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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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Eversheds posts record profits in year of job cuts as turnover hits £376m

Eversheds has posted a 2.7 per cent increase in turnover for the 2012/13 financial year to £376m, a similar rate of revenue growth as in 2011/13. The firm has also reported record profits, with net profit increasing by 6 per cent year on year to £85.4m. Average profit per equity partner (PEP) also increased, by […]

Strike prices released early — does this provide more certainty for energy investors?

One of the key parts of the government’s Electricity Market Reform (EMR) proposals is contracts for difference (CfDs), which will replace the renewables obligation (RO) as the key support mechanism for low-carbon electricity generation. Under CfDs, a generator will be paid the difference between a strike price and a reference market price (unless the reference […]

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Hungary: Toughing it out

Many foreign investors are keeping faith with Hungary despite EU concern over recent regulatory reforms Since the 2010 election Hungary’s coalition government of the right-wing Fidesz and the Christian Democrats has served up a legislative feast. In three years the government has forced through about 600 laws to reform and take control of the media, […]

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Harneys brings litigator into London office

Offshore firm Harneys has relocated litigator Philip Kite to London to launch a British Virgin Islands (BVI) dispute resolution practice in the City. The firm has become the second offshore firm to start a contentious practice in the City, following Forbes Hare’s hire of Dentons senior associate Alistair Abbott earlier this year (30 April 2013). […]

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