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US builds international cooperation with UK Patent Office agreement, but goals are unclear

McKool Smith lawyer Warren Lipschitz examines US Patent and Trademark Office Director Kathi Vidal’s MOU with the UK Patent Office on standard essential patents and how it fits in with her other actions since taking office

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Freshfields recruits Skadden New York head of tax

Steven Matays joins Magic Circle firm as it continues to push for more US market share

General Motors taps former Activision Blizzard legal chief as CLO

Grant Dixton is replacing Craig Glidden, who is now overseeing legal at GM’s autonomous vehicle business Cruise

Linklaters, Latham shepherd VW’s $5bn joint venture with Tesla rival Rivian

Linklaters acts for longtime client VW on proposed partnership that will see Rivian’s technology used in both companies’ electric vehicles

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Deals | US

Major record labels sue AI start-ups

Sony, Universal and Warner Records bring action against two AI song generators over alleged copyright infringement

Baker McKenzie completes 2024 partner promotions with 45-strong round

Summer tally follows 21 North and Latin America appointments in January with the overall proportion of women rising to more than half

Paramount terminates GC’s contract, elevates deputy to acting legal head

Christa d’Alimonte to exit after 12 years with the company, with Caryn Groce to stand in as her replacement

Top 100 global firms’ fossil fuel-related deal work edges down, study finds

More than 40 firms rated ‘F’ in climate change scorecard, although renewable energy work increases sharply

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ESG | UK

Skadden, Weil shepherd Honeywell’s $1.9bn CAES acquisition

Weil counsels seller Advent as Skadden acts for longtime client Honeywell in deal for defence tech company

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Deals | US

US cloud business Nutanix hires CLO from EV battery-maker Lyten

Brian Martin replaces Tyler Wall, who announced his retirement in February

INTA argues that NFTs are within scope of US trademark protection

Amicus brief filed by the association concerns whether intangible products like NFTs are “goods” for the purpose of the trademark act

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US tech unicorn Sigma hires first general counsel from San Francisco boutique

Ali Harmer moves back in house after four-and-a-half-year stint at Coda Law Group

US dating app Bumble promotes acting CLO to permanent role

Elizabeth Monteleone had been serving as acting CLO since February

Cheers for Bacardi as it reignites dispute over Havana Club trademark

US appeals court revives long-running dispute with US trademark office over Cuban government-owned trademark

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News | US

Akin names successors to veteran chair Koopersmith

UK-US duo Dan Walsh and Abid Qureshi to take over as co-chairs of top 40 US firm next April

ExxonMobil names former Fox lawyer as next GC

Jeff Taylor will replace Craig Morford, who is retiring at the start of July

Brands, beauty and big issues: high-profile US cases to watch in 2024

From fast fashion to sustainability, Foley & Lardner luxury lawyers Jeff Greene and Owen Miklos examine the key cases before US courts in 2024

US data storage business Seagate fills vacant CLO seat with Maxar hire

Jim Lee replaces Kate Schuelke who joined Credo Technology in January

Norton Rose Fulbright hires 12-strong investigations team from BCLP in the US

Group includes four partners and will be spread across firm’s St. Louis and Denver offices

ArentFox Schiff hires eight-partner team in Boston from Burns & Levinson

IP and disputes group’s move follows ArentFox Schiff adding automotive partner quartet from Burns in Boston in April

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