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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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The US has strengthened its regulatory reach with ruthless efficiency to the point where a failure to comply can have disastrous consequences for any international business. The effects of 9/11 are now being felt by UK banks and investment businesses caught in the aftershock of US foreign policy. Since 9/11 the US authorities have deliberately […]

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Magic circle corners market as businesses turn to rights issues

As the economy worsens, companies are looking to squeeze shareholders for extra capital. A glut of rights issues are anticipated over the coming months, as cash-strapped companies turn to their shareholders to raise extra capital. Relatively rare during a boom period, share issues are a vital source of money when the credit markets dry up. […]

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Halliwells uses assets as security on RBS loan

Halliwells could see its bank move in and seize its assets in the event of financial difficulties under the terms of a debenture agreement signed with Royal Bank of Scotland. According to a debenture filed with Companies House at the end of last year the firm’s property, fixtures and fittings, LLP goodwill and IP are […]

Moves roundup: 23 February 2009

Ian Carson has joined Tollers as a director in its insolvency and litigation practice. He was ­previously a partner and head of litigation atPwC Legal. UKSouth • Ian Carson has joined Tollers as a director in its insolvency and litigation practice. He was ­previously a partner and head of litigation atPwC Legal.• Hertfordshire-based SA Law […]

Lovells homes in on financial performance

Lovells managing partner David Harris is mooting a plan to overhaul the firm’s management to create an international group focused specifically ;on ;driving ­financial performance. Currently ;the ;firm’s ­managing body comprises an international executive, which deals with business development, ;and ;a ­partnership council, which looks at issues such as ­partnership remuneration and lateral hires. Harris’s […]

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