Patents – Case Law
Case law comprises the reported decisions of selected appellate and other courts (called courts of first impression) which make new interpretations of the law and, therefore, can be cited as precedents. In England and Wales, courts decide the law applicable to a case by interpreting statutes and applying precedents which record how and why prior cases have been decided.
As with every statutory intellectual property right, a good deal of case law has arisen in relation to patent law and practice. A selection of the more important and most recent decisions of the English High Court, Court of Appeal and House of Lords, now the Supreme Court, appear below.
Biogen Inc. v. Medeva plc – House of Lords – 31 October 1996
Kirin-Amgen Inc & Ors v. Hoechst Marion Roussel Limited & Ors – House of Lords – 21 October 2004
Neil Eric Paxman v. Derek Hughes – Patent Office – 30 July 2008
Symbian Limited v. Comptroller General of Patents – Court of Appeal – 8 October 2008