Recent cases

Juul Labs v MFP Enterprises Ltd (t/a Smoke Nation)10 December 2020Tom Moody-Stuart QC appeared for the claimant in this application for default judgment and summary judgment on a claim for infringement of EU trade marks and registered designs. The claimants make and sell vaping products.  The defendants used the claimants’ marks and designs in marketing and selling vaping pods which purported to be compatible with […]
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare v Flexicare8 December 2020Charlotte May QC appeared for the defendants in this patent infringement and validity trial.  The patent in issue concerned the expiratory limbs of breathing circuits, and in particular the use of breathable materials to reduce or eliminate condensation. The defendants admitted that their products fell within the claims of the patent in issue and counterclaimed […]
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals & Teva Pharmaceutical Industries v Rinat Neuroscience7 December 2020Adrian Speck QC and Tom Jones appeared for Regeneron and Teva at the CMC in this High Court patent action. Having sued for revocation of three Rinat patents to clear the way for the marketing of an antibody to treat osteoarthritis pain, Teva and Regeneron applied for a direction that if Rinat were to counterclaim […]
Lifestyle Equities CV and Lifestyle Licensing BC v Hornby Street30 November 2020Lindsay Lane QC appeared for three of the eight defendants in this hearing of the defendants’ application for a stay of trade mark infringement and passing off proceedings under s 9 of the Arbitration Act 1996. The claimants had commenced proceedings in IPEC for trade mark infringement and passing off, based on their marks comprising […]
Oppo & Xiaomi v Mitsubishi Electric Corp & Sisvel International19 November 2020Among the counsel teams,  Daniel Alexander QC appeared for Xiaomi (the sixth to ninth appellants) and Michael Conway appeared for the respondents in this appeal against a case management order in patent litigation in which the Claimants were seeking determination of a FRAND licence under various declared SEPs. The issue of confidentiality of potentially important documents in such cases, who […]
HRH The Duchess of Sussex v Associated Newspapers Ltd18 November 2020Jessie Bowhill acted for the Claimant in her application to vacate an existing trial date of 11 January 2021 and adjourn the trial to Autumn 2021.   The proceedings concern the publication by the Defendant in the Mail on Sunday of extracts of a handwritten letter written by HRH The Duchess of Sussex to her father, […]
Matchroom Boxing and Matchroom Sport v BT and others29 October 2020Jaani Riordan appeared for the applicants, who were organisers and promoters of boxing events including pay-per-view events involving Anthony Joshua, in this claim for a website blocking injunction under section 97A of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. This was an application to extend and vary an existing blocking order which covered target servers […]
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 […]