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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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Millennium mover

Channel 5’s head of business affairs and company secretary Jane Gill has become head of legal and company secretary at Peter Mandelson’s millennium dome project The New Millennium Experience. She succeeds Michael Brainsby, who has moved to English Heritage.

US firms exit Budapest sparking fears for future

US firms Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Seward & Kissel have pulled out of Budapest, marking the start of what many think will be an exodus of foreign law firms from the city. New York firm Seward & Kissel has transferred its two lawyers in Budapest, Blaise Pasztory and Peter Komaromi, to Squire […]

World Software drives Worldox in UK

US company World Software, producer of document management system Worldox, has begun a drive to promote the product in the UK. Systematic Corporate Solutions (SCS), a new subsidiary of The Systematic Group, has been appointed to distribute Worldox in the UK. SCS boasts Paisner & Co and Boodle Hatfield as clients and claims ten other […]

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