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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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Flying phobics should listen out on Thursday for transport minister Helen Liddell’s expected announcement that the Government is introducing a new offence of “interfering with cabin crew carrying out their duties”, with penalties of up to two years imprisonment or a u2,000 fine. About 1,000 air-rage incidents are reported each year by UK airlines – […]

Offering the best legal services

How refreshing to see a firm looking for ways of offering new services to its clients. The news that Charles Russell is setting up an equal opportunity training company shows that some firms at least are thinking “outside the box”. If the company does as it promises and offers bespoke advice on everything from personnel […]

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Clifford Chance shuns tradition with plc-style governing board

Clifford Chance is adopting a UK corporate-style structure by electing a governing board to oversee the decisions of its executive committee. The board’s first members will be partners elected from the three firms merging to form the new conglomerate. But the merger document leaves room for captains of industry and other outsiders to join the […]

In brief: Herbert Smith

Herbert Smith client the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile has received a public apology from the European Commission for leaking documents. Stephen Kinsella, managing partner of Herbert Smith’s Brussels office, says it is the first time the commission has done such a thing. He is now pushing for costs of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

In brief: Harbottle & Lewis

Harbottle & Lewis, the media and entertainment practice, has made up three new partners. Mark Owen has been made a partner in the IP department, Mark Bertram in the corporate finance department and Samantha Phillips in the IP and litigation departments. Richard Penfold and Rachel Atkins have been made senior associates.

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