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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.


Irwin Mitchell launches in-house fund

National firm Irwin Mitchell has launched a fund management unit that it says will become the largest in the country. With the new unit the firm will rival London firm Lawrence Graham as the biggest practice in the country to manage clients’ finances in-house. There are 55 firms in England and Scotland with similar units. […]


The changing face of the transport and travel industry is opening up new avenues of business for external law firms with a wealth of expertise and the ability to keep pace. Tamzin Hindmarch reports. As the travel industry steps up a gear and starts moving into new world markets, the opportunities for law firms are […]

Stanley Tee takes on Couderts partner

International law firm Coudert Brothers is losing a partner to Hertfordshire legal practice Stanley Tee & Company. Jeremy Gillham is moving to set up and head a commercial property department at 12-partner Stanley Tee. He says: “This is a new challenge for a 47-year-old because it is a small firm with a big work ethos […]

Forward looking firms will welcome flexibility

The Government has been consulting on regulations to implement the EC directive on part-time workers. These will ensure that part-timers have the same pro-rata rights to pay and benefits as full-timers. The aim is to raise the status of part-time emp-loyment and create conditions where more people are willing to vary their hours of work. […]

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Leslie Perrin is managing partner of Osborne Clarke. He can be contacted at Let me take you to a far-off land and time – a land and time where law firms and clients have discovered a new kind of relationship. I want you to imagine that you are a business in this far-off land […]

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