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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.


Further salary boost for DLA Piper’s regional NQs

DLA Piper’s regional NQs” />DLA Piper is preparing to boost the salaries of its regional newly qualified (NQ) lawyers for the second time in six months. This will bring the total rise for the year to 11 per cent in the English regions and 12 per cent in Scotland. As reported on www.the (22 […]


Global compliance has given counsel a mountain to climb

The long climb of compliance was a key topic for speakers during a series of conferences attended by more than 200 leading in-house counsel and compliance officers in New York and New Jersey in October. Hosted by the Association of Corporate Counsel America and Eversheds, the conference materials depicted hikers scaling a snowy peak with […]


An appraisal at the half-year mark suggests a slowdown in the robust growth that the property sector has enjoyed over the past five years. But the picture has certainly not been uniform across the board. Regional firms and those that have hedged through involvement in emerging markets are finding themselves less vulnerable than those City […]

Birmingham quartet sets up first pro bono clinic

Four of Birmingham’s top commercial law firms have joined forces to launch the city’s first pro bono clinic. The collaboration between DLA Piper, Eversheds, Hammonds and Wragge & Co, which was two years in the making, was announced last Thursday (15 November) to coincide with Pro Bono Week. Free legal services will be available to […]

Shepherd grows partnership to 70

Scottish-headquartered firm Shepherd & Wedderburn has bolstered its growing roster of partners to 70 following the appointment of Patricia Hawthorn as its new planning and environment partner. Hawthorn, based in the firm’s Glasgow office, is part of the Scottish executive committee of the Environment Services Association and boasts a wealth ofexperience in both the waste […]

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