The Court of Appeal has two new Lord Justices, with Mr Justice Rimer and IP judge Mr Justice Pumfrey moving up to the higher court.
Rimer J has been brought in to replace Lord Justice Chadwick, who retires in November. Pumfrey J will replace Lord Justice Auld, who retires in September.
The arrival of Pumfrey J will boost the profile of IP in the Court of Appeal. The court now has two former IP practitioners in the form of Pumfrey J and Lord Justice Jacobs.
Jonathan Radcliffe, an IP partner at Nabarro, commented: “[Pumfrey J’s] appointment will bring considerable intellectual firepower and gravitas to the Court of Appeal.
“The prospect of two specialist IP judges sitting together is a mouthwatering one for IP lawyers and will ensure that English Court of Appeal decisions continue to command significant international respect.”
Pumfrey J was a barrister at 11 South Square until he was appointed a High Court judge in 1997. Rimer J had a practice at Maitland Chambers before joining the bench in 1994.