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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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Norton Rose’s fee income jumps 11 per cent

Norton Rose has seen double-digit growth in its revenues during the first six months of the financial year, with fee income increasing 11 per cent to £141.5m. During the same period last year the figure stood at £126m. The firm’s chief executive Peter Martyr said the healthy growth was down to its hubs in Asia, […]

New managing partner at Bristol’s Burges Salmon

Bristol headquartered firm Burges Salmon has named Chris Jackson as successor to Guy Stobart as managing partner of the firm. Jackson, a commercial disputes partner, will take over from Stobart in May. Stobart, who has been managing partner since 1995, said he was “assessing his options”. “All good things must come to an end. We […]

DLA plunders Links for Asia finance bigwig

DLA Piper has raided Linklaters to recruit a new Singapore managing partner and head of projects and finance for Asia. Martin David, a finance partner in Linklaters’ Singapore branch for 10 years, has been tasked with building a projects and finance practice in the region and hopes to double the number of dedicated partners within […]

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Hard times are making the case for compliance

Corporate crises present opportunities to put compliance programmes at the heart of board strategy, leading in-house lawyers told delegates at The Lawyer’s global compliance conference last week (29 and 30 October). BAE Systems general counsel Phillip Bramwell told the conference that risk management came to the fore in times of disaster, adding that crises presented […]

Pinsents, LG buck trend by winning Aim clients

Pinsent Masons and LG have boosted their Aim practices despite the turmoil engulfing the financial markets. Pinsents kept its place as the top law firm for total number of Aim clients and added two more companies to its roster in spite of a sharp decline in flotations. It now represents 61 Aim-listed companies. LG added […]

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