Recent cases

Supponor v AIM Sport Development [2024] EWCA Civ 39623 April 2024Daniel Alexander KC appeared for the successful respondents (“AIM”) in an appeal arising from a patent trial in January 2023. At trial, Meade J found a patent owned by AIM (“the Patent”) valid and infringed by a system used by the appellant (“Supponor”). The Patent claimed a method for digitally overlaying images onto TV broadcasts, […]
United Sikhs v Board of Trustees of United Sikhs10 April 2024Beth Collett successfully represented the charity United Sikhs in the appeal against their successful opposition to the United Sikhs USA headquarters’ application for a UK trade mark. Iain Purvis KC, sitting as the Appointed Person, upheld the Hearing Officer’s decision on section 5(4)(a) and confirmed that the application should be refused on that basis. Simon […]
Lenovo v InterDigital [2024] EWHC 596 (Ch)21 March 2024Mark Chacksfield KC appeared for the defendants (“InterDigital”) in two applications, heard together, arising from ongoing FRAND litigation with the claimants (“Lenovo”). Lenovo sought a declaration that its proposed terms of an interim licence of various of InterDigital’s 3G -5G standard-essential patents were FRAND (the “Interim Licence Declaration”). InterDigital applied for a stay of proceedings. […]
Craig Wright v COPA/BTC Core14 March 2024Beth Collett acted for the developers in the identity issue trial of Craig Wright v COPA/BTC Core, led by Alex Gunning KC of One Essex Court.  After six weeks in court, the Judge gave an immediate ex tempore ruling based on the overwhelming evidence that Dr Wright is not the pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto, nor did […]
Wise Payments Ltd v With Wise Ltd & Ors [2024] EWHC 234 (IPEC)9 February 2024Iona Berkeley appeared for the Claimant (“Wise”), and four potential additional parties, three of which were resisting an application to join them to a passing off counterclaim brought by the Defendants (“the Application”). The Application was heard by Pat Treacy, sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge in IPEC. The original claim brought by the […]
Safestand v Weston Homes [2023] EWHC 3250 (Pat)19 December 2023Andrew Lykiardopoulos KC and Henry Edwards represented the Claimant (“Safestand”) in proceedings brought against the Defendants (“Weston”) for infringement of three of Safestand’s patents, and three of its registered designs (“RRDs”). Weston counterclaimed for invalidity of (i) two of the patents (“EP 738” and “UK 822”), for obviousness; and (ii) all three RRDs, based on […]
Tyburn Film Productions v Broughton & Ors [2023] EWHC 3247 (Ch)8 December 2023Tom Moody-Stuart KC and Joshua Marshall appeared for the Claimant (“Tyburn”) and Jonathan Hill appeared for the Fourth and Fifth Defendants (together, “the Defendants”), in the Defendants’ application to strike out and/or obtain summary judgment on Tyburn’s unjust enrichment claim against them. The application, and Tyburn’s claims against other defendants in the proceedings, relate to […]
Industrial Cleaning Equipment v Intelligent Cleaning Equipment [2023] EWCA Civ 14516 December 2023James St.Ville KC appeared for the appellant in this trade mark appeal, persuading the Court of Appeal for the first time after Brexit to depart from the case law of the European Court of Justice under section 6 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.  It is now the leading UK case on the requirement […]
Emotional Perception AI v Comptroller-General of Patents [2023] EWHC 2948 (Ch)21 November 2023Mark Chacksfield KC and Henry Edwards appeared, instructed by Bruce Dearling of Hepworth Browne, for the successful appellant in this potentially important decision on appeal from the UKIPO.  The core issue was one that has not previously come before the Court: namely the correct application of the exclusion under the Patents Act 1977 for ‘programs […]
Saint-Gobain Adfors SAS v 3M Innovative Properties Co [2023] EWHC 2769 (Pat)8 November 2023James Abrahams KC and Michael Conway appeared for the claimant (“SG”) and Henry Edwards appeared for the defendant (“3M”), in cross-applications before Michael Tappin KC (sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge). SG and 3M each sought an order, under CPR 31.22(1)(a) and 31.22(2), respectively, relating to the confidentiality of files (the “CT Scan Files”) […]