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By Guy Wilkes Financial service firms cannot wait for the outcome of the leave negotiations before putting their restructuring plans into effect After the initial excitement and panic following the referendum result lawyers were quick to reassure their clients that nothing had changed overnight. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) similarly sought to reassure people that […]

Hackers steal 1.2 billion passwords — four steps to take now

By Aravind Swaminathan and Tara McGraw Swaminatha The New York Times recently reported that an organised Russian criminal group stole approximately 1.2 billion username and password credentials associated with more than 500 million email addresses from hundreds of thousands of websites around the world. The article notes that the hackers used a large botnet (a […]

Follow-the-settlements clauses revisited

In autumn 2011, Thailand suffered severe floods. Among the properties damaged were shops and distribution centres owed by a subsidiary of Tesco. Tesco was insured against property damage and BI losses in Thailand under a master global policy issued by ACE European Group and under a local policy issued in Thailand by ACE INA. The […]

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Recent changes to planning: an overview

There have been several changes to the planning system in recent months, reflecting the response to Covid-19 and most recently in support of the Prime Minister’s evocation to ‘build, build, build’.

‘No DSS’ no longer

The Department for Social Security or more commonly referred to as ‘DSS’, was the government department responsible for providing benefit payments. The department was however replaced in 2001 by the Department of Work and Pensions. In the case of Rosie Keogh v Nicholas George Ltd, the complainant contacted a local letting agent regarding a property […]

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.

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