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Cryptoassets and Smart Contracts

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Jane Lambert

in its Legal Statement on Cryptoassets and Smart Contractsthe UK Jurisdiction Taskforce ("UKJT") published the opinions of  Lawrence Akka QC, David Quest QC, Matthew Lavy and Sam Goodman ("the drafting committee") on a number of legal questions relating to cryptoassets and smart contracts where there are areas of perceived uncertainty.

The Institutions

The UKJT is chaired by Sir Geoffrey Vos, Chancellor of the High Court and consists of Lawrence Akka QC, Sir Nicholas Green, Chair of the Law Commission of England and Wales, as an observer, Richard Hay of Linklaters LLP. Peter Hunn of the Accord Project, Mary Kyle of the City of London Corporation, Christopher Woolard of the Financial Conduct Authority and Mr Justice Zacaroli.  The publication was delivered by the LawTech Delivery Panel which describes itself as "an industry-led, government-backed initiative, established to support the transformation of the UK legal sector through tech." It ap…

Patents - Conversant Wireless Licensing v Apple Retail UK and Others

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Jane Lambert

Patents Court (Mr Justice Birss) Conversant Wireless Licensing SARL v Apple Retail UK Ltd and others [2019] EWHC 3266 (Pat) (29 Nov 2019)

This was a claim for the infringement of British patent GB2365712, The claimant, Conversant Wireless Licensing Sarl, has acquired a large patent portfolio in mobile telecommunications and related technologies (including the patent in suit) which it offers to license.   It alleged that certain features of the user interface of the iPhone infringed the patent.   Apple Inc and its British and Irish subsidiaries denied infringement and challenged the validity of the patent on grounds of obviousness. There was also an application by Conversant to amend the patent mainly by substituting the words "smartp phone" for "computing device" wherever they occurred and adding some wording to Claim 1. The action came on before Mr Justice Birss who tried it on the 4, 5, 6 and 8 Nov and delivered judgment on 29. His lordship found at p…