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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.


Students seek solicitors

The National Union of Students says students, as fee-paying customers, can now hire solicitors to pursue complaints against academics. The Independent

How to drum up business

Solicitor Jens Hills, of London firm Jens Hills & Co, is forging a career representing sacked drummers. Hills is representing ex-Oasis drummer Tony McCarroll in a High Court battle for #10m “lost earnings” from Oasis. He previously acted for sacked Beatles drummer Pete Best. News of the World

Boys in blue tip the scales

High profile or celebrity criminal court cases are increasingly subject to trial by media, as press, radio and TV reporters make public every lurid detail of each case. But while criticism is heaped, sometimes with just cause, on journalists for overstepping the mark in how they report cases, little attention is focused on where their […]

Bar Council accused of shirking women's issues

The Association of Women Barristers (AWB) is calling for a separate voice on the Bar Council. Chairwoman Jacqueline Perry says that 22 per cent of the independent bar are women, and when current intake is split evenly between men and women they ought to be properly represented. Perry stresses that this is not an issue […]

Leigh Day asbestos case comes to UK

Leigh Day & Co has lodged High Court compensation claims on behalf of more than 1,500 South Africans who were exposed to asbestos while working for a UK-based company. The action follows a landmark Lords ruling refusing the company, Cape, leave to appeal against an earlier ruling allowing the case to be brought in the […]

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