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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.


Right to silence may return

THE RIGHT to silence may be reinstated if key cases set to be heard in the European Court of Human Rights later this year are successful. But practitioners are divided over the likely result of the cases. Many believe the hearings of former Guinness chair Ernest Saunders and Northern Ireland kidnapper John Murray could see […]

Disclosure plans provoke anger

SENIOR criminal lawyers are attacking the Home Secretary’s plans to force disclosure on to the defence and limit prosecution disclosure as an “erosion of a fundamental principal of English law”. The plans treat the criminal justice system as a “political football” and are merely a response to police pressure, they say. Richard Ferguson QC, chair […]

Tinlaw eases Lincoln's Inn library strife

THE HONOURABLE Society of Lincoln’s Inn Library has provided the information on a new library management and document retrieval system designed for law libraries. The Tinlaw system is based on the library and information management system Tinlib and allows for rapid searching of Acts of Parliament and statutory instruments including tracking dates, amendments and implementation […]

Barrister takes on rugby Super League

A LONDON barrister has been appointed to spearhead a legal challenge to the proposed u80 million rugby Super League. Jonathan Crystal, a specialist in sport and defamation, is acting for West Yorkshire rugby league side Keighley in its bid to oppose the plan. The new elite league will feature 14 of the sport’s top clubs. […]


Pearl Assurance, advised by Brecher & Co, has acquired a 50 per cent stake in Moor House on London Wall for u10m, from Greycoat, advised by Herbert Smith.

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