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UPC: Preparing for the Sunrise Period

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By Rachel Mumby and Alan Johnson, Bristows On the day that the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPCA) comes into force, all designations of existing European patents validated in countries that have ratified the UPCA will, by default, become subject to the jurisdiction of the new court. Absent any last-minute glitches – notably a possible vote for Brexit – this is expected to happen in spring 2017. However, during the few months leading up to this happening (the “sunrise period”), it will be possible for patentees to request that any of their existing European patents be opted out of the new system. We look at the process for deciding and implementing an opt-out strategy, and encourage our readers to start the process immediately in order to be ready for the sunrise period and ultimately for the new court.

Patents 2016: Roundtable

Who’s Who Legal brings together Ella Cheong of Ella Cheong Law Office, Liz Cohen of Bristows and Kenneth Adamo of Kirkland & Ellis to discuss issues facing patents lawyers and their clients in the industry today.

The Changing Face of the Insurance Market: What It Means For Lawyers

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By Tricia Hobson of Norton Rose Fulbright Neither insurers nor lawyers have traditionally been considered innovators. Indeed, it has been said that the only thing insurance and innovation have in common is their place in the dictionary. But this is no longer true. The insurance industry is rapidly evolving in order to adapt to advances in technology. Phrases such as “data breaches”, “the sharing economy” and “autonomous vehicles” have now entered the general lexicon, and insurers are grappling with how to assess and quantify risks never previously encountered

Q&A with Lukas Bubb

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AIG Europe – Major loss adjuster, financial lines In an exclusive interview with Who’s Who Legal Lukas Bubb speaks about his role at AIG Europe, recent developments for financial lines with the insurance market, and his key requirements when instructing external counsel. 

Insurance & Reinsurance 2016: Roundtable

Who’s Who Legal has brought together Tim Goggin of Hogan Lovells, David Attisani of Choate Hall & Stewart and Rod Attride-Stirling of ASW Law to discuss key issues facing insurance and reinsurance lawyers and their clients today.

Corporate Immigration 2016: Roundtable

Who’s Who Legal brings together three leading experts in the corporate immigration industry to discuss issues facing lawyers today.

Canada’s Employer Immigration Compliance Rules Considered Most Stringent Worldwide

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By Jacqueline Bart of BartLAW Canadian Immigration Barristers and Solicitors On 1 December 2015, the Canadian government brought into force stringent employer compliance rules. These rules place Canada first as the toughest jurisdiction against non-compliant employers. The rules introduce a comprehensive formula to assess monetary administrative penalties for employer non-compliance, in addition to other penalties set out below.

World Events, Not Trade and Commerce, Are Shaping Immigration Policy in The 21st Century

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By Bernard P Wolfsdorf, Joseph M Barnett and Robert J Blanco of Wolfsdorf Rosenthal About a decade ago Thomas L Friedman, foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times, published The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century, which described the complexities of 21st century globalisation to demonstrate a growing “levelling” of the global economy. 

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