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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.


Property: Spaced out

The credit crunch has had a serious effect on the City law firm property market. When will the strain begin to show? Property is the legal world’s second-largest expense after people. It is hardly surprising, then, that in a climate where nigh on 1,000 members of legal staff have been laid off, firms are looking […]

Macfarlanes gets tough with corporate, property lawyers

Macfarlanes is reviewing the performance of its lawyers amid difficult conditions for its core ­corporate and real estate practices. Macfarlanes ;is reviewing the performance of its lawyers amid difficult conditions for its core ­corporate and real estate practices. The firm holds performance appraisals every March and September, but managing partner Simon Martin admitted that the crisis […]

Thring Townsend at centre of foot and mouth action

Bath firm Thring Townsend Lee & Pembertons has launched a £1.5m claim for 14 farmers against the two laboratories at the centre of last year’s foot and mouth outbreak. Thring Townsend partner Peter Cusick (pictured) is leading the case against the two Pirbright laboratories, the Institute for Animal Health (IAH) and Merial Animal Health (MAH), […]

Verizon and Sprint Nextel appoint new GC

Two of the largest US telecoms companies Verizon and Sprint Nextel have replaced their general ­counsel within two weeks of each other. Verizon general counsel William Barr has retired after a 14-year legal career in the telecoms industry, to be replaced by Verizon ­Business general counsel Randal Milch. Barr will leave at the end of […]


DLA chief Knowles enjoys “brief chat” with Obama

Presidential contender Barack Obama received an endorsement from an unexpected quarter last week when he met DLA Piper chief executive Nigel Knowles. London-based Knowles met the Democratic candidate last week at a cocktail party in Chicago he attended with DLA Piper joint CEO Lee Miller, who is a longstanding Democrat supporter and activist. Knowles said: […]

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