Obviousness: could the skilled person make it without any inventive step?

Sign in or register to continue reading.

Gain access to the latest news from The Lawyer.com, our jobs board, career insight and much more.

Register now to The Lawyer to access our latest news stories, read selected briefings from key firms and gain essential careers insight to help you make the most of your current and future roles.

Contact Us: if you have any questions regarding your subscription, call us on +44 (0)20 7292 3716 or email us at customerservices@thelawyer.com

Register now

Having problems?

Contact us on +44 (0)20 7292 3716 | email: customerservices@thelawyer.com

If you are looking for our Jobs site, please click here 

Latest Briefings

Construction: can a company in liquidation refer a dispute to adjudication?

The Technology and Construction Court (TCC) has delivered a significant judgment in Michael J Lonsdale (Electrical) Ltd v Bresco Electrical Services Ltd (in Liquidation) [2018] EWHC 2043 (TCC) where the company seeking to refer a dispute to adjudication was in liquidation. The substance of the dispute related to the contractor’s claim for payment allegedly due for […]

Overseas companies and UK property – all change in 2021

By Maria Connolly At the end of July, the Draft Registration of Overseas Entities Bill was published. The intention is that, from 2021, overseas entities wanting  to deal in certain UK property will have to register in the overseas entities register (OER). Why will overseas entities have to register?

Hackitt review: Response suggests further extension of the regime

By Adrian Mansbridge As outlined in our previous articles covering what lies ahead for high rise regulation and the proposed ban on flammable cladding the legislative programme to implement the recommendations of the Hackitt review and to address broader concerns is already underway. However, as anticipated, political concerns have already led to these proposals being “beefed up”…

Use of behavioural biometrics brings privacy issues under GDPR

By Alex Towers With cybertheft and data breaches becoming an increasingly common occurrence, the need to rapidly and accurately identify fraud has driven the development of behavioural biometrics as a means to target automated attacks and suspicious transactions. However, for the technology to function, companies must amass libraries of biometric personal data to construct profiles…

Supreme Court rules a ‘right to litigate’ cannot be assigned to a third party

By Rebecca MacCann What happens if you assign your right to litigate to a person or company that is unconnected to the event that creates the right to litigate? In the recent Supreme Court case of SPV Osus Ltd v­ HSBC Institutional Trust Services (Ireland) Limited & Ors [2018] IESC 44, the Supreme Court held […]

Recommended

Matt Byrne

Ride the wave of change, don’t resist it

The news last Friday that Addleshaw Goddard is clambering aboard the flexible resourcing juggernaut underlines how quickly this part of the legal services market is moving. Over the past couple of years or so a growing number of traditional law firms have followed the trail blazed by Berwin Leighton Paisner, which launched Lawyers on Demand […]

John Joyce Addleshaw Goddard
3

Addleshaw Goddard sets out its ‘fresh perspective’

Addleshaw Goddard has set out its aspirations to re-establish a top 20 position in the UK200 and to be known as a premium player in its chosen markets as part of a new strategy rolled out firmwide today (11 December). Managing partner John Joyce delivered his vision for the firm to partners at a conference […]

frankfurt germany

Up to nine partners face axe as Clifford Chance reviews German operations

Clifford Chance is understood to be carrying out a review of its German operations, and is likely to see the departure of a number of partners as a result. The firm elected Peter Dieners as its new German managing partner in July (31 July 2014) and is now examining its capabilities across its three offices […]

Shoosmiths and Bond Dickinson advise on £317m rail procurement deal

Shoosmiths and Bond Dickinson have advised on a rail deal that will bring hundreds of new carriages on the Gatwick Express and Thameslink routes as part of a £317m investment by the rail industry. Shoosmiths advised Porterbrook, who won the tender to own and lease the 224 new custom built Electrical Multiple Unit (EMU) coaches […]

Private client firms Hunters and May May & Merrimans to merge in April

Private client firms Hunters and May May & Merrimans have announced they are merging in April next year, creating a firm with 120 staff. The firms together boast a combined experience of 530 years. Lincoln’s Inn firm Hunters was founded in 1715 and Gray’s Inn-based May May & Merrimans in 1768. The merged firm will […]

In-House & Private Practice Legal Jobs

Stay up-to-date with the latest opportunities on The Lawyer Careers. Each month, more than 8,000 legal roles are added to our site - we'll bring you the best opportunities out there.

Get Started

Register now to The Lawyer to access our latest news stories, read selected briefings from key firms and gain essential careers insight to help you make the most of your current and future roles.

Contact Us: if you have any questions regarding your subscription, call us on +44 (0)20 7292 3716 or email us at customerservices@thelawyer.com

Register now

Having problems?

Contact us on +44 (0)20 7292 3716 | email: customerservices@thelawyer.com

If you are looking for our Jobs site, please click here