Recent cases

Baigent v Random House (Da Vinci Code) [2007] EWCA Civ 24728 March 2007Judgment was given by the Court of Appeal on the 28th of March 2007 in the copyright infringement case involving The Da Vinci Code, one of the most successful novels of all time. The Court dismissed the appeal and upheld the judge’s finding that the author, Dan Brown, had not copied a substantial part of […]
Reed Executive PLC v Reed Business Information Ltd and Reed Elsevier (UK) Ltd. [2004] RPC 767, Ct of Appeal3 March 2004Trade marks and the internet – Meta data, search engine optimisation and search keywords – Honest use of own name by company. A dispute between the well known high street employment agency business and the well known Reed Elsevier publishing group about the use of the trade mark REED on the internet primarily in recruitment […]
Antonio Munoz y Cia SA v Frumar Ltd Case C-253-0017 October 2002EC Regulations on fruit varieties – DNA technology – Direct applicability of Regulations by civil action in member state. Action brought by a grape producer to enforce compliance by a competitor with EC Regulations on the common organisation of the market in table grapes. The case involved the application of DNA technology to identifying the […]
R v MAFF ex parte Monsanto PLC, intervener Clayton Plant Protection Ltd Case C-306/983 May 2001EC Directive on agrochemical products – Authorisation of generics. Judicial review proceedings concerning the validity of the grant under Directive 91/414/EEC of an agrochemical product licence to a generic producer. The ECJ upheld the validity of the grant of the generic licence under the transitional provisions of the Directive. Earlier proceedings in the Queen’s Bench […]
Antonio Munoz y Cia SA v Frumar Ltd [1999] FSR 872, Ch D (Laddie J)26 March 1999EC Regulations on grape varieties – Action by competitor against trader using wrong variety name – Variety proved by DNA evidence. Case about grape varieties. The Court held on the basis of DNA evidence that the defendants had used variety names for grapes different from the correct variety name required by EC Regulations on the […]
R. v Medicines Control Agency ex parte Smith & Nephew, intervener Primecrown Ltd [1999] RPC 70525 March 1999EC Medicines Directive – Licence suspended by interim injunction – Assessment of damages under the cross-undertaking. A claim for damages under a cross undertaking in damages given in return for interim relief which restrained the holder of a parallel import licence from importing and selling a pharmaceutical product pending a ruling from the European Court. […]
R. v Medicines Control Agency ex parte Smith & Nephew Plc, intervener Primecrown Ltd [1997] 1 CMLR 812, Case C- 201/9426 December 1996EC Medicines Directive – Free movement of goods – Marketing authorisation for parallel imports. Concerned the compatibility with Community law of the grant by the Medicines Control Agency of a product licence for parallel importation of a pharmaceutical from another member state. The ECJ decided that a product licence allowing parallel importation should be granted […]