Recent cases

Glaxo Wellcome & anor v Sandoz & ors [2019] EWHC 1528 (Pat)12 June 2019Martin Howe QC, Iona Berkeley and Ashton Chantrielle appeared for the First to Fifth Defendants in this pre-trial review, in passing off proceedings relating to the colour and get-up of the Claimants’ Seretide combination inhaler. The principal issue to be determined at the pre-trial review was the Defendants’ application to exclude certain parts of the […]
Technetix BV v Teleste [2019] EWHC 928 (Pat)3 April 2019James Mellor QC appeared for the Defendant, Teleste, in this pre-trial review in a patent action. At the pre-trial review the Claimants, Technetix, made, inter alia, an unconditional application to amend their patent. The Claimants’ unconditional amendment sought to delete Claim 1 of the patent and to amend Claim 2 as a matter of form […]
PulseOn OY v Garmain (Europe)Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 13813 February 2019James Mellor QC and Maxwell Keay appeared for the Appellant, PulseOn, in their appeal against a finding that two registered community designs (RCDs) depicting aspects of design of heart monitor devices had not been infringed by the Respondents. The trial judge had found that the RCDs were valid but had not been infringed by the […]
Beauty Bay v Benefit Cosmetics [2019] EWHC 1150 (Ch)11 February 2019James Abrahams QC and Maxwell Keay appeared for the Claimants (Beauty Bay) while Jessie Bowhill appeared for the Defendant (Benefit). This was a claim for trade mark infringement and passing off relating to the marks “BEAUTY BAY” and “BEAUTYBAY”, registered in respect of cosmetics and retail services connected with cosmetics. The claim arose out of […]
Regen Lab SA v Estar Medical and ors [2019] EWHC 63 (Pat)18 January 2019Andrew Lykiardopoulos QC appeared alongside Michael Conway and Tim Bamford of Collyer Bristow, for the Claimant (“Regen”), in this action concerning Regen’s patent for the preparation of platelet rich blood plasma (PRP). Regen claimed that that the patent was infringed by the Defendant’s PRP kits. The Defendants (“Estar”) denied infringement and counterclaimed for revocation, alleging […]
Glaxo Group Ltd and Ors v Vectura Ltd [2018] EWHC 3414 (Pat)13 December 2018Andrew Lykiardopoulos QC, alongside Anna Edwards-Stuart of 11 South Square, appeared for the Defendant, the proprietor of five patents concerning both the manufacture of particles to be used in pharmaceutical compositions for inhalation and the compositions themselves. The Defendant alleged that the Claimants had infringed its patents by the manufacture and sale of certain dried […]
Warner Lambert v Generics (UK) t/a Mylan [2018] UKSC 5614 November 2018Adrian Speck QC, alongside Pushpinder Saini QC of Blackstone Chambers and Kathryn Pickard of 11 South Square, appeared for the Respondents in Warner-Lambert’s appeal to the Supreme Court regarding their Swiss-form patent for the drug pregabalin. The appeal raised important questions concerning the role of plausibility in the test for insufficiency and the determination of […]
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 […]