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06 December 2022

Red card or fair play? Ambush marketing back in the news as FIFA World Cup kicks off

Ambush marketing can be an impactful, but legally risky, advertising strategy. Businesses that are the subject of, or otherwise engaging in, ambush marketing should consider potential infringement of the target brand’s intellectual property rights.
06 December 2022

The challenging dimensions of Asia M&A

New priorities, New prospects
06 December 2022

The Australian Government passes Secure Jobs, Better Pay Bill 2022: What it means for your business

On 2 December 2022, the landmark Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Secure Jobs, Better Pay) Bill 2022 ( Bill ) passed both houses of Parliament and is now awaiting Royal Assent.
05 December 2022

UPC Structure – local, regional and central divisions

The UPC will have a Court of First Instance (divided into local, regional and central divisions) and a Court of Appeal (Luxembourg). Cases will commence in any one of these divisions according to the subject matter and the prescribed division set out in the UPC Agreement and the UPC Rules .
05 December 2022

The Third Wheel podcast series: ESG in Australia

We explore the topical Environment, Social and Governance issues of the day in Australia.
05 December 2022


With distress in crypto hitting headlines, we unpack the key risks and legal issues facing the industry and investors
05 December 2022

The Unified patent court and unitary patent – An introduction

After years of debate, Europe's new patent regime is gearing up for launch. We assess the biggest shake-up in the region's approach to IP for a generation.
05 December 2022


For information on the impact of the UP and the UPC on the management of patent applications, patent portfolios in general and licensing see our two part series of feature articles in PLC Magazine:
05 December 2022

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...
05 December 2022


26 EU Member States participated in the enhanced cooperation procedure to establish the unitary patent (including the UK which has now withdrawn). However unless these states have also ratified the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA) then the unitary patent (UP) will not be effective in their...
05 December 2022

The UPC Rules

On July 2022 the UPC Rules of Procedure (the Rules) were announced as approved with the amendments from the previous (18th) draft from 2017 being published in tracked changes form. A consolidated final version of the Rules of Procedure of the Unified Patent Court (also available in French and...
01 December 2022

Inside IR: The Australian Industrial Relations Podcast

Inside IR is a podcast series that delves into the industrial relations landscape in Australia.
30 November 2022

Landmark Respect at Work Bill passed in Australia

On 28 November 2022, the landmark Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Respect at Work) Bill 2022 ( Bill ) passed both houses of Parliament and is now awaiting royal assent.
30 November 2022

Are we headed for a Subsidy War? – A new front has opened as de-globalisation marches on

With geopolitical tensions rife and countries retreating behind economic barricades, subsidy policies have become weaponised
30 November 2022

On Just Terms Podcast Series

Australia is a litigious country - we meet with Australia's leading legal and commercial minds to discuss how to manage the corporate risk landscape. Join host Jason Betts, Disputes Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills, as he interviews the people on the front lines of this changing environment.