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07 December 2022

FSR OUTLOOK 2023: Get ready for the quantum leap

Explore our FSR Outlook 2023 Quantum computing is set to reshape financial services. We explore the risks and opportunities inherent in this cutting-edge technology.
07 December 2022

FSR OUTLOOK 2023: New toolkits and closer proactive regulatory engagement

Explore our FSR Outlook 2023 Developments in Australia, the UK, Hong Kong and Singapore reinforce a global trend towards closer engagement through regulatory tools beyond just enforcement
06 December 2022

Conservation covenants - now registrable, new guidance published

Available for use since 30 September 2022, local authorities can now register conservation covenants as local land charges
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
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

THE UPC AND THE UP: IMPACT ON PATENT PORTFOLIOS, CO-OWNERSHIP AND LICENSING

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

WHICH STATES ARE IN THE UPC & WHERE WILL A UP HAVE EFFECT?

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participated in the enhanced cooperation procedure to establish the unitary patent (including the UK which has now withdrawn).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...
05 December 2022

WHAT THE CRYPTO WINTER MEANS FOR INSOLVENCY

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