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This week on MIP: Behind UPC transparency win, Orrick and Fieldfisher boost IP teams

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We provide a rundown of Managing IP’s news and analysis from the week, and review what’s been happening elsewhere in IP

Life sciences push brings new partner to Orrick

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s commitment to growth in the life sciences sector helped it snag a new litigator this week.

Orrick announced on Monday, April 15, that it had added partner Irena Royzman to its New York office. Royzman joined from Kramer Levin where she was head of the firm’s life sciences practice.

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Fieldfisher boosts German IP team with quadruple hire

European law firm Fieldfisher expanded its intellectual property offering in Germany with a four-person hire from SKW Schwarz.

The team, which will be led by IP litigation specialist Sascha Pres, also includes Christina Kufer, Tien Nguyen, and Laura Krug. They will join Fieldfisher on July 1.

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Other articles published on Managing IP this week include:

USPTO TM search ‘failures’ push firms towards third-party providers

Behind the case: August Debouzy and Inteo discuss UPC transparency win

Weekly take: Reflections on a record Managing IP Awards

Luck running out for Irish UPC hopes

Five minutes with… Susanne Schmidt, Ampersand

USPTO guidance a ‘good reminder’ of best AI practices

The IP Lounge: Kevin Mooney on his half-century in IP law

Behind the case: How Singh & Singh scored record SEP win for Ericsson

LMG DEI Awards 2024: Americas Shortlist revealed

Law firm leaders: proving value to clients goes beyond ‘simple metrics’

Elsewhere in IP

PTAB proposal

The USPTO released a proposed rule to govern the process for director review of a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision on Monday, April 15. The proposal outlined the timing and format that a request for director review should take. Comments are due by June 17.

End of the line?

The name of late Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar cannot be registered as an EU trademark, the EU General Court ruled on Wednesday, April 17.

The court upheld the EUIPO’s earlier decision to refuse the application, which had been filed by a company called Escobar Inc, because the applied-for mark was contrary to EU public policy and accepted principles of morality.

Ten cent’s worth

Chinese tech company Tencent released the ‘2023 Weixin Brand Protection Report’ on Wednesday, April 17. The report summarised achievements by Weixin, a communication service owned by Tencent, in the protection of IP rights.

The report said highlights last year included the creation of a one-stop portal for rights owners to submit takedown notices and strengthened proactive interception of trademarks identified during account registrations.

Tesco rebrand

Tesco has unveiled a new look for its ‘Clubcard’ discount scheme following its trademark defeat at the hands of competitor Lidl.

Tesco’s new logo, which appears in the Clubcard smartphone app but has yet to be rolled out in stores, now has a blue square with ‘Clubcard Price’ written inside as opposed to the yellow circle on a blue background it previously used.

Samsung blow

Samsung has been dealt a blow after the Munich Regional Court found on Friday, April 12, that its 4G mobile devices infringed the German part of a European patent owned by Chinese company Datang. The court found Samsung to be an unwilling licensee. Datang was represented by law firm EIP.

CITMA president

Kelly Saliger, partner at CMS, has been elected as the new president of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys.

Saliger, a dual-qualified chartered trademark attorney and solicitor, began her two-year term on April 16 2024. She succeeds Baker McKenzie partner Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy.

That's it for today, see you again next week.

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