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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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Freshfields and Deringer Tessin Herrmann & Sedemund has announced an association with leading Austrian law firm Wolf Theiss & Partners, as predicted by The Lawyer in June. Deringer’s senior partner, Joachim Sedemund, said the association meant the firms could provide an “integrated service across all the major German-speaking markets”.

Pompey show red card to building firm

Roger Pearson reports on the impending High Court grudge match between Portsmouth Football Club and their builders. Portsmouth Football Club are set to take centre field in a High Court legal match over the building of the club’s new stands. The club are currently embroiled in a complex and multi-pronged legal battle involving, among other […]

Latin co-ordination

Baker & McKenzie is co-ordinating its Latin American practice in Europe by setting up two centres for clients interested in doing business in the South American region. One centre, to be based in London, will be headed by partner Beatriz Pessao de Araujo. The second is to be operated jointly out of the firm’s Barcelona […]

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