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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.


CC raids Milbank for asset finance co-head

Clifford Chance ‘s New York office has poached a senior associate from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy to co-head its asset finance group. The news of Zarrar Sehgal’s hire comes days after the office announced it was taking on King & Spalding joint head of M&A John Graham (www., 18 September). The firm’s managing […]

Tax barristers emerge as bar’s biggest earners

The exclusive list of top earners at the bar was unveiled over the summer (The Lawyer, 21 August), and the big news this year was that tax barristers are doing phenomenally well. They work in a narrow and complicated field and need detailed, up-to-date legal knowledge. They also benefit from doing more advisory work than […]

Baugur bolsters in-house team with A&O raid

Icelandic investment company Baugur has looked to its principal law firm Allen & Overy (A&O) to strengthen its in-house legal team. A&O associate Stuart Hanbury joined Baugur last month after completing an eight-month secondment with the investment house. He is the second in-house lawyer to join Baugur recently. Last January former SJ Berwin associate Andrew […]

Bakers and CC score largest private carbon deal

Clifford Chance has advised longstanding client Morgan Stanley on the syndication of a deal to buy 29.5m tonnes of carbon emission credits from a Chinese chemical plant, the largest private syndication of carbon. Under the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism, carbon credits can be bought from China and then sold to companies within the EU […]

African queen

Tulkinghorn has discovered an unlikely link between IP lawyers and adventure holidays taken while on gardening leave. Following on from Allen & Overy IP litigator Nicola Dagg’s Wild West holiday, trademark specialist Georgy Evans raised the bar even further when moving from GlaxoSmthKline to Shell earlier this year. Evans trekked across the wilds of deepest […]

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