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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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Conference aims to help students understand Bar

Geoffrey Robertson QC’s Doughty Street chambers is boosting its criminal practice by taking on four additional barristers. David Farrington and David Bentley join the chambers from Andrew Mitchell’s chambers at 171 Fleet Street. The addition of Paul Bogan from David Barnard’s chambers at 33 Bedford Row and Hugh Barton from Walter Aylen QC’s chambers in […]

Cooper heads Mondial team

ASSISTANCE group Mondial Assistance has recruited Howard Cooper from private practice as joint head of its expanding legal department. Cooper, formerly with Cameron Markby Hewitt (CMH), will lead the team alongside Nicole Clark, who was recently recruited from Southampton firm Woodford Ackroyd. Cooper’s appointment boosts the uninsured loss recovery unit which has grown dramatically since […]

Barrister writes on Lloyd's Names tax

Barrister David Harris has written a new edition of ‘Tolley’s Taxation of Lloyd’s Underwriters’ to help lawyers cope with the boom in litigation by Lloyd’s Names. Harris, based at Prince Henry’s Chambers in London, has worked with accountants Pannell Kerr Forster to produce the book, which emphasises the practical implications of the legislation for those […]

Law Soc members vote to halve president’s salary offer

LAW Society President Charles Elly will receive u45,750 remuneration as the first senior office-holder to be compensated for his contribution to the society. Elly originally stood to receive u90,000 – the salary of a High Court judge – to cover fees lost by his practice during his time as president. However, the figure was slashed […]

Is it time to season law with politics?

Some will look askance as another import from North America takes root on our soil. But political lobbying or ‘political advocacy’ as its proponents this side of the Atlantic like to refer to it, may be a new practice development area. City firm Lovell White Durrant has just formally set up its service. Two years […]

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