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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.

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Orrick, MoFo suffer PEP falls at year-end

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe and Morrison & Foerster are the first US firms to announce results for the 2008 financial year. Orrick suffered a dip of 20.8 in profit per equity partner (PEP), from $1.66m in 2007 down to $1.315m in 2008. Global revenue grew by around 8 per cent, from $772m to $835m. Orrick […]

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Lovells unveils bribery/corruption division

Lovells has set up a taskforce to ­handle cases of bribery and corruption. Lovells has set up a taskforce to ­handle cases of bribery and corruption. The team will be made up of dispute resolution partners who will be the first point of contact for clients, offering advice on best practice and risk ­management. The […]

PwC enlists Hammonds on Adams collapse

The administrators for ailing retail chain Adams Childrenswear have appointed Hammonds as legal counsel. The administrators for ailing retail chain Adams Childrenswear ;have appointed Hammonds as legal counsel. The company was put into administration on 31 December and has already closed 111 of its 271 UK stores, resulting in around 850 job losses. Administrator PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) […]

Advisers feeling the heat as blame game gets underway

The legal fallout from the economic crisis will be more severe for professional advisers than ever before, professional indemnity lawyers have warned. It comes as The Lawyer revealed that scores of firms, including Eversheds and Fladgate Fielder, are facing professional negligence suits from disgruntled clients (The Lawyer, 5 January). “In the last recession developments in […]

Links and Slaughters lead on RBS China sell off

Linklaters and Slaughters have been handed roles on RBS’s $2.34bn (£1.6bn) sale of its entire stake in Bank of China, raising $2.34bn (£1.6bn) for the troubled lender. Linklaters and Slaughter and May have been handed roles on Royal Bank of Scotland’s $2.34bn (£1.6bn) sale of its entire stake in Bank of China, raising $2.34bn (£1.6bn) […]

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