Grimme Landmaschinenfabrik Gmbh & Co. KG v Derek Scott  EWCA Civ 111015 October 2010This was the appeal in a mechanical patent claim. Mark Chacksfield’s client was successful in appealing the first instance finding of partial invalidity, with the result the patent was held to be entirely valid and both directly and indirectly infringed. The appeal involved an detailed analysis of the indirect infringement provisions under the Act, and […]
Ciba Vision and Novartis v Johnson & Johnson  EWCA Civ 103929 November 2010A patent action concerning the billion dollar industry in extended wear contact lenses. Ciba contended it had made the essential break through which enabled the success of the 28 day lens but J&J said the patent taught virtually nothing and left the researcher with a puzzle.
Lucas Films v Andrew Ainsworth  EWCA Civ 13287 March 2011In 1976, the shooting of the film “Star Wars” was imminent, but the studio had not managed to produce the armour and helmets for the Stormtroopers. Andrew Ainsworth, an artist with special skills in thermoforming materials, came to the rescue. Not only did he manage to produce the iconic costumes for the Stormtroopers, in accordance […]
Plentyoffish Media Inc v. Plenty More LLP  RPC 511 October 2011Appeal to the High Court in invalidation proceedings under s 47 of the Trade Marks Act 1994. The Opponent asserted goodwill based upon visitors to a website situation abroad. The issue was whether any UK goodwill had been generated which could be relied upon as an earlier mark. Appeal dismissed and decision of the hearing […]
Quick Draw v Global Live Events & ors  EWHC 2105 (Ch30 July 2012Judgment has been given in the media law case Quick Draw v Global Live Events & ors  EWHC 2105 (Ch). Jonathan Hill acted as co-counsel for the successful claimant, a bridge financier which put up substantial loans to fund the Michael Jackson tribute concert at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. The claimant established trust and […]