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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.


Mills & Reeve gains GMC instruction

Mills & Reeve has won the General Medical Council (GMC) as a new client The instruction follows a competitive tender process to advise on conduct case presentation work in the GMC’s hearing centre in Manchester. The Birmingham office beat off competition from 15 firms, including Beachcroft Wansbroughs, Eversheds and the GMC’s main adviser Field Fisher […]

It's just not ticket, old man

News reaches Tulkinghorn of a rumoured parting shot from a disgruntled Pinsent Curtis Biddle lawyer. He is sure it cannot possibly be true, given how gentlemanly all the Pinsents lawyers are, but here goes: when the unnamed chap was leaving the firm he told a fellow partner he had some tickets to a rugby international […]

BA legal director takes off for Associated British Ports

British Airways (BA) legal director Stephen Walsh is exchanging the skies for the sea – he is leaving after 11 years of service to join Associated British Ports (ABP) as its first general counsel Walsh is leaving his post at the end of March and will be joining ABP in April.Walsh’s move ensures that Slaughter […]

Holland & Knight cuts partner pay to save associate bonuses

Holland & Knight partners have bucked the trend for lower associate bonuses by paying themselves less Partners are sacrificing between 6 and 10 per cent of their bonus compensation and have pledged to leave associate bonuses untouched.The cuts will be made across the board, irrespective of individual, practice or office performance.One of the hardest-hit offices […]

Manches launches info service for IT companies

Manches has launched a new technology service called Fortech It will distribute information on legal and commercial developments in the market to technology companies. Fortech will run a series of members’ forums and a bulletin alert service. Manches partner Jean Paul da Costa is leading the Fortech initiative.

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