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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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Racine absorbs boutique in corporate push

French litigation firm Racine has swallowed up M&A boutique Boisséson & Associés, boosting the firm’s transactional capability. Six lawyers join Racine in the move, including the two lead partners Gilles de Boisséson and Jean-Yves Martin. Racine is developing its corporate practice following a strategy review. De Boisséson’s practice focuses on IP, M&A and private equity […]

Tough times for IP lawyers

As we report today, IP boutique Bristows has decided to postpone its entire promotion process following the resignations of five patent litigation partners late last year. It seems on the face of it a pretty drastic response: Bristows’ IP franchise is not going to be capsized by a team departure, even if it does represent […]

Bristows breakaway opens as Powell Gilbert

Five breakaway partners from IP firm Bristows have today launched their own boutique firm, called Powell Gilbert. The firm launches with contentious IP partners Tim Powell, Penny Gilbert, Simon Ayrton, Zoe Butler and Alex Wilson, as well as five ex-Bristows associates. The partners gave in their notice last year and worked six months notice before […]

Five-partner exodus sees Bristows halt promotions

Bristows’ partnership has been put on hold as the firm assesses the damage from the shock departures of five life sciences partners. The firm is postponing this year’s round of partnership promotions while it comes to terms with the loss of one-fifth of its partnership. Co-managing partner Pat Treacy said: “We’ll hold off promotion talks […]

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