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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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Dozen Howrey partners break away to establish IP boutique

Howrey’s European IP head and Europe managing partner are both set to leave along with at least 10 other partners to set up their own IP firm. Among the 12 partners confirmed as leaving four are based in Brussels, seven in Amsterdam and one in Paris. Fourteen associates are also expected to leave to join […]

Exchange Chambers adds to Leeds office

North West set Exchange Chambers has added three members and a senior clerk to its nascent Leeds office. The set announced its intention to open in the city in July (The Lawyer, 19 July) with the specific intention of picking up instructions from regional firms. Civil barrister Paul Kirtley, who was called in 1982, joins […]

CC and Freshfields land roles on £1.3bn AZ Electronic IPO

Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have bagged roles on what could become one of the biggest private equity- backed initial public offerings (IPO) of 2010. The magic circle firms are acting on AZ Electronic Materials Group’s (AZ) planned flotation on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), which would value AZ at around $2bn (£1.3bn) and […]

Jones Day loses employment litigation head to BLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner has hired the head of Jones Day’s employment litigation practice. Lisa Mayhew joins as a partner today, bringing with her particular expertise in financial services. This includes experience on High Court cases that have involved team moves and restrictive covenants, bonuses, executive severance, equal pay and whistle blowing. Prior to Jones Day […]

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