EPLAW PATENT BLOG

IT – Astrazeneca v. Teva

Posted: August 14th, 2021

Astrazeneca v. Teva, Court of Milan, 3 December 2020, docket number 7930/2020 Headnote On 3 December 2020, the Court of Milan rejected the claim of infringement of Astrazeneca patent EP 1272195 (“EP’195”) by the generic Fulvestrant of Teva and declared invalid the Italian portion of such patent for lack of inventive step. The decision also […]

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UK – A Ward Attachments v. Fabcon Engineering

Posted: August 11th, 2021

A Ward Attachments Limited v. Fabcon Engineering Limited, 29 July 2021, Case No. [2021] EWHC 2145 (IPEC) In this judgment HHJ Melissa Clarke, sitting as a Judge of the High Court considered validity and infringement arguments relating to two of Ward’s patents (a Parent and Divisional) for “freight container tilting apparatus”. The Parent patent was […]

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UK – Promptu Systems Corporation v. Sky UK

Posted: July 30th, 2021

Promptu Systems Corporation V Sky UK Limited and Others, 19 July 2021, Case No. [2021] EWHC 2021 (Pat) In this judgment, the English High Court held that Promptu’s patent, EP(UK) 1 290 889, lacked inventive step and therefore dismissed Promptu’s claim for infringement against the defendants (together, “Sky”). Background Promptu had asserted the patent against […]

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UK – Optis Cellular Technology and others v. Apple

Posted: July 26th, 2021

Optis Cellular Technology LLC and others v Apple Retail UK Limited and others, High Court of England & Wales, 25 June 2021, London, [2021] EWHC 1739 (Pat) On 25 June 2021 Meade J handed down his decision in the second of a series of trials listed as part of the ongoing Optis v Apple UK […]

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UK – Mitsubishi Electric Corporation v. Oneplus Technology

Posted: July 22nd, 2021

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and others v. Oneplus Technology (Shenzhen) Co Ltd and others, 26 April 2021, Case No. [2021] EWHC 1048 (Pat) In this judgment of the Patents Court, Mellor J dismissed the infringement claim of the Claimants in the first technical trial in these proceedings, holding that the declared standard essential patent in issue was […]

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UK – Add2 v. dSPACE

Posted: July 5th, 2021

UK Patents Court holds electronic interface patent invalid, by Graham Burnett-Hall, Marks & Clerk The UK Patents Court has issued its judgment in an infringement action brought by Add2 Research and Development Limited against dSPACE Digital Signal Processing & Control Engineering GmbH and dSPACE Limited, in which Add2 alleged infringement of European Patent No. 1 […]

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ES – VORWERK v. LIDL SUPERMERCADOS

Posted: May 17th, 2021

Commercial Court No. 5 of Barcelona, Spain, 19 January 2021, case number 1231/2019 In one of the most mediatic patent lawsuits of recent times in Spain, the Commercial Court no. 5 of Barcelona, in its Judgment of 19 January 2021, ordered the supermarket chain Lidl to cease all commercial exploitation in Spain of its “Monsieur […]

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UK – Kwikbolt v. Airbus / Applying the “inventive concept” to the doctrine of equivalents

Posted: April 20th, 2021

Further to the UK Supreme Court introducing a doctrine of equivalents into UK patent law in the summer of 2017 (see here), the UK courts are gradually coming to terms with the various approaches that have to be applied in deciding whether to apply the doctrine in the absence of “literal” infringement of a claim. […]

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UK – Facebook Ireland v. Voxer IP

Posted: April 20th, 2021

Facebook Ireland Limited v Voxer IP LLP The UK Supreme Court introduced a doctrine of equivalents into UK patent law in the summer of 2017 (see here). In this short judgment arising from a Pre-Trial Review (PTR), Lord Justice Birss provided guidance on how, and at what stage of proceedings, a party should plead a […]

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