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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.


Jason Morgan

Morgan, Jason

Jason Morgan is a partner and head of the property group in Guernsey. He is responsible for advising on a wide range of residential and commercial property matters involving Guernsey, Alderney and Sark. He also advises on the taking of security over real property in the Bailiwick of Guernsey. Prior to becoming a partner, Morgan […]

German strength draws firms in

Over the past few years Germany has consistently outperformed the rest of Europe’s legal market, with domestic firms reporting successive turnover rises and international players keeping on hiring and merging in the country. Noerr has consolidated its place as the second-largest German independent (behind Hengeler Mueller) with a turnover rise of 12 per cent for […]

Vac scheme holiday

Get ahead, get a decent vac scheme

Vacation schemes used to be such simple affairs.  Students would go through a basic application process and, if successful, spend a fairly relaxed week or two getting to know the firm and shadowing its trainees – at work and down the pub. Hopefully they’d be of decent quality, and like enough of what they saw […]

Anthony McKenzie

McKenzie, Anthony

Anthony McKenzie has a broad range of experience in corporate and commercial transactions across a number of jurisdictions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint venture arrangements and capital markets transactions. He also advises clients on the establishment, maintenance and restructuring of offshore investment vehicles, including hedge and private equity funds. This information was sourced from the […]

Allen & Overy advises Old Mutual on the sale of Skandia Germany and Skandia Austria

Allen & Overy has advised Old Mutual on the sale of Skandia Germany and Skandia Austria, part of Old Mutual Wealth, to a Cinven and Hannover Re acquisition vehicle (shortly to be renamed Heidelberger Leben Group). The transaction volume is €220m (£180m) in cash, plus interest to completion. The transaction is still subject to regulatory approvals and other […]

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