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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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Exclusive: Axiom weighs up IPO after years of deliberation

Flexible legal resources provider Axiom is considering an initial public offering in a bid to turbocharge the company’s growth, The Lawyer understands. Sources close to the matter claim that the firm’s internal talks are reaching a head after several years of deliberation. An Axiom spokesperson said today: “Axiom does not comment on rumours or market speculation”. […]

EY Law to enter Belfast market after Axiom hire

EY Law is setting up a legal services arm in Belfast after recruiting Axiom director Aaron Stewart to lead the team. Stewart will be responsible for working with the accountant’s clients across the UK and has been tasked with building and running a team in the Northern Irish capital. He has been at Axiom since […]

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Mishcon gears up for next decade with hire of Axiom’s UK head

Mishcon de Reya has hired the London general manager of alternative resourcing business Axiom in the newly created role of chief strategy officer. Nick West, a lawyer who previously worked at Lexis Nexis, joined Mishcon yesterday (6 January) as part of the firm’s senior management team. Axiom is best known as a provider of technology-enabled […]

What is the difference between corporate and commercial in a law firm?

In a law firm corporate and commercial are titles given to two related but usually separate groups. The distinction between the groups can differ across firms. The practice areas within corporate are closely linked and their work relates to the lifecycle of companies, as well as mergers & acquisitions. Commercial includes a broader range of […]

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