Fingolimod – The Danish Japanese Excessive Court docket definitively affirms dismissal of a PI software based mostly on a patent software


In an attraction of a PI resolution, the Danish Japanese Excessive Court docket has dominated to uphold the dismissal of Novartis’ software for a preliminary injunction in opposition to Glenmark, Zentiva, and Viatris, based mostly on the European patent software 2 959 894. In its resolution, the Court docket firmly acknowledged {that a} preliminary injunction can solely be issued based mostly on a patent in impact.

Within the first occasion resolution, The Maritime and Business Excessive Court docket had determined to strive the problem of the applicant’s reason behind motion/authorized curiosity individually (evaluate of the ruling will be learn right here). As acknowledged, the Maritime and Business Excessive Court docket dismissed the applying on account of inadequate authorized curiosity and famous that no formal resolution to grant had been issued by the EPO. By this, the Maritime and Business Excessive Court docket solely rejected enforcement previous to a ‘resolution to grant’ but left open the potential for enforcement after a ‘resolution to grant’ – however earlier than the grant of a patent. Thus, the ruling left it unresolved when ample reason behind motion is current in circumstances of PI proceedings based mostly on patent purposes.

With regards to case regulation of the Danish Supreme Court docket, the Japanese Excessive Court docket began off by noting {that a} patent can’t be topic to judicial evaluate earlier than it turns into efficient. In line with this, a patent software can not function the premise for a preliminary injunction, as i) a patent proper is neither substantiated nor made possible with an software. Consequently, the primary criterion for a preliminary injunction shouldn’t be met, cf. part 413(1)(1) of the Danish Administration of Justice Act. As a preliminary injunction can’t be issued, an applicant for a patent has ii) no authorized curiosity in circumstances in regards to the patent utilized for, as there isn’t a reason behind motion. Accordingly, the authorized end result of an software for a preliminary injunction on the premise of a patent software have to be dismissal of the case.

In its resolution, the Court docket famous in an obiter dictum that the query involved must have been thought-about up entrance by the Maritime & Business Excessive Court docket and never made the topic of a separate listening to and the Excessive Court docket appears to point that this could have been apparent.

With the Excessive Court docket’s resolution, the state of the regulation has by this resolution been laid down definitively: Solely a granted patent with impact in Denmark might type the premise of judicial proceedings in Denmark, together with preliminary injunctions. On this interim interval, Danish utility fashions might, nonetheless, in some circumstances provide safety, as a rapidly granted utility mannequin registration could also be used as the premise for an software for a preliminary injunction regarding an invention, for which a patent software is pending.

Zentiva and Glenmark had been represented by BUGGE VALENTIN

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