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Union of European practitioners in intellectual property

The contribution of the prestigious European Intellectual Property Organization (UNION), which integrates some of the leading European experts in this field, was published on the 3d December for the discussion of a patent law issue submitted to the European Boards of Appeal of Patents.

Lisbon Annual Report: Riding the wave

For VdA’s executive group partner, “law firms are under pressure to provide a top quality service, more efficiently”. The article analyses the portuguese market on business advocacy, after consulting some lawyers of the best portuguese law firms. The biggest law firm in Portugal are experiencing substantial growth, but managing partners are well aware that a downturn in […]

Portugal: Patent litigation law review

By António Andrade, Marta Alves Vieira The Portuguese patent litigation system has some particularities that make it a rather unique system. In Portugal, patent litigation generally takes place before the Intellectual Property Court (the Court). This specialised state court, with jurisdiction at a national level, has been operating in Portugal since 30 March 2012 and is […]

Can commonhold be reinvigorated?

By Michael Callaghan and Melissa Barker The Law Commission has issued a substantial consultation seeking to improve the manner in which the commonhold system operates and to persuade existing leaseholders to move to a commonhold structure. Background Commonhold is an alternative to long leasehold ownership of property. Instead of a landlord and a number of tenants, […]

In what circumstances can additional administrators be appointed?

By Simon Clark, Gawain Moore According to a recent case, Zinc Hotels (Investment) Limited and others v Beveridge and others [2018] EWHC 1936 (Ch), the court does not have power to appoint additional administrators except within the constraints of paragraph 103 of Schedule B1 to the Insolvency Act 1986. Where administrators are appointed out of court by the […]

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DLA Piper settles into new Abu Dhabi base

DLA Piper has moved into permanent offices in Abu Dhabi, having opened in the city earlier in the year. The Abu Dhabi team comprises eight lawyers and four partners. It is set to rise to five when real estate partner Duncan Pickering relocates from the London office in September. Office managing partner Stephen Webb said: […]

Half of Aussie lawyers mull walkabouts as survey flags up dissatisfaction

More than half of ­Australia’s private practice lawyers are considering leaving their present firms. More ;than ;half ;of ­Australia’s private practice lawyers are considering leaving their present firms. Statistics from legal recruitment ;company Mahlab paint a damning picture of dissatisfaction at Australian law firms, ­showing that 52 per cent of private practice lawyers in Australia are thinking of […]

Linklaters, DLA Piper strengthen Asia groups

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Dentons sends new partner to Dubai

Denton Wilde Sapte is ramping up its Middle Eastern presence by sending a newly-promoted London partner to Dubai. Dispute resolution lawyer Paul Stothard was made up on 1 August and is due to move to Dubai next month to head the office’s international arbitration unit. The news comes after The Lawyer revealed (28 July 2008) […]

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