Forced sale orders on the grounds of unfair prejudice and shareholder oppression

Introduction In leading case O’Neill v Phillips, Lord Hoffmann compared shareholder petitions of unfair prejudice to divorce petitions. Indeed, these shareholder disputes tend to carry the same level of acrimony, especially when courts are faced with the option of deciding the sale of one shareholder’s shares to another. Fairness is at the heart of the…

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The Challenging IP Software Protection

Three giant telecommunication companies set a new record of patent applications filed with the WIPO in 2014. Chinese Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd led the way with 3,442 published PCT application followed by U.S.-based Qualcomm Inc. with 2,409 published applications. China’s ZTE Corp. took third place with 2,179 applications. These record-breaking numbers denote the growing importance…

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