Intellectual Property


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 […]

Gowling WLG’S UK and Russia IP teams named at 2018 MIP EMEA Awards

Gowling WLG’s IP strength in Russia and the UK has been distinguished at the 2018 Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) EMEA Awards, which annually recognises the top IP practices in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Gowling WLG was named “Firm of the Year” in the UK: IP Transactions & Advisor and Russia: Contentious categories. “We feel that our Russian IP strength […]

TLT prepares Tru Tension for Dragons’ Den success

TLT advised Chris Frappell, founder and managing director of Tru Tension, on the completion of a £75,000 investment from retail entrepreneur Touker Suleyman, as featured on BBC’s Dragons’ Den on Sunday 11 February. Tru Tension is an innovative manufacturer of must-have tools and care products for anyone in the motorcycling and motorsport industry. By providing […]

Gowling WLG partner named president of Canada Arab Business Council

Scott Jolliffe, a partner at Gowling WLG, has been named president of the Canada Arab Business Council (CABC), a pan-Canadian association that aims to bring the Canadian and Arab business communities together. The CABC advises governments in Canada and in Arab countries on policies to facilitate and expand two-way trade and investment. It further supports members by […]

Gowling’s global named in World Trademark Review for IP strength

The World Trademark Review (WTR) has once again distinguished Gowling WLG among the world’s foremost trademark firms in the 2018 edition of its annual guide, WTR 1000. Notably, Gowling WLG was one of only 22 firms to earn listings across multiple jurisdictions. In its commentary, WTR 1000 remarks that “[o]nly one or two other firms have as wide a […]

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