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17 July 2019

Inside arbitration: Arb-Italia: Italy's continuing commitment to arbitration

In litigation-saturated Italy, arbitration has often been cited as an attractive alternative form of dispute resolution. However, its uptake has been somewhat slower than anticipated. Legislators and arbitral practitioners have taken various steps in the past years to promote an arbitration-...
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...
16 July 2019

Inside arbitration: Spotlight article: Eduardo Soler-Tappa and David Arias

16 July 2019

Inside arbitration: Interview with Paula Hodges QC: President of the LCIA

Paula Hodges QC's career is pretty remarkable. Head of Herbert Smith Freehills' Global Arbitration Practice, she is ranked as one of the leading arbitration practitioners in the world. During her career to date she has had no shortage of interesting cases, involving clients from across the world,...
16 July 2019

Inside arbitration: Cybersecurity matters: Arbitration away from prying eyes

One of the many reasons that companies choose to resolve disputes through arbitration over court litigation is the ability to keep their disputes and the outcome of their disputes private. Arbitration is often chosen to resolve highly sensitive disputes, and being a truly international dispute...
16 July 2019

Inside Arbitration: Choice of arbitral seat: Is Paris under threat?

Choice of arbitral seat is one of the crucial decisions in any contractual negotiation and can have a direct impact on the ease with which parties are able to resolve their disputes. Indeed, many arbitration users and practitioners consider that, in some circumstances, the choice of seat is more...
16 July 2019

Inside arbitration: Commercial arbitration in Europe: What does the future hold outside Paris?

In a period of change, transition and reflection across Europe, and following our article on Paris, our arbitration partners in our European offices share their thoughts on what the future holds for arbitration in their jurisdiction and more widely.
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 "...
11 July 2019

Modern Slavery – update on NSW regime

Key takeaways for business: ​Implementation of the NSW regime has been deferred. The NSW legislation is under review and may be repealed or amended in whole or in part. Timing of the review and any outcome is uncertain. Business should continue to prepare for the Commonwealth regime.
11 July 2019

ICO’s proposed largest ever fine of £183 million against BA prompts the question: can you insure penalties imposed for breach of GDPR?

The UK’s data protection authority, the ICO, has announced twice in two days this week that it proposes to levy significant fines on organisations for breaches of the General Data Protection Regulation ( GDPR ), which took effect in May 2018. First it announced that it intends to fine British...
11 July 2019

The European Union's new copyright laws may spell doomsday for online platforms

The European Union Directive on Copyright in the Single Market is an EU directive designed to limit how copyrighted content is shared on online platforms. On 15 April 2019 the European Council, a body comprising government ministers from each of the 28 EU member states, voted to adopt this...
10 July 2019

Australian M&A Podcast

On the new Herbert Smith Freehills Podcast channel, our experts discuss mergers and acquisitions issues in Australia.
10 July 2019

Inside Arbitration

In a global business it can often be difficult to get to know your colleagues in other offices and locations. You may deal with them by email or over the phone, but that rarely equates to understanding how, or why, they came to be doing the work they do today or the additional skills and...