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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.


The bust boom

In the brave new world of bondholder restructurings, the US model is gaining ground. David Frauman gives the lowdown Economists may continue to examine data to determine whether a recession has occurred, but lawyers who specialise in financial restructurings have little doubt that the market is seeing the most significant increase in the level of […]


Lorenzo Zurbrugg aims to cut across barriers dividing legal cultures Specialising in foreign personal injury (PI) cases, this two-partner London-based firm acts mostly for insurers, with 70 per cent of its work coming from a combination of UK insurers with litigation abroad and foreign insurers that have litigation in the UK. The other 30 per […]

Skadden Italian tie-up proves its worth with closure of two deals

US giant Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Italian magic circle firm Chiomenti e Associati are reaping the rewards of their exclusive alliance after joint teams closed two deals in the space of a week.Lawyers from Palo Alto and Milan advised longstanding Chiomenti client Biosearch Italia on its acquisition by California-based biotech company Versicor, […]

Harbottles partner honoured for Jubilee work

Harbottle & Lewis partner Gerrard Tyrrell has been appointed by the Queen as a member of the Royal Victorian Order for his legal work on the Jubilee celebrations The order is given to people who have served the Queen or the monarchy in a personal way. Tyrrell is secretary of the Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee […]

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