EPLAW PATENT BLOG

UK – Coloplast v. Salts

Posted: January 25th, 2021

Coloplast A/S v Salts Healthcare Limited [2021] EWHC 3 (Pat) (18 January 2021) In this judgment Nicholas Caddick QC, sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge, found Coloplast’s patent for a “comfort layer” for an ostomy bag invalid for obviousness over the common general knowledge and also over five separate prior art citations. The lengthy […]

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UK – Geofabrics v. Fiberweb Geosynthetics

Posted: May 20th, 2020

Geofabrics Limited v Fiberweb Geosynthetics Limited [2020] EWHC 444 (Par) (5 March 2020) In this judgment Mr. David Stone (sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge) held that Geofabrics Limited’s patent entitled “trackbed liner and related methods” is valid and infringed by Fiberweb Geosynthetics Limited’s product, Hydrotex 2.0. Background Geofabrics Limited (“Geofabrics”) is the proprietor […]

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NL – Philips v. Asus / Appeal EP 659

Posted: January 10th, 2020

Koninklijke Philips N.V. v. Asustek Computer Inc. Asus Europe B.V. and Asus Holland B.V. , Court of Appeal The Hague, The Netherlands, 24 December 2019, Case no. ECLI:NL:GHDHA:2019:3427 Philips holds various patents in the field of UMTS technology, amongst which EP 659. In first instance, Philips tried to obtain an injunction against Asus, but the […]

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CH – Lilly v. Sandoz – Pemetrexed, Invalidity Action rejected

Posted: November 4th, 2019

In October 15, 2019, the Swiss Federal Patent Court held in Eli Lilly vs. Sandoz Pharmaceuticals that the Swiss part of Eli Lilly’s patent EP 1 313 508 B1 regarding the use of the anti-cancer drug pemetrexed in combination with a vitamin B12 is valid – almost to the day two years after the Swiss […]

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FR – Mermet v. Chavanoz Industrie – The largest ever patent infringement damages award in Europe (€25,000,000) overturned on appeal; patent held invalid for lack of novelty because of a public prior use; no “morning-after pill” available to erase it

Posted: October 14th, 2019

Mermet v. Chavanoz Industrie, cour d’appel de Lyon, 12 September 2019, Docket № 16/06896 By Pierre Véron, Honorary President, EPLAW On 12 September 2019, the cour d’appel de Lyon (court of appeal) overturned a judgment handed down on 8 September 2016 by the tribunal de grande instance de Lyon (court of first instance) which found […]

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NL – Biogen v. Swiss Pharma

Posted: September 27th, 2019

Biogen v. Swiss Pharma, Court of Appeal of The Hague 10 September 2019 Biogen MA Inc (“Biogen”) is a pharmaceutical company marketing numerous medicinal products including Tysabri (or Antegren). The active pharmaceutical ingredient of Tysabri is natalizumab, which in turn is a humanized monoclonal antibody against the cell adhesion molecule α4-integrin. Swiss Pharma International AG […]

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UK – Takeda v. Roche

Posted: July 30th, 2019

Takeda UK Limited v F. Hoffman-La Roche AG, High Court of Justice, Patents Court, London, UK, 17 July 2019, [2019] EWHC 1911 (Pat) This judgment of Birss J concerns a patent relating to “Glycosylated Antibodies” (the “Patent”). The Claimant (“Takeda”) had brought a claim for revocation of the Patent. The Defendant patentee (“Roche”) had counterclaimed […]

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DK – Danish Maritime and Commercial High Court limits patent claims and finds indirect patent infringement

Posted: April 24th, 2019

The Danish Maritime and Commercial High Court has handed down an interesting judgment in a case concerning validity and infringement of two patents. The judgment is interesting for two reasons. Partly because the Maritime and Commercial High Court amended the existing patent claims, which the courts rarely do, partly because the Maritime and Commercial High […]

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NL – INNOVATIONS 4 FLOORING V. UNILIN BEHEER / Appeal

Posted: March 19th, 2019

Unilin Beheer B.V. v. Innovations 4 Flooring Holding N.V., Court of Appeal of The Hague, 5 March 2019, Case No. C/09/483599/ HA ZA 15-243 Introduction Unilin Beheer B.V. (“Unilin”) holds a patent EP 1 026 241 (“EP341”) for a ‘floor covering, consisting of hard floor panels and method for manufacturing such floor panels’. Innovations 4 […]

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