Recent cases

Optis Cellular Technology LLC & Ors v Apple Retail UK Ltd & Ors [2022] EWHC 561 (Pat)15 March 2022James Whyte and Jennifer Dixon, led by Thomas Hinchliffe QC, appeared for the Claimants (“Optis”) and Charlotte May QC and Lindsay Lane QC appeared as lead counsel for the Defendants (“Apple”) in Trial D, the latest trial in the ongoing proceedings between these parties.  The wider proceedings relate to eight telecommunications patents owned by Optis […]
InterDigital Technology Corporation & Ors v Lenovo Group Limited [2022] EWHC 10 (Pat)6 January 2022Adrian Speck QC, Mark Chacksfield QC and Edmund Eustace appeared for the claimants (“InterDigital”) and James Abrahams QC and William Duncan appeared for the defendants (“Lenovo”) in Trial B in the ongoing proceedings between these parties.  In the wider proceedings, InterDigital seeks to have the Court determine the terms of a FRAND licence of its […]
Tehrani v Hamilton Bonaduz AG & Ors [2021] EWHC 3457 (IPEC)22 December 2021Henry Ward successfully appeared for the defendants (“Hamilton”) in proceedings brought by Professor Tehrani for the infringement of her patent relating to the method and apparatus for controlling a ventilator.  Hamilton counterclaimed for revocation of the patent on the grounds of lack of novelty, lack of inventive step and insufficiency. The patent related to the […]
Nintendo Co Ltd v British Telecommunications plc & Ors [2021] EWHC 3488 (Ch)21 December 2021Jaani Riordan successfully appeared for the claimant (“Nintendo”) in an application for a website blocking injunction under section 97A of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 and/or pursuant to the inherent jurisdiction of the Court under section 37(1) of the Senior Courts Act 1981. Nintendo develops, manufactures and sells video games for the Nintendo […]
easyGroup Ltd v Beauty Perfectionists Ltd & Ors [2021] EWHC 3385 (Ch)17 December 2021James Abrahams QC represented the defendants in an application to strike out easyGroup Limited’s claim for pan-EU injunctive relief and other remedies outside the UK for infringement of an EU trade mark. easyGroup issued proceedings against the defendants on 5 March 2020, prior to “IP Completion Day” when the UK left the European Union on […]
Illumina Cambridge Ltd v Latvia MGI Tech SIA & Ors [2021] EWCA Civ 192417 December 2021Isabel Jamal appeared as junior counsel for the defendants (“MGI”) in part of an appeal of the order of Birss J (as he then was) declaring that four patents owned by the claimants (“Illumina”) were, as amended, valid and infringed by MGI. The patents described and claimed inventions in the field of DNA sequencing, specifically […]
Recent case law addressing claims of confidentiality in FRAND and other disputes15 December 2021Several members of chambers have been involved in cases developing the jurisprudence relating to confidentiality regimes in FRAND disputes[1]. So-called “FRAND” cases concern alleged infringement of patents relating to technology said to be essential to an industry standard (“SEP”).  SEPs are declared to a Standards Setting Organisation (e.g. ETSI for telecommunications), and often the proprietor […]
Combe International LLC & Ors v Dr August Wolff GmbH & Co. KG Arzneimittel & Ors10 December 2021Ashton Chantrielle appeared as junior counsel for the defendants (“Dr Wolff”) in proceedings brought by the claimants (“Combe”) for trade mark infringement and passing off. Combe is the registered proprietor of various UK registered trade marks for the word mark VAGISIL registered in Classes 3 and 5 for female intimate healthcare products. Combe alleged trade […]
HRH Duchess of Sussex v Associated Newspapers Ltd [2021] EWCA Civ 18102 December 2021Jessie Bowhill appeared as junior IP counsel for Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, and Adrian Speck QC and Isabel Jamal appeared as IP counsel for Associated Newspapers in the appeal by Associated Newspapers of the judgment of Warby J granting the Duchess summary judgment. The proceedings concern the publication by the Mail on Sunday […]
Michael Penhallurick v MD5 Ltd [2021] EWCA Civ 17702 December 2021Michael Conway appeared for the Defendant (“MD5”), successfully opposing an appeal of the judgment of Hacon HHJ finding that MD5 was the proprietor of the literary copyrights subsisting in software. The software, which was marketed by MD5 as “VFC” (Virtual Forensic Computing) was written by Mr Penhallurick, a former MD5 employee.  It allowed agencies, such […]