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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.


Indian law minister postpones UK visit

The planned visit by the Indian minister of law and justice that was originally scheduled for mid-June has now been postponed. •The planned visit by the Indian minister of law and justice that was originally scheduled for mid-June has now been postponed. Minister Shri Hansraj Bhardwaj had to back out of the dates commencing 18 […]

Linklaters announces new restructuring chief

Linklaters has appointed London finance partner Tony Bugg as its new global head of restructuring and insolvency, the firm has announced. The position became vacant last month when Robert Elliot became global head of banking following John Tucker’s elevation to global head of finance. Bugg joined Linklaters in 1997 from Dibb Lupton, now DLA Piper. […]

DWS Turkish nous wins Cadbury Schweppes job

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) beat Slaughter and May to score its first mandate advising food and drink giant Cadbury Schweppes. DWS was approached by the company to advise on its $450m (£228.33m) acquisition of Turkish gum business Intergum, owned by the Amram family. DWS lead partner Philip Goodwin said: “This is the first time we’ve […]

Mishcon de Reya boosts PEP by 70 per cent

Mishcon de Reya has smashed the mid-market trend for average profit per equity partner (PEP) with an astonishing 70 per cent increase on 2005-06 to £698,000. The Holborn firm also posted a record revenue of £39.1m, an increase of 35 per cent. Managing partner Kevin Gold said the figures were the result of large-scale investment […]

The Guardian swoops for David Price barrister

The Guardian News and Media (GNM) group has ramped up its in-house legal team with the hire of barrister Korieh Duodu. Duodu leaves David Price Solicitors and Advocates after seven years to join the media group which owns the The Guardian and The Observer newspapers. GNM’s latest hire has acted on a number of high-profile […]

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