Kiren Amgen v Boehringer Mannheim & ors and Hoechst v Kiren Amgen (January 15) Chancery Division

Judge: Neuberger J

Bird & Bird instructed Anthony Watson QC, Andrew Waugh QC and Colin Birss of 3 New Square (TKT – respondent). Taylor Joynson Garrett instructed Anthony Watson QC and Andrew Waugh QC of 3 New Square (Amgen). Herbert Smith instructed Simon Thorley QC of 3 New Square, Iona Berkeley and Michael Tappin of 8 New Square (Genetics Institute and licensee Roche).

Biotech action involving artificial drug with a worldwide market worth around $3bn (£2bn). Amgen owns one patent and is suing TKT and Roche, the licensee of the Genetics Institute which is in turn suing ORTHO, the European licensee of Amgen over another patent.

Amoco (UK) Exploration Co & ors v ICI & Teeside Gas Transportation Ltd (2001)

Herbert Smith instructed Charles Aldous QC and David Unwin QC of 7 Stone Buildings, Nigel Eaton of Essex Court Chambers (Amoco). Norton Rose instructed Jonathan Sumption QC and Mark Howard QC of Brick Court, Laurence Rabinowitz of One Essex Court and Andrew Wales of 7 King's Bench Walk (Teeside Gas Transportation).

Leave to appeal to the House of Lords granted. Amoco is to appeal against a decision declaring that the defendants claimed they were obliged to make payments only if reserve capacity was made available under the terms of the Capacity Reservation and Transportation Agreement (CRTA).

International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) v White Sea & Onega (2001) CA

Denton Wilde Sapte instructed Michael Jacobs QC of Essex Court and Dominic Chambers of Brick Court Chambers (ITF). Taylor Joynson Garrett instructed Richard Lord of Brick Court Chambers (White Sea & Onega). Taylor Joynson Garrett had not instructed lead counsel at time of this article going to print.

The International Transport Workers Federation is involved in an industrial relations dispute with Russian shipping company White Sea & Onega. Proceedings began in Denmark but the matter is now due to go before the Court of Appeal.

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