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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.

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Halliwells handles CCP’s $500m aim float

A Halliwells team led by corporate partner Matthew Puhar has advised China Central Properties (CCP) on its admission to AIM. The company raised $500m (£253.31m) on flotation – $300m (£151.99m) in equity and $200m (£101.32m) in five-year convertible bonds. Puhar, who was assisted on the deal by solicitor Kirsty Shannon, said the company’s business interests […]

WFW suitor Chadbourne re-elects managing partner

US firm Chadbourne & Parke has re-elected its managing partner Charles O’Neill for another three year term. The news follows this week’s revelation by The Lawyer that New York-headquartered Chadbourne has been holding exploratory merger talks with Watson Farley & Williams (see The Lawyer, 18 June). O’Neill, who has been leading those talks from the […]

Squire Sanders shakes up Warsaw with Bakers raid

Baker & McKenzie and Squire Sanders & Dempsey have engaged in a tug of war over Bakers’ former managing partner Tom Ujejshi. Ujujshi, along with three partners and eight associates, is set to join Squire Sanders from Bakers at the start of July. Ujejski, who has been based in Bakers’ Warsaw office, will focus on […]

Financial lawyers’ group adds judge to ranks

The Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA) has bolstered its advisory board with the addition of chancery judge Mr Justice David Richards. Richards J, who is chairman of the Competition Appeal Tribunal, was asked to sit on the board because of his experience on a number of financial services-related cases, such as Real Estate Opportunities v […]

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