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Rovi Solutions Corporation & Anor v Virgin Media Ltd & Ors [2014] EWHC 2301 (Pat)

Case Summary  |  Judgment  |  14 July 2014


James Abrahams and Isabel Jamal recently appeared for the Claimants, Rovi Solutions Corporation and United Video Properties Inc., against James Mellor QC and Andrew Lykiardopoulos QC acting for the Defendants, Virgin Media Limited and others. The proceedings related to a European Patent, owned by the Claimant, for live and non-live Video on Demand services.
Mr John Baldwin QC, sitting as a deputy judge, found that the patent was invalid for obviousness based on common general knowledge and a particular piece of prior art called DAVIC. He refused the Claimant’s application to amend the claims of the patent on the basis that they did not cure the invalidity of the claims. The judge noted that the real importance of an expert witness is their ability to explain things and why they hold an opinion, not to approximate to the skilled team in question.
James Abrahams and Isabel Jamal were instructed by Powell Gilbert LLP.
James Mellor QC and Andrew Lykiardopoulos QC were instructed by Marks & Clark Solicitors LLP.