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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.


Thring Townsend to represent farmers over foot and mouth

South West firm Thring Townsend was instructed yesterday (9 August) by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) in relation to a potential action for losses suffered by farmers as a result of last week’s foot and mouth outbreak. The head of Thring Townsend’s agricultural litigation team Peter Cusick has been retained by the union to carry […]

A&O and CC top Thomson M&A rankings

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Clifford Chance have topped the latest league tables of European M&A advisers for the year to date. The results, released this week by data provider Thomson, will be a boon to both corporate teams, traditionally viewed as not as strong as their magic circle counterparts’. But A&O and Clifford Chance […]

Raft of firms steer sale of V2 Music

London firm Sheridans has drafted in a range of firms to advise Morgan Stanley on the sale of V2 Music to Universal Music Group (UMG). The team at Sheridans was led by the firm’s corporate and commercial head Rex Nwakodo, who oversaw and co-ordinated the deal. The transaction saw a roster of firms get involved […]

BLG’s summer of leave

Poor Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has not had the ‘summer of love’ the firm really needed. Yet another member of its family has left the fold. BLG’s financial services regulatory chief Chris Warren-Smith upped sticks and left for US firm Fulbright & Jaworski. See story. Warren-Smith is just one more in a line of […]

O’Melveny appoints first Asia M&A chief

•O’Melveny & Myers partner Gregory Puff has been named as the firm’s head of Asian M&A, based in Hong Kong. In the newly created role Puff, who was a partner in O’Melveny’s Tokyo office, will now coordinate all aspects of the firm’s M&A practice across its offices in Japan and China. M&A activity in the […]

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