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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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US duo act on Morgan Stanley’s $13bn trading acquisition

Davis Polk & Wardwell and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom have taken the lead roles in Morgan Stanley’s $13bn acquisition of online trading platform E*Trade. Davis Polk’s team advising its longstanding client Morgan Stanley included partners from both its New York and Washington DC offices, and it was led by managing partner Neil Barr […]

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Debevoise breaks $1bn globally and $150m in the City

Debevoise & Plimpton has broken through the $1bn revenue barrier for the first time after posting record financial results for 2019. Firm-wide turnover rose by 13 per cent from $929.3m to a new high of $1.05bn in a year that saw all of the key metrics head north. In a year when the firm confirmed […]

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Ashurst sets up shop in Los Angeles

Ashurst has planted its flag on the West Coast of the US, launching a second office in the country in Los Angeles. The new office will open in Santa Monica and will focus predominantly on projects and project finance work in the transport and social infrastructure sectors. It will be headed by partner Anna Hermelin, […]

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