Lord Justice Pumfrey dies

The intellectual property community is mourning the passing of Lord Justice Pumfrey, who died of a stroke on Christmas Eve.

The death of Pumfrey LJ comes little more than a month after he was elevated from the High Court to the Court of Appeal, and just three days after he handed down judgment on the highly complicated dispute between Nokia and Interdigital.

Pumfrey LJ had an exemplary career in IP law. He became a High Court judge at the age of just 46. He was called to the Bar in 1975 and took silk 15 years later. He was just 56 when he died.

He was appointed a High Court judge in 1997 and promoted to the Court of Appeal in October last year. Pumfrey LJ postponed his move to the higher court to hear the case between Nokia and Interdigital.

His funeral will be held in Temple Church on Monday 14 January at 4.30pm.