This blog recently mentioned the network of high-quality, overseas lawyers that IP Draughts has built up over many years. It is with mixed feelings that he announces that his network reduced by one yesterday.
Eric Runesson, who first provided Swedish-law comments on our book about biotech transactions over 10 years ago, has left private practice and therefore must be scratched from IP Draughts’ list. The reason he has left private practice is that he is taking up a position as a judge of the Swedish Supreme Court. Congratulations, Eric!
As one door closes, others open. Last Monday, IP Draughts was in Copenhagen, moderating a panel discussion on GDPR at the American Bar Association conference on life sciences. The discussion went well, and he was impressed by the quality of the panel members, namely:
- Holger Bielesz, an Austrian lawyer, mainly a commercial litigator, with the Vienna firm, Wolf Theiss.
- Christina Hultsch, a German national and US-qualified lawyer who practises at Porter Wright in Ohio. She has a life-sciences practice with an emphasis on regulatory and transactional matters.
- Susanne Kudsk, a Danish lawyer who works at the University of Aarhus and has been very busy helping Danish universities and hospitals with GDPR issues recently.
- Jorg Rehder, a dual-qualified US and German lawyer, now practising in Frankfurt, who previously lived and practised for many years in the USA. Jorg has an international transactional practice, in the course of which he has become knowledgeable about GDPR.
- Amie Taal, who runs her own consultancy in the UK, which advises companies on electronic data issues, including GDPR compliance programmes. She previously worked at Deutsche Bank in New York, so she is also familiar with US data privacy rules.
Finally, on the subject of people, IP Draughts is sad to be coming to the end of his 3-year term as chair of the IP Law Committee of the Law Society. He will miss working with the talented group of English IP lawyers who make up the committee. He has to retire under Law Society rules, which remind IP Draughts of the film, Logan’s Run.
The committee’s annual dinner last week was a de facto retirement party for IP Draughts. He was very touched to receive, as a retirement gift, a framed poster (or word cloud) of kind remarks by members of the committee about him. It is now hanging on the wall of his study.