June 2017 Publisher's Note

2017-06-20 13:44

The roles of general counsel and their law departments are expanding and ever-changing. Their jobs often include managing investor and board relations, calculating risk on-shore and overseas, navigating litigation and government investigations, managing intellectual property and more. In this issue we touch on several of these.

Davina Garrod and Jasper Helder of Akin Gump offer insights into how businesses should anticipate the U.K.’s exit from the EU, and what they must do to comply with the looming General Data Protection Regulation (page 15). Also in the special section that focuses on the European Union, Herbert Kunz of Fish & Richardson offers strategies for patent protection and explains the advantages of obtaining patents from the European Patent Office.

Janet Langford Carrig of ConocoPhillps and Kimberly Simpson of NACD examine the parallel paths of general counsel and directors, and they explore the opportunities for GCs to join boards of directors (p. 8).

For articles that may help you steer clear of trouble, David White of AlixPartners warns of the liability risks that even minor data breaches can bring to a company and its directors (p. 11), while Sasko Markovski and Amy Cococcia of Fragomen lay out the new ground rules for work visas in Australia (p. 12).

Special sections on Intellectual Property and Life Sciences feature articles by new contributors from Burns & Levinson, Navigant and EisnerAmper. They range from a story about new risks for patent holders in China to one about the so-called patent dance for the licensing of biosimilars to another about the way an expert calculates damages in IP litigation.

In May, I was invited to attend the second annual meeting of the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium. Our In-House Ops section features several items describing the goals of the organization and the event itself, including the closing remarks of Mary O’Carroll, head of legal operations at Google and a member of CLOC’s executive leadership team (p. 39). Also in this section, we look at the benefits of enterprise legal management with Wolters Kluwer ELM Solutions (p. 34), and, in a piece by Altman Weil’s Rees Morrison, how text mining can help a department analyze client surveys (p 33).

Finally, please note that our first online event dedicated to Women in Business & Law was held on June 15. You can view it on-demand here.

If you have a topic you would like us to cover, or if you have an interest in writing an article, please feel free to reach out. We always value your suggestions.


Kristin Calve