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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.


Knowing what Knowles knows

Last week David Redfearn, entertainer extraordinaire and master magician, performed something never tried before in legal history. He read the mind of a managing partner. But not just any old managing partner: DLA’s very own Nigel Knowles, no less, whose recent gambits (coming close to opening a Rome office, merger talks with Chicago-Baltimore giant Piper […]

A brief mis-spell

We all make mistakes, so Brownie points to Taylor Wessing for fessing up to a howler last week, which was buried in the recesses of a press release trumpeting Mike Frawley’s impending elevation to managing partner. The info about the new Kiwi boss was all fine, it was the ‘Notes to Editors’ section where things […]

Separated at birth

Beachcroft Wansbroughs professional risks partner (a suitable role for a one-time troubleshooter) Mike Willis may have hung up his gun, aviators and tan leather jacket since his halcyon days in the 1970s, but he can still engender a ripple of fear among lawyers that haven’t got enough cover (that’s professional indemnity cover, not dustbins and […]

For the record…

In the McDonald’s Restaurants Client File (5 July), Hamlins should have been cited as the fast-food chain’s external adviser on marketing matters, rather than Trowers & Hamlins as stated. In the Human Resources Special Report (12 July), Bond Pearce’s trainee retention rate should have been 75 per cent and not 25 per cent as stated.

Skadden brings in Chicago ace for Moscow post

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has appointed joint heads for Moscow, drafting in Chicago-based project finance and M&A specialist Dmitri Kovalenko. He will become European counsel and co-head of the office along with resident lawyer Alexey Kiyashko. Partner Pranav Trivedi will continue to split his time between London and Moscow, advising on international corporate […]

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