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Fordham Conference 2015 – Views From The Judiciary

A panel of international judges gave their interesting perspectives on the tribunals on which they serve and the cases which they hear.

Annabelle Bennett (Federal Court of Australia) discussing case management in Australia introducing reforms to streamline procedure and how this has been successful (in taking some power away from the lawyers). In particular, she mentioned with favour the concept of expert ‘hot-tubbing’ where experts give concurrent expert evidence in court. She also mentioned that it is possible to encourage the parties to restrict the issues during a case management conference.

Hon. Mr Justice Birss was asked about being a chairman of the competition tribunal and noted that [...]

Needles in the UK Patents County Court

Liversidge v (1) Owen Mumford Limited (2) Abbott Laboratories Limited

In April 2011, the claimant commenced patent infringement proceedings in the UK Patents County Court (“PCC”) against the defendants in respect of European Patent No. 2067496 entitled “Medical Injector”. The defendants denied infringement and counterclaimed invalidity.

The claimant filed a patent application for a safety arrangement for a medical needle in June 2003. It was for a normal (non-autoinjector) syringe and all of the disclosure and claims related to the safety arrangement. In 2006, the second defendant launched the Humira Pen in the UK (an autoinjector delivery syringe containing the Humira [...]

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