Intellectual Property

Morgan Lewis raids Cooley with nine-strong team hire

Morgan Lewis & Bockius has hired a team of nine from Cooley’s London office, in a move intended to boost its IP capabilities. The US firm has taken on a group led by IP partner Nick Bolter, who has been with Cooley since its London launch. He joins alongside four associates, a paralegal, and three […]

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No delay granted in Bird & Bird Heineken trial after lawyer contracts Covid-19 symptoms

Anheuser-Busch InBev’s bid to delay a trial against Heineken has fallen flat, despite its lawyers at Bird & Bird arguing they were hindered when one of their team fell ill with coronavirus-related symptoms. Acting for AB InBev during a patent dispute linked to a so-called ‘bag-in-a-bottle’, Bird & Bird partner Morag Macdonald highlighted the recent […]

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Gowling WLG’s Singapore ally chief decamps with entire IP team to CMS

The founder and managing partner of Gowling WLG’s Singapore association firm JurisAsia, Sheena Jacob, has left for CMS with her entire IP team. The move comes three years after the Singaporean IP boutique entered into an exclusive association with Gowling WLG. JurisAsia was launched by former Tan Rajah & Cheah IP partner Sheena Jacob, who is […]

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Patent lawyers left “scratching heads” as UK u-turns to quit UPC

The UK will no longer be a member of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) system, despite an underlying agreement made in April 2019. The news contradicts previous Prime Minister Theresa May’s commitment to the UK’s membership to the UPC. The Boris Johnson government has made it clear that it envisages a far looser relationship with […]

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CMS’s former IP head sets up boutique after forced exit

The former head of IP at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang (CMS), who was asked to leave the firm last year, has launched a specialist advisory boutique. Joel Barry, who was a legacy Olswang partner and joined CMS after its three-way merger with Nabarro in 2017, exited CMS last April. The firm said at the time: […]

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Clifford Chance wins role on Apple’s licensing agreement with UK chip maker

A partner duo from Clifford Chance has taken legal duties for UK chip designer Imagination Technologies as part of a license contract with Apple that will revive a relationship that ended a few years ago. The multi-year license agreement marks a new collaboration between Apple and Imagination Technologies, which in the past provided graphic chips […]