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Two victories in one week for Wragge & Co's IP team

22.01.09 Share


Wragge & Co LLP Intellectual Property (IP) team has secured its second victory in one week in the Dyson Technology Limited v Samsung Gwangju Electronics Co., Limited High Court case.

Dyson took Samsung to the High Court as it believed two Samsung patents relating to its use of three stages of cyclonic separation in a vacuum cleaner were invalid. Mr Justice Arnold found all the key claims of Samsung's patents to be invalid. He considered them obvious in light of Dyson's DC08 vacuum cleaner, first marketed in 2002.

IP partners Gordon Harris and David Barron represented Dyson at the High Court, supported by solicitors John Coldham, George Sevier and Jordanna Popli. The team worked closely with Dyson's Director of Intellectual Property Gill Smith, patent attorney Carolyn Macpherson and barrister Piers Acland of 11 South Square.

Gordon Harris said: "This important judgment confirms Dyson's view that inventions should be inventive. Samsung had tried to protect arrangements which were not inventive. The team worked tirelessly to secure this victory the second in just one week for an IP litigation case. It speaks volumes for our high-quality advice and dedication to client service."

Gill Smith at Dyson said: "The immense dedication and effort put in by the Wragge & Co team helped us to achieve this excellent result. Their technical expertise and consistent support were vital and I have been impressed by their conduct of this challenging case."

Founded by inventor James Dyson, Dyson is one of the UK's best-known and most innovative companies. It has achieved sales of more than £3 billion worldwide. Its products are designed and developed by a team of 350 scientists and engineers. Wragge & Co has an existing relationship with Dyson, providing it with full-service legal support. In 2006, the IP team secured an important Court of Appeal victory in the ground-breaking Dyson v Qualtex design rights case.

Samsung Gwangju Electronics Co., Ltd is a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global specialist in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies. It has posted sales of US$103.4 billion and employs approximately 150,000 people in 134 offices and 62 countries. Barristers Richard Davis and Christopher de Mauny of Hogarth Chambers represented Samsung, with patent attorney firm Withers & Rogers LLP providing legal advice.

This week, Wragge & Co also secured victory for Premium Aircraft Interiors UK Limited (Contour) in a landmark patent and design rights case brought against Contour by Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited.

The firm's 39-lawyer IP team is one of the UK's top-tier IP practices, delivering advice on contentious and non-contentious matters to UK and multinational organisations. Last year, it secured a hard-fought Court of Appeal victory for Cinpres in the long-running Cinpres Gas Injection Ltd v Melea Ltd case, commended by the 2008 FT Innovative Lawyers report. In 2008, Wragge & Co opened an IP office in Munich. Clients include British Airways, Marks & Spencer, Unilever, Birds Eye, Microsoft and Kingspan.

For further information about this press release, contact Kathryn Hobbs on +44 (0)121 685 2785, Rebecca Davies on +44 (0)121 685 3819 or Gayle Redding on +44 (0)121 685 2708

This press release may contain information of general interest about current legal issues, but does not give legal advice.

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