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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.


…and civil service

French civil servants last week met with UK judges in London to discuss working practices on a wide range of legal issues. The delegation, all members of the Conseil d’Etat, the body charged with judicial oversight of French government administration, covered issues including judicial review cases which raise constitutional issues, rights and public law status […]

It's not too late for a judicial inquiry

Nearly seven years after the murder of Belfast solicitor Patrick Finucane, the case remains unsolved. Finucane, a highly respected lawyer whose firm was well-known for defending IRA suspects detained under emergency legislation, was in the process of challenging the UK’s derogation for the European Convention on Human Rights when he was killed. His death came […]

Secretaries' association takes on a new name

Cyril Dixon reports THE PROFESSIONAL body which represents secretaries of district and unitary councils has changed its name to reflect the legal discipline of many of its members. The Association of District Secretaries became the Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors (ACSeS) at the annual meeting in Bristol last month. Spokesman Mark Winstanley said the […]

Crest opens for business

The Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) has given the go-ahead to solicitors to be full or sponsored members of Crest. Members of Asim who are preparing for the introduction of Crest’s electronic share settlement system in late 1996, recently approached the Law Society and – through it – the SIF to ask whether the SIF will […]

Small practices rush to join trust

MORE than 150 law firms have signed up to join the new national Solicitors’ Trust network for small practices aimed at localised legal markets. And about 10,000 potential clients have asked for a copy of the booklet which outlines the services provided by the network’s member firms. The response comes after the launch of a […]

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