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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.


Stumbling over the MDP vision

The multidisciplinary partnership debate remains one of the key talking points for law firms at the moment as speculation continues about who is talking to whom. But, as the Simmons & Simmons experience shows, the thought of getting into bed with an accountancy firm is still, in the end, an unpalatable thought for most major […]

Scots set up London Property centre

Scottish solicitors are looking for a conspicuous location in London’s West End for their first English property shop, which is due to open in summer 1998. The London Property Shop (LPS) will be modelled on the successful Edinburgh Solicitors’ Property Centre (ESPC), which acts as a property display centre and has captured more than 90 […]

Law Soc and Bar unite to fight for student funds

BAR Council chairman Robert Owen QC is to join forces with Law Society president Phillip Sycamore in a bid to persuade the government to think again over funding for law students. The pair, along with the Bar Council’s head of legal education, Nigel Bastin, are to meet junior education minister Kim Howells on 3 December […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Patricia Dilley

Patricia Dilley was born in 1943 in Nottinghamshire and is now president of the Institute of Legal Executives (Ilex). What was your first job? As an elf helping Father Christmas in the local department store on my first holidays from FE college. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £11 10s per week. […]

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