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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.



Allen & Overy represented the State of Israel on the public offering of a 5 per cent stake in Bank Hapoalim on the London Stock Exchange. The offering was managed by Goldman Sachs International

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Scottish lawyers will challenge the judicial independence of Scotland’s129 temporary sheriffs at Linlithgow Sheriff Court. The argument is thattemporary sheriffs depend directly on the Lord Advocate – the senior lawofficer in Scotland – for their one-year contracts and therefore fail thehuman rights test of a fair trial before an “independent and impartialtribunal” which is required […]

Litigation Writs 26/7/99

Two soldiers, one from Nottingham and the other from the Isle of Wight,who claim they have been injured after their medical conditions were notproperly diagnosed, are suing the Ministry of Defence for compensation.Dean Cumberpatch, 27, of Skegby, Sutton-in-Ashford, Nottingham, and DarrenLambert, also 27, of East Cowes, Isle of Wight, accuse the MoD ofnegligence, breach of […]

Travers Smith leads in scramble for telecoms

Travers Smith Braithwaite is advising US company NTL on its u8bn bid forCable & Wireless subsidiary Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC),represented by Linklaters.Telewest, represented by Freshfields, was considered the frontrunner tobuy CWC after bidding u8bn in April.But NTL made its own u8bn bid in June, and last week Cable & Wireless,represented by Allen & Overy, […]

Scuffle of the Week

Lord Irvine is at loggerheads with a group of right-of-centre familyvalues campaigners, who are attacking Lord Irvine’s plans to introducelegally binding prenuptial agreements on the grounds they are incompatiblewith a couple’s vows to stay together “till death us do part”. However theLord Chancellor’s Department has hit back at its critics, the Family PolicyStudies Centre, claiming […]

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