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Elizabeth F Holowacz

Disparagement of prior art in the specification can disavow claimed subject matter

Intellectual Property - USA
Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto

In Openwave Systems, Inc v Apple Inc the Federal Circuit has upheld a district court finding that a patent specification which repeatedly disparaged a prior art embodiment constituted a disavowal sufficient to exclude that embodiment from the scope of the claims..

Joel Stewart

Is there a PERM revocation in your mailbox?

Immigration - USA
Fakhoury Law Group PC

The Department of Labour has broad powers to revoke Permanent Electronic Review Management (PERM) approvals and sister agencies can also invalidate labour certifications, which can lead to the loss of a green card or even citizenship.

Anna Turi

The lofty promises (and drawbacks) of the leniency programme – guidelines for applicants

Competition & Antitrust - Hungary
Schoenherr Rechtsanwälte

The Hungarian Competition Authority (GVH) recently launched a promotion campaign for its leniency programme, emphasising that "a cartel will not stay hidden, but one may get away with a leniency application".

Philippe Mantel

Corporate tax reform III

Corporate Tax - Switzerland
Meyerlustenberger Lachenal

Following the development of new international standards and pressure from the European Union, Switzerland has initiated a third corporate tax reform.

Simon Hart

'Disproportionate' disclosure application denied in swaps mis-selling claim

Litigation - United Kingdom

The Commercial Court recently rejected an application by the claimant for specific disclosure against the defendant bank.

Patrick Diaz

Technicalities disqualify Dell stockholders' appraisal rights under 'continuous holder' requirements

Corporate Finance/M&A - USA
Ropes & Gray LLP

The Delaware Court of Chancery has granted summary judgment in favour of Dell, Inc, denying appraisal rights to three funds and two retirement plans that had acquired Dell shares after the announcement of a going-private transaction because they had not met the statutory 'continuous holder' requirement..



Rise of the drones

Aviation / Canada, Nigeria, Switzerland


Insolvency and licences

Insolvency & Restructuring / Luxembourg, Switzerland, United Kingdom


Climate change as a driver of change

Environment & Climate Change / Brazil, Sweden