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NL – Mark your Calendar

Posted: December 22nd, 2009

The annual Dutch AIPPI meeting in Zeist will be held on 10 March 2010. More information will follow shortly.

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NL – e-Traction Europe B.V. v. N.V. Nederlandsch Octrooibureau

Posted: December 22nd, 2009

e-Traction Europe B.V. v. N.V. Nederlandsch Octrooibureau, preliminary injunction proceedings, District Court The Hague, 22 December 2009, Docket No. 351276 / KG ZA 09-1500 Dispute in the aftermath of a failed cooperation, based on an Asset Purchase Agreement ('APA'). Patent attorney N.V. Nederlandsch Octrooibureau ('NOB') changed the name in which two European patent applications were […]

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ECJ to Decide on Manufacturing Fiction

Posted: December 20th, 2009

ECJ to Decide on 'Manufacturing Fiction' under Counterfeit Goods Regulation By Geert Theuws, Howrey LLP "Following questions posed by the Belgian and to be posed by the UK court, the ECJ will be deciding on an issue which is of significant importance for the future of the European border seizures practice. It concerns the legitimacy […]

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UK – Dr Reddy’s Laboratories v. Eli Lilly and Company Limited / Olanzapine

Posted: December 18th, 2009

Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (UK) Limited v. Eli Lilly and Company Limited, Court of Appeal (Civil Division), UK, 18 December 2009, Docket No: Case No.A3/2008/2966, with thanks to Robert Fitt, Bristows The Court of Appeal upheld the decision of Mr Justice Floyd and confirmed that Lilly’s (selection) patent concerning the drug olanzapine is valid. Olanzapine is […]

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DE – Referral ECJ re ‘Biotech Directive’

Posted: December 16th, 2009

German Federal Supreme Court refers questions regarding the interpretation of the EC “Biotech Directive” (Directive 98/44/EC) to the European Court of Justice – patenting embryonic stem cells, by Tilman Mueller-Stoy and Thomas Friede, Bardehle & Pagenberg  On November 12, 2009, the German Federal Supreme Court indicated that in the Brüstle ./. Greenpeace Case, Docket No. […]

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UK – Lucasfilm v Ainsworth / Appeal

Posted: December 16th, 2009

Lucasfilm Limited c.s. v. Andrew Ainsworth c.s., High Court of Justice, Court of Appeal (Civil Division), UK, 16 December 2009, Docket No. Case No: A3/2008/2878/2893/2897 Copyrights case with interesting reasonings on justicialibility ('subject-matter' jurisdiction), also applicable to patents. The Court of Appeal is: 'not impressed by the supposed difference in principle between questions of subsistence […]

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NL – Sharp v. Samsung / LCD Technology

Posted: December 16th, 2009

Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha (K.K.) v. Samsung Electronics Benelux B.V. and Samsung Electronics Europe Logistics B.V., infringement and invalidity proceedings, The Hague District Court, The Netherlands, 16 December 2009, Docket No. 317853 / HA ZA 08-2775 The District Court of The Hague invalidates claim 1 and 2 of the Dutch part of Sharps’ European patent on […]

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DE – recent relevant German cases

Posted: December 14th, 2009

A set of recent relevant German cases (listed below) has been added to the blog. The posts are published on the date of the judgment. With thanks to Tilman Müller-Stoy, Bardehle & Pagenberg German Federal Supreme Court Docket No. Xa. ZR 138/05 – Decision of June 18, 2009 – Fischbissanzeiger Fish-bite indicator), invalidity proceedings (inventive […]

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DE – Verfahren zum Verarbeiten von im Voraus bezahlten Telefonanrufen

Posted: December 10th, 2009

DE – Verfahren zum Verarbeiten von im Voraus bezahlten Telefonanrufen (Method for processing prepaid telephone calls), infringement proceedings, Court of Appeals Düsseldorf, Germany, 10 December 2009, Docket No. I-2 U 51/08
For infringement of a method claim in Germany, it can be sufficient if the infringer realizes at least one of the claimed method steps within Germany and the other claimed method steps outside Germany.

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NL – High Point v KPN / Docket decision ‘VRO’

Posted: December 9th, 2009

High Point Sarl v. KPN B.V., Docket decision, The Hague District Court, The Netherlands, 9 December 2009, Docket No. 352544 / HA ZA 09-3931 The court will not (yet) suspend or stay accelerated patent regime proceedings (a regime commonly used in the Netherlands for patent cases, whereby all trial dates -for serving the writ, for […]

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