To fight or not to fight: pharmaceutical patent settlements – Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted May 3rd, 2013 in agreements, competition, medicines, news, patents by tracey

“On 19 April 2013, the OFT announced that it had issued a Statement of Objections following its investigation into patent litigation settlement agreements (PLSAs) in the pharmaceutical sector.”

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Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 3rd May 2013


The spanner of “human dignity” in the wheels of modern medicine – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted April 23rd, 2013 in EC law, embryology, news, patents by sally

“The EU bans the patenting of human embryos for commercial purposes. This ban is implemented in national law via the 1977 Patents Act. But what precisely is a ‘human embryo’ for the purposes of the Biotech Directive? Or, put another way, must the process involving embryonic stem cells be capable of developing into a human being, before the ban can bite?”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 22nd April 2013


Law Commission proposes changes to ‘groundless threats’ IP laws –

“A law reform body has proposed changes to the law that would make it easier for businesses seeking to protect their trade marks and design rights to make threats of legal action against alleged infringers of their rights without fear that those threats could be the subject of court action.”

Full story, 22nd April 2013


Courts can use hypothetical licensing arrangements to calculate trade mark damages, says High Court –

Posted April 17th, 2013 in damages, gambling, internet, licensing, news, patents, trade marks by sally

“Courts can calculate trade mark infringement damages based on a hypothetical licensing arrangement, the High Court has said.”

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Patents, trade marks and design rights: are groundless threats of infringement causing problems? – Law Commission

Posted April 17th, 2013 in competition, consultations, intellectual property, news, patents, trade marks by sally

“In a consultation opening today, the Law Commission seeks views on reform of the law relating to groundless threats of litigation over patents, trade marks and design rights.”

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Law Commission, 17th April 2013


Schutz (UK) Limited (Respondent) v Werit (UK) Limited (Appellant); Schutz (UK) Limited No 2 (Respondent) v Werit (UK) Limited (Appellant) – Supreme Court

Posted March 13th, 2013 in intellectual property, inventions, law reports, patents by sally

Schutz (UK) Limited (Respondent) v Werit (UK) Limited (Appellant); Schutz (UK) Limited No 2 (Respondent) v Werit (UK) Limited (Appellant) [2013] UKSC 16 | UKSC 2011/0159 & UKSC 2011/0266 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 13th March 2013


Jackson implementation lectures restart with patents court success story – Litigation Futures

Posted February 26th, 2013 in costs, courts, news, patents, speeches by sally

“Reforms to the Patents County Court (PCC) – including a costs cap – have been a “considerable success” and enabled more people to bring cases, the first Jackson implementation lecture in nearly nine months has revealed.”

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Litigation Futures, 26th February 2013


New patent law will help UK business – The Independent

Posted February 18th, 2013 in costs, EC law, news, patents, small businesses by sally

“British inventors and entrepreneurs will be able to save thousands of pounds in the cost of patenting their new ideas under rules to be agreed by Vince Cable this week.”

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The Independent, 17th February 2013


Google countersues BT over patents – The Guardian

Posted February 15th, 2013 in internet, news, patents, telecommunications by sally

“Web giant calls telecoms company’s lawsuit ‘meritless’, and claims its own intellectual property has been infringed.”

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The Guardian, 14th February 2013


Intellectual Property Litigation: Implementation of the Jackson Report’s Recommendations – Speech by Mr Justice Arnold

Posted February 14th, 2013 in case management, costs, courts, intellectual property, news, patents, speeches by sally

Intellectual Property Litigation: Implementation of the Jackson Report’s Recommendations (PDF)

Speech by Mr Justice Arnold

AIPPI UK, 14th February 2013


Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (UK) Ltd v Warner-Lambert Company LLC – WLR Daily

Posted January 11th, 2013 in EC law, law reports, patents by tracey

Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (UK) Ltd v Warner-Lambert Company LLC: [2012] EWHC 3715 (Pat); [2013] WLR (D) 8

“Article 16(1) of Parliament and Council Regulation (EC) No 469/2009 gave a discretion to the national body (in the United Kingdom, the court) to revoke an extension to a supplementary protection certificate on the basis set out therein, but not an obligation to do so. The fact that the results of a particular study would not be available by the completion date of a paediatric investigation plan made pursuant to Parliament and Council Regulation (EC) No 1901/2006 did not render the plan unlawful and did not deprive the applicant of its right to the ‘reward’ of a paediatric extension under article 36 of that Regulation. article 45(3) of Regulation (EC) 1901/2006 was not of general application and did not apply when all the studies included in a paediatric investigation plan were initiated after that Regulation came into force.”

