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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.


Kings’ chambers contributions cut as turnover soars

Northern set Kings Chambers has reported a turnover increase of 20 per cent while slashing its chambers contributions by 3 per cent between 2003 and 2004. Northern set Kings Chambers has reported a turnover increase of 20 per cent while slashing its chambers contributions by 3 per cent between 2003 and 2004. Kings, which has a financial year-end of 31 […]

MBR&M strengthens Sloane Capital relationship

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBR&M) has cemented its relationship with Sloane Capital, the property fund of Irish horseracing magnates John Magnier and JP McManus, after advising on Standard Chartered’s sale and leaseback of 35 Basinghall Street. The deal also saw Clifford Chance get its first real estate instruction from Standard Chartered since 2001. The […]

Taylor Wessing secures cost cap for Associated

Taylor Wessing has won a landmark victory for libel defendants by securing a costs-capping order for Associated Newspapers. Associated is defending the Evening Standard against a defamation claim brought by a nursing home owner, Alberta Matadeen, who was accused by the newspaper of ill-treating patients. The claimant’s costs were estimated at £558,000 and the defendant’s […]

Firm profile: Norton Rose Greece

Norton Rose Greece” />”There were lots of words of dire warning but the Games went off without a hitch,” reports Chris Hobbs, who manages Norton Rose’s Athens and Piraeus offices, of last year’s Olympic Games. The cynics might have doubted the Greeks’ ability to play host to a world-class tournament, but the reawakened interest has […]

David Curtin: Aspen Re

The Spitzer price-fixing investigation could spell big changes for the insurance industry. Aspen Re’s David Curtin is keeping a close eye on the outcome. By Joanne Harris Just over a year ago, New York Attorney-General Eliot Spitzer sent shockwaves through the insurance world when he announced he was launching an investigation into broking giant Marsh & McLennan. […]

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