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Patents

A large proportion of chambers’ work concerns patent disputes, primarily involving infringement or revocation proceedings in the High Court, Patents County Court and Appellate Courts. Members of chambers also appear in proceedings before the UK Patent Office and represent clients in opposition proceedings before Opposition Division and Boards of Appeal in the European Patent Office in Munich. In addition, in recent years members of chambers have appeared in the High Courts of both Dublin and Belfast.

Members of chambers have been involved in patent litigation embracing all major areas of technology including biotechnology, pharmacology, chemistry, electronics, computing, telecommunications, information technology and mechanical engineering.

In addition, members of chambers have recently dealt extensively with issues relating to Supplemental Protection Certificates.

Members of chambers have been involved in many of the leading patent cases, including:

  • Generics UK v Lundbeck [2009] RPC 13 (House of Lords: insufficiency)
  • Conor v Angiotech [2008] RPC 28 (House of Lords: obviousness)
  • Pozzoli v BMDO [2007] FSR 37 (Court of Appeal: obviousness, permission to appeal)
  • Synthon v SKB [2006] RPC 323 (House of Lords: novelty, disclosure and enablement)
  • Kirin-Amgen v Hoechst/TKT [2005] RPC 9 (House of Lords: construction)
  • Biogen v Medeva [1997] RPC 1 (House of Lords: insufficiency)
  • Merrell Dow’s Patent [1996] RPC 76 (House of Lords: novelty)
  • Windsurfing International v Tabur Marine [1985] RPC 59 (Court of Appeal: prior use and obviousness)

Cases in which members of chambers have appeared in the past year include:

Patents Court

  • H Lundbeck AS v Norpharma SPA & Ors [2011] EWHC 907 (Pat) (14 April 2011)
  • MMI Research Ltd v Cellxion Ltd & Ors [2011] EWHC 426 (Pat) (07 March 2011)
  • Les Laboratoires Servier & Anor v Apotex Inc & Ors [2011] EWHC 730 (Pat) (29 March 2011)
  • Gedeon Richter Plc v Bayer Schering Pharma AG [2011] EWHC 583 (Pat) (17 March 2011)
  • Mölnlycke Health Care AB v Brightwake Ltd (t/a Advancis Medical) [2011] EWHC 376 (Pat) (25 February 2011)
  • Datacard Corporation v Eagle Technologies Ltd [2011] EWHC 244 (Pat) (14 February 2011)
  • Daiichi Sankyo Company Ltd v Comptroller General of Patents [2010] EWHC 2898 (Pat) (05 November 2010)
  • Cephalon, Inc & Ors v Orchid Europe Ltd & Anor [2010] EWHC 2945 (Pat) (19 November 2010)
  • Abbott Laboratories Ltd v Medinol Ltd [2010] EWHC 2865 (Pat) (12 November 2010)
  • Yeda Research and Development Company Ltd v Comptroller General of Patents [2010] EWHC 1733 (Pat) (12 July 2010)
  • Leo Pharma A/S & Anor v Sandoz Ltd [2010] EWHC 1911 (Pat) (27 July 2010)
  • Fosroc International Ltd v WR Grace & Co - Conn [2010] EWHC 1702 (Pat) (12 July 2010)
  • KCI Licensing Inc & Ors v Smith & Nephew Plc & Ors [2010] EWHC 1487 (Pat) (23 June 2010)
  • Neurim Pharmaceuticals (1991) Ltd v Comptroller-General of Patents [2010] EWHC 976 (Pat) (06 May 2010)
  • HTC Corporation v Yozmot 33 Ltd. [2010] EWHC 786 (Pat) (20 April 2010)
  • Schutz (UK) Ltd v Werit UK Ltd & Anor [2010] EWHC 660 (Pat) (31 March 2010)
  • Betson Medical (Ireland) Ltd v Comptroller General of Patents [2010] EWHC 687 (Pat) (31 March 2010)
  • Research In Motion UK Ltd v Motorola Inc [2010] EWHC 118 (Pat) (03 February 2010)
  • Intervet UK Ltd v Merial R.'s University of Belfast the University of Saskatchewan [2010] EWHC 294 (Pat) (23 February 2010)
  • Red Spider Technology v Omega Completions Technology [2010] EWHC 59 (Pat) (21 January 2010)
  • Medeva BV v The Comptroller General of Patents [2010] EWHC 68 (Pat) (27 January 2010)

Belfast High Court

  • Siemens v Seagate

Dublin High Court

  • Novartis AG v Johnson & Johnson Medical Ltd
  • Medinol v Abbott

Patents County Court

  • Apimed Medical v Brightwake Limited
  • Harrison v Harrison
  • Technical Fibre Products Ltd & Anor v Bell & Ors [2010] EWPCC 011

Court of Appeal

  • Novartis AG & Anor v Johnson & Johnson Medical Ltd & Ors [2010] EWCA Civ 1039 (29 September 2010)
  • Tate & Lyle Technology Ltd v Roquette Freres [2010] EWCA Civ 1049 (11 October 2010)
  • Medeva's SPC Applications, Re (Rev 1) [2010] EWCA Civ 700 (23 June 2010)
  • Cook Biotech Incorporated v Edwards Lifesciences AG [2010] EWCA Civ 718 (28 June 2010)
  • Schlumberger Holdings Ltd v Electromagnetic Geoservices AS [2010] EWCA Civ 819 (28 July 2010)
  • Medtronic Corevalve Llc v Edwards Lifesciences AG & Anor [2010] EWCA Civ 704 (30 June 2010)
  • Fabio Perini Spa v LPC Group Plc & Ors [2010] EWCA Civ 525 (14 May 2010)
  • Eli Lilly & Company v Human Genome Sciences Inc [2010] EWCA Civ 33 (09 February 2010)

EPO Board of Appeal

  • Cytec's Patent (UV light stabilisers)
  • Genentech's Patent (anti-CD20 antibodies)
  • Case G3/08 (Patentability of computer software)

European Court of Justice

  • AHP Manufacturing BV v Bureau voor de Industriele Eigendom (C-482/07) [2010] FSR 23, Court of Justice
  • Kirin Amgen v Lithuania (C 66/09)

Senior members of chambers also edit the main practitioner textbook on patent law, Terrell on the Law of Patents, to which other members contribute. The 17th edition of Terrell was published in January 2011.