BE – FN Herstal vs Heckler & Koch

Posted: September 22nd, 2017

SA FN Herstal v. Heckler & Koch GmbH, Tribunal de Commerce Francophone de Bruxelles, 28 April 2017 Combination invention vs. mere aggregation of features in patent law On 28 April 2017, the French-speaking Court of commerce of Brussels rendered a judgment in a patent case opposing the Belgian weapon manufacturer FN Herstal to its German […]



Posted: September 12th, 2017

Coloplast A/S v. Hollister B.V., Hollister Services B.V. and Hollister Incorporated, District Court The Hague, The Netherlands, 6 September 2017. Case No. ECLI:NL:RBDHA:2017:10120 Coloplast holds a European patent with regard to a ready-to-use urinary catheter assembly (the “Patent”). This Patent has been declared void by the District Court The Hague in legal proceedings between Coloplast […]


NL – Ruby Decor v. Basic Holdings / Appeal

Posted: August 30th, 2017

Ruby Decor B.V. and Aparto B.V. v. Basic Holdings ULC, Court of Appeal The Hague, 22 August 2017, Case No. ECLI:NL:GHDHA:2017:2409, with thanks to Alexander Tsoutsanis, DLA Piper, for sending in the judgment as well as an English translation thereof  Artificial fireplaces. Earlier, the Judge in PI proceedings ruled that in his preliminary opinion Ruby Decor did […]


NL – Hygro International v. Futurecare Worldwide

Posted: June 22nd, 2017

Hygro International PTY Limited v. Futurecare Worldwide B.V. et al., District Court The Hague, The Netherlands, 21 June 2017, Case No. ECLI:NL:RBDHA:2017:6743 Futurecare did not respond to Hygro’s rebuttal of Futurecare’s invalidity arguments. Hygro therefore sufficiently established that it is entitled to the patent. Futurecare further did not dispute that the products marketed by them […]


NL – Sun v. Novartis / Supreme Court

Posted: May 8th, 2017

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries (Europe) B.V. v. Novartis AG, Supreme Court of the Netherlands, 14 April 2017, Case No. ECLI:NL:HR:2017:692 Preliminary injunction proceedings. Patent for second medical indication. Swiss-type claim. Novartis owns EP 1 296 689 with a Swiss type claim for use of zoledronic acid in the preparation of a medicament for the treatment of […]


NL – Sun v. Novartis

Posted: April 11th, 2017

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries (Europe) B.V. v. Novartis AG, Novartis Pharma GmbH, District Court The Hague, 5 April 2017, Case No. ECLI:NL:RBDHA:2017:3430 The 5 April decision is the final decision in first instance. A previous interim decision was rendered on 25 November 2015 and was published on this blog here. Sun sued Novartis in main proceedings claiming […]


UK – IPCom v. HTC

Posted: March 27th, 2017

IPCom v HTC, UK Court of Appeal, 28 February 2017, neutral citation number [2017] EWCA Civ 90 The Court of Appeal has handed down the latest decision in the long running litigation between IPCom and HTC. IPCom had appealed the High Court’s decision that HTC’s smartphones did not infringe IPCom’s European Patent (UK) 1 841 […]


HU – PI prevents Pharmaceutical Product launch

Posted: March 14th, 2017

Budapest Court Grants Preliminary Injunction Based on Direct Threat of Patent Infringement Preventing Pharmaceutical Product Launch The Metropolitan Court, Budapest has recently issued an order granting preliminary injunction against a Hungarian pharmaceutical distributor. The specialty of the case is that the allegedly infringing pharmaceutical product was not yet launched and it is the first time […]


UK – AP Racing v. Alcon Components

Posted: February 27th, 2017

AP Racing Limited v Alcon Components Limited, Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (HHJ Hacon), 15 February 2017, Neutral Citation Number [2017] EWHC 248 (IPEC) This was the second occasion on which AP Racing and Alcon had come to trial in a dispute over brake callipers for use on racing cars. The first trial, heard in December […]