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Recent changes to planning: an overview

There have been several changes to the planning system in recent months, reflecting the response to Covid-19 and most recently in support of the Prime Minister’s evocation to ‘build, build, build’.

‘No DSS’ no longer

The Department for Social Security or more commonly referred to as ‘DSS’, was the government department responsible for providing benefit payments. The department was however replaced in 2001 by the Department of Work and Pensions. In the case of Rosie Keogh v Nicholas George Ltd, the complainant contacted a local letting agent regarding a property […]

Swiss Federal Supreme Court follows the practice of EPO’s Board of Appeal on singling out

In a recent decision (4A_613/2019, 11 May 2020), the Swiss Federal Supreme Court (Supreme Court) followed the practice of the Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) as it held that the singling out of single features from two separate lists of features and therefore the combination of these  two specific features constitutes an extension of the subject-matter of the patent application leading to its nullity.


Bryan Cave chief steps down to resume fee-earning role

The London managing partner of US firm Bryan Cave has stepped down after six years. Corporate partner Charles Attlee has returned to a full-time fee-earning role at the firm, while fellow corporate partner Anthony Fiducia has assumed the lead role in London. Fiducia, formerly a partner at Davenport Lyons, is particularly known for corporate deals […]

Electric dreams

The ever-growing entity that is patent and trademark attorney firm Marks & Clerk may hide a myriad of mysteries, at least to the lay (ie non-IP spod) person. But none can be as unusual, and let’s say it, cool, as equity partner Terry Johnson’s recent revelation that he’s a closet heavy metal fan. Yes, the […]

Council nous

The London Borough of Haringey has plans for major regeneration. Legal head Davina Fiore tells Jon Parker about her role in boosting the area and the legal team’s reputation Davina Fiore’s office looks out onto the majestic Alexandra Palace. An heirloom from the Greater London Council, which was abolished in 1986, the Victorian ‘People’s Palace’ […]

DLA Piper springs E&Y German raid

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has poached a five partner banking and finance team from Germany’s Luther Menold as it continues its international expansion. The team includes at least ten associates and will transfer to the three German offices of DLA Piper Germany in Cologne, Frankfurt and Hamburg. The four partners joining DLA Piper include […]

Harris Hagan lures ex-Shadow Gaming Minister

Niche gaming firm Harris Hagan has hired of former Shadow Gaming Minister and qualified barrister Nick Hawkins. Hawkins, a Conservative MP between 1992 and 2005, also held the roles of Shadow Solicitor-General and Shadow Home Office Minister during his time in the House of Commons. He left the front bench in 2004 and served on […]

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