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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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Nabarros acts pro bono on claims against BA

Nabarros acts pro bono on claims against BA” />Nabarro Nathanson is acting on a pro bono basis for the British Airways (BA) stewardesses suing the airline for sex discrimination. The Nabarros team, led by head of employment Sue Ashtiany (left), is advising 12 of the 14 stewardesses in their claim. Two more women are pursuing […]

EY Italian overhaul forces mass exodus and closures

EY Law Italy is in the final throes of a strategic review, which has seen several offices close, up to 50 lawyers depart and the realignment of key practice areas. The firm is set to close its single-partner Naples employment practice, after already winding up operations in Treviso and Genoa earlier this year. At the […]

SocGen looks to Herbert Smith for advice on Mach funding package

Herbert Smith has won its first ever acquisition finance mandate from Société Générale (SocGen). Herbert Smith was instructed alongside Dutch ally Stibbe to advise SocGen on a €215m (£118.1m) funding package for Luxembourg-based telecoms company Mach. Mach is owned by Advent International and Providence Equity Partners, which will use the finance to acquire Danish telecoms […]

Martineaus handed NGT Gas Metering Arrangements work

Martineau Johnson has scooped its first major instruction for National Grid Transco’s (NGT) gas business since its merger with energy group Lattice. The Birmingham firm’s energy group, led by partner Andrew Whitehead, advised NGT on the successful implementation of new gas metering arrangements for England, Scotland and Wales. The instruction was a coup for Martineaus, […]

Salans bolsters property with lateral

Salans’ property expertise has been given a boost by drafting in a commercial property expert into its fold. Adrian Wallace previously headed the property team at Wallace LLP (then called Wallace & Partners) before leaving to spend time in the United States. He returned to the UK earlier this year and started his own practice, […]

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