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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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Cloisters kicks off 24-hour injunction unit

Cloisters Chambers is launching a dedicated 24-hour hotline designed to give solicitors a round-the-clock service to help them file injunctions. The venture is launched officially on Thursday 19 January as part of the firm’s new unit. Solicitors will be able to call at any time to request help with injunctions. Cloisters barrister Chris Quinn said: “It will mean that they […]

United States

As transatlantic transactions increase, so do their complexity. This US special report looks to the lessons that can be learnt from the current attempts to reduce attorney-client privilege and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s proposal to allow foreign issuers the ability to avoid the burdens of Sarbanes-Oxley by deregistering in the US. It also examines […]

New York Bar Assoc asks firms to commit to 50 hours pro bono

The New York bar is calling upon law firms in the city to sign up to ambitious pro bono targets in a new initiative to coordinate standards. Towards the end of last year, the New York City Bar Association called on its member firms to pledge their names to a ‘statement of principles’ requiring them […]

BLP halves Dewey line-up in London

Questions were raised over the stability of Dewey Ballantine’s European network last week, after two of its remaining four London-based English partners left the firm for Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP).

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