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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.


Cadwalader profits plummet 30 per cent

Profits at US firm Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft plummeted 30 per cent in the 2008 calendar year, with average profit per equity partner dropping from $2.72m in 2007 to $1.88m. Over the same period revenues dropped by 13.8 per cent, from $587m at the end of 2007 to $506m in 2008. The figures come at […]

Pillsbury Winthrop revenue down, profit static

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has posted end of year financial results that reveal a slight dip in revenue and effectively flat net profit growth. Pillsbury’s gross revenue was $576m (£313.8m), down 2.4 per cent from $590m (£295m) in 2007. Net profit grew slightly from $171m (£85.5m) to $171.5m (£93.5m) while remuneration to non equity partners […]

Special report: Insolvency

For insolvency lawyers the New Year parties are well and truly over as they delve head-first into what could be the busiest 12 months of their careers. In fact, 2009 could be remembered as the year of the insolvency as the number of businesses taken into administration, receivership, liquidation or any of the other more […]

Romania Special Report: Late expectations

After 10 years of economic growth, international firms have finally started to flock to Romania. But with the global downturn beginning to have an effect, have they arrived too late? Romania has certainly made its fair share of headlines in the international legal press over the past 12 months. In the period before and after […]


Clifford Chance joins forces with top Indian firm

Clifford Chance joins forces with top Indian firm” class=”inline_image inline_image_left” src=”/pictures/web/images/15668_india-taj90.gif” />Clifford Chance has underlined its commitment to its Asian practice by signing a best friends agreement with major Indian firm AZB. Clifford Chance is putting a strong strategic emphasis on Asia after its attempts to break the New York market failed. As reported in […]

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