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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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Ladbrokes GC lays down the law to panel firms

Spurs fan Ladbrokes GC tackles panel firms where it hurts Ladbrokes general counsel Jonathan Adelman chairs the Tottenham Tribute Trust, which helps former Spurs players who have fallen on hard times. Next on his to-do list will be setting up a Panel Firms Tribute Trust after the former SJ Berwin partner slashed Ladbrokes’ adviser roster […]

Geffen’s Used Motors

Psst. Want to buy a used car? Get yourself over to Ashurst. As we reveal today, the firm is not only targeting global domination via push-button sanctioned international mergers but is also branching out into flogging off motors. The firm’s LLP accounts show that it raised more than £500,000 by selling off company cars during […]

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Hot 100: Solomon Wifa, O’Melveny & Myers

Almost three years ago Solomon Wifa made his mark in the legal community as he became the youngest-ever managing partner of O’Melveny & Myers in London at the age of 37. This year, Wifa secured a spot in the Hot 100 list for his deal-making prowess in the investment funds field. Two transactions stand out […]

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Hot 100: Karyl Nairn, Skadden Arps

It was, without any doubt or hyperbole, one of the biggest and most dramatic cases of recent years. Roman Abramovich’s titanic $6bn (£3.8bn) battle of the oligarchs against Boris Berezovsky was always going to be a headline-generator. For Skadden partner Karyl Nairn, who represented the Chelsea FC owner, it was “the full package – it […]

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Mishcon v Addleshaws as Berezovsky heads back to court

Mishcon de Reya is the latest firm to take on Addleshaw Goddard client Boris Berezovsky after the firm was instructed for the oligarch’s ex-partner Yelena Gorbunova in a battle for his reduced wealth. Mr Justice Mann delivered a split ruling after Maitland Chambers’ Anthony Trace QC convinced the court that a £200m freezing order against […]

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