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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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Digital TV company Open sets up in-house team

Open, the digital interactive television service created by British Interactive Broadcasting (BIB), has set up its own in-house legal team.Senior solicitor Jonathan Kembery, joins from Arnheim Tite & Lewis, the associate law firm of Pricewaterhouse Coopers, and will become head of legal.Kembery is a specialist in telecommunications, information technology and broadcasting law.Open is also recruiting […]

Jonathan Pickworth on conflicts of interest.

Jonathan Pickworth is a solicitor at Linklaters. The professional world received a shot across the bows in the recent House of Lords decision in Prince Jefri v KPMG [1999] 2 WLR 215. It was held that the erection of a “Chinese Wall” would not necessarily protect a litigant from the risk of inadvertent leakage of […]

Scuffle of the week

Black lawyers are warning Home Secretary Jack Straw that one of his favourite reforms – the removal of trial by election – will further dent the confidence of black Britons in the legal system. Courtenay Griffiths QC says that “there is clear evidence that the black community will be disproportionately affected by the proposed changes”. […]

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Bournemouth Borough Council is suing WH Saunders & Son of Southampton; LG Mouchal & Partners of West Byfleet; and Technical Timber Services of Romsey. The claim against WH Saunders and LG Mouchal is for damages for alleged breach of contracts made between 1984 and 1986 and negligence over the design, specification, and supervision of building […]

OFT could prove bad medicine for chemists

Roger Pearson reports on the Office of Fair Trading’s move to abolish the price fixing of commonly used medicines. A major legal challenge which could have wide-ranging implications for the cost of over-the-counter medicines – and which some say could lead to the closure of many small chemist shops – is now pending. The Government’s […]

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