01 October 2019
Open Innovation: Getting the IP right in collaborations
In our recent report on our clients’ perspectives on managing innovation in their organisations “ Open Innovation: Collaborate To Innovate ” we shared our insights into the world of open collaboration assisted by contributions from a wide range of our clients. As part of our analysis we highlighted...
15 August 2019
Australian Patent Update: three key changes underway
Last August we considered IP Australia’s Exposure Draft outlining the potential impact of proposed changes to the Patents Act 1990 (Cth). Following the Exposure Draft’s release, IP Australia received 18 submissions in response, including submissions from AusBiotech, Medicines Australia and the...
25 July 2019
Challenges in the Consumer Sector: Moving towards sustainable plastic use
In the final article in a three-part series, Susan Black and Julie Vaughan of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP examine how the use of plastic is regulated in the UK and the EU, and the responsibilities of businesses in the retail and consumer sectors.
17 July 2019
Improving gender equality in Intellectual Property
Our IP colleagues Rebekah Gay , Partner, Jonathan Turnbull , Partner, Emily Bottle , Senior Associate and Rachel Montagnon , Professional Support Consultant were recently interviewed by World IP review (WIPR) as part of an ongoing campaign to highlight and improve gender diversity in IP and to...
12 July 2019
Modifying patented goods post-sale: repairing or remaking?
A recent decision by the Full Federal Court has shed further light on the rights of businesses when selling or acquiring patented goods. The Court has made clear that modifications that go beyond mere repair and instead ‘remake’ or ‘repurpose’ the product will infringe the underlying patent.
11 July 2019
Patent and Pharma Update, July 2019
Key recent developments in the United Kingdom and Europe relating to patents and the pharmaceutical sector In this issue we report on the implementation of the controversial SPC waiver, as well as a new SPC referral from the Swedish Court of Appeal. We consider a change to the Patents Court Guide...
11 July 2019
Open Innovation: Collaborate to Innovate
Innovation that happens in an "open" collaborative context – either internally or with external partners - can provide faster, better, more holistic results to accelerate innovation and improve competitive advantage, concludes our new report: Open Innovation: Collaborate to Innovate , based on "...
03 July 2019
Challenges in the Consumer Sector: Adapting to the new reality
In the second of our series of three feature articles on Challenges in the Consumer Sector being published in PLC Magazine this summer, Susan Black, John Chetwood, Miriam Everett, Tim Leaver, Kristien Geeurickx, Jemima Coleman, Richard Wood, Rebecca Perlman and Rachel Montagnon examine some more...
05 April 2019
Patent and Pharma Update, April 2019
Key recent developments in the United Kingdom and Europe relating to patents and the pharmaceutical sector This issue reports on the recent UK Supreme Court decision in the tadalafil case, which foreshadows how English courts will probably respond to issues of obviousness arising from patents...
18 October 2019
UK and EU agree revised Brexit deal: What does it mean and what next?
At the EU Summit today, the UK Government and European Commission agreed a revised Brexit deal , reaching agreement on the key outstanding issue of the Irish backstop and revising the terms of the future relationship. The European Commission has asked the European Council to endorse the revised...
14 October 2019
Do you want it right now? The exciting future of contextual commerce
E-commerce has revolutionised the retail experience by enabling individuals to purchase goods and services from the comfort of their homes with a simple click. "Contextual commerce", the next frontier for retail experience enhancement, takes the convenience and spontaneity of one-click purchasing...
10 October 2019
Are you prepared? The board’s role in crisis management
With the ever-increasing growth in the number and potential magnitude of cyber, technological and operational risks to financial services entities, boards need to be prepared to respond to these types of crisis and ensure that the entity’s critical information assets are appropriately secured.
10 October 2019
Order restored: High Court clarifies quantum meruit
After over a decade of uncertainty, the High Court yesterday reined in the use of the quantum meruit remedy. A majority of the Court found that builders can no longer seek compensation on a quantum meruit basis in relation to works where the builder has accrued a right to payment under the contract...
10 October 2019
Corporate Crime Update, Autumn 2019
Welcome to the Autumn 2019 edition of our corporate crime update - our round up of developments in relation to corruption, money laundering, fraud, sanctions and related matters. This bumper edition covers a number of jurisdictions, and includes content from the summer break. For the full update on...
09 October 2019
The hidden legal risks in Australian super fund mergers
The contemporary resurgence of super fund mergers presents a material risk of claims against directors of super fund trustees, if trustees are not undertaking appropriately sophisticated diligence exercises that take account of the complexity of modern portfolios.
09 October 2019
A leadership role for super funds in solving Australia’s energy trilemma?
On 29 June 2019, Industry Super Australia ( ISA ) released its Modernising Electricity Sectors Discussion Paper (the Paper ) 1 which seeks to assist super funds in understanding and navigating the regulatory uncertainty in investing in the Australian electricity sector. More specifically, it aims “...