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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.


Labour lawyer makes legal aid stand

A BARRISTER who was picked from an all-woman shortlist to fight a Parliamentary seat for Labour last week has called for legal aid to be extended to tribunals. Liz Davies, who will contest the Tory-held Leeds North-East seat, also wants eligibility for legal aid increased, and condemns restrictions on the right to silence. She says: […]

Former SFO boss joins Denton Hall

JOHN Wood, the first director of the Serious Fraud Office, has joined Denton Hall’s fraud and investigations unit as a part-time consultant. Bob Goldspink, head of one of the firm’s litigation group and a partner in the fraud unit, says: “I believe this is the first time that a law firm has fielded such a […]

Bar finalises pupillage system

BAR Council chair Peter Goldsmith has urged chambers to support a new pupillage clearing house system to put an end to the current “chaotic” free-for-all selection system. The Bar Council unanimously approved the proposed Pupillage Applications Clearing House system (PACH) at its meeting on Saturday 8 July. The system, which is to be based on […]

Valuable lessons in limiting libel

Roger Pearson reports on a libel case where pre-emptive action helped reduce the damages awarded to a minimum For the Sikh community, here in the UK and overseas, a recent libel action represents one of the most important pieces of High Court litigation for many years. However, it is a case of significance not only […]

In brief: Committee seats for Manley and Javaid

Chair of the Society of Black Lawyers Makbool Javaid and Law Centres Federation chair Isabel Manley have been appointed to the Law Society’s specialist committee on employment law. Javaid and Manley joined the committee, which meets four times a year, after being selected from more than 80 applications.

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