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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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Blake Lapthorn asks partners to pay off debt

Blake Lapthorn is restructuring its balance sheet by asking partners to inject cash to pay off parts of its bank debt. The firm is understood to have around £3m in bank loans, which were in part used to finance an aggressive merger strategy and the consolidation of two offices in Southampton. The firm’s senior partner […]

Pinsents joins China trio to win bridge work

Pinsent Masons’ Chinese practice has teamed up with a consortium of Chinese firms to advise on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge project, which will see the construction of a 30km bridge between mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau. The firm, led by Hong Kong partner Dean Lewis, has joined forces with ­Beijing firm Jun He Law […]

MFB European arbitration win scuppers reach of English courts

London’s position as a leading arbitration centre has been dealt a blow following an MFB Solicitors victory in the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The ECJ ruling in West Tankers Inc v RAS Riunione Adriatica di Sicurta SpA & ors (2009) states that ­English courts cannot stop legal proceedings in another EU member state, even […]

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Latham’s Dell speaks out on redundancies

Latham & Watkins managing partner Bob Dell has today spoken out about the firm’s record 440 layoffs. Earlier today, the US firm announced its plans to cull 190 associates and 250 paralegal and support staff employees (27 Feb 2009). The news followed a profits drop at Latham of 21 per cent for the 2008 financial […]

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