Merck Sharp & Dohme v Ono Pharmaceutical  EWHC 2973 (Pat), decided on 22 October by Mr Justice Birss in the Patents Court, England and Wales, is a decidedly unbifurcated ruling, being a full-blooded infringement-and-invalidity action running to 243 paragraphs. Fortunately the IPKat has been able to count on this handy analysis by Laura Thompson (Lexis PSL IP & IT team). What does this latest immunotherapy patent case tell us about the law of insufficiency and obviousness and the increasingly pervasive question of plausibility, she asks?
* When litigants must be responsible -- and what happens when they're not: Lyrica pregabalin injunction is continued
Warner-Lambert Co LLC v Sandoz GmbH, Sandoz Ltd and Lloyds Pharmcacy Ltd  EWHC 3153 (Pat) is the latest in a series of decisions in the ongoing patent infringement dispute over pregabalin, a generic version of Lyrica. It's another Patents Court, England and Wales, ruling of Mr Justice Arnold [the history of the litigation can be gleaned by reading a whole host of Katposts here], which Jeremy reports in this post.
Nicola takes a look at the economics of internet trolls, ie persons who deliberately provoke, often in an abusive manner, for the sake of provoking.
A prolific and persistent scammer, responsible for deliberately scamming the UK Intellectual Property Office customers, was found liable for trade mark infringement and passing off and ordered to pay £500,000 plus legal costs. Who's that? Discover it in this Jeremy's post.
In a recently published decision of a European Patent Office (EPO) Board of Appeal (BoA) on an appeal against a decision of the Examination Division, T 2068/14, the applicant's professional representatives argued that ex parte oral proceedings should be held by video conferencing, but the BoA was not entirely convinced. Jeremy tells all.
After Jeremy's post on the decision of Mr Justice Arnold in Warner-Lambert Co LLC v Sandoz GmbH, Sandoz Ltd and Lloyds Pharmcacy Ltd  EWHC 3153 (Pat), in the Patents Court, England and Wales, to extend an interim injunction in an ongoing patent infringement dispute over pregabalin, here, Katfriend Grégoire Triet (Avocat au Barreau de Paris and a partner in the Paris-based practice of Gide Loyrette Nouel) pens this piece on an application for an urgent summary injunction made by Warner-Lambert/Pfizer against Sandoz in respect of alleged patent infringement relating to pregalabine [that's the French for pregabalin, explains Merpel] and "skinny labelling".
Nicola reports on WIPO, the African Union, the governments of Japan and the Republic of Senegal's African Ministerial Conference 2015 in Dakar.
Starting from a nice story on Eco-friendly detergents, Neil reflect over the evolution of green-branded products and their public's perception.
"How many of you are wearing underwear... made in Africa?" was the question posed to the audience of "The African Fashion Design Industry: Capturing Value Through Intellectual Property", which Nicola chairing the surprisingly lively discussion, with fashion designers, IP specialists, and government representatives.
* The Reprobel decision: fair compensation justified by actual harm (so is it OK to have a levy-free private copying exception?)
The Court of Justice of the European Union's (CJEU) decision in Case C‑572/13, Hewlett-Packard Belgium SPRL v Reprobel SCRL, Epson Europe BV intervening, deals with questions relating to the provision of "fair compensation" for copyright owners in respect of non-commercial uses of their works that are made under exceptions to copyright under Directive 2001/29 on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society (better known as the InfoSoc Directive) [for background and a note on some of the positions taken by notables on both sides you can check out the IPKat's earlier posts here]. In these two posts, Jeremy breaks the news and Eleonora provides her usual insightful analysis.
Nicola goes again, this time to report of the World Intellectual Property Report 2015. Published every two years, the report looks at trends and interesting topics in IP (2013 on brands, 2011 on changing innovation.) 2015's theme is 'Breakthrough Innovations' and examines key technologies that have had transformative economic effects.
Can an internet service provider (ISP) be requested to block access to a torrent site like The Pirate bay? This is the very issue on which the CJEU will have its say in deciding this brand new reference, on which Eleonora reports.
* Diamonds are forever, but joint ventures are more fragile: court helps exorcise ghost of business failure
Katfriend and occasional contributor Kevin Winters, pointing to a recent Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, England and Wales, a decision of Judge Hacon in Helme & Others v Maher & Another  EWHC 3151 (IPEC) on a copyright infringement resulted from a business relationship that has gone sour.
From New Europe comes "European fruit and vegetables threatened by patent", a powerful statement by Annie Schreijer-Pierik (a member of the European Parliament and a Dutch member of the EPP Group). She calls for a shift away from patent protection and more use of plant varieties rights.
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Monday, 16 November 2015
Last week was a busy and productive one for the IPKat blogging team, as you can see from the summary of substantive blogposts lovingly compiled by best Katfriend Alberto Bellan for your comfort and convenience. So, if you missed the action on this weblog last week, here is Round-up 72: