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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.

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Morgan Lewis makes major UK corporate push with triple hire from HSF

A trio of Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) partners, including City private equity head Mark Geday, have left the firm to join Morgan Lewis & Bockius’ London office in a major corporate push for the US firm in the UK. Geday, a HSF lifer since 1996, is joined by corporate partners Nicholas Moore and Tomasz Wozniak […]

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Morgan Lewis poaches seven partner IP team from McDermott

Morgan Lewis & Bockius has nabbed a seven partner intellectual property litigation team from McDermott Will & Emery, who will be spread between three of its US offices. The IP hiring spree sees five of the new partners – Jeff Gargano, Krista Vink Venegas, Shon Lo, Hersh Mehta and Kevin Shortsle – take up residence in Morgan Lewis’s […]

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Cooley wins Amazon UK from Edwards Wildman following London launch

Cooley has replaced Edwards Wildman as Amazon’s primary trademark and competition panel firm in Europe following the latter’s merger with Locke Lord. Former Edwards Wildman partners Becket McGrath and Nicholas Bolter took the client across to Cooley when the US firm opened in London in January (9 January 2015). Bolter initially advised Amazon on trademark […]

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