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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.


No compunction over BBC injunction

The rumpus over cash for honours has brought about an astonishing 48 hours for media lawyers. Friday’s injunction against the BBC was lifted at 2pm today, several hours after The Guardian hit the streets with its follow-up on the affair. The Lawyer understands that the BBC’s in-house legal team advised that since its best recourse […]


Southampton-based Eric Robinson Solicitors has appointed its first environment officer. Nigel Riches, a solicitor in the firm’s wills and probate team, will investigate the ways its five branches can be more eco-friendly.

Freeth Cartwright grows Manchester base

Midlands-based Freeth Cartwright has revealed an ambitious growth plan for the firm’s Manchester office. The firm has moved into new city centre offices twice the size of its previous base and aims to increase lawyer numbers from the present three to 15 within 12 months. Chairman Colin Flanagan said: “The potential for growth in Manchester […]

Hammonds falls prey to DWF swoop for real estate team

DWF has taken on a real estate team from Hammonds as the firm continues to implement its aggressive growth strategy. Hammonds real estate litigation partner Andrew Todd and associate Sophie Lawton are set to join DWF’s Leeds office. DWF managing partner Andrew Leaitherland told The Lawyer: “These hires show our commitment to Leeds and also […]

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