EPLAW PATENT BLOG

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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NL – Intervet v. Merial

Posted: December 9th, 2009

Intervet v. Merial, accelerated invalidity proceedings, The Hague District Court, The Netherlands, 9 December 2009, Docket No. 341571 / HA ZA 09-2183, with thanks to Willem Hoyng, Howrey The District Court of The Hague invalidates the Dutch part of three European Patents of Merial concerning the Post-Weaning Multisystemic Wasting Syndrome (PMWS) (a disease common in […]

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NL – Van Beelen Industrie en Handel B.V. v. Otter Ultra Low Drag Limited

Posted: December 8th, 2009

Van Beelen Industrie en Handel B.V. v. Otter Ultra Low Drag Limited, Court of Appeal The Hague, 8 December 2009, Docket No. 258144/HA ZA 06-277, with thanks to Muriel van den Hazenkamp, Aries Advocaten The Dutch Court of Appeal refuses to guarantee full costs in patent proceedings filed prior to expiry of the Enforcement Directive […]

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Breakthrough for EU patent / single European Patent Court

Posted: December 4th, 2009

"It will be cheaper and easier for inventors and companies to protect their innovations in the EU. The EU Member States agreed today on the main elements of the EU patent and a single European Patent Court. The agreement represents a significant step towards a final solution for the EU patent." Read more here.

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BE – GSK Biologicals v. Novartis

Posted: December 4th, 2009

Glaxo Smith Kline Biologicals v. Novartis, appeal in descriptive seizure proceedings, Brussels Court of Appeal, Belgium, 4 December 2009, Docket No. 2009/KR/269  Disclosure of confidential information in annexes of the report of a descriptive seizure harms the legitimate interest of GSK, since the information is irrelevant to establish infringement. The risk of use of irrelevant […]

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