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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.


DAC Beachcroft goes for New York, New York

And so the firm has launched a representative office in the city that doesn’t sleep, keen to be king of the hill and top of the heap (quite the challenge). The firm said the office would support its international network, which has expanded rapidly across Latin America since the merger between legacy Beachcroft and legacy […]

What’s coming up in 2014: 10 legal employment issues you need to know

By Jayne Flint Every year brings with it a raft of new legislation and legal points for employers to grapple with. As we start yet another year of change to employment law, Shoosmiths looks at the 10 most important developments in the pipeline. Changes to TUPE: the proposed new regulations come into force on 31 […]


Dentons elects Lazar as new European chair

Dentons partners have unanimously elected partner Evan Lazar as chair of the firm’s European board. Lazar replaces fellow legacy Salans partner François Chateau in the role. Chateau is also Dentons’ global vice-chair and will continue in that position. Dentons’ incoming European CEO, Tomasz Dabrowski (31 October 2013), and outgoing European CEO, Dariusz Oleszczuk, were also […]


Exclusive: Herbies mulls sending Aussie disputes work to Belfast

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has launched a pilot scheme to explore how its Belfast office could support the firm’s Australian disputes practice.   The plan has been on the cards since 2012, when the firm started to investigate the extent to which the firm’s offering in Belfast might be able to support Australia (19 November 2012).  […]

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