Brexit for UK and EU producers of GI-protected products given the current huge economic benefit (and cultural value) for the UK with over £5 billion gained in annual exports of GI-protected products. INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHICAL […]

Russia: An important message about geographical indications

By David Aylen, Elizaveta Osipchuk On July 27, 2018, the Russian State Duma passed first reading of a draft bill entitled “On Amendments to Part Four of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation (on geographical indications)” (the Bill). As a part of the general legislative process, a bill has to undergo three readings at the Russian […]

Union of European practitioners in intellectual property

The contribution of the prestigious European Intellectual Property Organization (UNION), which integrates some of the leading European experts in this field, was published on the 3d December for the discussion of a patent law issue submitted to the European Boards of Appeal of Patents.

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