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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.


Milberg outraged at kickback allegations

New York class action powerhouse Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman last week found itself indicted by the US attorney in Los Angeles for allegedly paying referral fees to win clients. But the firm hit back by launching the www.milberg website, to defend itself against the charges, which it described as “absurd”. Name partners David […]

Gleiss helps kill off ‘locust’ tag

Private equity houses have famously been described as locusts (Heuschrecken) in Germany, but it looks as if Gleiss Lutz could have acted on the deal that will change this perception. Herbert Smith’s German ally advised regular client Blackstone on its first-ever investment in a government-controlled company. Blackstone acquired a 4.5 per cent, E2.68bn (£1.82bn) stake […]

Law Soc on course for revamped LPC

The Law Society has completed the first stage of its controversial review of legal education and training and has set out the timetable for overhauling the LPC. The 10-page document, published by the Law Society’s Regulation Board last week, fleshes out the proposals unveiled by the Law Society last October, when it reneged on its […]

William Bloomer: Heath Lambert

Heath Lambert’s head of legal William Bloomer has already presided over a raft of changes at the insurance broker, but with a merger looming his skills are going to be more invaluable than ever. By Joanne Harris The insurance industry is in the middle of consolidation, and the next acquisition could well be that of […]

East Anglia

East Anglian law firms do not always get same profile as the rest of the South East, but with such a close proximity to London and a strong local industry, the legal market is in a good position to compete with its geographical neighbour. Regeneration is playing its part in providing plenty of work for […]

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