“Seeing is believing” no longer rings true: The deceptive powers of artificial intelligence and fake journalists

A recent investigation found that articles published by a number of well-established media outlets in various countries around the world were, in fact, authored by a network of fake journalists. The individuals may have had all the hallmarks of journalists; qualifications, career history, connections… but they were not journalists. They were not even real people.

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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.

How to stay one step ahead of litigation threats in a business (un)usual world

As lockdown restrictions eased further on 4th July, many of us breathed a cautious sigh of relief. The ability to eat a meal out, or enjoy a tentative trip to the pub, made us feel the danger was starting to pass. Yet for businesses, the threats and potential dangers seem to be increasing. The uncertainty, stress and tension of the last few months has created an environment ripe for an explosion of litigation against companies.

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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.

Fragmentation on TUPE business transfers – Splitting the difference

A recent case heard by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) – ISS Facilities Services NV v Sonia Govaerts & Atalian NV – has looked at what happens when a transfer takes place under the Acquired Rights Directive (ARD) where there is a transfer from a single business to multiple incoming businesses, i.e. post-transfer ‘fragmentation’.

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