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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.


Oxford Utd MD quits after fraud probe

Solicitor Keith Cox has quit as managing director of Oxford United Football Club following allegations concerning a $100m (£61m) fraud investigation in the US. Cox’s resignation came a week after The Lawyer revealed he was being investigated by the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) following a complaint to the Law Society. In his […]

It's been a bad week for…

Edward Bentley. A court heard how the former solicitor lost u30,000 when shares he had invested in collapsed. The Cleveland solicitor’s solution was to steal $64,000 from a client’s mortgage account and jet off to Monte Carlo in a bid to place a one-off break-the-bank bet at a casino. After discovering the casino no longer […]

Pierce sends CBE back to Number 10

Gareth Pierce, the high-profile solicitor who successfully fought to release the Birmingham Six, the Guildford Four and battered wife Sara Thornton, has rejected her New Year CBE. Pierce, a partner at BM Birnberg & Co, was given the award in the New Year Honours. When awards are made, recipients are informed and expected to accept […]

Video plans dangerous say lawyers

LAWYERS have voiced concern that the use of videoconferencing to examine witnesses at trial and conduct prison interviews will be abused. Solicitors involved in the pilot scheme at three prisons – in Bristol, Manchester and Swindon – say there is a serious risk of conferences being monitored. Andrew Catzen, a partner at Moss & Co, […]

Don't put criminal law above civil

Vicki Chapman warns that by making criminal cases a priority in the legal aid budget, the Lord Chancellor will be playing a dangerous game. Vicki Chapman is the policy director at the Legal Action Group. The Lord Chancellor recently revealed that funds for civil legal aid could be squeezed if there is a heavy demand […]

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