Stena Rederi Aktiebolag and Another v Irish Ferries Ltd: CA 6 Feb 2003

A ferry plied its way between Dublin and Holyhead, coming into English territorial waters three or four times a day, and for up to three hours on each occasion. The claimants asserted that the construction of the hull infringed its patent.
Held: The Act specifically excluded liability where an infringing ship or other item came into the jurisdiction only accidentally or temporarily. The word ‘temporarily’ should be construed to mean ‘transient’ or ‘for a limited period of time’. The fact that visits were regular or frequent was to no effect, provided they remained temporary. Counsel ‘had some difficulty in suggesting just where the line might be drawn. I am not at all surprised. There is no line to be drawn. The matter cannot depend on something as indefinite and imprecise as frequency. ‘
Aldous, Chadwick, Munby LJJ
Times 10-Feb-2003, [2003] EWCA Civ 66
Patents Act 1977 60(5)(d)
England and Wales
Appeal fromAktiebolag and Another v Irish Ferries Ltd ChD 25-Apr-2002
Patents – territoriality. . .
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Updated: 03 May 2021; Ref: scu.179025