UPDATE: the IPKat has just received the following statement from David's firm:
Hogan Lovells senior intellectual property partner David Latham (58) died unexpectedly on Friday 15 February. He qualified as a solicitor in 1980 and joined the firm in 1986 becoming a partner just four years later in 1990. According to the firm:
"Hogan Lovells is saddened by the loss of David Latham. He was a great colleague, a friend to many, and a highly-regarded professional who we all enjoyed working with.
David was an IP specialist dealing with both agreements and disputes. He had a very broad practice including international trade mark and copyright protection and licensing programmes for existing products and new developments. He was a regular adviser to North American clients on English and European Union issues. He was a very well-known and highly regarded figure in the intellectual property world.
"David was a long-standing senior partner at the firm with significant international experience including managing for some time the-then Lovells New York office.
"Our thoughts at this time are with David and his family."