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By Graham Richardson Faster decision-making, cost savings and fewer errors – robots and AI are already benefiting law firms and their clients, with many exciting developments still to come In the age of robots, AI and automated law, the role and outputs of the in-house team is about to experience its own ‘big bang’. No longer […]

Cyber security – Reputational, enforcement and litigation risks

By Jake McQuitty, David Cook It seems like barely a week goes by without a high-profile data breach being reported on the front pages of our newspapers. Hacking and cyberattacks appear to be becoming more commonplace and involving an ever-increasing range of wrongdoers: from vandals to nation states and terrorist groups. The risk around cyberattacks has been […]

Forging a global disputes practice for the digital age

By Paul Worth ‘There is no such thing as a digital strategy, just strategy in a digital world’  It is hard to argue with the well-rehearsed marketing strapline above in sectors such as retail, but to what extent is it true of a global disputes practice? A review of The Lawyer Global Litigation Top 50 2018 […]

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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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