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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.

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Further DWF defections as real estate finance duo leave firm

Partners continue to trickle out of DWF ahead of its proposed £1bn IPO, with the latest two leavers being snapped up by Fieldfisher. Iain Thomas and Christian Francis are to join Fieldfisher’s real estate finance practice. Thomas led the real estate practice at DWF, where he has been since 2014. He was previously a partner at […]

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Magic circle firm wins Goldman Sachs mandate on HQ sale

Linklaters and DWF have led in the £1.2bn sale of Goldman Sachs’ new City headquarters, in the biggest deal announced for a London office building this year. The magic circle firm’s real estate partners Patrick Plant, Simon Price and corporate real estate partner Tom Watkins led for Goldman Sachs Group, which has sold its new, unfinished European headquarters […]

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DWF targets Freshfields again in bid to expand legal tech

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s senior manager of legal technology operations Jamie Whalebone is to join DWF to boost the firm’s growing managed services unit, marking the second hire from the magic circle firm in a matter of months. As part of his new role as head of legal service delivery and transformation, from next month Whalebone will co-lead […]

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