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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.



Bristows in renewed push on IT with TwoBirds hire

Bird & Bird has lost one of the rising stars of its IT practice to rival Bristows. Toby Crick, formerly an associate at Bird & Bird, started today at Bristows as a partner. Crick will be working in the commercial IT and outsourcing practice headed by Mark Watts. “We have been making a concerted effort […]

Weightmans commences with delayed promotions

Liverpool-based firm Weightmans has kicked-off its partner promotion process after taking the decision to delay any ­promotions from the spring to give it more time (The Lawyer, 18 May).

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