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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.


Cocks faces disciplinary

DAVID Cocks QC is to face a disciplinary hearing over his involvement in the Roger Levitt fraud trial. Complaints against Cocks, who heads 5 King’s Bench Walk chambers, were lodged with the Bar Council last year by Levitt’s solicitor John Perry, a partner at Goldkorn Davies Mathias, and Conservative MP John Marshall. They relate to […]

Irwin Mitchell targets Birmingham market following merger with five-partner Rigbeys

Irwin Mitchell is to catapult itself into the top 10 of Birmingham firms thanks to a merger with five-partner Birmingham practice Rigbeys, which will take effect next week. Irwin Mitchell’s managing partner, Howard Culley, said his firm had approached Rigbeys because of its corporate experience and because its expertise in insolvency, housing association and retail […]

Citizen v executive: the case continues

Judicial review may be its own worst enemy. The exponential growth of administrative law challenges since the inception of the ‘new’ procedure in 1981 has led to concern on two fronts. First, the clash between citizens and the executive has resulted in some notable defeats for the Government in general and Michael Howard in particular. […]

Conference speakers take a big bite out Apil

As the opening of a conference, Association of Personal Injury Lawyers president Caroline Harmer’s production was something of a surprise. It featured a journalist, a client and a consumer representative getting up and, in effect, telling a stony-faced gathering of 350 Apil members what an ethically dubious bunch they were. “Of all areas of law, […]

Accountants to circulate Law Soc investigations

Law firms can learn from the mistakes of other solicitors under a scheme being set up by a chartered accountants firm to distribute the results of Law Society investigations into law firms. Geo Little Sebire & Co’s legal services division is planning to send participating lawyers anonymous extracts from Law Society Monitoring Unit reviews of […]

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