WLR Daily, 20th December 2012


IPO to launch ‘premium’ service for processing of patent applications –

Posted December 18th, 2012 in intellectual property, news, patents by sally

“Businesses will be able to obtain patent protection for their inventions within 90 days of applying for it under plans to change the way the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) works.”

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Consultation on proposed changes to the Patents Act 1977 – Intellectual Property Office

Posted December 12th, 2012 in consultations, intellectual property, news, patents by sally

“The Review of Intellectual Property and Growth published by Professor Hargreaves in 2011 recognised the important role the UK’s patent system plays in supporting innovation and economic growth. However, the review highlighted the need for the IP framework to be more adaptable and recognised a need for change in some aspects of the way the IP system operates. Such changes will ensure the IP system continues to encourage innovation and support those UK businesses which recognise the competitive advantage that can be gained through intellectual property (‘IP’) rights.”

Consultation (PDF)

Intellectual Property Office, December 2012


Clinisupplies Ltd v Park and others – WLR Daily

Posted December 10th, 2012 in law reports, patents by sally

Clinisupplies Ltd v Park and others [2012] EWHC 3453 (Ch); [2012] WLR (D) 369

“The mere selection of components forming a composite article did not amount to an aspect of ‘configuration’, and hence a ‘design’, within the meaning of section 213(2) of the Copyrights, Designs and Patents Act 1988.”

WLR Daily, 5th December 2012


Hollister Inc and another v Medix Ostomy Supplies Ltd – WLR Daily

Posted November 16th, 2012 in costs, law reports, patents, proportionality by tracey

Hollister Inc and another v Medix Ostomy Supplies Ltd: [2012] EWCA Civ 1419; [2012] WLR (D) 327

“When taking an account of costs on a normal basis under English law following infringement of a trade mark, the court was not required or permitted to assess damage caused to the claimant by the infringement nor to embark on a general inquiry into proportionality of the remedy nor to weigh factors which would point to a higher or a lower award. When the court calculated net profits it was not permissible for a defendant to allocate a proportion of its general overheads to an infringing activity.”

WLR Daily, 9th November 2012


An obvious observation about obviousness – ICLR Blog

Posted October 11th, 2012 in appeals, news, patents by sally

“The law of patents is not always patently clear, but one point is obvious. The question of obviousness is not one that admits of endless elaboration. It is, in fact, obvious.

In a judgment handed down yesterday, MedImmune Ltd v Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd [2012] EWCA Civ 1234, the Court of Appeal, dismissing appeals from Arnold J [2011] EWHC 1669 (Pat) and [2012] EWHC 181 (Pat) made a number of observations on the matter.”

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ICLR Blog, 11th October 2012


Protecting creativity: new small claims track for IP cases – The Guardian

Posted October 2nd, 2012 in copyright, intellectual property, news, patents, small claims, trade marks by sally

“Until now taking legal action against others who copy creative work, brand names and logos or otherwise try to take advantage of someone else’s creativity has been beyond the reach of most people. That changes on Monday when the small claims track becomes available for intellectual property claims in England and Wales.”

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The Guardian, 2nd October 2012


Apple ordered to run adverts stating Samsung did not copy iPad – The Guardian

Posted July 19th, 2012 in advertising, news, patents by tracey

“Apple has been ordered to take out advertisements in major newspapers – including the Daily Mail, the Guardian and the Financial Times – pointing to a UK high court ruling that says Samsung did not copy its iPad, the Bloomberg news agency is reporting. It said the order came from Judge Colin Birss in a ruling on 18 July following his 9 July ruling in which he said that Samsung did not infringe Apple’s patents because the American company’s device was ‘cool’ but Samsung’s “are not as cool” even while they were “very, very similar” viewed from the front.”

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The Guardian, 19th July 2012


HTC victory over Apple in latest round of patent battle – The Guardian

Posted July 5th, 2012 in news, patents, telecommunications by sally

“Apple lost a key patent battle against smartphone rival HTC in the high court in London today, meaning that the Silicon Valley company cannot ban certain of the Taiwanese firm’s products in Britain.”

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The Guardian, 4th July 2012


Unified Patent Court split between Paris, London and Munich – The Guardian

Posted July 4th, 2012 in courts, EC law, news, patent attorneys, patents by sally

“After years of wrangling, European Council announces where EU-wide patent applications will be heard.”

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The Guardian, 3rd July 2012