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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.



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Top job for Johnson Matthey counsel

Simon Farrant is taking on the mantle of company secretary in addition to his role as senior legal adviser at precious metals and drugs company Johnson Matthey. Farrant replaces Gordon Thorburn who is to retire because of ill health. He will officially take over at the company’s annual general meeting in July. Farrant remains head […]

Playwright stalks Theodores

Playwright Terence Frisby steps up his “campaign of torment” against Theodore Goddard this morning, when leaflets offering secretly delivered, discounted copies of his book Outrageous Fortune will be handed out to staff as they arrive at work. Frisby, the author of hit play There’s a Girl in my Soup, published the book last year, which […]

Breaching warranties

Leave has been given by the House of Lords for an appeal in the case of Senate Electrical Wholesalers v STC Submarine Systems & anor. The case centres on a decision by Mr Justice May in December 1996 in which he awarded Senate just over u7.5m for a claim involving breach of warranties on the […]

New competition rules clear the way

Michael Grenfell, partner, Norton Rose Simon Holmes, partner, SJ Berwin & Co John Boyce, partner, Slaughter and May In an attempt to clear a severe backlog of competition work building up outside the European Commission’s (EC) doors, a white paper was recently released proposing changes to how the EC handles restrictive trade cases under Article […]

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