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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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First 'virtual' conference on Millennium Bug for lawyers

The Lawyer has teamed up with the Department of Trade and Industry’s Action 2000 and British Telecom to run the first “virtual” conference for the legal profession. The conference will be held on Wednesday 23 September when a panel of legal experts will discuss the Millennium Bug on a conference phone line and field phone […]

In brief: Profile

In last week’s profile, it was incorrectly stated that President Kaunda was formerly president of Zambia, instead of Zaire. It was also stated that the Bruce Grobbelaar libel action was against News of the World. It was against The Sun. Lord Aldington was the the plaintiff in the libel action brought against Count Tolstoy. The […]

In brief: Patent Office puts trade mark register online

The Patent Office has posted the UK trade marks register on the Internet. The new service will be of use to anyone needing to demonstrate or verify the ownership or status of a trade mark on the register. Peter Lawrence, director of trade marks at the Patent Office, said the move was “the latest phase […]

Cost disputes: what cost to the solicitor's reputation?

Marlene Winfield says that solicitors must be more transparent about exactly how much their services are going to cost the consumer. Marlene Winfield is senior policy officer at the National Consumer Council. Last year, I was having problems with a bowing wall in my Victorian semi. The surveyor thought it might be a drains problem. […]

In brief: Davies Arnold Cooper hires two new partners

Davies Arnold Cooper has hired two new partners. Allan Reason, formerly of Pinsent Curtis, has joined the London office as a banking partner and Phil Jepson, formerly of Dibb Lupton Alsop, has become head of common law for the firm’s Manchester and Newcastle offices.

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