22 September 2021
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...
17 September 2021
The Unified patent court and unitary patent – Introduction
A new patent right and patent enforcement system is coming for patent protection in the Europe which the new court's Preparatory Committee states is likely to start mid-2022. There are two main elements: A Unified Patent Court ( UPC ) which will have jurisdiction over all European patents (current...
15 September 2021
Reckitt Benckiser puts a Finish (for now) to competitor’s launch of dishwashing tablets
Businesses launching a new brand in the Australian market need to consider the competitive landscape of existing brands, and the risk of a competitor seeking an urgent interim injunction against them, if they stray too close to an existing registered trade mark.
14 September 2021
Marketing a product as an “alternative” is no answer to trade mark infringement
The Full Court of the Federal Court has found that marketing a product as an “alternative” to a trade-marked brand is no answer to a claim of infringing use as a trade mark. In Allergan Australia Pty Ltd v Self Care IP Holdings Pty Ltd , 1 Justices Jagot, Lee and Thawley took a broad view of trade...
24 June 2021
FEDERAL COURT OVERTURNS ‘ABSURD’ PATENT OFFICE RULING ON PATENT TERM EXTENSIONS FOR PHARMACEUTICAL SUBSTANCES
The Federal Court has rejected the Australian Patent Office’s historical approach to patent term extension ( PTE ) applications, upholding a challenge brought by two major pharmaceutical companies against an earlier decision of Australia’s Commissioner of Patents.
11 June 2021
Not all’s “fair dealing” in war and Greenpeace: Federal Court confirms limits of the “parody or satire” exception to copyright infringement
The Federal Court’s decision in AGL v Greenpeace 1 confirms that using a corporate logo in activist or protest materials may be permissible under both copyright and trade mark law, but only where that use constitutes a “fair dealing” for the genuine purpose of “parody or satire”. Not all such uses...
26 May 2021
Australian Consumer Law marks 10 years with some large penalties
The Australian Consumer Law marked its tenth anniversary on 1 January 2021. Some belated presents were recently delivered in the form of the confirmation of, and the handing down of, Australia’s two largest ever penalties for contraventions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) ( CCA ).
10 May 2021
Copyright owners “Don’t have to take it”: Federal Court of Australia awards substantial remedy for copyright infringement, plus double damages for flagrancy
The Federal Court’s recent decision in Universal Music v Palmer , in which Mr Palmer was ordered to pay AU$1.5 million for his unauthorised use of the song We’re Not Gonna Take It , reaffirms that the Court is prepared to award significant financial remedies to intellectual property owners whose...
13 April 2021
Pharmaceutical patent term extensions: federal court hears challenge to “absurd” Australian patent office ruling
Two major pharmaceutical companies have challenged Australia’s Commissioner of Patents in the Federal Court about the time limits within which an application can be made to extend a patent term.
18 October 2021
Public Law Project: Judicial Review Trends and Forecasts conference 2021
We are delighted to be supporting the Public Law Project again in running its annual Judicial Review Trends and Forecasts conference. This year the conference will take place as a week of online seminars on the theme of 'accountability and the constitution'.
12 October 2021
The Bettor's Verdict – a Herbert Smith Freehills podcast
In this podcast Steven Jacobs is joined by industry insider guests to discuss current issues in gambling law, sports law, and digital law. Their conversations focus on unwinding the tangled web of US gambling and sports laws past and present, and delve into the digital law space to cover topics...
11 October 2021
Cartel Intel – updates from our EMEA network
In this fourth edition of our quarterly update on key EMEA cartel developments, we are pleased to open with a short interview with Bo Vesterdorf , formerly a judge at and the President of the EU General Court and now a senior consultant with HSF. In the interview, Brussels Partner Daniel Vowden has...
08 October 2021
Onwards and Upwards: In celebration of Black History Month
Making the time and effort to understand each other's lived experiences is an important part of our commitment to building a more inclusive culture in which everyone can thrive. Capturing these experiences through the eyes of colleagues enables us to collectively take another step towards a society...
06 October 2021
Webinar: Cross-border restructurings: how UK schemes may benefit businesses in Asia Pacific
Jurisdictions across the globe have sought to expand their restructuring toolkits – spurred on by Governments seeking to support business during the pandemic. This has had a significant impact on the options available when restructuring business in Asia Pacific.
06 October 2021
Taking the Floor: Government proposes to legislate a recovery presumption for funded class action group members
On 30 September 2021, the Department of Treasury opened consultation on new laws which, if enacted in their proposed form, will introduce new hurdles for litigation funders intended to ensure fairer returns for group members in future funded class actions.
05 October 2021
Government planning significant extension to UK's pensions notifiable events regime for corporates
The government has confirmed it plans to make long-anticipated changes to the UK's pensions notifiable events regime. The changes, first floated in 2018 and now confirmed (subject to consultation), are almost certain to mean that corporates will be required to give the Pensions Regulator and...
05 October 2021
Delivering Alternative Excellence
Fresh from scooping the title of Alternative Service Provider of the Year at the recently held African Legal Awards, Vanessa Kingsmill and Naseem Ameer-Mia of Herbert Smith Freehills chatted to Africa Legal’s Tom Pearson about their recipe for success.
05 October 2021
Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security backs two step approach to adopting the security of critical infrastructure reforms
On 29 September, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security ( PJCIS ) published its advisory report on the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020. 1
04 October 2021
Cartel Intel: Interview with Bo Vesterdorf, former President of the EU General Court
In advance of the next edition of Cartel Intel , our quarterly update on key EMEA cartel developments, Daniel Vowden (Partner, Brussels) had the great privilege of discussing important recent EU legal developments with Bo Vesterdorf , formerly a judge at and the President of the EU General Court (...
01 October 2021
New pensions criminal offences and regulatory sanctions now in force
From today, directors, lenders, investors and other parties to corporate activity which may jeopardise the interests of a defined benefit (DB) pension scheme face the spectre of criminal prosecution. The new pensions criminal offences and other regulatory sanctions which come into force today are...
30 September 2021
GAR Live: Energy Disputes 2021
The annual GAR Live: Energy Disputes conference is taking place in London this year, where experts from across the country and throughout Europe will join together for a hybrid event. The energy industry is currently in the midst of a pivotal shift with a growing demand for renewable sources. This...
30 September 2021
TMA submissions on Australian creditors’ scheme of arrangement consultation
On 2 August 2021, the Treasury released a consultation paper seeking feedback on changes to improve creditors’ schemes of arrangement in Australia (the Consultation Paper ). The submissions process has now closed.