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Bloomsbury IP & IT Briefing: January Teaser

In a relatively quiet month for IP in the UK courts, the most substantial judgment published was Regen Lab SA v Estar Medical Ltd & Ors [2019] EWHC 63 (Pat). This was a decision of His Honour Judge Hacon, sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge, and concerned the validity and infringement of a patent for the preparation of platelet rich plasma (PRP). The judge discussed in depth the new approach to the scope of patent claims following the Supreme Court’s Actavis judgment, as well as an application to reopen the trial after it had concluded.

APT Training & Consultancy Ltd & Anor v Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Trust [2019] EWHC 19 (IPEC) was a judgment by Her Honour Judge Melissa Clarke in the first IPEC trial to be heard outside London. The judge found that the mark RAID was infringed in a judgment that addressed what constitutes use in the course of trade.

The briefing also summarises the changes to the Trade Marks Act and Trade Marks Rules, which came into effect on 14 January; the Disclosure Pilot in the Business and Property Courts; and a speech by Sir Geoffrey Vos on judicial diversity and lawtech.

This month’s Brexit update focuses on the latest guidance provided by the UK IP Office, including in a no-deal scenario, and provides a summary of guidance issued by the Spanish IP Office and by EURid, the .eu registry, on the impact of Brexit on .eu domains owned by entities registered in the UK.

The IP/IT Briefing is part of the Bloomsbury Law Online Service. The full briefing is available here.

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