30 May, 2012

Experts gather to discuss IP law at event on 13th June 2012, at Latham & Watkins LLP, London


FLAG, the Federation Against Software Theft’s (FAST) Legal Advisory Group, has organised an event at the offices of global law firm Latham & Watkins LLP in London on 13th June 2012 to receive information and discuss key developments in investigating Internet crime over the years plus the rise to prominence of the web site blocking powers in the copyright legislation.


The event will give the software legal community an opportunity to explore insights on topical issues, allowing open forum discussions after presentations given by experts. Speakers include Richard Cox, CIO at The Spamhaus Project, Dr Jeremy Philips, widely respected IP Blogger, academic and editor of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, as well as a leading lawyer who represents music industry clients, Simon Baggs of Wiggin LLP.


Julian Heathcote Hobbins (pictured), General Counsel, FAST, comments: “Our FLAG meetings are by reputation known as a focal point for members to receive the inside track and provide valuable insights into the fast-evolving landscape for software IP. This event presents an excellent opportunity for interested parties to air their opinions and share expertise about current issues on IP rights and the niceties of enforcement.


“Discussions will focus on what works and what does not in fighting internet crime, the risk of driving it underground, post the ORACLE case, the extent of copyright and the question of functionality, as well as whether the software industry should follow the music industry in using S97A powers to force ISPs to block web sites.”


FLAG, established shortly after FAST in 1984 where lawyers were pivotal, consists of representatives from many of the UK’s leading legal firms with Intellectual Property practices. FLAG meets several times a year to receive presentations on pertinent topics and to review legal developments in the software industry.


Dawn Osborne, Partner at Palmer Biggs Legal and Chair of FLAG at the meeting, added: “Copyright is a hot topic, but the FAST interest is to improve the mechanisms which allow accessible enforcement remedies at a sensible cost with minimal complication. Otherwise remedies are merely academic and of little use. On the wider front this FLAG event will be a forum in which present-day issues can be discussed and knowledge shared.”


Larry Cohen, Partner at Latham & Watkins LLP and host of the event, said: “Having attended many events and been a supporter of FLAG over recent years, I’m delighted to have the opportunity to host this summer’s meeting. It’s crucial that lawyers occasionally break out of their siloes and engage with other experts in the field. I’m looking forward to listening to the presentations and expecting a lively exchange of views on issues currently affecting the industry.”


Speakers include:


Dr. Jeremy Phillips

Dr Jeremy Phillips is a British academic and writer. He is the founder editor of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice as well as popular blog, IPKat. He regularly contributes to a number of publications on intellectual property.


Richard Cox, CIO, SPAMHAUS

Richard, CIO of Spamhaus and non-executive Director at The Phone Co-op, is a regular commentator on internet best practice. Spamhaus is a non-profit organisation, which works with Law Enforcement Agencies to identify and pursue spam gangs worldwide.


Simon Baggs, Partner, Wiggin LLP

Simon is a partner in the Litigation group and the head of the IP/Rights Protection team. He has a reputation as a first class commercial litigator with a keen interest in the protection of rights. Simon represents corporate media clients with a particular focus on the film, sport, gaming and music sectors.


Rachel Barber, solicitor, Wiggin LLP

As a solicitor in the Litigation group, Rachel advises media clients in a number of sectors on a wide range of contentious media and commercial matters. Rachel was heavily involved in the Newzbin litigation in 2010, acting on behalf of the major Hollywood studios.


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