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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.


New head at BINDLA

Masons partner Arun Singh has been appointed chairman of the newly-formed British Indian Lawyers Association (BINDLA). Singh said: “BINDLA is the first stage to developing mutually beneficial ties between the legal profession in Great Britain and that of India.” Additional appointments to BINDLA include Sujata Sharma of Kvaerner as vice-chairman and Abdul Hafezi of Vizards […]

CC targets Latin American work

Clifford Chance has followed Linklaters and Richards Butler by opening an office in SAo Paulo – despite concerns that Brazil will be the next casualty of the world financial crisis. New York managing partner Stephen Hood and three or four assistants will staff the office as employees of a limited company – which will be […]


Stockwell & Clapham Law Centre fights cuts

STOCKWELL & Clapham Law Centre has been granted leave to challenge Lambeth Council’s decision to withdraw all its funding in October 1997 – a move hailed as a victory for the local community. Mr Justice Sullivan granted the centre leave to judicially review the council after questioning why the law centre and two others in […]

Much ado in the office

Office romances can upset more than the status quo if they turn sour, says Sue Nickson. Sue Nickson is joint head of employment at Hammond Suddards. Who’s doing what to whom, when and why has always been a hot topic of conversation in the queue at the office photocopier or printer. However, a development in […]

It has been a bad week for…

Britain’s busiest divorce solicitor Marilyn Stowe, (see Tulkinghorn, page 12) Justin Ede and Julia Charlton of Hong Kong practice Ede Charlton, whose close two-year affiliation with big five accountants Arthur Andersen has been ended suddenly by the ruthless giant. (see full story on page 3) Women in Property will visit Bluewater – the site for […]

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