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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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Lovells hangs on to Terra Firma with landmark securitisation

Lovells has maintained its relationship with private equity house Terra Firma to advise on a landmark securitisation, even though the firm lost the original partner on the deal to Clifford Chance. A Lovells team consisting of London and German lawyers acted for Terra Firma on a E5.4bn (£3.69bn) commercial mortgage-backed securitisation (CMBS), the biggest deal […]

Glaxo scoops King & Spalding partner to head IP

GlaxoSmithKline has hired a new global head of IP, scooping King & Spalding partner Sherry Knowles. Knowles will join as senior vice president and global head of the corporate intellectual property division in September, replacing David Roberts who is retiring. Before qualifying as a lawyer, Knowles spent several years at SmithKline Beecham as a pharmaceutical […]

Browne Jacobson wins art centre pitch

Midlands firm Browne Jacobson has won a place as sole adviser for the Centre for Contemporary Art Nottingham (CCAN). The firm will provide advice on property, construction, employment and charity matters. It won the appointment following a tender process with corporate partner Iain Blatherwick leading the pitch.

Silks’ fleet plunder

Herbies mole. “It’s happened to me quite a few times. We had a particularly bad batch a few years back.” He went on to theorise that the pens, made in China, didn’t travel well. “They’ve been shipped to headquarters in London, shipped back to us in Asia, and by the time we take them on […]

Sybase lures UK general counsel from Tibco Software

US technology company Sybase has appointed Helle Jorgensen as its new UK general counsel. Jorgensen joins from Palo Alto-based financial software house Tibco Software, where she was a senior UK legal counsel. She will report in to Europe, the Middle East and Asia (Emea) general counsel Jonathan Carter Shaw, who in turn reports to overall […]

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