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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.


Manchester United’s Watkins nets millions in share sale

James Chapman & Co’s senior partner and lawyer to Manchester United has netted himself a tidy £2.5m after off-loading a million of his shares in the club. Maurice Watkins, long-time lawyer to the Premier League football club where he is also non-executive director, was the largest shareholder in the company. Watkins sold a chunk of […]

Ashurst advises developers of world’s dearest apartment

Ashurst advises developers of world’s dearest apartment” />Ashurst has advised new clients Manresa Developments and Candy and Candy on the sale of the most expensive apartment in the world.The former global head of global exchange at Citigroup Julian Simmonds – the man behind Manresa – bought the Manresa Road premises from Formula One driver Bernie […]

Walker Morris renews council agreement

Leeds firm Walker Morris will continue to work alongside Wakefield Council’s legal services team after the renewal of a 2001 partnering agreement. Following a competitive tendering process, the firm has been confirmed as the council’s preferred external law firm for a term of up to five years. It will specialise in developing areas of legislation, […]

Visually inferred

Allen & Overy (A&O) sure is excited about its swanky new building at Spitalfields. So giddy is the firm that it has installed a webcam at the site so all its lawyers can log on and check out how progress is going – although there may be other motives for being visually linked. Penny-pinching partners […]

Cravath recaptures Shell as client for titanic battle with SEC

Shell has drafted in Cravath Swaine & Moore to fight off claims by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) – although the firm helped write the report that led to the regulator’s probe in the first place. Cravath, the embattled energy company’s long-term legal adviser, co-wrote the memorandum that forced Shell to establish ‘Project Rockford’ […]

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