Recent cases

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 […]
Unwired Planet v Huawei and Others26 August 2020The Supreme Court has handed down its landmark judgment in the joined appeals in the Unwired Planet and Conversant cases.  The Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the courts below finding that the UK courts have jurisdiction to determine the terms of a worldwide FRAND licence and that in the circumstances of the Conversant case the […]
F5 Networks v Blizzard Entertainment (IPO) O/358/2022 July 2020Iona Berkeley represented the Trade Mark Applicant, F5 Networks Inc, in this UK IPO Trade Mark Registry Opposition hearing. The trade mark application was for “F5 Overwatch” for “Software as a service (SaaS) providing computer network operators with the ability to monitor and inventory network applications”. This Application was opposed by the owner of the […]
GFS Flex Ltd v Brymec Ltd17 July 2020Martin Howe QC appeared for the defendant, Brymec Ltd, in resisting an application for an interim injunction for alleged passing off by get up of goods, specifically the use of yellow coloured clips on fittings for stainless steel gas pipes. The claimant had been the sole UK supplier of corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST) products […]
Regeneron v Kymab [2020] UKSC 2724 June 2020Michael Tappin QC, along with Iain Purvis QC, appeared on behalf of the Appellant in this appeal to the Supreme Court involving the patent issue of sufficiency. The Supreme Court allowed Kymab’s appeal by a majority of four to one, holding that Regeneron’s patents were invalid. The patents concerned a new type of genetically modified […]