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Michael Penhallurick v MD5 Limited15 February 2021Michael Conway acted for the defendant, MD5 Limited, in this claim for copyright infringement. Mr Penhallurick was a former employee of MD5. He claimed ownership of copyright in eight works relating to the source code and a user guide for a computer programme called “Virtual Forensic Computing” (VFC).  MD5 Limited is his former employer. The […]
HRH The Duchess of Sussex v Associated Newspapers Limited11 February 2021Jessie Bowhill acted in the counsel team for HRH The Duchess of Sussex in her application for summary judgment.  Adrian Speck QC and Isabel Jamal acted in the counsel team for Associated Newspapers Limited resisting the application. The proceedings concern the publication by the Defendant in the Mail on Sunday and MailOnline of extracts of […]
Software Solutions Ltd, Mindlife Solutions Ltd & Mindlife (UK) Ltd v 365 Health and Wellbeing Ltd & John Frederick Smith9 February 2021Jaani Riordan acted for the Claimants in a software copyright dispute involving mental health applications created using the Claimants’ multimedia software authoring tool. The judgment offers a detailed examination of the rights subsisting in XML files and data formats, and the principles applicable to software licences and assignments. The Defendants claimed to have acquired the […]
Daniel Alexander QC, 8 New Square’s Head of Chambers5 February 2021Following James Mellor QC’s appointment to the High Court Bench, we are very pleased to announce that Daniel Alexander QC is 8 New Square’s new Head of Chambers from the 8th February.  Daniel is an internationally renowned silk, chaired the IPBA and sits as a Deputy High Court Judge and Appointed Person.
8 New Square given a 5* JUVE rating3 February 2021“Market-leading 8 New Square remains the UK IP bar’s best regarded and largest IP barrister set” and is given a 5* JUVE rating. Please click here for the full analysis.
Lifestyle Equities v Amazon27 January 2021James Mellor QC and Max Keay appeared for the defendants, Amazon, in this trial of a trade mark dispute.  The dispute was whether Amazon had infringed trade marks for “Beverly Hills Polo Club” by allowing goods branded under those marks to be listed on their US website in a way that made them visible to […]
Isabel Jamal listed in The Lawyer’s newly published ‘Hot 100’ for 202127 January 2021We are very pleased to report that Isabel Jamal is listed as a member of The Lawyer’s Hot 100 for 2021. Isabel is a leading junior at the IP Bar, and we are delighted that The Lawyer has recognised her as a leading junior across the whole of the Bar.  To read what The Lawyer says […]
James Mellor QC, Head of Chambers, is appointed as a Justice of the High Court20 January 2021Chambers is very pleased to announce that its Head of Chambers, James Mellor QC, has been appointed as a Justice of the High Court (Chancery Division) and will commence his new appointment on the 8th February 2021.  James has had a distinguished career at the Bar, spanning 35 years, and members of Chambers wish him […]
Illumina Cambridge Ltd v MGI20 January 2021Isabel Jamal appeared as part of a multi-counsel team for the Defendants in this patent validity and infringement trial concerning DNA sequencing technology.  Five Illumina patents were in issue. Three of the patents, all concerning modified nucleotides, were considered together.  In light of challenges on the basis of obviousness, priority, insufficiency and added matter, amendments […]
Hanger Holdings Ltd v Perlake Corporation SA19 January 2021Jonathan Hill acted for the successful claimant in proceedings seeking to recover the valuable domain name blackjack.com from the defendant Simon Croft.  In finding for the claimant the English High Court for the first time held that a domain name was a form of intangible personal property, following the approach taken by the Ontario Court […]