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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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Fieldfisher offers bonuses to non-fee earners for first time

Fieldfisher is making bonuses available for non-fee earners in the UK for the first time, after a string of stand-out financial results from the firm. The move means high-performing staff in Fieldfisher’s business services’ functions, for example, will be granted a bonus. However, the rewards are discretionary, meaning not everyone will be in line for […]

BVI litigator Grant Carroll joins Ogier’s Dispute Resolution team

Grant – who specialises in shareholder disputes, contentious insolvency matters and commercial litigation – joins the team led by partner Brian Lacy. He previously worked in the jurisdiction for another offshore law firm, having practised as a commercial barrister in England for six years. Grant is recommended in leading directories for BVI litigation and Chambers […]

Mark Heywood QC acts for defendant in drug-related murder trial

Mark Heywood QC of No5 Barristers’ Chambers defended a drug runner in the murder case of amputee Mark Swinhoe, who was beaten with his own prosthetic leg and stabbed in a drug deal that went wrong. Mr Swinhoe, 38, from Long Eaton, Derbyshire, who was described as a ‘loving and caring man’, had gone with a […]

Ogier advises OMERS on US$1.1bn acquisition of Alexander Mann Solutions

Ogier has advised on the £820m (US$1.1bn) acquisition of Alexander Mann Solutions, one of the world’s leading providers of talent acquisition and management services. A Jersey team led by partner Richard Daggett advised OMERS Private Equity, the private equity arm of OMERS, the defined benefit pension plan for municipal employees in the Province of Ontario, […]

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