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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.


Geordie Law Soc chief aims to boost “relevance”

The head of property and planning at North East firm Ward Hadaway has been elected president of the Newcastle Law Society. Neil Robson will be president for the next year, and takes over the post from outgoing president, Guy Goodings, a partner at Northumberland-based firm Wholley Goodings. Robson said: “My main goal during my presidency […]

Latest Reed Smith merger goes live

The merger between US firm Reed Smith and Chicago-based Sachnoff & Weaver is going live today. The two firms will start trading under the banner of Reed Smith Sachnoff & Weaver in Chicago for a limited period. The addition of Sachnoff’s 130 lawyers takes the total number of lawyers at Reed Smith to 1,500. Greg […]

Microsoft’s $1.5bn MP3 infringement fine the biggest in history

Microsoft has been hit by the largest patent fine in history after a San Diego jury ruled that Windows Media Player infringed Alcatel-Lucent’s patents. Microsoft was ordered to pay Alcatel-Lucent $1.52bn (£770m) for using MP3 technology without a licence, almost triple the $612m (£311.78m) that BlackBerry maker RIM paid to NTP in March 2007. The […]

Arnold & Porter picks NY chief

US firm Arnold & Porter has chosen a successor to longstanding New York managing partner John Willett. Senior environmental lawyer Mike Gerrard takes over from Willett, who has served 10 years as the firm’s New York managing partner. Arnold & Porter’s New York office now has 86 lawyers, making it the second biggest opertation in […]

Halliwells joins Eversheds, Addleshaws on AA roster

Eversheds, Addleshaws on AA roster” />Halliwells has snared a role on the Automobile Association’s (AA) legal panel alongside Addleshaw Goddard and Eversheds. While the AA currently operates a number of other firms dealing with consumer queries such as insurance claims, this is the first time that the AA has established a formal panel of law […]

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