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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.


Powers quits JP Morgan

Averill Powers, the former UK general counsel of JP Morgan Chase, has mysteriously left the bank A JP Morgan spokesperson said that Powers had left to “pursue other opportunities”. The spokesperson added that the bank did not know whether Powers had taken up another post.Powers was UK general counsel at JP Morgan until the bank’s […]

ABA chairman scooped for Hunton & Williams

US firm Hunton & Williams has appointed Robert Grey, former vice president of rival Virginia law firm LeClair Ryan as a partner on the regulated industries and government relations team.

Deals summary

Travers Smith Braithwaite (David Hawkins and Anthony Judge) advised Lothbury Property Trust Company on the letting of 31 St James Street, Covent Garden to jewellery designer Kit Leath. Atlantic Fund Management also advised. Leath was represented by Michelmores. Nicholson Graham & Jones (Piers Coleman and Justin Salkeld) acted for Heron Wigmore Street on the £60m […]

Old Square loses tenants to judiciary

Several Old Square tenants have been appointed to judicial positions, including Matthias Kelly QC, the vice chairman of the Bar Council, who is now a Bencher of Gray’s Inn. Kelly, who has been appointed a recorder, is due to be next year’s Bar chairman. Old Square is losing William Birtles, who was sworn in as […]

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