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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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Paul Hastings merges with Taiyo in Japan

Paul Hastings Janofksy & Walker has become the latest foreign firm to merge with a domestic Japanese firm following reforms introduced earlier this year. The US firm has merged with the Taiyo Law Office, its existing local firm alliance. Following the move, Norifusa Hashimoto, Yoshi Takatori, Jun Usami and Ayako Kawano will join the Paul […]

Freshfields launches massive corporate overhaul

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has radically overhauled its London corporate group in a tacit admission that the team has lost ground over the last four years. The shake-up will see the group restructured along four sector lines instead of the previous seven groups. The new teams are financial institutions; private equity; energy and transport; and leisure, […]

Mason Hayes pulls off double hire

Dublin firm Mason Hayes & Curran has continued its rapid growth with two lateral hires in less than a month. Financial services partner Christine O’Donovan joined the firm at the end of August from A&L Goodbody, while well-known securities and M&A specialist Justin McKenna, currently at competitor LK Shields, is due to arrive in a […]

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