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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.


Litigation Recent Decisions 18/07/95

Privileged communications between client and solicitor Barclays Bank v Eustice (1995) CA (Butler-Sloss LJ, Aldous LJ and Schiemann LJ) 6/7/95. Summary: Communications between solicitor and client relating to a proposed undervalue transaction to be disclosed. Defendant’s appeal against an order made on the application of the plaintiff bank under s.423 Insolvency Act 1986 and an […]

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 […]


Theodore Goddard acted for Kingsbury plc in its £24 million flotation by way of a placing by Credit Lyonnais Laing.

Bradford steps up fight over direct labour ban

BRADFORD Council has hired barrister Geoffrey Stephenson in its bid to fight a government ban on awarding highways and sewers contracts to its direct labour organisation. Stephenson will consider the legal arguments open to the West Yorkshire council before reporting back to the borough’s principal solicitor Tim Date. The authority was told last month that […]

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: […]

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