Three affiliated pharmaceutical companies sought a preliminary injuction, a final injuction and a declaration of liability per se against two generics companies based on a patent expected to be granted soon. The application that the claimants expected to be granted had been rejected by the Examining Division of the Europena Patent Office. However, a Technical Board of Appeal reversed that decision and referred the matter back to the Examining Division with the order to grant a patent.
The Patent and Market Court held the claimants' action inadmissible, citing a provision in the Swedish Procedural Code on the admissibility of requests for specific performance, which covers injuctive relief. The provision focuses on when a claim falls due. The Patent and Market Court reasoned that there could be no claim for performance before there is a patent. The claimants appealed the ruling to the Patent and Market Court of Appeal, which reversed the decision Read more