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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.


MoFo hires two lawyers for DC office

San Francisco firm Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) is taking on two government lawyers to boost its Washington DC financial services practice. Barbara Wellbery, who is counsel to the undersecretary for electronic commerce and head of the electronic commerce task force in the International Trade Administration, is joining the firm as a partner. At the same […]

College of Law LPC course wins Law Society backing

The College of Law’s new approach to the LPC has won the approval of the Law Society’s Legal Practice Course Board and will be taught from September 2001. The new course has been approved ahead of those formulated by the three providers – Nottingham Law School, the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice and BPP – […]

Jargon busting-the a to z of new media

E: For some it is a harmless recreational pastime; for some it is a mind-expanding experience; for some it is a dangerous hallucinogenic that has swept the country dulling minds, creating obsessions and undermining traditional hierarchies; for some it is a costly craze, and for others a goldmine. Undoubtedly, E or e has become a […]

CC targets international public law from NY base

Clifford Chance is setting up an international public law capability in New York headed by partner Rae Lindsay. London-based Lindsay will move to New York in January. The new department will liaise with Washington-based international corporate and trade partners Dale Turza and Ryan Trainer. The link-up between the London, New York and Washington offices strengthens […]

Finning International

Finning International makes £322m recommended cash offer for Hewden Stuart. Finning advised by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Matthew Cosans) and Schroder Salomon Smith Barney. Hewden Stuart represented by Maclay Murray & Spens (David Cooke) and Noble Grossart.

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