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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.


E-billing: thrilling or chilling?

E-billing: it’s not just for techno nerds, you know. As we report today, what Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and ABN Amro are all independently discussing could change the client relationship for everyone. The implications are huge. At its most basic level e-billing is about electronic delivery of information. Having accepted the principle of […]

Cahill Gordon & Reindel

Recruitment is a tricky issue for everybody. Even for a firm as profitable as Cahill Gordon & Reindel, the main challenge remains hiring enough talented young lawyers. Turnover: $229m (£122m) Managing partner: William Hartnett Total number of lawyers: 275 Total number of partners: 69 Profit per equity partner: $2m (£1.2m) Main practice areas: Leveraged finance, […]

Panorama fallout steals Freshfields’ thunder

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has dominated the news this week. It’s had more partners leaving, it topped the M&A charts, closed its Singapore office and on Thursday night in the wee small hours it managed to help MFI flog its retail stores for the princely sum of one British pound. But if there’s one man who […]

BLG throws caution to the wind

Lawyers have a reputation for being cautious people. But Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) took a stand against this stereotype with its now legendary advertising campaign in May. The full-page BLG ad named 250 corporate counsel and their companies. As a result, last week the Advertising Standards Association upheld a formal complaint against BLG made […]

Wiggin to usher in of counsel role

Top media and entertainment boutique Wiggin is mulling over plans to create an of counsel role to give its associates the option of an alternative career path. The 11 partners have been discussing plans to provide their lawyers with different career choices, but with no formalised structure agreed upon as yet. Partner Miles Ketley said: […]

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