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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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Addleshaws, Muckle thrash out Officers Club rescue

Addleshaw Goddard and Muckle led the legal involvement in the administration and subsequent rescue of menswear retailer Officers Club. Addleshaw Goddard partner Andrew Smith was instructed by administrator PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in late December when the company fell ­victim to the economic ­slowdown. PwC put the retail chain up for sale and its chief executive and […]

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Is the magic rubbing off?

Last Friday, Clifford Chance’s management committee gathered for its regular monthly meeting. I’m guessing the mood was chastened. The previous day the firm had announced the first redundancy programme in the magic circle. Last Friday, Clifford Chance’s management committee gathered for its regular monthly meeting. I’m guessing the mood was chastened. The previous day the […]

Facing the music

How did Freeth Cartwright manage to avoid making redundancies until now, while the rest of UK’s real estate teams have been making cuts for more than a year? With around 35 per cent of Freeth Cartwright’s revenues coming from real estate, the firm has, finally, been forced to face the economic music. Corresponding to the […]

Associates fall into line as redundancy fears cast shadow over legal market

The fear coursing through the legal market – revealed by the YouGovCentaur survey last week – has made associates a much more amenable bunch. The ;fear ;coursing through the legal market – revealed by the YouGovCentaur survey of almost 2,000 lawyers in The Lawyer last week (5 January) – has made associates a much more amenable bunch. […]

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