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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.


Taskforce finds euro fix for derivatives contracts

After six months of meetings, in-house and private practice finance lawyers from around the world have hammered out a protocol that should prevent tens of thousands of derivatives and swaps contracts having to be individually renegotiated because of the euro. Allen & Overy partner Jeffrey Golden opened the protocol to the first signatories – Charles […]


LINKLATERS’ art collection has been “highly commended” in a corporate art competition. The collection, which is made up of 700 works of mainly contemporary British art, was short-listed for the competition, run by the company International Art Consultants Limited. Commissions include the sculpture “Silent Shadow”, by Ann Christopher RA and Martha Waijop’s “Metamorphosis” (above). The […]

Right to appeal over tenancy

The Law Lords are to look into the circumstances giving rise to creation of secure or assured tenancies, in a challenge to possession moves by a London housing trust. Gary Bruton, who is the temporary occupier of a flat in Lambeth which is pending re-development, claims he is entitled to tenancy rights protecting him from […]

Osbornes forms seven-member Euro-alliance with German firm

Bristol-based Osborne Clarke has added a 35-partner German firm and a Milan firm to its European alliance and re-named it Osborne Westphalen International. The German firm Graf von Westphalen Fritze and Modest, run by the Count of Westphalia Friedrich Graf von Westphalen, is a mid-sized corporate, IP, IT and media practice originally based in Cologne, […]

In brief: DJ Freeman appoints five new partners

DJ Freeman has appointed five new partners, four of whom were trainees together. They are Liz Goss (commercial property), James Pilgrim-Morris (insurance and reinsurance dispute resolution), Mark Everiss and Graham Chase (tax) and Ann Robson (litigation).

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