Posted: January 12th, 2010
Human Genome Sciences (patentee) v. Eli Lilly (opponent), Cooperation between Board of Appeal and National Court / Acceleration of appeal proceedings, EPO Board of Appeal, 21 October 2009, Case No. T0018/09
In this case, the UK Court of Appeals requested the Board of Appeal to accelerate the parallel EPO appeal proceedings in order to have that appeal decided prior to the UK appeal hearing (which was then scheduled for December 2009, see Eli Lilly and Company v. Human Genome Sciences, Inc.  EWCA Civ 168).
The Board acknowledged the practical and economic benefit of the national court’s request and stated that it agrees entirely with the national appeal court that parties to such parallel proceedings should inform both tribunals of the position as early as possible and ask the