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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.


Linklaters votes on Euro-alliance

LINKLATERS is poised this week to take the lead in the race with Clifford Chance and Freshfields to dominate Europe by forming the world’s largest federation of lawyers – “Linklaters & Alliance”, made up of around 1,800 lawyers. This Thursday, all 221 partners at the firm will vote on a management committee recommendation to join […]

Wilde Sapte appoints CC aviation man

Wilde Sapte has appointed aviation specialist Brett Hailey, formerly at Clifford Chance, as a partner in the asset finance practice. The moves follows the recent departure from Wilde Sapte of asset finance partners David Smith and Mario Jocovides to Allen & Overy.

Law Soc committee slams Govt consultation on FSA

THE LAW SOCIETY’S company law committee has attacked the Government for the “piecemeal” way it has handled the consultation exercise on the rules for the new super-watchdog, the Financial Services Authority (FSA). The committee criticises the different approaches to consultation between the Treasury and the FSA, which “make it difficult to comment on consultation papers […]


Chris Dunn and Louise Barron of Manchester law firm Slater Heelis advised a management team on its buy out/buy in of family-owned automotive-to-aerospace component manufacturing company Lancaster Glass Fibre.

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