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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.


Damages for whisky shipment

A row between whisky manufacturers William Grant and Sons and Lloyd’s underwriters is heading for the High Court. Grants is seeking damages after losing almost £2 million on a contract to ship whisky to Iraq. After it shipped whisky worth £1,400,950 to Iraq in 1988, the Revolutionary Command Council of the Republic of Iraq banned […]

Brobeck Hale and Dorr announces closure of Prague operation

BROBECK Hale and Dorr International, the offspring practice of two US firms, will close its Prague office at the end of the year and relocate its resident partner to London. The office, which opened four years ago, is an international joint venture between California’s Brobeck Phleger & Harrison and Massachusetts firm Hale and Dorr. Based […]

Mackay urges cultural understanding

THE LORD Chancellor says he wants to see an end to ignorance about different cultures in the legal system. Speaking at this year’s Kapila Lecture held at the Inns of Court School of Law, Lord Mackay said: “A person can unwittingly give an indication of unfairness if some aspect, say of a defendant’s culture, is […]

Globalisation event

Expansion in the Far East, attracting international clients from a UK base and successfully opening overseas offices are among the topics to be discussed at The Lawyer’s upcoming conference on the globalisation of legal practice. The one-day event – ‘International Expansion for Law Firms: Responding to International Client Demands’ will be held at the Cumberland […]

Litigation Personal Injury 21/11/95

Craig v Tarmac Construction – QBD 31 October 1995 Claimant: Colin Craig, 4Accident: Plaintiff fell fixing scaffolding on building site Injuries: Loss of consciousness at time of accident; loss of part of scalp skin; injury to right elbow; bruised knees; bruising of sacral area of back; post-traumatic amnesia for some minutes after accident; post concussional […]

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