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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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All Greek to a defendant abroad

The case of Philip Portington has not loomed large in law reports. But it is one which highlights the difference in the quality of justice for Britons at home and abroad. And whatever critics may say about our courts, UK justice comes out on top. Portington was arrested in Salonika, Greece, in 1985 for the […]

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Renting an office at the Cannes film festival has paid off for Theodore Goddard. For the fifth year running, a team of five lawyers from the City firm’s media and entertainment group, headed by consultant Keith Cousins, were at the festival. During their stay they drew up financing deals for five new films (three European […]

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A THREE year £3 million advertising campaign to improve the image of solicitors is being considered by the Law Society. Chancery Lane officials have met with PR guru Sir Tim Bell to seek his advice on the way forward. The Lawyer asked a selection of advertising, public relations and media friendly lawyers what they thought. […]

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Television researchers investigating cases where defendants make false confessions are calling on lawyers to help them make a documentary. The television company, Antelope Productions, wants to make a documentary highlighting cases when defendants deliberately confess to crimes they did not commit. Associate producer Piu Das Gupta said people made false confessions for many reasons which […]

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