Easy Sanitary Solutions B.V. v. Blücher Metal A/S, District Court The Hage, The Netherlands, 24 April 2013, Case No. HA ZA 12-895, with thanks to Frank Eijsvogels and Christopher Pierce, Hoyng Monegier, for providing the decision
Easy Sanitary Solutions alleged that Blücher infringed its patent on a triangular drain. Blücher argued that the patent was invalid due to lack of novelty and inventive step and that its triangular drain products that are offered for sale in the Netherlands do not infringe the patent.
Blücher's suggestion to not apply the problem-solution approach to inventive step, but a “common-sense approach” was not followed by the Court.The Court found that Blücher’s inventive step arguments were tainted by hind-sight. The Court found that Blücher’s triangular drain products which are offered in the Netherlands infringe the patent, and ordered Blücher to pay the costs of the proceedings.
Read the judgment (in Dutch) here.