What’s wrong with the Supreme Court’s Pregabalin decision?

Everything to do with second medical use patents. 

Not because of any fault in the legal reasoning: because the decision came to be made by a Court at all. 

If you haven’t yet had a chance to read the Pregabalin Judgment then you can save yourself some time by reading this excellent summary by Darren Smyth of EIP.

The offending molecule

This article isn’t going to re-tread any ground. It’s about whether the law relating to second medical use patents is fit for purpose, and whether a Court should really be making these assessments, Supreme or not.

The reason you should care about patenting new uses for existing drugs, even if you’re not a patent lawyer, is because it is the future of healthcare.… Read more...

Contender, ready?

Gladiator, ready?

So spoke John Anderson in the classic 1990s TV show Gladiator. What’s that got to do with IP law? The answer can be found in the case of KBF Enterprises v Gladiator Nutrition [2018] EWHC 3041 (IPEC), handed down by Recorder Amanda Michaels on 9 November 2018. 

Who remembers the Eliminator?
(By Source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4163118)

The case is one of trade mark infringement and passing off. As you’ll remember, one of the eponymical Gladiators was named Warrior, and was played by a man called Daniel Singh – the Third Defendant. 

The Claimant, KBF, also known by its trading name of BodyBuilding Warehouse, own marks including WARRIOR SUPPLEMENTS and WARRIOR in classes 5, 30 and 32, covering goods such as protein supplements and vitamins.… Read more...

Hello world

I’ve owned cronan.co.uk for more than ten years now. I always promised myself I would get around to producing an elegant and simple homepage in HTML and CSS:  a true testament to my IT credentials.

I think it is safe to say that day was never going to come. 

Rationally, my time is much better spent focusing on my actual job than learning additional tangential skills in some kind of meta-display of technical ability. Maybe one day I’ll finish that MOOC and finally get to grips with HTML 5 on Codeacademy. All things being equal I think I’d rather leave it to the professionals.… Read more...