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Events | 27 January 2017

Ghana: A smooth transition precedes the hard work ahead

A breakfast briefing with our co-hosts, Menas Associates.
Legal Briefings | 20 January 2017

How to get a Unitary Patent

Enhanced cooperation under Regulation 1257/2012 of 17 December 2012 implementing enhanced cooperation in the area of unitary patent protection is being used to establish the unitary patent (UP). Also termed the European patent with unitary effect, the UP will be a single patent right covering all...
Legal Briefings | 20 January 2017

UPC: Jurisdiction and "opt-out"

Once the Unified Patent Court (UPC) comes into effect, and after the transitional period of 7 years (at least), the court system will have exclusive jurisdiction over UPs and all EPs designated to participating EU Member States (unless these EPs have been opted out of its jurisdiction). The UPC...
Legal Briefings | 20 January 2017

Unified Patent Court Agreement (including signatories and ratification)

Establishment of the Unified Patent Court (UPC): The UPC is established via an international agreement: the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPCA) , Council of Europe, 11 January 2013. This is an international agreement/treaty between 25 of the 28 Member States of the European Union setting up...
Legal Briefings | 20 January 2017

The Unified patent court and unitary patent – Introduction

Consistent progress has been made towards the establishment of a unitary patent right (UP) across most countries in the EU. 26 of the 28 European Union Member States (MSs) have participated in the enhanced cooperation needed to establish this new right, which will be enforceable via a new court...
Legal Briefings | 19 January 2017

UPC latest news

Legal Briefings | 18 January 2017

Terminating your contract: When can you call it quits

Parties to commercial contracts may wish to exit their contractual arrangements for all sorts of reasons. In many cases, they will have included in their contract a right to terminate in particular circumstances, and a process for doing so. Even where there is no express right to terminate, parties...
Legal Briefings | 18 January 2017

Patent and Pharma Update - January 2017

Our regular patent and pharma update aims to keep you informed of recent developments in United Kingdom and European law relating to patents and the pharmaceutical industry.
Legal Briefings | 12 January 2017


In our recent blog post on the Great Repeal Bill and environmental legislation, we considered the difficulty of disentangling and converting certain EU-derived law. The DEFRA Secretary of State, Andrea Leadsom, has since stated that roughly a third of EU environmental law cannot be simply "copy-...
Guides | 10 January 2017

Preview of 2017 - a schedule of anticipated legal developments for the year ahead

2017 will see major changes to the UK legal landscape, with Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union expected to be triggered by the end of March 2017 to begin the Brexit process. The legal implications of Brexit will be hugely significant; preparing for their impact will be a substantial...
Legal Briefings | 09 January 2017

Payment systems and Financial System Inquiry

Technological change is driving new models of doing business and greater consumer expectations of service delivery, for example, real-time value transfer.
Legal Briefings | 06 January 2017


As foreshadowed in the Consultation Conclusions on the Proposed Amendments to the Professional Investor Regime and Further Consultation on the Client Agreement Requirements issued by the Securities and Futures Commission ( SFC ) on 25 September 2014, the SFC has conducted a detailed study (...
Legal Briefings | 05 January 2017

Brexit – what IP issues to consider now

We set out our thoughts and predictions upon how protection and enforcement of IP in the UK may be impacted once Brexit arrives. We have also suggested some immediate action points for consideration in the weeks or months to come, prior to Brexit, to ensure that your business is best protected...
Legal Briefings | 03 January 2017

Ejercicio del derecho de separación por falta de distribución de dividendos – fin de la suspensión de la aplicación del art. 348 bis LSC

El artículo 348 bis de la Ley de Sociedades de Capital (" LSC "), que reconoce a los socios un derecho de separación en caso de falta de distribución de dividendos en los términos que resumimos a continuación, y cuya aplicación quedó en suspenso hasta el 31 de diciembre de 2016, ha entrado en vigor...
Events | 31 December 2016

Employment, Pensions and Incentives Workplace Training Programs - Australia 2016

Herbert Smith Freehills continues its highly successful employment law programs in 2016.