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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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Down to the wire

AOL Europe is going through a tough time but that is not stopping head of legal Clare Gilbert lobbying for the future rights of all ISPs against the formidable BT. Naomi Rovnick reports

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Last week, The Lawyer revealed that Polish firm Wardynski & Partners was to open an office in Brussels, or more precisely sub-let office space from Brick Court Chambers, with which it has an association. Brick Court is one of very few chambers with an international office, and while Matrix Chambers has mooted the possibility of […]

Alcatel promotes legal head to CEO

International telecoms company Alcatel has appointed subsidiary Alcatel Optics Group’s head of legal as the chief executive officer (CEO) of its UK and Ireland operations. Charles Matthews has been at Alcatel for the last 15 years, during which time he has worked in commercial positions within the company’s submarine networks and optics groups in Europe […]

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Indian official sues Dentons associate

Denton Wilde Sapte solicitor Gauri Advani is being sued for libel by Hardeep Singh Puri, the Deputy High Commissioner for India in London. A High Court claim states that they had been friends for over 20 years.Advani is the daughter-in-law of LK Advani, the Indian Home Minister. At the beginning of October, the Delhi High […]

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