David Latham

The IPKat and Merpel were both shocked and saddened last night to receive tidings of the sudden death of David Latham, a partner in the intellectual property practice of Hogan Lovells International LLP and a well-known figure in IP circles on both sides of the Atlantic. A graduate of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, David was a great enthusiast for all things to do with IP; his enthusiasm was infectious, since it inspired many a young entrant to the legal profession to steer their interest towards the then-nascent field of intellectual property. A member of MARQUES, INTA and ECTA (the last of which he served as honorary legal adviser), he was a man who enjoyed participating -- and whose participation was very much appreciated. Our thoughts go out at this time to all David's family, friends and colleagues.

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."
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  1. David was among our closest friends and colleagues in the international IP world and we are deeply shocked and saddened by his passing. Jim and Marilyn Palik

  2. There is a rather nice description on the Lovells website too at http://www.hoganlovells.co.uk/david-latham/

    There is a service of remembrance
    Time and date: 2.30pm, 14 March 2013

    "Location: City Temple, Holborn Viaduct (opposite Atlantic House)

    The service will last approximately one hour. David's family has requested no flowers, however, donations may be made in his memory. They will be shared equally between Alwin House and a children's orphanage in Seam Reap, Cambodia. If you would like to make a donation, your cheque should be made payable to the "David Latham Memorial Fund" and be sent c/o J H Kenyon Funeral Directors, 49 Marloes Road, Kensington, London, W8 6LA.

    Everyone attending the Service will be invited to join Hogan Lovells on the 12th floor of Atlantic House after the Service has ended."

    Susan Singleton


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