Recent cases

Nicholas Martin v Julia Kogan11 January 2021Ashton Chantrielle and Beth Collett appeared for Ms Kogan, the Defendant/Part 20 Claimant, and Jonathan Hill appeared for the film company Part 20 Defendants, in this re-trial of a dispute over the authorship of the screenplay for the film “Florence Foster Jenkins”. Mr Martin sought a declaration that he was the sole author and copyright […]
Oppo & Xiaomi v Mitsubishi Electric Corp & Sisvel International19 November 2020Among the counsel teams,  Daniel Alexander QC appeared for Xiaomi (the sixth to ninth appellants) and Michael Conway appeared for the respondents in this appeal against a case management order in patent litigation in which the Claimants were seeking determination of a FRAND licence under various declared SEPs. The issue of confidentiality of potentially important documents in such cases, who […]
HRH The Duchess of Sussex v Associated Newspapers Ltd18 November 2020Jessie Bowhill acted for the Claimant in her application to vacate an existing trial date of 11 January 2021 and adjourn the trial to Autumn 2021.   The proceedings concern the publication by the Defendant in the Mail on Sunday of extracts of a handwritten letter written by HRH The Duchess of Sussex to her father, […]
Matchroom Boxing and Matchroom Sport v BT and others29 October 2020Jaani Riordan appeared for the applicants, who were organisers and promoters of boxing events including pay-per-view events involving Anthony Joshua, in this claim for a website blocking injunction under section 97A of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. This was an application to extend and vary an existing blocking order which covered target servers […]
Amgen Inc v Sanofi-Aventis Groupe SA and others22 October 2020Michael Tappin QC appeared for the claimant and William Duncan appeared for the defendants in this application to lift a stay of patent infringement proceedings which was agreed in a “quasi-Tomlin” order in February 2015.  The patent in issue was subject to ongoing opposition proceedings in the EPO. The dispute in this hearing was over […]
Shazam Productions v Only Fools The Dining Experience19 October 2020Jonathan Hill appeared for the claimant in this application for transfer of proceedings from the High Court to the IPEC in proceedings for copyright infringement and passing off relating to an interactive theatrical dining experience based on the BBC sitcom “Only Fools And Horses” written by John Sullivan. As well as conventional claims based on […]
Optis and Unwired Planet v Apple16 October 2020Adrian Speck QC, Mark Chacksfield QC and Thomas Jones appeared for the claimants in this High Court patent action, the first in a series of trials between these parties.  This trial concerned a patent for a method for improving handovers between mobile communication systems, which is part of a portfolio of standards essential patents held […]
Shenzhen Senior Technology Material Co Ltd v Celgard LLC9 October 2020James Abrahams QC appeared for the appellant in this appeal against an interim injunction and order permitting the claimant to serve the claim form outside the jurisdiction, in relation to a claim for breach of confidence and/or a breach of the Trade Secrets (Enforcement, etc.) Regulations 2018 reg. 3. In the leading judgment Arnold LJ […]
Conversant Wireless Licensing v Huawei & ZTE8 October 2020Adrian Speck QC, Mark Chacksfield QC and Michael Conway appeared for Conversant in its appeal against a finding that a European patent for a mobile telephony feature was invalid for added matter.  The invention in the patent related to autonomous transmission in high speed uplink packet access in the context of the Universal Mobile Telecommunications […]
Sazerac v Liverpool Gin Distillery10 September 2020James Mellor QC and Maxwell Keay appeared for the Claimants and Tom Moody-Stuart QC and Tom Jones appeared for the Defendants in a trial concerning the trade marks EAGLE RARE and AMERICAN EAGLE.  Sazerac alleged that the sale of Halewood’s bourbon under the name “American Eagle” was an infringement of its UK and EU trade […]