Recent cases

Insulet Corporation v Roche Diabetes Care Ltd9 July 2021Jaani Riordan (led by Andrew Waugh QC) acted for the claimant, Insulet, and Michael Tappin QC and James Whyte acted for the defendant, Roche, in this patent trial.  Insulet’s patent was for a device and system for patient infusion, which relates (among other things) to ambulatory insulin pumps for use by sufferers of diabetes. The […]
Facebook Ireland Ltd v Voxer IP LLC26 May 2021Jaani Riordan acted for Facebook in this telecommunications patent trial heard in the Shorter Trials Scheme, which raised issues including the doctrine of equivalents, claim construction, and the Formstein defence. Facebook commenced revocation proceedings in the STS concerning a patent entitled “Telecommunication and multimedia management method and apparatus”, relying on two pieces of prior art. […]
HRH The Duchess of Sussex v Associated Newspapers12 May 2021The eighth judgment has been handed down in this case, for which the counsel teams included Jessie Bowhill for the Duchess of Sussex and Isabel Jamal for Associated Newspapers. The underlying action concerns the publication by Associated Newspapers in the Mail on Sunday and in MailOnline of extracts of a handwritten letter sent by The […]
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and Sisvel International v Oppo and Xiaomi26 April 2021Adrian Speck QC and Michael Conway acted for the claimants, Mitsubishi and Sisvel, and Andrew Lykiardopoulos QC acted for the defendants, with Isabel Jamal also acting for the Xiaomi defendants, in this patent infringement trial. The action concerned a patent for a method and system of improving packet switched voice transmissions or transmission of other […]
Swatch AG v Apple Inc29 March 2021Charlotte May QC and Jaani Riordan represented Apple in an appeal by Swatch concerning its trade mark applications for the signs “Swatch One More Thing” and “One More Thing”. Apple had shown that the phrase “One more thing” had become associated with Apple by virtue of the use of the phrase, primarily by Steve Jobs, […]
TuneIn Inc v Warner Music UK Ltd and Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd26 March 2021Jaani Riordan acted as junior counsel for TuneIn in an appeal raising significant issues of copyright law, in particular as to the scope of the right of communication to the public under section 20 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. TuneIn operates an online platform allowing users to listen to audio streams of […]
Vestel v Access Advance & Philips26 March 2021Mark Chacksfield QC and Henry Edwards acted for the appellant claimants, Vestel, in this appeal against the order of HHJ Hacon setting aside service of the claim form out of the jurisdiction and declaring that the court had no jurisdiction to hear the claim. The subject matter of the action concerned the High Efficiency Video […]
Kwikbolt Ltd v Airbus Operations Ltd25 March 2021Henry Ward appeared for the successful Defendant, Airbus, in this patent infringement and invalidity action. Kwikbolt alleged that the use by Airbus of a product called the Centrix Free Spin Fastener in the assembly of aircraft wings at Broughton in North Wales infringed Kwikbolt’s patent for a “removeable blind fastener”.  Airbus counterclaimed alleging that the […]
Lifestyle Equities v Amazon23 March 2021Daniel Alexander QC and Max Keay appeared for the defendants, Amazon, in the hearing of consequential matters arising out of the trial judgment in this trade mark dispute.  With the exception of admitted historical infringements, the claimants’ claims for trade mark infringement were dismissed.  In particular, it had been held that Amazon had not used […]
HRH The Duchess of Sussex v Associated Newspapers Limited22 March 2021Two consequential judgments have been handed down following the recent summary judgment application made by HRH The Duchess of Sussex against Associated Newspapers on issues within her claim for copyright infringement. The proceedings had concerned the publication by the Defendant in the Mail on Sunday and MailOnline of extracts of a handwritten letter sent by […]