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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.


Quote of the week

“We were prepared to lose a little of our precious independence in return for its name and the quality of its activities.” – Gianni Origoni partner Alessandro Giuliani becomes the first lawyer to admit the real reason why not everyone wants to be alone.

Scuffle of the week

The Government v The Guardian and The Observer. The newspapers’ lawyers accused the Government of using oppressive tactics to prevent them reporting allegations of abuse of power by MI6. The papers are challenging a March ruling by Judge Martin Stephens which ordered them to give police any emails or notes they may have relating to […]

Legal Widow

I was playing the lying down game with the children the other day, a game I much appreciate as it involves a lot of lying down – something a mother of three rarely gets the chance to do, even at legitimate hours of the night. The three children were operating on me, having admitted me […]

Top partner quits Burges Salmon unit

Veale Wasbrough has lured a top property investment lawyer from Burges Salmon. Stuart King, formerly head of Burges Salmon’s property finance unit, will join the property services team, which the firm says has handled transactions worth more than £1bn over the past 12 months. He says his move is in part due to the different […]

A&O dresses down five days a week

Allen & Overy is breaking with magic circle formality by offering staff the chance to dress down five days a week. The move affects only Allen & Overy’s London office, but head of corporate Richard Cranfield believes that it will spread to the firm’s international offices. Brief guidelines on the “smart casual policy” have been […]

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