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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.

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Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 28/04/98

Malcolm James Cameron, 39, admitted 1983, practising at material times in partnership as Hall Cameron & Co, Radway Green, Cheshire, struck off and ordered to pay costs of £2,973. Allegations substantiated that he used proceeds of an estate the administration of which he was handling, for improper purposes. He was convicted at Chester Crown Court […]

When words mean everything

Are basic human rights being compromised for want of a qualified court interpreter? Graham Cross believes they are. Graham Cross is chairman of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting. There is increasing concern about the quality of interpreting provided in this country for foreigners involved in legal or social procedures. Should we be worried? If […]

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Delaying tactics favour no one

Defence solicitors are being accused of dragging out hearings which can lead to extra costs, reports Roger Pearson. Huge and unnecessary costs which are ultimately paid by the public purse are being racked up by protracted litigation in cases that are destined to settle but in which defendants, often for tactical reasons, delay settlement. A […]

Property

Nabarro Nathanson acted for Talisker Properties on its £30m acquisition of a portfolio of properties from Britannia Life, advised by Church Adams Tatham. Allen & Overy and Dundas & Wilson advised the funders Deutsche Hypo and Royal Bank of Scotland.

UK firms expand China outfits

Denton Hall and Linklaters have bolstered their Chinese practices, hiring the heads of the China outfits of Canadian firm Goodman Phillips & Vineberg and Australian firm Allen Arthur Robinson respectively. Linklaters has appointed Zill Shao, a Chinese-qualified lawyer and currently head of the China practice of Allens Arthur Robinson in Hong Kong. Shao’s departure from […]

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