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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.


Clifford Chance energy expert helps boost LeBoeufs' growing ranks

CLIFFORD Chance energy specialist Alan Jones has jumped ship to join the London office of new multinational partnership LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae. Jones, the head of Clifford Chance’s London energy group and co-ordinator of its international energy and natural resources practice, took up his new post on 3 July. It is thought that he […]

Course aims to protect children

LOCAL authority solicitors are becoming increasingly concerned at the number of criminal injury claims they are being forced to defend. The trend is being fuelled by the number of injuries sustained by children who suffer attacks while in council care. Demand for clarification of the issues has led to the Law Society’s local government group […]

SBL in dismissal row

THE SOCIETY of Black Lawyers is embroiled in a legal dispute with a senior ex-staff member who was dismissed. Former administrator Sonia Grant is set to take the Brixton-based organisation to an industrial tribunal claiming unfair dismissal. Makbool Javaid, society chair, claims Grant was dismissed following a number of complaints about how the body’s headquarters […]

Victorious Mears plans his assault

“SUPPORT the forces of darkness in July”, was one of the new Law Society president’s more tongue-in-cheek electoral battle cries. “The nice chaps have tried and failed. It is time to give the mean men a chance,” Martin Mears wrote in the May edition of the independent magazine he edits, Anglian Lawyer. Many council members […]

Bradford lawyer faces expulsion

A SOLICITOR who attacked his secretary and called her a “scrubber” and a “slag” was due to face a decisive meeting this week after being ordered to pay £8,000 compensation by an industrial tribunal. Bradford lawyer John Macleod pinned the temporary worker to a wall and pushed her out of the office causing superficial injuries, […]

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