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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.


Hamilton Bradshaw to create first law panel

The new head in-house lawyer at Hamilton Bradshaw, the private equity fund run by James Caan of hit BBC show Dragons’ Den, is set to appoint the ­company’s first formal panel within three months. Sunil Shah is the first in-house counsel to be employed by the private equity fund. He was ­previously an associate in […]

Travers seconds new partner to Old Lady

Travers Smith has sent newly promoted partner Anthony Foster on secondment to the Bank of England (BoE). Foster, who was made up to partner in July, will spend sixth months at the bank before returning to Travers. He specialises in corporate finance and AIM flotations, which have all but disappeared in the current financial crisis. […]

BLP scoops Hippodrome casino bid after Geoffrey Green loses first round

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has won an appeal to turn the London Hippodrome into a casino in what could set a nationwide precedent. Partner Craig Baylis advised Hippodrome Casino owner United Leisure Gaming, with Gerald Gouriet QC and James Rankin of Francis Taylor Buildings. BLP took on the case after Jeffrey Green Russell lost the […]

Tightening the reins

Research by Eversheds suggests that, while the credit crunch has seen facility terms become more lender-friendly, the shift is not as drastic as some have claimed. By David Boyd and Nicholas Joyce Market conditions have changed since the onset of the credit crunch, resulting in a widely reported shift in the ­balance of power when […]

A backward step

The UK’s proposed special resolution regime calls to mind the US’s separation of commercial and investment banking under the discredited Glass-Steagall model, warns Simon Gleeson Bank regulation is based on the idea of protecting ordinary depositors and preserving ­systemic stability. This idea is an important and necessary one, given that having a bank account is, […]

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