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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.



Camerons salary rises keep pace with magic circle

CMS Cameron McKenna has raised its trainee and newly-qualified (NQ) salaries by an average of three per cent as it bids to keep pace with the magic circle. First year trainee solicitors will now receive £37,500, an increase of 2.7 per cent on last year’s £36,000. Second year trainee salaries rose by 3.8 per cent […]

Camerons reaches Pinnacle in e600m sale

CMS Cameron McKenna is working opposite Linklaters on the sale of major Eastern European warehouse operator Pinnacle Real Estate to Islamic investment fund Arcapita. Pinnacle,?which?is thought to manage assets worth more than e600m (£476.58m), turned to Camerons’ Central and Eastern Europe office and corporate partner Helen Rodwell, as well as real estate?partner?Hilary McDowell. Linklaters partners […]

The trouble with best friends…

The ‘best friends’ moniker that Slaughter and May uses to describe its alliance of likeminded firms has always had that cute ring of the playground about it. Only Slaughters could get away with it really.

Clifford Chance turnover up 11 per cent

Clifford Chance turnover up 11 per cent” />Clifford Chance is the first magic circle firm to announce its financial figures for the 2007-08 year, posting an 11 per cent revenue increase and 13 per cent rise in profit per equity partner (PEP). Over the course of the year the firm turned over £1.33bn, up from […]

Berwin Leighton Paisner: could do better

After its stellar performance in recent years we expected more from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP). While its turnover rise of 10.1 per cent rise in turnover is hardly disastrous, it represents a massive slowdown on the previous two years, when turnover grew by 16 per cent and 19 per cent. Top of the PEPs Revenue […]

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