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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.


St Philips, Fountain Court set to merge

Birmingham sets St Philips Chambers and No 1 Fountain Court last week voted overwhelmingly in favour of a merger, which will form the largest set of chambers in the country. The successful vote also confirms St Philips’ commitment to a multidisciplinary civil and criminal practice and a future of professional management under a chief executive […]

Shearman lures Freshfields senior associate

Shearman & Sterling has hired Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer financial services senior associate Barney Reynolds as counsel. With the addition of Reynolds to its English law capability, Shearman has gained another ancillary service to support its core corporate and M&A practices. UK M&A partner Adrian Knight said: “We anticipate significant M&A activity as the financial sector […]


Peter Rook QC made chairman of Criminal Bar

Peter Rook QC has today (1 July) taken over as chairman of the Criminal Bar Association. Previously the vice-chairman, Rook succeeds Bruce Houlder QC. Rook vowed to support the modernisation of the criminal justice system while also defending its basic freedoms. “It is the responsibility of all those agencies who work in the criminal justice […]

Camerons migrants programme 100% success

CMS Cameron McKenna has won 100 per cent of its immigration cases for highly skilled migrants since January 2002. The firm has now successfully acted for 40 highly-skilled migrants applying to live and work in the UK without a prior job offer. This amounts to around 10 per cent of the 338 permits issued by […]

Brobeck loses global co-chair

Troubled US firm Brobeck Phleger & Harrison has lost the co-chair of its global venture capital practice just weeks after the mass defection of 17 partners to Clifford Chance.John Montgomery has left the firm to join 40-lawyer corporate boutique Carr & Ferrell. He will start at his new firm later this month.Montgomery is the firm’s […]

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