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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.


Addleshaws halves promotions

Addleshaw Goddard has halved its partner promotions from 2004-05, with five associates promoted to partner for the new financial year. The firm’s corporate, real estate, projects, property litigation and employment practices all received one new partner each. Last year the firm promoted ten to the partnership, with corporate and litigation both receiving three promotions, while […]

Freshfields in talks to end all-equity model

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has launched a full-scale review of its cherished all-equity partnership model, including the possibility of de-equitising partners. In what is a momentous U-turn, the magic circle firm’s senior management has confirmed that it is considering a wide range of changes to its partnership model, including the creation of fixed-share partners across the firm. The review […]

Slaughters reaffirms Hong Kong presence with Morgan Stanley hire

Slaughter and May has enticed Morgan Stanley in-house counsel Lisa Chung back to the firm’s Hong Kong office after a year with the global investment bank. Chung is set to rejoin Slaughters as a partner in July, after moving to Morgan Stanley at the beginning of 2005. Morgan Stanley is a longstanding client of Slaughters. […]

Goodwin raids pave way for California expansion

Boston-based Goodwin Procter has launched an assault on California, opening in Los Angeles (LA) and San Francisco on the back of raids on Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and Cooley Godward. The LA office will be chaired by Lewis Feldman, the former head of the LA real estate and national public finance team at Pillsbury. Feldman […]

Dentons rebuilds partnership with record promotions

Denton Wilde Sapte is set to rebuild its partnership with 26 promotions after losing almost of fifth of its partners over the last two years. TMT, which notoriously lost 11 partners in one fell swoop to DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary in 2004, did not make up any lawyers having promoted three during the past […]

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