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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.


US secretary of commerce appoints DLA Piper partner to Northern California DEC

Dean Fealk, a partner in DLA Piper’s San Francisco office, has been appointed to the Northern California District Export Council (DEC) by US secretary of commerce Penny Pritzker. The DEC promotes increased US exports and economic growth by providing business leadership and international experience to support the US Department of Commerce in trade-related matters. Fealk, […]

Katten picks up three from Hogan Lovells PE

We’ve said it before, and we’ll do so again – this season’s must-have is a private equity partner. The comments piled in following the news that Hogan Lovells had taken on King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin (KWMSJB) PE partner Ed Harris in October, triggering speculation that Harris would take a team along with him. […]

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CMS LLP ups shareholder loans to Russian alliance by £3.5m

CMS Cameron McKenna ramped up loans to its Russian joint venture by £3.5m last year after its share of losses in the Moscow office doubled in 2013.  The firm’s UK LLP accounts filed yesterday with Companies House reveal CMS was affected by £2.2m of losses from its Moscow joint venture, up from £1.1m the previous […]

Up to speed: avoiding anti-competitive information exchange — January 2014

This article sets out how you can ensure your company avoids falling foul of the competition rules on exchanging information in its dealings with competitors and other market players. Cartels set up between rival companies in order to share markets or fix prices often involve the exchange of commercially sensitive information and have always been […]

Changes to tax-approved share schemes: notification, self-certification and online filing

The draft Finance Bill 2014 proposes a number of changes to the approval process for employee share schemes. The changes include the introduction of an electronic notification process and online annual return filing system and the replacement of the HM Revenue & Customs approval process by a self-certification regime. The consultation period for the bill […]

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