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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.


Carter Review spurs Bar Council to assess standards

The Bar Council has kick-started a consultation into how to ensure quality of courtroom advocacy following the Carter Review. The measures that have been proposed include the introduction of a quality-assurance grading scheme for publicly funded advocates – an idea put forward by Lord Carter in his review of legal aid. Geoffrey Vos QC, chair […]


Susan Betteridge: Kirklees Council

Susan Betteridge wants to change the image of the local council lawyer. And after just seven months at Kirklees Council she looks on target to achieve her aim. By Jon Parker

Hackney legal chief falls foul of overhaul

Borough solicitor at the London borough of Hackney Meic Sullivan-Gould has lost his job. Sullivan-Gould was only promoted to the borough solicitor role from a position as deputy head of legal in 2005, but has lost his job as part of a management shake-up led by chief executive Penny Thompson. Thompson took over as chief […]

Farrers doubles partner promotions

Farrer & Co has promoted four associates to its partnership, double the amount of promotions it made last year. This year’s promotions are spread across the corporate, family, private property and private client teams. Senior partner Robert Clinton said: “The challenges in terms of attracting the best talent within the legal sector have been well […]

Lovells elects five to partnership council

Lovells has elected five members to its partnership council, with the posts due to be taken up at the beginning of May. The new additions include Spanish practice head Jose Maria Balana, German dispute resolution head Detlef Hass and head of business restructuring Robin Spencer. They are joined by London-based financial services partner Emily Reid […]

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