Intellectual property law has for centuries formed the basis of a system designed to protect invention and promote innovation. But a rise in abusive, oftentimes frivolous, litigation is prompting a rethink of patent law – with the United States front and centre as potential reform looms.
Ben Heineman was GE’s senior vice president-general counsel from 1987-2003 and then GE’s senior vice president for law and public affairs from 2004 until his retirement at the end of 2005. In this exclusive excerpt from his new book, The Inside Counsel Revolution: Resolving the Partner-Guardian Tension (Ankerwycke, April, 2016), he distils his own philosophy for transformational hiring and getting the most from your personnel.
As the growth of the major economies across Africa continues and the region as a whole becomes an increasingly attractive destination for foreign capital, GC speaks with in-house counsel on the ground to find out if the requisite talent to facilitate growth is available and how the domestic talent pool is developing.
With the economy in a state of flux and political reform firmly on the agenda, GC speaks with members of The Legal 500’s GC Powerlist: Italy, for their take on what’s on the horizon for Lo Stivale.
Ben Heineman was GE’s Senior Vice President-General Counsel from 1987-2003 and then GE’s Senior Vice President for Law and Public Affairs from 2004 until his retirement at the end of 2005. In this exclusive excerpt from his new book, he considers the challenges of conflict between a company’s global ethical policy and national laws.
GC sits down with members of the Legal 500’s GC Powerlist: France for an inside look at the French economy and legal market.
GC finds out about what growing corporate interest in sustainability could mean for in-house lawyers from Ursula Wynhoven, CLO and chief of governance and social sustainability at the UN Global Compact.
Artificial Intelligence is the engine of the fourth industrial revolution and is set to shake up society as we know it – from economics and the law through to work and income – no sector is immune. GC spoke to thought leaders from the world of politics, law, business and academia for their views on the artificial revolution and whether we’re heading for utopia or dystopia.
GC looks at big data analytics and what it means for in-house teams and their businesses.
Microsoft deputy general counsel (and first female lawyer) Mary Snapp and Covington & Burling’s London head of technology; Lisa Peets, discuss the diversity work that their organisations are doing, both separately and together.
It’s a hot topic for any corporation that wants to avoid being splashed across the press… or dragged through the courts. We speak to GCs in the US, Asia and the UK to find out their top tips for avoiding the dreaded data breach.
Ericsson’s Stockholm-based chief legal officer and head of group legal affairs Nina Macpherson, and corporate counsel Lisa Edblom, describe how and why they designed a human rights-compliant due diligence framework for M&A transactions.
When Cara Pritchard left school at sixteen, she had no idea that a career as a solicitor in one of the UK’s best-known media companies, Guardian Media Group, awaited. She tells us about her in-house training contract and the support she has received from her boss, Sarah Davis.
GC explores what corporate counsel can do to further diversity – in their in-house legal department, the wider organisation, or throughout the business world. We pick the brains of general counsel across the globe about programmes they’ve pioneered or adopted to create A diverse workplace. In the first in a series of case studies, this issue we look at gender diversity.
Many leading GCs feel that heads of legal are ideally placed as influencers in their corporation to encourage policies and processes that foster diversity of thought – and to move away from the stereotype of a corporate world filled with middle-aged, straight, white males.
He may seem the ultimate anti-hero, but could lawyer Saul Goodman, of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, actually be a role model for in-house lawyers? (warning: contains spoilers).
Once upon a time in New Mexico, there was a lawyer who was really, really good, or really, really bad, depending on your view of things. His name – or, at least, one of his aliases – was Saul Goodman, and he worked very hard for his clients to help them grow a small start-up into a business empire using the raw ingredients of over-the-counter medicine, stolen lab equipment, a dying chemist and a young punk with a memorable way with a swear word.
Forced labour and human trafficking are bad news for both workers and companies, so how can employers keep them out of the supply chain? GC investigates.
Vanani began work in an Indian cotton mill at age 16. This is her story
When a law firm collapses, it’s not just the partners that risk being left high and dry. General counsel need to think carefully about a contingency plan should their chosen adviser face a shutdown.
In the summer of 2008, Cambridge-based infrastructure software firm Autonomy Corporation [now HP Autonomy] began working on a US acquisition. A UK-listed public company, Autonomy had its eye on California-based software company Interwoven, and a deal valued at $775 million. Such a large takeover would require Autonomy to approach its institutional investors for funding, through a placing to raise £220 million, and to set up a new revolving credit facility of up to $200 million.
GC takes a look at the intersection of risk and the legal function, from the perspectives of a general counsel and an insurance underwriter.
The world is ‘living in an era of unprecedented level of crises and troubles,’ UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told delegates to the UN General Assembly Meeting during his welcoming address in September. What does this mean for organisations doing business on the ground in troubled jurisdictions?
The classic notion of the whistleblower is the little guy - lone, principled and conflicted, fighting a David and Goliath battle against a stony and faceless corporation. Are they heroes? Or are they unscrupulous and out for what they can get? The term whistleblower is said to have been coined in the 1970s by US activist Ralph Nader to avoid the negative connotations of terms such as ‘informer’ and ‘snitch’, instead invoking the referee in a sports match, blowing the whistle to stop the game when there is unfair play.