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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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K&L Gates adds German IP partner from Clifford Chance

K&L Gates has become the latest firm to pick up a partner from Clifford Chance in Germany, recruiting the magic circle firm’s German trademark head Thorsten Vormann. Vormann joins K&L Gates’ Frankfurt office. He has been a partner at Clifford Chance and its legacy firm in Germany since 1997. He focuses primarily on patent infringement […]

A&O advises BNY Mellon on FCA custody breach investigation

Allen & Overy (A&O) has advised the Bank of New York (BNY) Mellon on a Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) investigation that yesterday (15 April) saw the bank slapped with a £126m fine for breaching custody rules. A&O head of banking, finance and regulatory litigation Calum Burnett,  banking partner Damian Carolan and counsel Philip Annett provided advice […]

Cahill’s Kelly hire puts US growth strategies in spotlight

The spate of hires of UK talent by US firms continued last week with the news that Cahill Gordon has swooped on Shearman disputes partner Richard Kelly to build its London litigation practice. At the same time Cahill has becomes the first US outfit to be licensed by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA) as an […]

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