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Contact with chambers should be made through the Practice Management Team. They are happy to discuss client requirements and provide further information on such matters as the expertise and experience of individual members, fees, working practices and languages spoken. We have members able to work in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Chinese (Mandarin).

Outside working hours, a member of our team is always available to be contacted on matters of an urgent nature. Contact should be made using the Chambers main number or email.

To contact our Singapore office, please contact our BD Director, Asia, Rachel Foxton. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

London

20 Essex Street
London
WC2R 3AL

enquiries@twentyessex.com
t: +44 20 7842 1200
DX 0009 Lond/Chan Lane

Singapore

28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

singapore@twentyessex.com
t: +65 62257230

Contact

Contact with chambers should be made through the Practice Management Team. They are happy to discuss client requirements and provide further information on such matters as the expertise and experience of individual members, fees, working practices and languages spoken. We have members able to work in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Chinese (Mandarin).

Outside working hours, a member of our team is always available to be contacted on matters of an urgent nature. Contact should be made using the Chambers main number or email.

To contact our Singapore office, please contact our BD Director, Asia, Rachel Foxton. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

London

20 Essex Street
London
WC2R 3AL

enquiries@twentyessex.com
t: +44 20 7842 1200
DX 0009 Lond/Chan Lane

Singapore

28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

singapore@twentyessex.com
t: +65 62257230

05/02/2019

Conversant Wireless Technologies Sàrl v Huawei Technologies Co Ltd & ors [2019] EWCA Civ 38

The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in the first case where the UK courts’ jurisdiction has been disputed in a claim for a global FRAND licence for Standard Essential Patents (SEPs). It upheld the judgment of Henry Carr J rejecting the defendants’ jurisdiction challenge and their application for a stay in favour of the Chinese courts. It is thought to be the first case in the world where jurisdiction has been taken in the face of a party’s jurisdictional objection to the court determining the terms of a patent licence on FRAND (fair reasonable and non-discriminatory) terms. It follows the Court of Appeal’s decision in Unwired Planet v Huawei [2018] EWCA Civ 2344 in which, absent a jurisdiction challenge, it was held that such a claim was justiciable. The Defendants are seeking permission to appeal to the Supreme Court.

Alexander Layton QC, instructed by Allen & Overy LLP, acted for the Huawei defendants, leading Henry Forbes Smith of One Essex Court.

 

 

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