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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.

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Lastminute.com dumps Linklaters as main adviser

Herbert Smith wins corporate top spot; Bird & Bird continues as main adviser Lastminute.com has dropped Linklaters from its group of main legal advisers. The dotcom has just appointed Herbert Smith as its principal corporate adviser following a competitive tender involving three firms. Linklaters, which advised lastminute.com on its initial public offering, was not invited […]

The heart of the Black Country

Exciting developments in the Black Country. Well, that’s what last week’s press release from Waldrons Solicitors promised at any rate. “Black Country solicitors have taken on a new recruit with a difference,” it proclaimed.Said new recruit, a Mr Adrian Ruffhead, it transpires, is a ‘radical’ Christian, who has just spent two years on the Ivory […]

A&O opens German real estate practice

Allen & Overy (A&O) is stepping up its international real estate strategy with the formation of a new German real estate group based in its Frankfurt office The group is targeting real estate work as a standalone function, as well as supporting other areas of the firm, in line with plans introduced when Adam Cleal […]

Italian merger gives B&M office in Bologna

Baker & McKenzie has opened a new office in Italy following its merger with Bologna-based Studio Bernini The move gives Baker & McKenzie its third Italian office, adding Bologna to its bases in Rome and Milan.

Slating the Bar Council

Robin de Wilde QC has been elected to the Bar Council after accusing it of ‘pandering to the Government’. Jon Robins asks: can he repeat the success he had in the 1980s with rebel barrister group the Slate? It doesn’t take much to cause a stir in the rarified atmosphere of the Inns of Court. […]

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