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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.


Ashursts US merger thwarted

The office is resisting moves to join with Ashursts, arguing the shift would remove any independence it has from its US parent. Last week The Lawyer exclusively revealed that the two firms were engaged in talks. But one source says: “Lathams in London is against it because it would damage its autonomy. Instead of running […]

Quote of the week

“It’s not the kind of term that you normally put into a corporate process.” – Paisner & Co partner Jonathan Cameron on Hammer Films owner Roy Skeggs’ demand that he should continue to own the rights to Frankenstein’s boots. Paisners acted for the consortium that bought the famous horror film company.

Dot coms net lawyers in search of a challenge

First they got firms to work with them without paying cash. Instead they offered the promise of profits tomorrow, tempting the firms with share options. Now its seems the so-called dot coms are taking the law firms’ rising IT stars, not only to take them through to their IPO, but beyond. In short, they are […]

Trowers hires A&O competition expert

City firm Trowers & Hamlins has poached a competition specialist from Allen & Overy to boost its corporate practice. Nicola Northway joins Trowers & Hamlins as a partner – the first specialist competition and regulatory expert in the nine-partner corporate practice. She has specialised in competition law for more than 11 years and has been […]

Clifford Chance expands Paris office

Marcus Billam and Frederic Peltier, who both have weighty contacts with leading French corporations and investment banks, join Clifford Chance’s 35-lawyer M&A practice in Paris as partners. The announcement of the new recruits comes in the same week that the Lawyer Online revealed that Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot M&A partners, Tom de Waard and Hector […]

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