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Union of European practitioners in intellectual property

The contribution of the prestigious European Intellectual Property Organization (UNION), which integrates some of the leading European experts in this field, was published on the 3d December for the discussion of a patent law issue submitted to the European Boards of Appeal of Patents.

Lisbon Annual Report: Riding the wave

For VdA’s executive group partner, “law firms are under pressure to provide a top quality service, more efficiently”. The article analyses the portuguese market on business advocacy, after consulting some lawyers of the best portuguese law firms. The biggest law firm in Portugal are experiencing substantial growth, but managing partners are well aware that a downturn in […]

Portugal: Patent litigation law review

By António Andrade, Marta Alves Vieira The Portuguese patent litigation system has some particularities that make it a rather unique system. In Portugal, patent litigation generally takes place before the Intellectual Property Court (the Court). This specialised state court, with jurisdiction at a national level, has been operating in Portugal since 30 March 2012 and is […]

Can commonhold be reinvigorated?

By Michael Callaghan and Melissa Barker The Law Commission has issued a substantial consultation seeking to improve the manner in which the commonhold system operates and to persuade existing leaseholders to move to a commonhold structure. Background Commonhold is an alternative to long leasehold ownership of property. Instead of a landlord and a number of tenants, […]

In what circumstances can additional administrators be appointed?

By Simon Clark, Gawain Moore According to a recent case, Zinc Hotels (Investment) Limited and others v Beveridge and others [2018] EWHC 1936 (Ch), the court does not have power to appoint additional administrators except within the constraints of paragraph 103 of Schedule B1 to the Insolvency Act 1986. Where administrators are appointed out of court by the […]

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Dechert picks up Shearman’s Brussels head to ramp EU team

Dechert has pounced on Shearman & Sterling’s Brussels managing partner Hans Jürgen Meyer-Lindemann in a boost for its EU competition practice in both Belgium and Germany. Meyer-Lindemann will split his time between Dechert’s Brussels and Frankfurt offices. The news comes just a week after Shearman confirmed it was closing its Düsseldorf and Munich offices following […]

Scotland

Anderson Strathern reappointed as advisor to The Crown Estate

After a competitive tender process, Anderson Strathern has once again been retained to advise the Crown Estate in Scotland. The firm’s chairman Robert Carr will continue to act as solicitor for The Crown Estate – a property portfolio owned by the Crown. It currently includes five rural estates, mineral and salmon fishing rights, approximately half […]

Beijing

Clyde & Co gains approval for Beijing office launch

Clyde & Co has become the lastest firm to have gained regulatory approval for a Beijing opening from China’s Ministry of Justice. The Beijing office will be its third office in Greater China, following Hong Kong and Shanghai which were established in 1981 and 2006 (16 January 2006) respectively. The new office will be led […]

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Nokia Global head of litigation: Phone ranger

Leading a tiny team at the raging heart of the great 21st century patent war is… tremendous fun, says Nokia litigation boss Richard Vary When Richard Vary arrived at Nokia in 2006 from Linklaters the company was the world’s largest manufacturer of mobile phones, selling more than 500 million worldwide. Apple, meanwhile, was but a […]

Growing whistleblower activity calls for close employer attention to retaliation issues

The increasing number of whistleblowers and whistleblower retaliation claims and the evolving multi-faceted nature of anti-retaliation law require employers to take enhanced care when contemplating adverse action against an employee who may qualify for whistleblower status. With the Dodd-Frank whistleblower bounty programme maturing, the number of whistleblowers and whistleblower retaliation claims is bound to increase. […]

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