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.
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 […]
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 […]
By Manuel Protásio, Catarina Coimbra What regulates mining law? The Portuguese legal system is integrated in the civil/continental law system, which means that the majority of the legal provisions are comprised and enacted by statutes, written law being its primary source. The legal system is structured hierarchically and the Constitution is the leading legal instrument. The political […]
By Tiago Marreiros Moreira, João Riscado Rapoula Vieira de Almeida’s Tiago Marreiros Moreir and João Riscado Rapoula explore the new double taxation agreement between Portugal and Angola and what it could mean for companies doing business in the respective countries. In mid-September, Portugal’s prime minister made an official visit to Angola to meet the latter’s […]
By Courtney Rothery, Robyn Waller Imprisonment fears have been allayed for arbitrators and party-appointed experts involved in UAE-seated arbitrations following the latest amendments to Article 257 of the UAE Penal Code. THE PREVIOUS WORDING OF ARTICLE 257 OF THE UAE PENAL CODE In October 2016 arbitrators and party-appointed experts involved in UAE-seated arbitrations (who may or may not […]
By Karl Anders, Zoe McLean-Wells The Law Commission has undertaken a “root and branch review” of all aspects of enfranchisement law and is consulting on detailed and wide-ranging proposals for reform. Housing Management & Litigation experts Karl Anders and Zoe McLean-Wells summarise some of the headline proposals and urge stakeholders to have their say before the extended […]
By Alice Gardner A new code for the corporate governance of large private companies has now been launched by the Financial Reporting Council. Known as the Wates Principles, the new code is made up of the following six principles: Purpose and leadership Board composition Director responsibilities Opportunity and risk Remuneration Stakeholder relationships and engagement
By Urša Kranjc In October 2018 the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) granted Produkcija Plus doo (Pro Plus) €52,500 in compensation after its right to be heard was violated in the proceedings relating to the fine imposed for obstructing the dawn raid. Facts Suspecting that Pro Plus was abusing its dominant position, the Competition Protection […]
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Baker McKenzie infrastructure PE duo Tim Sheddick and Katie Hicks have joined Shearman & Sterling in London, the latest in a series of moves to US firms in this space. Sheddick has been with Bakers since 1999 and was made a partner in 2006. One of his key clients is Macquarie, which he advised in […]
Latham & Watkins and Sidley Austin have advised on online casino operator 888 Holding’s £22m buyout of All American Poker Network (AAPN). Through the deal, London-listed 888 has acquired the remaining 53 per cent interest in AAPN that it does not own, from its joint venture partner Avenue OLG Entertainment. AAPN was established as a US-facing joint venture […]
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang has launched a new portal to allow its staff to generate ideas and turn the best ones into products, The Lawyer has learned. The firm is asking for ideas that address three challenges, namely culture, internal efficiency or client solutions. These can either be “quick wins” or “big ideas”, which are transformative […]
Luxury French conglomerate LVMH has named a new legal head for its Moët Hennessy brand in Europe, after the departure of former director Isabelle Meyer to Just Eat. Jeremy Barker has been appointed as its legal director, following a four-month stint as a consultant solicitor at the company. This is a continuation of his relationship with […]
Pinsent Masons has nearly doubled its partnership headcount in Dublin after taking on three new partners from a trio of firms in the city. Pinsents became the first international law firm to open in the Irish capital after the Brexit vote, when it announced its launch in June 2017. As strife continues over the UK’s […]