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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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Birmingham duo launch specialist tax MDP

A LONG-serving partner and an associate at Birmingham-based Morton Fisher are leaving the firm to set up a multi- disciplinary practice (MDP) specialising in providing financial services. Alan Meal, partner and departmental head of the business division at Morton Fisher, and associate Gareth Fatchett, both resigned at the end of last year. They are planning […]

Property

David Nunn led a property team at Simmons & Simmons which advised Reader’s Digest in the disposal of its European headquarter’s offices in Canary Wharf to German open ended fund, DIFA, for £59m in a sale and lease-back deal. DIFA was advised by a Linklaters team, led by James Knox and Jurgen Hubner of German […]

Next week's news

Britain’s longest legal hearing, the Terminal 5 inquiry, is due to wind up after more than 504 days of evidence and arguments. Anyone who has been stuck at Heathrow waiting for a plane will have immediate sympathy for the lawyers who have been stuck there for nearly four years.

Park Nelson merges with Rayfields

LONDON specialist insurance practice Rayfields has merged with commercial law firm Park Nelson. Founding partner John Rayfield is to become a full-time consultant at Park Nelson, while David Herbert, David Reid and Frank Hallam will be partners. Another five fee earners are also moving across. John Kings, head of litigation at 15-partner Park Nelson, says: […]

Small firms find clear route to convergence

Life in the world of business law firms is like a three-lane motorway. In the fast lane you have the five UK juggernauts, in the slow lane you find small, specialist practices, and in the overcrowded middle lane there is a blood-bath in the making. A number of IT law firms have been launched in […]

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