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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.


An Appeal Court ruling clarifies exposure to risk when dealing with letters of credit transactions, writes Roger Masefield. Roger Masefield is a tenant of Brick Court Chambers.

The decision of the Court of Appeal in Banco Santander v Banque Paribas is important for those involved in letter of credit transactions. The case concerned the shipment of oil from Kazakhstan CIF Porvoo, Finland. The sale was to be by an English firm, Bayfern, to Napa Petroleum – at an agreed price of about […]

BBC loses head of IP after shake-up announcement

A BBC management shake-up has led to the departure of the broadcaster’s head of the intellectual property and litigation department. Fred Croft, who was also responsible for commercial, programme and regulatory legal matters, says that the recently announced internal reorganisation at London’s Television Centre acted as a catalyst in his decision to leave the BBC […]

Richard Gerstein

Finers Stephens Innocent managing partner Richard Gerstein has given up the helm to go back to fee earning. Clair Smith talks to the litigation lawyer who will not miss the burden of management Being a managing partner does not always come with all the perks that people might expect. “I always thought that managing partners […]

Bernstein bags rival's managing partner

Alan Schulman, the head of Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach’s three West Coast offices for the past five years, has defected to Bernstein Litowitz and set up shop in San Diego. A member of Milberg Weiss’s executive committee for the last ten years, Schulman says Bernstein’s success in gaining institutional investors as clients was […]

McGrigors expands employment group

McGrigor Donald has poached Wright Johnston & MacKenzie’s Stuart Neilson to become a partner in the firm’s expanding employment unit. Neilson, who is now based in McGrigor Donald’s Glasgow office, specialises in all aspects of employment law. He has over 10 years experience in employment law, advising on dismissals, TUPE, reorganisation, change management and discrimination. […]

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