IPCom v HTC and IPCom v Nokia
July, 10 days, Chancery Court
For the claimant IPCom:
Brick Court’s James Flynn QC leading Monckton Chambers’ Kassie Smith and Meredith Pickford, instructed by Bristows partner Myles Jelf
For the defendant HTC:
8 New Square’s Stephen Morris QC to lead Monckton Chambers’ Josh Holmes and Alan Bates, instructed by SJ Berwin partner Cameron Firth
For the defendant Nokia:
8 New Square’s Richard Meade QC leading Three Raymond Buildings’ Nick Yeo
For the intervenor Interdigital:
Three New Square’s Richard Miller QC
Cutting-edge High Court litigation in the Patents Court in one of the key competition law issues of the moment, and this case will examine the interaction between IP and competition law.
IP licensor IPCom has instructed Brick Court’s James Flynn QC for its UK battles. It is arguing for further injunctions to restrain patent infringements by Nokia.
Given the number of patents involved in such disputes this is a case, like Apple v Samsung, that could run and run and run.
Flynn will face 20 Essex Street’s Stephen Morris QC, who is instructed for HTC, and 8 New Square’s Richard Meade QC, appearing for Nokia.
Following a number of interlocutory skirmishes in 2012 the main trial in both actions is now slated for 2013.
It is due to be the first decision of a UK court addressing the issue of the terms that must be offered for use of essential IP for mobile phones and other smart devices.
This explains why the ground-breaking case will be eagerly followed by the IT industry, including those involved in Apple, which raises the same types of competition issues.