Gosschalks is celebrating a win at the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court ( IPEC) which deals with intellectual property issues such as patents, copyright or trademark disputes.
On 1 July 2015 his Honour Judge Hacon handed down judgment in VPG Systems UK v Air-Weigh Europe  EWHC 1862 at the IPEC.
The action concerned alleged infringement of VPG's patent for a type of on-board vehicle weighing system which uses an accelerometer or inclinometer to measure the change in angle of a suspension component as the vehicle is loaded. The only claims of the patent alleged to be independently valid were claims 1 and 7, 13, 14 and 15. The Defendant's allegation of invalidity was directed only to claims 1 and 7. Claim 1 was a product claim and claim 7 a method claim which closely corresponds to claim 1.
The Court upheld the argument that claims 1 and 7 of the patent were invalid because they were obvious in light of an earlier US patent and therefore did not involve an inventive step.
Phil Osborne, Associate at Gosschalks, on behalf of the Defendant, Air-Weigh Europe worked with and instructed James St Ville, of 8 New Square, to successfully represent the defendant at the IPEC hearing.
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Read the full judgement here: http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/IPEC/2015/1862.html
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