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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.


Norton Rose takes Lovells derivatives head

Norton Rose is making the first attempts to plug the gap left by the move of four securities partners to Baker & McKenzie (B&M) with the hire of Lovells partner Laurence Garside. Garside, a capital markets specialist and head of Lovells’ derivatives group, will join Norton Rose in August. In May 2005 The Lawyer revealed […]

Jones Day to ditch private client group

Jones Day is set to axe its private client practice following the departure of current head Jennet Davies. Jones Day is set to axe its private client practice following the departure of current head Jennet Davies. Davies is set to join Withers in early September as a partner in its private client team, advising high-net-worth individuals on […]

Bringing the house down

A Slaughters partner may be edging perilously close to financial ruin after his wife bet the house on London’s theatreland. Two weeks ago, the well-known theatre producer and Perrier Awards chief Nica Burns, with American oil millionaire and theatre producer Max Weitzenhoffer, stumped up £5.75m for a half share in the Apollo, Garrick, Duchess and […]

Halliwells grows North West with DLA Piper, Pinsents hires

Halliwells has snagged a second partner from DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary’s Liverpool office and has lured Pinsent Masons partner Patrick Kennedy in Manchester. Colin Gibbons will join Halliwells later this year along with DLA Piper associate Fiona Parry, who becomes a partner at her new firm. The firm hired DLA Piper corporate partner Paul Jefferson in […]

Birchams targets The Lawyer’s top 50 table

Bircham Dyson Bell has overhauled its management structure and is searching for bolt-on merger partners in a bid to enter The Lawyer’s top 50 league tables within five years. The firm, which ranked 77th in last year’s The Lawyer UK 100 Annual Report, will have to nearly double its turnover in order to reach this […]

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