In one of the most important recent judgments for FRAND and SEP issues, the Supreme Court’s has strongly backed the High Court’s assessment of Unwired Planet’s multi-national portfolio of SEPs as being fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) and upheld the lower court’s determination of a royalty rate. The Supreme Court had considered two appeals by manufacturers (Huawei and ZTE) of wireless devices, who had sought rejection of the FRAND finding and the determined rate.

The new UK government has announced that the UK will not participate in the future Unified Patent Court (UPC) thereby abandoning the policy of Theresa May’s government to play a key role in the UPC. The Johnson government stated that its decision was based on the UK’s need to establish itself as a self-governing state, and the role of the CJEU in UPC proceedings.

Case: Shanks v Unilever (UK Supreme Court)

The UK Supreme Court has overturned earlier decisions by the Patent Office, the High Court and the Court of Appeal, ruling that an inventor-employee was entitled to the £2m of the benefits which his employer, Unilever, had obtained from a patent on his invention.

Angel IP is pleased to announce its main practitioner's success in obtaining revocation by the UK High Court of RegenLab’s UK patent EP(GB)2073862 in the case RegenLab SA v Estar Technologies Limited et al [2019] EWHC 63. Angel IP’s founder, David Sant, who (as lead solicitor at his previous firm) successfully acted for the three Defendants, Estar Technologies, Medira Limited and Lavender Medical Limited, and obtained the court’s declaration of invalidity of the patent.

At the time of writing this article it is not only the form of a future Brexit that is uncertain, but also whether the UK does actually leave the EU. Nearly two years after the UK’s referendum on EU membership, the UK parliament ratified the UPC Agreement, on 26 April 2018. However, the UK’s future participation in the UPC is uncertain. On the assumption that the UK does ceases to be an EU member state, this article considers the likelihood of the UK nevertheless participating in the UPC.