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Swiss Federal Supreme Court follows the practice of EPO’s Board of Appeal on singling out

In a recent decision (4A_613/2019, 11 May 2020), the Swiss Federal Supreme Court (Supreme Court) followed the practice of the Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) as it held that the singling out of single features from two separate lists of features and therefore the combination of these  two specific features constitutes an extension of the subject-matter of the patent application leading to its nullity.

Recent Commercial Court decision highlights the importance of strict compliance with claim notification provisions in share and business sale and purchase agreements

In a recently delivered decision, Dodika Limited & Others v. United Luck Group Holdings Limited [2020] EWHC 2101 (Comm), Mr Peter MacDonald Eggers QC (sitting as a Deputy Judge of the Commercial Court) has ruled that a notice of claim under a tax covenant contained in a share sale and purchase agreement (SPA) failed to comply with the requirements of the claim notification provisions in the SPA. As a result, a sum of USD 50 million held in escrow was liable to be released to the SPA sellers.

Cyber security: Proactivity vs reactivity

Worried about the rise in cyber crime? Peter Yapp explains to Counter Terror Business Magazine how to “expect the unexpected” and get proactive when it comes to cyber security.



Exclusive: Stephens Scown to be first ‘shared ownership’ UK200 firm

West Country firm Stephens Scown is to become the first UK 200 law firm to operate under a shared ownership model. Last month, The Lawyer revealed that Mishcon de Reya managing partner Kevin Gold was considering implementing such a scheme, most famously employed by retailer John Lewis. However, Stephens Scown has beaten Mishcon to the punch […]


Freshfields tops UK M&A rankings for Q3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has retained the top spot in UK M&A rankings for Q3, having ranked second behind Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) in Q1. According to data from Thomson Reuters, Freshfields announced 55 UK-based deals between July and the end of September, totalling $115.4bn. The firm’s work on Comcast’s Sky bid paid dividends. Davis Polk & Wardwell, […]

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Freshfields, Norton Rose and Cravath lead in $18bn gold mining merger

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Norton Rose Fulbright and Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg have spearheaded a proposed merger to create the world’s largest gold miner, valued at $18bn (£13.7bn). The merger between two of the biggest players in the industry sees Canada’s Barrick Gold buy FTSE 100-listed US goldmining company rival Randgold Resources for $6bn, under an all-share […]

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