- Denials, non-admissions and confidentiality in patent proceedings (JCB v Manitou)
- What are the practical implications of this case?
- What was the background?
- What did the court decide?
- Case details
IP analysis: In these patent infringement proceedings, the Patents Court was asked to deal with multiple applications made by the parties. The applications concerned amendments to Statements of Case on the basis that the various denials and non-admissions failed to comply with the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) and the confidentiality and subsequent use of the defendant's Product and Process Description (PPD) in parallel foreign proceedings. The court held that the statements of case were, generally, satisfactorily pleaded and that the PPD contained confidential material and could not be used in foreign proceedings. Written by Joshua Marshall, senior associate, at Fieldfisher LLP.
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