The client of IPStyle, a Ukrainian transport company, received a statement of claim as to an infringement of a competitor’s patent rights to the utility model. The object of the dispute was a special type of train carriage roof that the client uses in their activity.
In the course of defense strategy development, a team of attorneys and technical specialists jointly established that the client not only does not infringe on the competitor’s patent rights but also that the described utility model does not meet the novelty criteria. Thus, it was decided to file a counterclaim for the patent invalidation. IPStyle’s strategy worked successfully, and the client’s interests were defended in three court instances. Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court upheld the decision of the court of the first instance, as a result of which the patent was invalidated and the defendant was obliged to reimburse the client the trial costs partially.