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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.


Ashursts partner made silk

A City competition lawyer at Ashurst Morris Crisp is the only solicitor advocate to be appointed Queen’s Counsel in this year’s silks list. Mark Clough, partner in EC and competition law, receives silk over seven other solicitor applicants, and becomes the fifth in-house advocate. Nigel Parr, head of the EC and competition group at Ashursts, […]

Garretts gets revenge with Addleshaws partner hire

Garretts, the associate law firm of Arthur Andersen, has hit back at Addleshaw Booth & Co’s predatory lateral hires of its lawyers by poaching litigation specialist Deborah Bould. The luring of Bould will be some comfort to Garretts, which has seen an exodus of lawyers to Addleshaws over the past months. Head of property at […]

Case of the week

Some men say it with flowers, some give boxes of chocolates. Romeo wannabe Neil Whitehouse used his mobile phone. Unfortunately, he was on an aeroplane at the time and Whitehouse ignored the pleas of crew that his attempts to send the message “I love you” to his ex-girlfriend were endangering the lives of the plane’s […]

British duo to head up LeBoeufs

US firm LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae’s London managing partner has stepped down to make way for a joint leadership by two of the firm’s British partners. Energy partners Garry Pegg and Alan Jones will become joint managing partners on 1 April, replacing US partner Jeff Johnson, who set up LeBoeufs’ London multinational partnership four […]

In brief: Norton Rose

Norton Rose partner Christopher Swift has been seconded to the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers as a joint secretary. Swift, who works in the firm’s Hong Kong office, begins his two-year term on 12 April. Clifford Chance corporate partner Guy Norman will return to his firm when he completes his two-year secondment to the panel […]

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