Recent cases

British Broadcasting Corporation and BBC Worldwide Ltd v Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society Ltd and Performing Right Society Ltd; Sky Ltd and ITV Networks Ltd intervening [2018] EWHC 2931 (Ch)6 November 2018Lindsay Lane, alongside Rhodri Thompson QC of Matrix Chambers, appeared for the Respondents, the BBC. Martin Howe QC and Michael Conway appeared for Sky, intervening. The appeal related to decision of the Copyright Tribunal on a preliminary issue in a reference brought by the BBC, concerning the Tribunal’s jurisdiction to settle the terms of copyright […]
Astex Therapeutics v AstraZeneca AB [2018] EWCA Civ 24446 November 2018The Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the trial judge in favour of AstraZeneca in relation to a contractual drug development dispute. The parties had engaged in a collaborative research program (the Program) aimed at identifying a drug suitable for inhibiting the BACE enzyme, thought to be involved in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. […]
Unwired Planet v Huawei [2018] EWCA Civ 234423 October 2018Andrew Lykiardopoulos QC, alongside James Segan of Blackstone Chambers, appeared for the Appellants, Huawei. Adrian Speck QC, Isabel Jamal and Tom Jones, alongside Sarah Ford QC of Brick Court Chambers, appeared for the Respondents, Unwired Planet. The appeal was from the decision of Birss J in which he had determined FRAND terms for a global licence, having found that […]
Parainen Pearl Shipping v Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Skipsrederi [2018] EWHC 2628 (Pat)11 October 2018Tom Moody-Stuart QC and Lindsay Lane appeared for the Claimants in their claim for a declaration of non-infringement of a patent for a pneumatic cement discharge system. James Abrahams QC, alongside Kathryn Pickard of 11 South Square, appeared for the Defendants. The Claimants own a vessel incorporating a pneumatic cement discharge system in accordance with […]
Argos Limited v Argos Systems Inc. [2018] EWCA Civ 22119 October 2018James Mellor QC, Jonathan Hill and Maxwell Keay appeared for the Appellant, Argos Limited. Martin Howe QC and Jaani Riordan appeared for the Respondent, Argos Inc. The Appellant is a well-known consumer goods retailer, based in the UK and trading mainly in the UK and Ireland. The Appellant is the registered proprietor of the EU […]
Conversant v Huawei [2018] EWHC 808 (Pat)23 May 2018Adrian Speck QC, Isabel Jamal and Thomas Jones appeared for the Claimant, Conversant, in the Defendants’ challenge to the jurisdiction of the English court. Conversant’s claim is for patent infringement by the Defendants, and seeks the determination of a FRAND licence as part of its claimed relief. The Defendants argued that the English court had no jurisdiction, first on […]
Opinion of the Advocate General in Teva v Gilead SPC case25 April 2018On 25 April 2018, Advocate General Wathelet gave his opinion in Teva and others v Gilead Case C-121/17, referred to the CJEU by Arnold J last year. This important case, in which the CJEU sat, unusually, in a Grand Chamber, considered again the interpretation of Article 3(a) of the Supplementary Protection Certificate Regulation and the conditions for […]
Community Plant Variety Office: Pixley Berries (Juice) Limited v Lucozade Ribena Suntory Limited26 March 2018Andrew Lykiardopoulos QC appeared on behalf of Lucozade Ribena Suntory before the Community Plant Variety Office in its successful resistance of Pixley Berries’ application for a compulsory licence in respect of the blackcurrant plant variety ‘Ben Starav’ used in Ribena. It is the first time an application for a compulsory licence has been made under Article […]
Illumina Inc v Premaitha Health PLC [2018] EWHC 615 (Pat)19 March 2018Michael Tappin QC, along with Joe Delaney from 3 New Square, appeared for TDL Genetics, The Doctors Laboratory and Ariosa Diagnostics in this application by the two respective sets of Defendants to strike out the Claimants’ claim, or alternatively for summary judgment against the First Claimant. The Defendants argued that the bringing of the claim […]
Glencairn v Dartington Crystal [2018] EWHC 769 (Pat)16 March 2018James Abrahams QC appeared for the Claimants in this application for an interim injunction. The Claimants are the proprietor/ exclusive licensee of a registered design for a drinking glass and applied for an interim injunction against the Defendant, a manufacturer of glass wear. The Defendant had applied to revoke the registered design and for a declaration […]