After Liverpool Football Club filed a trademark application at the UKIPO for the mark LIVERPOOL, Carissa Kendall-Windless examines their likely motivations and chances of success, in an article for City A.M.
EIP continues to build its German presence with the hire of Florian Schmidt-Bogatzky from Bird & Bird, who will join as partner on 1st August.
A key focus of Florian's work is electronics patent litigation – during his 14-year career at Bird & Bird he has participated in landmark litigation for Nokia and Broadcom both on the implementation and SEP-side.
He is also active in patent litigation in other sectors, having recently represented child seat manufacturer HTS Be Safe in several patent infringement litigations.
EIP’s German office now has three partners and three associates.
“With his skillset, Florian is a perfect addition to the German EIP team,” said Christof Höhne, head of the Düsseldorf office, who previously worked with Florian at Bird & Bird.
Gary Moss, Head of EIP Legal, said: “I am delighted to have Florian join the firm with his extensive patent litigation and SEP experience. Florian’s hire is another example of the firm’s recent growth and commitment to the German market.”
Tributes have been paid to a good friend of EIP, Mr Justice Henry Carr, following his death on 19 July.
When at the bar Henry Carr represented EIP’s client, Visto Corporation, in its patent dispute with Research in Motion (BlackBerry). Following his elevation to the Bench Henry was the Judge in several actions which EIP brought on behalf of its clients Unwired Planet and Conversant.
Gary Moss, head of EIP Legal, said: “Henry Carr had a fine legal brain and was able to cut through the issues to get to the heart of the dispute very rapidly. He possessed a very pleasant demeanour and was always ready with a joke or quip so as to lighten the atmosphere. It was a pleasure to have a case before him even when he found against you. He will be sadly missed and his untimely death is a significant loss to the UK patent community.”
During his career in IP partner Matt Jones has held positions in both private practice law firms, and in-house corporate legal departments, before he joined EIP. In an article for Managing Intellectual Property Matt explains what it’s like making the move in-house and then back again.
The 2019 edition of IP Stars has highlighted seven EIP partners as outstanding practitioners.
Heather McCann, Darren Smyth, Gary Moss, Jerome Spaargaren, Kathleen Fox Murphy, and Andrew Sharples are considered “Patent Stars”, while Paula Flutter is named as both a “Patent Star” and “Trademark Star”.
Individuals are recognised by IP Stars following extensive research, including information submitted by firms, market feedback and publicly available information.