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  • A French Court hampers access to infringement seizure by requiring evidence confirming suspicion of infringement. An isolated case?

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    Submitted: 09 November 2018

    French court surprisingly withdrew a court order granting infringement seizure on the ground that the patentee request was not supported by sufficient evidence for the infringement suspicion. It is not clear whether the court intended to hamper patentees’ access to infringement seizure or if this decision was simply motivated by the specifics of the case.

  • UK Government's policy paper on the digitalisation of health and care

    Article

    Submitted: 31 October 2018

    On 17 October 2018, the UK Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) published a policy paper entitled “The Future of Healthcare: Our vision for digital, data and technology in health and care” (the Policy Paper).

  • Trade Secrets Directive: practical steps to protecting trade secrets

    Article

    Submitted: 29 October 2018

    In light of the Trade Secrets Directive, we consider some practical steps any business can take to ensure the confidentiality of its trade secrets.

  • CJEU delivers a negative response for medical device SPCs

    Article

    Submitted: 25 October 2018

    CJEU decision C-527/17 holds that an SPC is not available for a medical device authorised under the Medical Devices Directive 93/42/EEC.

  • Hong Kong CPD day 2018

    Conference

    Submitted: 24 October 2018

    Materials from each of the sessions from our Hong Kong CPD day are now available.

  • Speedread - Standard Essential Patents - Unwired Planet V Huawei

    Article

    Submitted: 23 October 2018

    The Court of Appeal has given judgment in a case relating to licensing of Standard Essential Patents. The judgment finds that a worldwide licence can be compliant with FRAND terms and a patentee does not need to offer a per-country licence.

  • Predicting the Future of Cryptoassets

    Conference

    Submitted: 17 October 2018

    In this session an industry leading panel discussed the rapid development of crypto funds and exchanges over the past few years, the challenges associated in establishing these funds and the opportunities they present.

  • Labour laws in Hong Kong and the PRC: What do employers most need to know?

    Conference

    Submitted: 17 October 2018

    This session provided an alert on a number of key points which are relevant for employers to note arising under labour laws of (respectively) mainland PRC and Hong Kong. (NB: The session was aimed at persons who do not regularly work in the area of employment law.) The PRC section, delivered by our two Shanghai-based employment partners, covered items such as: how to create protection from the actions of a recalcitrant employee; difficulties in effecting dismissals; and requirements of local law as to contracts for both Chinese and foreign nationals. The Hong Kong speakers’ topics included: rights of buy-out; case law relating to bonus claims; good practice in dealing with harassment grievances and claims; and, again, use of covenants to protect employers’ interests.

  • Sustainable Financing and Green Bonds

    Conference

    Submitted: 17 October 2018

    This session discussed the increasing popularity of sustainable financing opportunities and solutions. It examined some of the well-established green bond structures, the market and key legal updates.

  • The Next Industrial Revolution and the Law

    Conference

    Submitted: 17 October 2018

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a core component of the next industrial revolution. Its influence on the transformation in the world of financial services is increasing at a considerable pace. This session discussed the emergence of AI and the legal issues it raises, relating to areas such as liability and causation, IP, discrimination and the challenges that Big Data pose to privacy and data protection.

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