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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.


A new, improved Merseyside

Looking like he has just jumped out of the cockpit of a gleaming Spitfire, Jim Davies is an unconventional legal luminary in Liverpool. Davies set up Davies Wallis Foyster in the city in the late seventies – at a time when decent legal chaps simply did not do that sort of thing, eventually becoming the […]

In brief: Peter Carter-Ruck and Partners

Peter Carter-Ruck and Partners is acting for Harrods’ former chief executive Gerhard Janetzky, who is claiming more than £2m in compensation for wrongful dismissal. It is the latest in a string of claims against the company owned by Mohammed Al Fayed.

Jacksons and Crutes pull out of North East merger talks

Merger talks between Newcastle firms Jacksons and Crutes have broken down at the last minute. The two firms – which sources say have been in talks for three weeks – say the discussions broke down due to “operational concerns and potential client conflicts”. An industry source says the talks had reached the stage where Jacksons […]

Swelling chambers rush for premises

THANET House, the former premises of the Immigration Appeals Tribunal, has become the latest target for barristers chambers which face a growing accommodation crisis. One Essex Court and Fountain Court have both looked at Thanet House, which has a price tag of around £10m. Middle Temple seems the most likely buyer, as One Essex Court […]

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