What constitutes a human embryo? – CJEU to revisit controversial issue

Dr Beatriz San Martín Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP On 17 April the UK High Court made a reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”), requesting that the term “human embryos” in Article 6(2) of the Directive 98/44/EC, commonly referred to as the Biotech Directive, be clarified.  The referral focuses on whether artificially…

Beatriz San Martin

Beatriz is a Partner in the IP & Technology Dispute Resolution Group at Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP.  She has a degree and PhD from the University of Cambridge specialising in genetics, cellular and molecular biology. Beatriz has a broad practice area advising clients in all aspects of intellectual property, with a particular focus on patents,…

Phil Bilney

Phil Bilney is a solicitor in the IP & Technology Dispute Resolution Group at Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP.  Phil advises on a wide range of IP disputes, with a particular emphasis on patent related disputes.  He has acted for a range of clients, and has a keen interest in the Life Sciences sector having studied…

Supply Chain Security: Not only about the terrorism threat

Expert Article by Denis O’Sullivan The threat of terrorism has been a dominant topic in the field of supply chain security since 9/11. However the recent “horsemeat” scandal has raised new fears about weaknesses in the security of the food supply chain. Although the horse meat is not a serious hazard to health (some meat…

Denis O’Sullivan

Biography Denis began his career in Logistics at a well respected freight agent, Atlasair, in the Heathrow area. He continued his career with United Parcel Service holding various senior management roles rising to the position of General Manager of the airfreight division for the UK. Over a period of twenty years Denis gained hands on…

Patents and the Economic Crisis

Expert Article by Bart Van Wezenbeek The worldwide, but especially European economic crisis has lasted for about two years now and seems to hit the SMEs the hardest, at least in my country according to a newspaper today. A major part of the total of SMEs is formed by young start-up companies: they are still…

Bart Van Wezenbeek

Biography Bart van Wezenbeek studied biology (1988) at the Utrecht University and Dutch civil law (1994) at the University of Tilburg. Bart has specialized in biotechnology, in particular in genetic engineering of plants and animals, in (molecular) diagnostics and microbiology. He also has experience in providing freedom-to-operate advice. In 1997 Bart became a company lawyer.…

Certainty and predictability in cross-border proceedings

Expert Article by Selinda A. Melnik The markets long have recognized as essential to financial transactions certainty and predictability in the application of insolvency laws. Such assurance is particularly important for transactions involving multiple nations with dissimilar domestic laws. In the face of increasingly global financial transactions, frameworks designed to better ensure certainty have been…

Selinda A. Melnik

Biography Selinda A. Melnik is a partner in DLA Piper’s Restructuring practice, based in Wilmington, Delaware and New York City. An internationally recognized lawyer, during her 27 years of practice she has represented every type of domestic and non-US party and committee customarily involved in sophisticated insolvency proceedings, out-of-court restructurings, and front-end transaction bankruptcy protection…