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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.


DLA Piper advises on £715m Crest Nicholson bid

DLA Piper client Castle Bidco has agreed a £715m offer for property developer Crest Nicholson after the Takeover Panel extended its offer deadline to today. Crest Nicholson, advised by longstanding counsel Linklaters, has confirmed that it will accept an offer at 629.7 pence per share, unanimously accepted by Crest Nicholson’s board. It had previously rejected […]

Camerons in High Court for negligence

CMS Cameron McKenna is being sued for negligence by offshore company Tamlura at the High Court for unspecified damages. The claim surrounds the acquisition of accident management group motorCare by The Innovation Group (TiG) on 17 October 2000 for £67m. TiG is not part of the claim, however. Tamlura is a Dutch Antilles-incorporated company that […]

DLA in Thai swoop

DLA Piper’s Bangkok office has bagged two partners from local firm Siam Premier. Suraphon Rittipongchusit joins the firm’s dispute resolution group, and Supreedee Nimitkul joins its corporate team. Rittipongchusit specialises in banking and finance, and has advised clients in arbitrations at the Thai Arbitration Institute and under International Chamber of Commerce rules. Nimitkul also specialises […]

Cobbetts’ LLP filing reveals full extent of difficult year

Cobbetts’ initial set of LLP accounts reveal a turnover of £55.4m and a net profit of £12.9m for the year ended 30 April 2006. Cobbetts, which converted to LLP status in November 2005, increased its turnover by 6 per cent, up from £52.4m in 2005. Profit available for division among the firm’s 89 members, which […]

Cash for honours media row rumbles on as BBC vows to keep up legal fight

The Attorney General Lord Goldsmith kick-started a clash of the legal titans after he tried to gag the media from reporting a fresh angle on the cash for honours scandal – and the saga continues. Philip Havers QC of One Crown Office Row, acting for Goldsmith, went head-to-head with The Guardian’s silk Andrew Nicol QC […]

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