Kitechnology BV v Unicor GmbH: CA 1995

The plaintiffs owned confidential information relating to novel plastic coated pipes; the defendants were German companies and individuals domiciled in Germany, who it was alleged had used the plaintiffs’ confidential information. One issue the court had to consider was whether, in relation to (non-contractual) claims for breach of confidence, the claims arose in tort, thus giving the court jurisdiction under Article 5(3) of the Brussels Convention (which provided that a person domiciled in a Contracting State may be sued in another Contracting State in matters relating to tort, delict or quasi delict in the courts for the place where the harmful event occurred).
Held: Evans LJ said that the classification of the claims for English law was the starting point for consideration of whether they fell within Article 5(3). It was clear that such claims did not arise in tort.


Evans, Waite LJJ, Sir Donald Nicholls VC


[1995] FSR 795, [1995] IL Pr 568


Private International Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1995


England and Wales


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Intellectual Property, Torts – Other

Updated: 12 December 2022; Ref: scu.225464