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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.


Mourant’s Pole vault

Global warming is no longer the biggest concern for the North Pole’s polar bears. Now the endangered not-so-cuddly critters face the calamity of an invasion of offshore lawyers. In Mourant du Feu & Jeune’s latest attempts to challenge offshore rivals Maples & Calder’s size or Conyers Dill & Pearman’s geographical spread, the Jersey-headquartered firm has […]

Stevens & Bolton breaches £300K PEP

Guildford-based Stevens & Bolton had a record year in 2006-07, with average profit per equity partner (PEP) pushing through the £300,000 mark. The firm posted a total revenue of £14.1m with a profit margin of 32 per cent, giving it a £4.5m net profit and a PEP of £305,000 for its 15 equity partners. The […]

K&L Gates acquires A&O’s old home

Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis (K&L Gates) has agreed to move to Allen & Overy’s former offices at One New Change. The US firm’s London office, the bulk of which consists of the legacy Nicholson Graham & Jones, plans to take up to 142,000 sq ft of office space in the site adjacent to […]

Freshfields loses another IP partner

Freshfields has lost its second European IP partner in as many weeks, after Matteo Orsingher quit the Milan office to set up his own practice. Orsingher Avvocati Associati will launch at the start of July with four lawyers, focusing on IP and IT advice. Freshfields Italy managing partner Raffaele Lener said: “We regret Matteo leaving […]

RPC misses target after ‘difficult year’

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has failed to hit its projected £55m turnover, posting a flat result for 2006-07 of £52.9m. Average profit per equity partner at the all-equity partnership (one of the few left in the City) was also virtually flat, rising by less than £10,000 per partner, from £286,000 to £295,000. Chief executive Adrian […]

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