Recent cases

Christopher Wheat v Google LLC [2020] EWHC 27 (Ch)15 January 2020Jaani Riordan appeared for the respondent (“Google”) in this appeal against a decision of Chief Master Marsh refusing to grant the appellant, Mr Wheat, permission to serve Google out of the jurisdiction. Mr Wheat operated a website to which he had uploaded photographs and articles that he had authored. He discovered that third parties were […]
Easygroup Ltd v (1) Easyfly SA (2) Alfonso Avila Velandia and (3) Gie Avions de Transport Regional [2020] EWHC 40 (Ch)14 January 2020Jaani Riordan appeared as Junior Counsel for the proposed Third Defendant (“ATR”), a subsidiary of Airbus, in this opposition to joinder. EasyGroup brought a claim alleging trade mark infringement, passing off and unlawful means conspiracy against the First Defendant, a Colombian airline providing domestic flights in Colombia under the name EASYFLY, and related claims against […]
77m Ltd v Ordnance Survey Ltd [2019] EWHC 3007 (Ch)20 December 2019In this dispute relating to the rights in mapping and addressing databases, Jaani Riordan represented 77m and Lindsay Lane QC and Jessie Bowhill represented Ordnance Survey. 77M had created a dataset called Matrix consisting of geospatial coordinates and addresses in Great Britain. It had done so by using a wide range of datasets which were […]
Teva UK Ltd & Ors v Gilead Sciences, Inc [2019] EWCA Civ 227219 December 2019“On 19 December 2019, the Court of Appeal issued its judgment in Teva v. Gilead concerning the supplementary protection certificate relating to the antiviral combination sold under the name Truvada ®.  Gilead’s appeal from Arnold J was dismissed and the court confirmed the invalidity of the SPC on the ground of non-compliance with Article 3(a) […]
Adolf Nissen Elektrobau GmbH & Co Kg v Horizont Group GmbH [2019] EWHC 3522 (IPEC)18 December 2019Maxwell Keay appeared on behalf of the Defendant (‘Horizont’) in this patent revocation claim. The parties to the action were both in the business of electric road traffic signs. The Claimant (‘Nissen’) sought to revoke a UK patent owned by Horizont for an invention entitled ‘Mobile warning device for road traffic’. The alleged ground of […]
Koninklijke Philips NV v (1) Asustek Computer Inc (2) Asustek (UK) Ltd (3) Asus Technology PTE Ltd (4) HTC Corp (5) HTC Europe Co Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 223017 December 2019James Abrahams QC appeared on behalf of the Defendants in this appeal. The case concerned three mobile telecommunications patents (“659”, “525” and “511”) that the Claimant had declared were essential to the Universal Mobile Telecommunications System standard. Arnold J at first instance (in separate judgments for each patent) held that 659 was invalid but that […]
Halewood International Brands Limited and Vera Lynn O-766-1912 December 2019Tom Jones represented the applicant, Halewood International Brands Limited, and Ashton Chantrielle represented the opponent, Dame Vera Lynn, in this dispute relating to an application to register VERA LYNN as a trade mark for alcoholic beverages and spirits. The Opposition was brought on the basis that Dame Vera Lynn has pre-existing passing off rights and […]
Ablynx v VHsquared10 December 2019Lindsay Lane QC appeared for the Appellants in this case concerning whether the High Court had jurisdiction in patent infringement proceedings between two licensees. The licence contained an exclusive choice of court clause conferring jurisdiction on the Belgian court and, subsequent to the commencement of the UK proceedings, the Appellants had commenced proceedings in Belgium […]
Edward Christopher Sheeran MBE and Others v Sami Chokri and Others [2019] EWHC 3584 (Ch)9 December 2019Jessie Bowhill appeared on behalf of the Appellants (Claimants) in an appeal concerning the admissibility of similar fact evidence in a claim for copyright infringement. The claim concerns the song “Shape of You” written by the first three Claimants, which the Defendants contend infringe the copyright in the song “Oh Why”. This appeal was from […]
Conversant v Apple [2019] EWHC 3266 (Pat)29 November 2019James Mellor QC and Michael Conway represented Conversant and Charlotte May QC and Lindsay Lane QC appeared for Apple in this trial relating to patent infringement and validity which was heard before Birss J. The patent in question (as unconditionally amended) related to a particular user interface for a “smart phone”. It was said to […]