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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.


Kirsti Massie

Energy set for shale of a time

Tax incentives and the holding off of new exploration regulations mean fracking will soon get off the ground The British Geological Survey estimates that 1,300 trillion cubic feet of natural gas is stored within the shale rock beneath northern England. The potential significance for the UK’s energy market is vast – it could reduce the […]

Hogan Lovells acts for AEG in obtaining merger control clearance

Hogan Lovells has acted for AEG in obtaining phase 2 merger control clearance from the Competition Commission (CC) for AEG Facilities’ acquisition of the contract to manage Wembley Arena. The CC provisionally cleared the deal in July and has since been seeking comments from interested parties. In its final report, published today, the CC has […]

Richard III

Tug-of-war over Richard III heads for courts

Judicial review row reignited as parties cross swords over former king of England After more than 500 years the question of where Richard III’s body should be interred is going to the courts. The success of Yorkshire firm Gordons, on behalf of a group describing themselves as the king’s ‘descendants’, in persuading Mr Justice Haddon-Cave […]

Shoosmiths promotes 18 to role of associate

Shoosmiths has made 18 associate promotions for 2013 in departments including commercial, corporate, private client, real estate and recoveries services. The promotions took effect on 1 September. Commercial promotions include Sarah Andrews (litigation), Jessica Lee (intellectual property), Jennifer Featherstone and Richard Barker (both employment). Corporate promotions include Lisa Sigalet, Suzanne Love (banking) and Gareth Davies. […]

DLA Piper advises Arsenal Capital Partners in its aquisition of IFC

DLA Piper has advised Arsenal Capital Partners, a New York-based private equity firm that invests in middle-market specialty industrial and healthcare companies, in its acquisition of International Fiber Corporation (ICC). IFC is a supplier of cellulose‐based insoluble fibre products for glboal food and industrial applications. The company joins Arsenal Capital’s extensive portfolio of investments in the speciality […]

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