“I think it is reason, but without losing your humanity,” says
Lord Kitchin when asked about his approach to UK Supreme Court cases. “It must
primarily be analytical, but obviously your experience and sensitivities as a
person can be brought to bear.”
Sitting in his office at the court, Kitchin is talking through a
range of topics, from the dos and don’ts at trial, to how the justices operate,
to the “enormous fun” he has had as a judge and barrister.
For IP specialists, all eyes are on the Unwired Planet v Huawei trial, which will be heard in October. The
FRAND dispute has generated a lot of attention – from as far afield as China –
and the court’s decision could have a highly significant global impact on this
In our exclusive interview, Kitchin tells us why he won’t play any
role in the case and that, even if he did, his views wouldn’t necessarily “carry
the day,” despite his expertise.
To find out why, and hear Kitchin’s views on other issues
including international collaboration between judges and why the UK Supreme
Court is an innovator, read the full interview tomorrow, August 7 on
The previous two interviews in this series – with Mr Justice
Arnold and the late Mr Justice Carr – can be found here and here.