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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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Bar to provide legal training for ambassadors

Concerns that British ambassadors and senior officials at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) are ignorant about basic legal issues has led to the launch of special advisory schemes run by the Bar Council. Ambassadors and senior FCO staff are being taught about how the English and European legal systems operate, such as the structure of […]

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Anyone that works in personal injury will tell you that they see all manner of claims. But despite that, a staff member at Russell Jones & Walker was still shocked at one that landed on his desk recently. The case involved an applicant who wanted to bring a claim against one of the world’s best-known […]

New Patents Bill to by-pass courts

Measures to help small businesses protect their intellectual property rights were revealed last week, when the government published plans for the biggest reform of the patent laws for more than quarter of a century. The patents bill includes measures aimed at making it easier for businesses to resolve disputes without resorting to the courts. Speaking […]

West Ham legal head selected for seat on the board

Company secretary and head of legal at West Ham United Scott Duxbury has accepted an invitation to join the board at the Nationwide first division club. Duxbury’s appointment confirms the growing influence of law in football. He joined the club in June 2001 after a spell working with Manchester United director Maurice Watkins advising the […]

Herbert Smith drives push on financial institutions with FSA enforcement head

Herbert Smith has stepped up its drive to align litigation with corporate and banking by hiring a Financial Services Authority (FSA) head of enforcement as a litigation partner. Litigation head David Gold has recruited Martyn Hopper, head of market integrity in the enforcement division of the FSA, as part of Herbert Smith’s strategy to win […]

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