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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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Gladiator battle

Olivia King, wife of Gladiator star Shadow, is heading for a legal battle with the media. She is taking action over a story about her relationship with Shadow which appeared in the Sunday Mirror on 5 February under the heading: ‘Shadow beat me senseless – TV Gladiator star is drug crazed monster, says wife’. She […]

Bar Council examines beefed-up equality code

A NEW revised equality code for chambers was due to be discussed by the Bar Council on Saturday. The code has been considerably beefed up since it was first sent out to chambers throughout the country two years ago. In recent months a Bar Council implementation committee has been redrafting the code to take into […]

SCB throws out conduct complaint

John Malpas reports A JOURNALIST who filed complaints of unethical conduct against a barrister and a solicitors’ firm following a libel action has lost round one of his fight. The Solicitors Complaints Bureau’s primary investigation unit has rejected Peter Cotterell’s complaint that Macfarlanes pursued an unmeritorious libel action against him (see The Lawyer 4 April). […]

Six months jail after Graham conviction

LONDON solicitor Hemamali Graham was last week sentenced to six months in prison after being convicted of attempting to obtain property by deception. Judge Jeremy Fordham, who sentenced Graham at the Inner London Crown Court last Monday, said that she had “deliberately and dishonestly” made a false mortgage application to the Yorkshire Building Society in […]

Law Lords pension probe

*The Law Lords are to probe the legal costs position relating to those who sue pension scheme trustees for breach of trust. They have granted leave for an appeal against High and Appeal Court rulings that in a breach of trust action against pension trustees those suing are entitled, pre-emptively, to an order that their […]

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