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Isabel Jamal


Year of call: 2008

Described in the directories as “a super star” and “an extremely conscientious and talented junior who impresses instructing parties with her commercial focus and responsiveness”, Isabel specialises in all areas of intellectual property law, with a particular focus on high value technical patent cases. Who’s who legal states that “no list of good patent juniors would be complete without Isabel”. Recent highlights include appearing as junior counsel for Actavis in the Supreme Court in the landmark case on the law of claim scope and equivalents (Actavis v Eli Lilly [2017] UKSC 48) and representing Unwired Planet in the first FRAND trial in this jurisdiction (Unwired Planet v Huawei [2017] EWHC 1304). Isabel has a first class Masters degree in Physics and Philosophy from Oxford University.




Recent Cases

Patents and SPCs:

Actavis v Eli Lilly [2017] UKSC 48: Represented Actavis in the Supreme Court in the landmark case about the scope of patent protection and the doctrine of equivalents.

Unwired Planet v Huawei [2017] EWHC 1304: Represented Unwired Planet in the first FRAND trial in this jurisdiction.

Hospira v Cubist [2016] EWHC 1285: Represented Hospira in a 3 patent validity trial relating to the drug daptomycin which is used to treat gram-positive infections. Appeal pending in relation to 1 of the patents (relating to a method of purification of daptomycin).

Mylan/Actavis v Warner Lambert [2016] EWCA Civ 1006: Represented Actavis at first instance and in the Court of Appeal; the case addressed the validity (in particular the sufficiency) of a patent relating to the use of pregabalin for treating pain, and also whether the patent was infringed by Actavis’ skinny label product. The Supreme Court appeal is pending.

EMGS v Petroleum Geoservices: Represented EMGS at the patent validity and infringement trial; the patent related to the use of electromagnetics in oil and gas exploration. The case settled before judgment was handed down.

Actavis v Boehringer C-577/13: Represented Actavis in the High Court and at the CJEU hearing regarding the validity of Boehringer’s SPC. Actavis revoked Boehringer’s SPC based on the meaning and effect of the SPC Regulation


SAS Institute v World Programming Limited C-406/10: Represented World Programming Limited in the High Court, Court of Appeal and at the CJEU in this case regarding the extent to which there is copyright in the functionality of computer software.

Trade marks:

IPC Media v Media 10: Junior counsel for IPC Media in a trade mark dispute relating to the use of the trade mark “IDEAL HOME” for online retail services. Court of Appeal

Evegate Publishing v Newsquest: Represented Newsquest in a trade mark and passing off action concerning newspaper and magazine titles. High Court

Design rights:

Alfrank v Exclusive [2015] EWHC 1372 (IPEC): Represented Exclusive in this damages inquiry relating to the appropriate damages to be awarded to Alfrank for unregistered design right infringement.


Trade Marks and Passing Off

Weight Watchers v Love Bites (February 2012)

A trade mark infringement and passing off case relating to the Defendants’ use of the sign ‘Waist Watchers’. Weight Watchers received a favourable non-binding opinion from the Patents County Court in relation to its claims.

Trade Mark Registry Hearing (O/263/12)(July 2012)

Successfully defended an opposition to a trade mark application for a device mark incorporating the word ‘CHIQUO’ under s.5(2)(b) and s.5(4) Trade Marks Act. The opponent’s trade marks incorporated the word ‘CHIO’.

Claessens International Ltd v Claessens Cartils (November 2010)

A trial concerning passing off, trade mark infringement and breach of a co-existence agreement [the case settled during the course of the trial].

Trade Mark Registry Hearing [Application No 2553838] (November 2010)

Successfully challenged the comptroller’s decision to refuse a charity’s application for a device mark comprising the words END CHILD POVERTY

Trade Mark Registry Hearing [0/334/10] (September 2010)

Successfully resisted an opposition made against the trade mark application for the mark YOG, made under s.5(2)(b).

Adobe v Roach (July 2010)

Judgment in default in a trade mark infringement claim regarding the sale of counterfeit Adobe Photoshop software

AdWords Advice (April 2010)

Advised relating to use of trade marks as Google AdWords and in Google AdText, in particular in relation to the impact of the ECJ opinion in Google v Louis Vuitton and the latest changes to Google’s AdWord and AdText policy in the UK

Argos v Argos Sports (March 2010)

Judgment in default for a claim against the Defendant for passing off

Honda v Neesam (May 2009)

An application for a preliminary issue in relation to quantum regarding a parallel import case*

Symphony Financial Partners v Symphony International (May 2009)

Trade mark infringement case between two investment companies*

Whirlpool v Kenwood (April 2009)

Court of Appeal hearing regarding the shape mark of Whirlpool’s food mixer*

Dahl v Northern & Shell

A passing off case involving an alleged celebrity endorsement*

Hotel Cipriani v Cipriani (Grosvenor Street) (December 2008)

Trademark infringement and passing off case relating to a restaurant named ‘Cipriani London’*

*( indicate those in which Isabel was involved as a pupil)

  • What the Directories Say
  • "She is a bright, hard-working and thoughtful junior." "She is a star in the making and wise beyond her years"
    Chambers and Partners (Intellectual Property) 2017

    "She stands out as a super-star."
    Legal 500 (Intellectual Property) 2017

    "Superstar in waiting and a force to be reckoned with"
    Legal 500 (Intellectual Property) 2016

    "Tremendously talented, technically solid and commercially focussed, she's a pleasure to work with"
    Chambers and Partners (Intellectual Property) 2016

    "For a relatively junior counsel,she shows great determination and tactical awareness"
    Legal 500 (Intellectual Property) 2015

    "A confident and popular junior whose standing belies her year of call (2008). She mainly focuses on biotech and pharmaceutical patent disputes, and also software copyright matters. She has had a number of recent mandates concerning SPCs.
     "A forceful advocate on her client's behalf and effective with it."
    Chambers and Partners (Intellectual Property) 2015

    "A future star in the making"
    Legal 500 (Intellectual Property) 2015

    The "highly intelligent" Isabel Jamal is "very quick to work out the commercial importance of a matter."
    The world trade mark review 2015