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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.


Anderson Strathern – Rising 50 – 2005

Turnover: £12m Revenue per partner: £352,900 Revenue per lawyer: £127,700 Total number of partners: 34 Total number of fee-earners: 133 Total number of fee-earners (excluding consultants, paralegals, trainees etc): 94 Total number of support staff: 90 Offices: Currie, Edinburgh, Haddington Equity structure: Lockstep Core business: Full service Clients: Bank of Scotland, Napier University, Royal College […]

Nicholson Graham & Jones – UK 100

Turnover: £26.5m Profit per equity partner: £240,000 Equity spread: £128,000-£320,000 Net profit: £6.5m Profit margin: 25 per cent Salaried partner remuneration: £60,000-£200,000 Revenue per lawyer: £250,000 Revenue per partner: £520,000 Revenue per equity partner: £981,000 Cost per lawyer: £189,000 Profit per lawyer: £61,000 No of partners: 51 No of equity partners: 27 No of female […]

McGrigors – UK 100

Turnover: £41m (estimated to end September 2004) Profit per equity partner: £238,000 Equity spread: £140,000-£350,000 (both estimated) Net profit: £10.4m (estimated to end September 2004) Profit margin: 25 per cent Salaried partner remuneration: £110,000-£140,000 Revenue per lawyer: £173,000 Revenue per partner: £788,000 Revenue per equity partner: £932,000 Cost per lawyer: £129,000 Profit per lawyer: £44,000 […]

Orrick creates Taiwan practice

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has opened an office in Taiwan to provide IP services to technology clients there. The office is named Orrick Foreign Legal Affairs Attorneys at Law and is Orrick’s second base in Asia after Tokyo. The firm is looking to expand further in Asia after doubling the size of its Tokyo operation […]

First overseas partner joins Ashurst’s board

Ashurst has put an overseas partner on its management board for the first time. Rated Milan finance partner Daniele Reynaud was elected late last autumn as a replacement for board member Jeremy Hill, who quit the firm for Debevoise & Plimpton in September. Crucially, Reynaud stood unopposed. Senior partner Geoffrey Green said: “There was a […]

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