Intellectual Property

Gowling WLG and ESB Lawyers to merge in January, 2019

International law firm Gowling WLG and Hamilton-based law firm ESB Lawyers announced today that they are joining forces, effective Jan. 1, 2019. Pairing ESB’s market-leading local expertise with Gowling WLG’s robust global platform, the newly merged practice promises to set a new benchmark for advisory services in the Hamilton region and redefine the role a […]

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers succeeds in judicial review

James Berry appeared in judicial review challenge to the decision of a police misconduct panel not to dismiss a police officer who the panel found had attempted to kiss a vulnerable member of the public while he was on duty. James argued that the panel had acted unlawfully by failing to follow the correct approach to determining disciplinary action […]

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 […]

Gowling WLG appoints new IP partner in Montreal

By Sebastien Gardere, Pierre Pilote Gowling WLG is pleased to welcome Sebastien Gardere as a partner in its Montreal office and member of the firm’s Intellectual Property (IP) and Advertising & Product Regulatory groups. Working across multiple sectors, Gardere advises clients on a range of matters pertaining to advertising and marketing law, with an emphasis on trademarks […]

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 […]

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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 […]

Walker Morris advises Fulcrum on second acquisition in two months

Walker Morris has advised Fulcrum Utility Services Limited, the UK’s market leading independent multi‐utility infrastructure and services provider, on its acquisition of CDS Pipe Services Limited for a total consideration of £1.4m. CDS is a utility business that provides a range of specialised engineering services. Fulcrum has previously subcontracted such specialist elements of its projects […]

Prominent IP lawyer rejoins Gowling in Toronto

Gowling WLG is pleased to welcome back Shahrzad Esmaili, a prominent intellectual property practitioner, as a partner located in its Toronto office. A registered patent agent in both Canada and the United States, Esmaili has over 10 years of experience in patent strategy, patent prosecution and drafting, with an emphasis on patent and design applications […]

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