Mr. Elbro's decision in Wragg v Donnelly is important for two reasons.
First, the Senior Hearing Officer heard the case in Manchester.
Secondly, it is the first decision on the costs consequences of IP Office opinions under s.74A of the Patents Act 1977.
In Newzbin Mr. Justice Kitchin rowed back from the House of Lords' decision in Amstrad on authorization and gave the first judgment after argument on communication right.
Mr. Justice Kitchin''s judgment in Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and Others v Newzbin  EWHC 608 has bow been reported in the Fleet Streets and EMLR and discussed in many of the law blogs. As counsel for Newzbin I reflect on the technological and commercial as well as legal importance of the decision.
IP Litigation in Leeds
Leeds is one of 10 towns and cities in England and Wales with a Chancery District Registry. Consequently, you can issue a claim for the infringement of any intellectual property right except one relating to patents or registered designs. However, the Patents and Patents County Court will sit in Leeds for the convenience of the parties to save costs. More
My other reported cases
£250 + VAT per hour (25% discount for businesses with a turnover of less than £1 million and 40% for start-ups)
I hope you have had a good holiday and that you looking forward to the new legal year as much as I am.
Last year I was in two important cases:
Although those cases have greatly enhanced my prestige and that of NIPC I am aware that clients are far more interested in resolving disputes quickly and cheaply than making new law. I have therefore launched the following specialist low cost services:
Finally I am speaking in two new courses which are arranged by our service company, NIPC Ltd:
- the IP Foundation Course at Bradford, Portsmouth and Merseyside in September; and
- the Introduction to Patents, Copyrights, Trade Marks and Designs at Oxford in October.
With best wishes
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NIPC Arbitration is a low cost dispute resolution service for IP technology, media and entertainment cases. The scheme is inspired by the highly successful domain name dispute resolution services that have been developed by ICANN and several country code domain name managers over the last 10 years. More