Suhner and Co AG v Transradio Ltd: 1967

The claimants complained at the defendant having registered a company under the name ‘Suhner’. The defendants gave no justification for using the word ‘Suhner’ as part of their name. They claimed that they had the right to form a company in order to try to stop the plaintiffs trading in this country under their own name.
Held: They were not, and an injunction was granted. Unless the confidential information sought to be protected by an action is properly identified, an injunction in the resulting unclear terms will have uncertain scope and be difficult to enforce: identification of what the information at issue was and whether it was confidential would have to be determined on a contempt motion. As to what information was confidential: ‘A great deal of the defendants’ evidence seems to me to be really beside the point, first of all, because the confidential nature of the document is not dependent on whether the information which it contains is available elsewhere; but, on the question of whether it contains useful information which has been compiled by the plaintiffs for a particular purpose and, if it does contain such information and if it has been compiled and handed over to the defendants for a particular purpose, then, as I understand the law, that document is confidential and the defendants are not entitled to use it for another purpose’.


Plowman J


[1967] RPC 329


AppliedSaltman Engineering Co v Campbell Engineering Co Ltd CA 1948
The plaintiffs instructed the defendant to make tools for the manufacture of leather punches in accordance with drawings which the plaintiffs provided to the defendant for this purpose. The defendant used the drawings to make tools, and the tools to . .

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Intellectual Property, Litigation Practice

Updated: 16 May 2022; Ref: scu.216389