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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 […]

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Europe is “ill-prepared” to deal with the huge expansion of international fraud which accompanied the abolition of exchange controls, the director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) George Staples told delegates at the IBA conference. However, the subsequent signing of bilateral agreements and mutual assistance treaties has boosted efforts to investigate and prosecute cross-border cases, […]

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Conveyancers are constantly being told that they must adopt a commercial attitude to their work and must no longer look upon conveyancing as their bread and butter. Most solicitors are happy to do this but Practice Rule 6 inhibits solicitors from being properly commercial. The word “conflict” rears its ugly head and solicitors who would […]

In brief: Tax-saver Jenkins moves to Addleshaws

Corporate and property tax solicitor Ed Jenkins has joined Manchester-based commercial law firm Addleshaw Sons & Latham as a partner. His particular expertise is in mergers and acquisitions and in devising tax-saving strategies for people selling their businesses. Jenkins is also widely experienced in venture capital, having acted for managers and venture capitalists.

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