At the beginning of this month CPR Part 45 and 63 and the corresponding practice directions were amended to limit the costs that can normally be awarded in claims before the Patents County Court. In an article on my IP/IT Update … Continue reading
I am on the IPO’s mailing list for news of preliminary references to the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”). I tend not to mention them until they are reported but every so often a particular case catches … Continue reading
CPR 40.12 (1) provides: “The court may at any time correct an accidental slip or omission in a judgment or order.” It is known as the “slip rule”. It has a very venerable history. It replaces RSC O20 r.11 which … Continue reading
Although SAS Institute Inc v World Programming Ltd.  EWHC 1829 (Ch) (23 July 2010) ended inconclusively (and some say disappointingly) with a preliminary reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union under art 267 of the Treaty … Continue reading
“The problem, stated at its most general, is simple. Does trade mark law prevent the defendants from telling the truth? Even though their perfumes are lawful and do smell like the corresponding famous brands, does trade mark law nonetheless muzzle the defendants so that they cannot say so?”
Lord Justice Jacob, L’Oréal v Bellure paragraph 6 Continue reading
The European Patent Office has today announced that the Enlarged Board of Appeal will hold a public hearing on 20 and 21 July 2010 to determine whether patents granted to the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture for a method of breeding tomatoes having a reduced water content and to Plant Bioscience Ltd. for selective increase of the anti-carciogenic glucosinolates in brassica species are patentable (see “Oral Proceedings to be held in the Tomatoes and Broccoli Cases” 3 Feb 2010). Both cases are concerned with the exclusion of essentially biological processes for the production of plants under art 53 (b) of the Convention. Continue reading
Bill Slawski has reported in detail on Facebook’s US patent filings in his blog SEO By the Sea (“Facebook Patent Filings”, 24 Jan 2010). Many thanks to Shireen Smith of Azrights for drawing this article to my attention on twitter.