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Telecoms

Many members of chambers have been involved with ongoing disputes concerning telecommunication technology. This areas covers work concerning mobile telephone technologies in the handset itself to the process of receiving and sending data. Members have represented their clients in both the Patents Court and the Court of Appeal.

Notable Cases

IPCom v. HTC Europe & others [2013] EWCA Civ. 1496

IPCom v. HTC Europe & others [2013] EWCA Civ. 1496

Henry Carr QC, Brian Nicholson, and Kathryn Pickard acted for IPCom, successfully resisting HTC’s appeal against Mr Justice Roth’s refusal to stay infringement and validity proceedings on a European Patent (UK) until the conclusion of co-pending European Patent Office Opposition Proceedings.  In this important decision, the Court of Appeal undertook a careful review of the so-called Glaxo Guidance (following the observation of the Supreme Court in Virgin Atlantic Airways v. Zodiac Seats UK [2013] UKSC 46  that such a review was necessary in the light of the Supreme Court’s overturning of Unilin, Coflexip and Poulton).  The recast guidance will apply to the conduct of all future UK Patent cases where there are co-pending Opposition Proceedings before the EPO.

 

[2013] EWCA Civ.1496

Samsung v Apple [2013] EWHC 468 (Pat) and [2013] EWHC 467 (Pat)

Samsung v Apple [2013] EWHC 468 (Pat) and [2013] EWHC 467 (Pat)

Dispute in which Samsung made a claim against Apple for infringement of three patents relating to mobile phones/tablet computers.  The trial was divided into two halves to deal with the patents and was heard in the Patents Court in November and December 2012.

Samsung v Apple [2013] EWHC 467 (Pat) and [2013] EWHC 468 (Pat)

IPcom v Nokia [2012] EWCA Civ 567

IPcom v Nokia [2012] EWCA Civ 567

Trial and appeal in relation to standard-essential mobile telephony patents beld by IPCom. The action continues to establish damages and to set terms of a FRAND licence.

IPcom v Nokia [2012] EWCA Civ 567

Microsoft Corp v Motorola Mobility LLC [2012] EWHC 3677 (Pat)

Microsoft Corp v Motorola Mobility LLC [2012] EWHC 3677 (Pat)

The action concerned infringement and validity of a telecommunications patent directed to a system and method for multiple pager status synchronization, as well as issues over patent licensing.  The patent was held infringed but invalid.

Microsoft Corp v Motorola Mobility LLC [2012] EWHC 3677 (Pat)

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