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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.


Govt in push for family law fixed fees

THE Government is preparing to clamp down on legal aid fees by imposing standard fees on all family law cases by the end of the year. The Lawyer has learned that discussions between the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD), the Law Society and the Bar Council are now at “an advanced stage” over the controversial move, […]

Slaughters searches for new headquarters

Slaughter and May is looking for a new headquarters to move into when the lease runs out on its main City building at 35 Basinghall Street in 2002. It currently has four London buildings, but the leases on Basinghall Street and Austell House on Basinghall Avenue, both partly owned by the developer Wates, are due […]

In brief: Bankruptcy charge legality challenge granted

Leave was granted last week to Cleo Lightfoot, advised by Public Law Project solicitor Karen Ashton, to judicially review the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, to challenge the legality of the requirement she pay £250 to court staff before being allowed to petition for her own bankruptcy.

A&O and Clifford Chance advise on first loan in euros

GEC has used Allen & Overy, rather than its usual adviser Freshfields, to draw up the documents for the world’s first euro-denominated syndicated loan. The loan has been cited by the Bank of England as an example of how London will continue to hold its own after monetary union, said Allen & Overy banking partner […]

Law Society SIF table branded “bizarre'

Law Society figures showing that most firms will pay less with the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) than buying insurance on the open market, have been branded “bizarre” by one of the members of the working party which was set up by the society to investigate indemnity insurance. Last week The Lawyer alleged that a table […]

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