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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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In brief: Scottish legal hotline launched

The Law Society of Scotland has launched its “Dial-a-Law” telephone hotline with 24-hour pre-recorded information on any of more than 40 topics and day-time operators to refer callers to a local practice.

Financing

Norton Rose advised the Toronto-Dominion Bank on the NLG1.1bn and US$125m financings for cable operator United Pan-Europe Communications NV, advised by Theodore Goddard. The funds were used to buy out the interests of Philips Electronics NV, advised by White & Case.

No Orricks merger

Merger talks between San Francisco-based Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe and New York’s Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine have collapsed, in spite of the resolution of a conflict problem reported in The Lawyer on 3 March. The collapse is believed to be due to disagreement over some commercial aspects of the deal. Despite this, Orrick Herrington […]

New set in Newcastle

A new chambers has been set up in Newcastle which specialises in employment law. Milburn House Chambers in Dean Street has two tenants both former tenants of New Court Chambers and a pupil. Head of chambers, Paul Cape, said he believed that it was the only specialised employment set outside of London. “Leaving New Court […]

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