Intellectual property


Financier Worldwide Magazine

January 2019 Issue

Businesses are able to increase their competitiveness in a variety of ways by dedicating time and resources to protecting their intellectual property (IP) assets. Without doubt, IP assets – such as inventions, literary and artistic works, designs and symbols, and names and images used in commerce – are a rich source of value for companies, and thus should be managed as part of a wider business strategy. If said strategy is integrated and closely integrated with businesses’ overarching aims and objectives, the scope for growth and value generation is significantly enhanced.

FORUM: Paragraph IV filings and patent protection

FW moderates a discussion on paragraph IV filings and patent protection between Christopher L. McArdle at Alston & Bird LLP, Sanya Sukduang at Finnegan and Jeanna M. Wacker at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Intellectual property audits – what are they and why should you care?

Cripps All businesses create, own or licence some form of intellectual property (IP), whether they know it or not. The term itself covers a wide variety of rights including copyright, trademarks, design rights and patents, to name a few. It is often misunderstood...

The role of intellectual hygiene in maximising shareholder value

Coffin Mew LLP Virtually any company worth an investor’s interest will have demonstrated some level of financial hygiene, even if it is currently struggling. The concepts are familiar enough: strong ongoing business planning, profitable operating and pricing models...

The resurgence and revaluation of US patents

Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, LLP During the past decade, domestic and international corporations have seen the value of their US patent rights steadily erode. Deep concern regarding a faltering global economy and changes to US patent policy and enforcement, combined with the high cost...

The US Trademark Office Post Registration Proof of Use Audit Programme should be taken seriously

Aaron Sanders PLLC In November 2017, the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), which issues registrations for trademarks in the US, launched a new programme to randomly audit trademark registrations to be sure that the trademark is being used on all the goods and...

Protecting trade secrets during corporate transactions

Robins Kaplan, LLP In 2013, Michael Hunter Gray co-founded software start-up Calaborate, which developed a group-scheduling mobile app called Klutch. Mr Gray and other Calaborate employees executed assignment agreements agreeing that all proprietary information...

The importance of being diligent: intellectual property in corporate transactions

Valea AB Any corporate transaction necessitates diligence. Depending on the type of business, a major share of a company’s value may reside in its intellectual property (IP) and therefore IP due diligence may be an important part of a business transaction. IP refers to intangible...

Necessary IP reform in Chile

Cooper & Cia The existing Chilean intellectual property (IP) law regulates trademarks, patent for inventions, utility models, industrial designs and industrial secrets, among other IP privileges. The law entered into force in 1991 and there is a consensus forming which...

Judgment on SPCs: is the CJEU stepping into the realm of national courts?

Clifford Chance Readers who are Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC) aficionados will be aware that the road to a SPC is a rather bumpy one. This is particularly true in the case of SPCs that protect a combination of various active principles. Over the years...

Intellectual property and a no-deal Brexit – significant change or more of the same?

Howes Percival LLP Brexit, at the time of writing at least, stands as the great unknown. Will there or won’t there be a deal on the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU? What will the terms of any such deal be? These questions are currently unanswerable, but we are starting...

Confidential information in Italy

Martini Manna Avvocati In Italy, technical and commercial confidential information is protected pursuant to article 98 of the IP Code. Under this provision, in order to enjoy protection, the information is required to be secret, in the sense that the pieces of information shall not...


Aaron Sanders PLLC

Alston & Bird LLP

Clifford Chance

Coffin Mew LLP

Cooper & Cia



Howes Percival LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Martini Manna Avvocati

Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, LLP

Robins Kaplan, LLP

Valea AB

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