Monthly Archives: January 2010

Patents: Fisher Rosemount Systems Inc.’s Application

The first decision from the Comptroller for 2010 offers an interesting discussion on how to assess an invention’s technical contribution when applying the Aerotel/Macrossan and Symbian guidelines. In Fisher Rosemount Systenms Inc. Application BL 0/003/10 12 Jan 2010 the applicant … Continue reading

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Costs: Why not abolish the Patents County Court?

I have just finished reading Chapter 24 of Sir Rupert Jackson’s final report on costs (Review of Civil Litigation Costs: Final Report) which was published yesterday. It is a good report and I welcome its proposals for intellectual property. However, … Continue reading

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Trade Marks: Firecraft – a Cautionary Tale and More Work for the IP Bar

In Evans and another v Focal Point Fires Plc [2009] EWHC 2794 Mr. Justice Peter Smith granted summary judgment to the claimants in a claim for passing off. The claimants, who had sold fire surrounds in partnership under the name … Continue reading

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Patents: US Patent Filings

A table of the top 50 US patent filings for 2009 appears in a press release by Kivett & Co, Communications based on data analysed by IFI Patent Intelligence. Top of the list is IBM with 4,914 patent applications followed … Continue reading

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Patents: Molnlycke v BSN

This is another case on Regulation (EC) No. 44/2001 on Jurisdiction and the Recognition and Enforcement of Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters. The main issue was whether a claim in England for infringement of a European patent should be … Continue reading

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Copyright: Lucasfilm Ltd v Ainsworth

Every so often a case comes along that is remembered for having something to say on more than one important issue. One such case was Catnic Components Ltd. v. Hill & Smith Ltd. [1982] R.P.C 183 which is cited not … Continue reading

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Patents: Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (UK) Ltd v Eli Lilly & Company Ltd

In Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (UK) Ltd v Eli Lilly & Company Ltd. [2009] EWCA Civ 1362 (18 Dec 2009) the Court of Appeal (Sir David Neuberger MR, Lord Justice Jacob and Lord Justice Richards) dismissed Dr. Reddy’s appeal from Mr. … Continue reading

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