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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.


Firm profile: HGF Law

HGF Law is a nine-partner law firm working within the wider HGF intellectual property firm.  HGF has twelve offices across the UK as well as in The Hague and Basel, with specialised intellectual property solicitors based in London, Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester.  In total the firm has over 120 patent attorneys, trade mark attorneys and solicitors providing a full service IP offering to clients.  HGF creates and manages significant IP portfolios for the world’s leading companies and research institutes.  HGF’s lawyers advise on IP strategy, commercialisation and licensing, enforcement and dispute resolution, with significant experience in High Court patent and trade mark litigation.

BLP’s fast action hero

It’s not often Tulkinghorn can say this, but some news of a genuinely heroic nature reached Tulkinghorn last week from Berwin Leighton Paisner. It was in the form of an email circulated by corporate finance partner and partnership board chairman Peter Robinson, to ‘everyone’, entitled “Adrian Rough” (one of the firm’s backroom unsung heroes). It […]

Safe conduct

Product liability claims are on the rise as consumers, backed by tougher EU laws, are increasingly exercising their rights. By Jeanette Harwood and Gwendoline Davies In an environment of increasing legislation, effective risk management is, more than ever, becoming crucial to dealing with product liability claims. Such claims are on the increase. Consumers are more […]

MBR&M goes to Gherkin

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw’s insurance and reinsurance team is moving out of its home in the Lloyd’s of London building into the 31st floor of 30 St Mary Axe, aka the Gherkin. The 25 lawyers and 13 staff are due to move in to their new home in December this year. As well as […]

CC raids Freshfields for Amsterdam finance team

Clifford Chance has moved to increase its Amsterdam finance and capital markets offering, taking three lawyers from magic circle rival Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. The firm has hired two senior associates and a junior from the Amsterdam office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Sander Klaasen and Robert Masman will join as senior associates in August, while Wouter […]

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