Intellectual property/trademark

FORECASTING

IP teams lead Australian firms on growth expectations

Law firms are facing 'really tough' short-term conditions, but 86 per cent of them are expecting to see a growth in their intellectual property work, according to research from the Commonwealth Bank's Legal Market Pulse survey.

ROBOTICS

Privacy issues at top of agenda in emerging robotics sector

Data protection is emerging as one of the main areas in which organisations need advice in the robotics sector - in areas ranging from the surveillance of staff at work to the use of cameras in drones and data retained by driverless cars.

PATENTS

IP boutiques suffer in the US while larger firms grow teams

Corporate counsel behaviour - particularly a new willingness to settle and to accept calculated risks - is leading to fewer patent cases that get fought to the end and, therefore, less work for specialist boutiques, according to BTI Consulting.

INNOVATION

Trade mark lawyer uses Times crossword to propose to girlfriend

Matthew Dick, trade mark attorney and partner in D Young, has become famous in the UK for persuading the editor of The Times crossword to let him compose clues and answers including the phrase 'Will you marry me' and 'Delyth', his girlfriend's name.