Each stage of the life cycle of a company or a product presents
challenges that demand the expertise and resources of a strong
legal partner. Be it putting your intellectual property portfolio
in order, assessing fi nancing strategies to market your products,
or defending your IP rights, legal issues play a large role in the
success of Canada's life sciences and pharma companies.
In the sixth edition of Current Issues, members of our life
sciences team look at legal trends in Canada and around the world
at various stages of the life cycle, from start-up through to
maturity. Many of the challenges that arise are not local.
Developments in Europe or the U.S. may impact business strategies
for companies in Canada. That's why we've included a number
of comparison pieces to help clients determine which fi ling
strategies work best for them or which markets they should target.
We're also pleased to include a contribution from our Moscow
offi ce, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in Russia last
In a recent exercise, we mapped out 40 unique potential legal
"events" in a company's life cycle. An
organization's needs at different stages of the life cycle will
depend on its stage of development, overall business strategy and
market conditions. External factors play a large role: the economy
impacts fi nancing strategies, and recent court decisions will
impact litigation strategies. Gowlings is able to provide legal
support at each stage of the life cycle to help you succeed.
It is for these reasons we continue to be an important partner
in the development and success of your business. We hope you fi nd
the articles in this year's Current Issues helpful, relevant
and timely as your company moves through its life cycle, and we
invite you to contact any member of our team with questions.
The content of this article is intended to provide a general
guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
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The prospect of an internal investigation raises many thorny issues. This presentation will canvass some of the potential triggering events, and discuss how to structure an investigation, retain forensic assistance and manage the inevitable ethical issues that will arise.
From the boardroom to the shop floor, effective organizations recognize the value of having a diverse workplace. This presentation will explore effective strategies to promote diversity, defeat bias and encourage a broader community outlook.
Staying local but going global presents its challenges. Gowling WLG lawyers offer an international roundtable on doing business in the U.K., France, Germany, China and Russia. This three-hour session will videoconference in lawyers from around the world to discuss business and intellectual property hurdles.
The Law Society of British Columbia’s Cloud Computing Working Group issued its Final Report on Cloud Computing on January 27, 2012, amending an earlier consultation report approved by the "Benchers" on July 15, 2011.
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