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The Autumn Edition of Law à la Mode is now available online: click here to view the e-magazine.
With a Belgian editorial team for this edition, we wanted to give a flavour of an up and coming fashion capital in the heart of Europe. With a mix of cultures from Europe and beyond, Belgium is fast becoming a key location for new design and innovation in fashion. More than just moules, frites and beer, we are fortunate enough to have some of the most renowned fashion academies in Antwerp and Brussels generating internationally known designers such as Dries Van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester, Martin Margiela and Olivier Theyskens.
As Belgium is also the hub of EU policy development and creation, we share with you our thoughts on the trends around policy making – steering you through the agenda and potential activity (page 4).
Sustainability being the buzz word of the moment in relation to product development, we have an insight from our UK team on the interplay between the sustainability debate and the fashion industry (page 5).
When companies form legal strategies to protect their IP assets and trade secrets, employment agreements are an essential part of the overall structure. Today’s work force is increasingly specialized, and companies extend across jurisdictions with different laws. In this competitive, potentially litigious environment, companies should consider customizing employment agreements for each position, and in some cases, for each individual employee, especially those in executive and leadership roles.
Excerpts from DLA Piper’s INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND TECHNOLOGY NEWS – ASIA PACIFIC | Issue 2, Q2 2011
Costa Rica: Ratification of Hague Apostille Convention
Greece: New Draft Trademark Law to Be Submitted to Parliament
New Zealand: Changes to New Zealand Designs Practice
Portugal: Creation of a Specialized Court of Intellectual Property, The IP Court
CA Paris, Pôle 5 ch. 2, April 1st, 2011, Sté Elytel v/ Sté Univers Poche
CheapFlights International Ltd v OHIM, Cases T-460/09 and T-461/09, 5 May 2011.
DHL Express France v Chronopost SA, Case C-235/09, 12 April 2011.
As always, we are eager to share publications from DLA Piper’s Trademark teams across the world. Here is the latest version of France’s Trademark and Design February/March newsletter.
Reposted from the latest version of our Intellectual Property and Technology newsletter (Q1, 2011) (PDF here). Also available at DLA Piper’s website.
The legal profession has long revered individuals who demonstrate high intelligence and strong technical competence. In recent years, however, there has been growing recognition that another critical part of professional success is emotional intelligence, or EQ. While being technically proficient at one’s craft is essential, for both professionals and organizations it is no longer enough. As the legal profession increasingly aligns with clients’ business needs and methodologies, the soft skills embodied in EQ will often make the meaningful difference in determining the trajectory of one’s career and a company’s success.
While the concept of emotional intelligence has been around for many years, it became mainstream in the mid-1990s with Daniel Goleman’s groundbreaking book, Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ. Goleman focuses on a skill set that drives leadership, performance and success:
- Self-awareness – understanding yourself and your emotions
- Self-management – managing oneself in response to people and situations
- Social awareness – sensing and responding to others’ emotions and comprehending social networks
- Relationship management – inspiring and developing others while managing conflict
While some people may possess these skills innately, it is possible to acquire them through training and practice. Along with one’s technical abilities, these skills contribute to personal and professional success and drive the ability to be effective.