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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.



Why won’t the Lib Dems defend legal aid?

Louise Restell urges Lib Dem ministers to stand up to the Tories to defend legal aid… Being in power so you can implement party policy is the whole point of politics.  At least, that’s what I have spent the last 20 odd years thinking.  But, after just one evening at the Liberal Democrat conference, I […]

Focus: Proskauer Rose – Pulling power

After the breakdown of its talks with SJ Berwin, Proskauer Rose decided to go it alone in London. Can it keep its momentum?  Proskauer Rose has suddenly become a centre of gravity in the London cosmos, demonstrating exceptional pulling power over some of the legal industry’s brightest stars. At the core of this astronomical […]

Kirkland & Ellis makes up three to London salaried partnership

US firm Kirkland & Ellis has promoted three London corporate lawyers to its salaried partnership in a global round of 74 partner promotions. US firm Kirkland & Ellis has promoted three London corporate lawyers to its salaried partnership in a global round of 74 partner promotions. Victoria Pickett, Christopher Shield and Cedric Van den Borren […]

Clash of the tartans

Still reeling after McGrigors beat it to the biggest-Scottish-firm-by-turnover spot for the second year running, Dundas & Wilson at last has taken some decisive action. Years ago the firm cleverly identified having a larger London presence as a key strategic aim. Now the firm has launched merger talks with heavyweight Bircham Dyson Bell (see story). […]

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