IT – Garbuio v. Comas / Infringement by equivalents

Posted: June 2nd, 2022

The Italian Supreme Court on patent infringement by equivalents: central relevance must be given to the individual elements claimed by the patent By judgment no. 120 on 4th January 2022, the Italian Supreme Court addressed the topic of patent infringement by equivalents. In particular, the Court provided guidance on two debated issues under Italian law: […]


UK – Optis v. Apple

Posted: March 30th, 2022

Judgment handed down in the last of the technical trials in Optis v Apple saga: Optis succeeds in arguing that its patents are valid and infringed by Apple Overview The 15 March 2022 judgment of Mr Justice Meade is the latest in the Optis v Apple saga. It is the last in the series of […]


NL – Ossenberg v. Roof & Tool Products

Posted: March 16th, 2022

Friedrich Ossenberg – Schule GmbH & Co. KG v. Roof & Tool Products B.V. and ESC Dronten B.V., District Court The Hague, The Netherlands, 2 March 2022, Case no. ECLI:NL:RBDHA:2022:1737 Ossenberg holds NL 1024003 related to a roof tile hook. Interpretation of claims. Patent is new and inventive. Roof tile hook defendant infringes patent. A […]


NL – Basic Holdings v. Afire

Posted: February 23rd, 2022

Basic Holdings ULC v. Afire NL-BE et al. District Court The Hague, The Netherlands, 16 February 2022, Case no. ECLI:NL:RBDHA:2022:1081 Basic holds EP 2 029 941 B1 entitled “Artificial Fireplace” and alleges that Afire infringes its patent by marketing certain artificial fireplaces. The Court rules that: “The claimed feature ‘apertured bed’ is, as Afire et […]


NL – Longhi Trading v. Hanwa Solutions

Posted: October 12th, 2021

Longhi (Netherlands) Trading B.V. v. Hanwa Solutions Corporation, PI Judge District Court Rotterdam, 1 October 2021, Case no. ECLI:NL:RBROT:2021:9551 Proceedings regarding solar panels. Longhi’s solar panels are stored in the Netherlands and distributed worldwide from the Netherlands. A cross border injunction is issued against Longi forbidding Longi to infringe Hanwa’s patents, or to be involved […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]