June 26, 2020
Gibson Dunn’s lawyers regularly counsel clients on issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are working with many of our clients on their response to COVID-19. The following is a round-up of today’s client alerts on this topic prepared by the Gibson Dunn team. Our lawyers are available to assist with any questions you may have regarding developments related to the outbreak. As always, for additional information, please feel free to contact the Gibson Dunn lawyer with whom you usually work, or any member of the firm’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Team.
This Alert reports on recent intellectual property law developments relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. First, we describe the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s new initiatives to expedite review of initial trademark applications for COVID-19-related trademarks, and to extend additional relief from certain deadlines under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). Second, we provide updates on the Open COVID Pledge (a project facilitating the donation of patent rights during the pandemic), and a lawsuit arising from the COVID-prompted creation of a “National Emergency Library.”
The COVID-19 pandemic is undoubtedly the biggest public health crisis of our times. Like many other countries, the UK Government has exercised broad powers and passed new laws that impact how we do business and interact as a society. To address the pandemic, the Government announced several sweeping regulations and ushered through the Coronavirus Act 2020. These actions have a broad impact on law, public policy and daily life, impacting areas including health, social welfare, commerce, trade, competition, employment and the free movement of people.
Join our team of Gibson Dunn London lawyers, led by partner and former Lord Chancellor Charlie Falconer QC, for a discussion of these changes and to answer your questions on how they will affect British businesses and community, including the impact on new and ongoing business relationships. In this webinar we will cover: The current state of the lockdown in England; an update on the UK Government’s Financial Support Measures for the COVID-19 pandemic; and the UK Government’s widening of its transaction intervention powers – national security and the fight against coronavirus (and future public health emergencies).