Mr Henry Priestley

Henry Priestley


Corporate & Commercial

Rare win for respondent at Companies Names Tribunal
United Kingdom | 16 August 2010

Since December 2008 there have been over 100 adjudications before the Companies Names Tribunal, all of which - until now - have been in favour of the applicant. A recent case demonstrates that where a similar name is adopted by a company for genuine reasons, that company's rights can be protected.

Intellectual Property

Breaking the (supply) chain
United Kingdom | 20 October 2014

Wilko Retail Limited v Buyology Limited considers the availability of a Norwich Pharmacal order for rights owners to obtain the disclosure of the identities of manufacturers and suppliers of infringing goods. In this case the claimant had not obtained the information and had already settled the claim, but the court refused to grant an order as it was not persuaded that the 'balance of irreparable harm' test would justify that grant.

Cut off the head, but beware that the sub-licence may not die
United Kingdom | 29 April 2013

The High Court recently ruled that a sub-licence is capable of surviving termination of its head licence in certain (albeit fact-specific) circumstances. Licensors concerned by this decision should ensure that where they grant licences permitting sub-licensing, it should be a condition of such permission that the sub-licence include an express provision for automatic termination on termination of the head licence.

Court of Appeal finds manuka honey medical dressing not obvious
United Kingdom | 30 April 2012

A recent Court of Appeal decision provides a useful overview of the correct principles to be applied when assessing common general knowledge and obviousness. In such cases, where a successful appellant has the validity of its patent restored, it should seek a certificate of contested validity from the court.

Patents County Court: 'substantial' extraction in database right infringements
United Kingdom | 31 October 2011

The publisher of a database of general practitioners' practices has succeeded in its claim that a "substantial part" of the contents of its database had been extracted by a direct marketing company. The judgment provides useful guidance on assessing this criterion on a quantitative or qualitative basis.

File-sharing and copyright: crown court saves Oink creator's bacon
United Kingdom | 01 March 2010

The creator of the Oink file-sharing website has been found not guilty of conspiracy to defraud. The decision underlines that if the government wishes to pursue websites that do not directly infringe copyright material, it must consider adding an offence of facilitating infringement to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act. However, a civil action for infringement of copyright by authorization would have made an interesting test case.

Tech, Data, Telecoms & Media

Nominet finds critical website not an abusive domain name registration
United Kingdom | 30 October 2012

Nominet, the organisation that manages the '.uk' top level domain, has refused to order the transfer of the domain name '' to the owners of Optical Express DCM (Optical Holdings) Limited, finding that the domain name was not an abusive registration, since its purpose was the genuine criticism of Optical Express.