11 weeks to Brexit: updated Brexit Legal Guide

Without an intervening event, the UK will withdraw from the EU at 11pm on 29 March 2019.   Otherwise much remains unknown. The negotiated withdrawal deal comprising a legally binding Withdrawal Agreement and non-binding Political Declaration is facing significant opposition in… Read more

Five months to Brexit: avoiding a “no deal” crisis

Paul Butcher and Tom Henderson have published an article in FERMA/AIRMIC's joint Brexit Newsletter advising risk management professionals of some of the key matters that they will need to consider to prevent a Brexit-related "no deal" crisis. Given it remains… Read more

EIGHT MONTHS TO BREXIT: IS YOUR BUSINESS PREPARED?

As the clock ticks down to 29 March 2019, the UK and the EU are stepping up their preparations for the possibility of a "no-deal" outcome. From a corporate governance and risk management perspective, businesses that have not done so… Read more

Brexit 9 months to go: Brexit Legal Guide

As business makes increasingly vocal calls for legal certainty we are pleased to launch this updated Brexit Legal Guide. The new online guide will be regularly updated as the legal impact of Brexit evolves. Forthcoming updates will include reaction to… Read more

“PORT CHARLOTTE” Whisky does not infringe the EU protected designation of origin (PDO) “PORTO” or “PORT” – Consideration needed urgently for protection of PDOs and GIs, UK and EU-wide, post-Brexit

The post below was first published on our Intellectual Property blog The CJEU has confirmed that "Port Charlotte", registered as an EU trade mark for whisky, does not evoke (infringe) the protected designation of origin (PDO) for "porto" or "port". The decision… Read more

IP NOTES BLOG LAUNCHES

Herbert Smith Freehills is pleased to announce the launch of its new Intellectual Property Notes blog, where you will find articles, commentary and updates on the latest IP developments, including the impact of Brexit. As the UK negotiates the terms… Read more

Patent and Pharma Update – June 2017

The post below was first published on our Intellectual Property blog Our regular Patent and Pharma Update aims to keep you informed of recent developments in United Kingdom and European law relating to patents and the pharmaceutical industry. ... Read more

HELPING FMCG BUSINESSES PLAN FOR A POST-BREXIT FUTURE

The post below was first published on our Intellectual Property blog Businesses with interwoven supply chains across the EU and beyond have already felt the effects of a weaker pound, with increasing costs of sourcing raw materials and packaging leaving some organisations… Read more

LAW CATCHES UP WITH FREE TV STREAMING SITES

The post below was first published on our Intellectual Property blog ITV & Others v TVCatchup: CJEU Rules S.73 CDPA defence not applicable to online streaming of live broadcasts. The CJEU has issued its ruling on the latest question referred to it… Read more

BREXIT: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

The post below was first published on our Intellectual Property blog Whatever future relationship the UK has with the rest of the EU, the effect of the Great Repeal Bill, once enacted, will mean that any existing intellectual property law having effect… Read more

PATENT AND PHARMA UPDATE, JANUARY 2017

The post below was first published on our Intellectual Property blog Our regular patent and pharma update aims to keep you informed of recent developments in United Kingdom and European law relating to patents and the pharmaceutical industry. ... Read more

BREXIT – WHAT IP ISSUES TO CONSIDER NOW

The post below was first published on our Intellectual Property blog We set out our thoughts and predictions upon how protection and enforcement of IP in the UK may be impacted once Brexit arrives. We have also suggested some immediate action points… Read more

TRADE SECRETS IN A POST-BREXIT WORLD

The post below was first published on our Intellectual Property blog In their article for PLC Magazine (October 2016), Joel Smith and Jessica Welborn discuss the continued importance of the consistent and effective protection of trade secrets for businesses operating across Europe… Read more