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10 February 2006

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In the UK, City law firm Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has hired intellectual property (IP) and information technology (IT) specialist Jeremy Drew as a partner in its commercial division. Drew joins RPC from international law firm Ashurst, where he is currently a partner, and will spearhead RPC’s growing IP and IT practice.

Identified by Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession 2005/2006 as an ‘up and coming’ IP/IT lawyer, Drew specialises in UK and international IP disputes, including trademarks, copyright and IT systems, and supply contracts. He has significant experience in the technology sector.

The appointment follows the arrival of qualified patent and trademark specialist Kathy Harris from Hammonds, in 2005.

Technology

Digital-dictation software specialist WinScribe has launched a new dictation-integrated speech recognition solution for lawyers.

The technology, says WinScribe, automatically transforms dictation into documents, enabling faster document creation, improved quality and timelier client-response times.

It can be used away from the office – authors can dictate directly into any PC, hand-held recorder or touch-tone telephone – and can be accessed from any PC through secure password identification.

Technology

The number of mobilised corporate e-mail accounts is set to explode over the next three years, according to research by independent market analyst Datamonitor.

The report, ‘Mobile E-mail: the quest for differentiation’ estimates that there are currently around 650 million corporate inboxes worldwide, at least 35 to 40 per cent of which have the potential for mobilisation.

Furthermore, Datamonitor has placed the global addressable market for enterprise mobile e-mail at more than 250 million subscriptions.

The maturity of push e-mail technology – where the mail server forwards copies of incoming messages to mobile devices – is also driving demand, and mobile operators are expected to make the most of the growth anticipated for mobile e-mail solutions.

Merger and expansion

Milan firm Lega Colucci Morri & Associati (LCM) has merged with Rome-based Ripa di Meana signalling further vigour in the independent law-firm market in Italy. The merged firm, which will trade as Ripa di Meana LC & Partners, will comprise 70 lawyers, with offices in Milan, Rome and Beijing.

Vittorio Ripa di Meana has headed his firm since 1955 and brings several significant Italian clients to the merged firm, including publishing group Groupo Editoriale L’Espresso.

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