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  • Fri, 13 July 2018

    Assessing the SCOTUS term and predicting Kavanaugh’s IP impact

    Managing IP analyses the three IP decisions out of the US Supreme Court in the term just ended, and previews next term and the impact of Justice Kennedy’s retirement

  • Fri, 13 July 2018

    UK High Court invalidates Philips SEP

    The High Court has invalidated one of Philips’s SEPs, making it “one all with one more patent to go” in its litigation with Asus and HTC

  • Thu, 12 July 2018

    SAS appeal – how the Federal Circuit has interpreted PTAB cases since Supreme Court ruling

    Managing IP assesses how the Federal Circuit has responded to SAS Institute v Iancu in appeals from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board

  • Thu, 12 July 2018

    PTAB designates five informative decisions

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has designated five decisions as informative, two ex parte review and three inter partes review decisions

  • Thu, 12 July 2018

    UK to set up GI scheme and seek UPC membership after Brexit

    The UK government’s new white paper outlines what it wants from intellectual property after it leaves the EU – but some IP professionals feel it doesn’t say enough

  • Thu, 12 July 2018

    PTAB round-up: Filing rebounds in first half; two bills introduced in Congress

    June included an increase in Patent Trial and Appeal Board petition filing, two PTAB-related bills being introduced in Congress and the first reversal of a PGR final written decision

  • Wed, 11 July 2018

    The week in IP – Global Innovation Index 2018, European Commission SEP group, $43m award in patent case, Jägermeister appeal, blockchain-authenticated evidence in China

    Managing IP rounds up the biggest recent patent, trade mark and copyright news

  • Wed, 11 July 2018

    UK copyright infringement falls among young consumers

    New research suggests young people are infringing less and indicates that more people are paying for content

  • Wed, 11 July 2018

    Women in IP Global Network Interview: Gender inequality in Germany

    Lucy Songi speaks to Astrid Gérard (Preu Bohlig & Partners), Sandra Pohlman (df-mp), Christine Kanz (Hoyng Rokh Monegier) and Cordula Schumacher (Arnold Ruess) about gender inequality in the German workplace and whether new laws addressing this issue are effective

  • Tue, 10 July 2018

    Our Mid-Year issue – SAS’s PTAB impact, SPC controversy, autonomous vehicles special report, and more!

    Managing IP’s most recent issue includes articles on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, autonomous vehicles, the Cartier v BT ruling, artificial intelligence, US patent marking, Guangdong High People’s Court guidance for SEP disputes, and the preclusive effect on TTAB proceedings

  • Mon, 09 July 2018

    EU Parliament to revisit copyright rules in September, after directive rejected

    MEPs rejected a controversial committee proposal to begin negotiations to update copyright laws for the digital age

  • Mon, 09 July 2018

    The latest IP moves in the US, Europe and Asia

    Recent intellectual property people moves include the launch of new firm Peroff Saunders and hires by King & Spalding, Fenwick & West, Holland & Hart, Goodwin, Maier & Maier, FisherBroyles, Barnes & Thornburg and Wynne-Jones IP

  • Mon, 09 July 2018

    Profile: Louis Vuitton’s Peter Chong on anti-counterfeiting strategy in China

    Karry Lai speaks to the luxury brand’s civil enforcement head in China about tackling imitation counterfeits and strategies for trade mark protection

  • Wed, 04 July 2018

    Practitioners doubtful about practical application of Japan SEP guidelines

    IP lawyers in Japan say the standard essential patent guidelines are a good start but will not have much case impact because they are not legally binding

  • Tue, 03 July 2018

    The week in IP – Bill to abolish PTAB; $500m Oculus verdict halved; Music Modernization Act clears committee; another Ed Sheeran copyright suit; and more

    Managing IP rounds up the biggest recent patent, trade mark and copyright news

  • Mon, 02 July 2018

    WTO ruling likely to encourage more countries to pass plain packaging laws

    INTA is "extremely disappointed" with WTO ruling that plain packaging measures in Australia promote the improvement of public health and do not infringe companies’ intellectual property rights

  • Mon, 02 July 2018

    Analysing patent filing in China

    Justin Simpson of RWS and Xia Zheng of AFD addressed a range of issues in a recent webinar hosted by Managing IP, including trends in China’s PCT application data, types of patent protection and enforcement methods

  • Mon, 02 July 2018

    US Senate approves Marrakesh Treaty

    The US moves to join dozen of other countries in allowing visually impaired people to make and distribute copyrighted works in an accessible format without copyright owners’ permission

  • Fri, 29 June 2018

    Unitary Patent and UPC Update: UPCA ruled unconstitutional in Hungary

    Managing IP rounds up developments related to the Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patent in June

  • Fri, 29 June 2018

    UK government responds to Trade Mark Directive consultation

    The response document noted that there was disagreement on how to interpret some terms and over licensing provisions

  • Thu, 28 June 2018

    Listen to a replay of our webinar “China IP Trends: the shift in patent filing”

    RWS and Managing IP hosted a webinar on China IP trends on June 28, which revealed WIPO data and discussed important strategies for filing in China

  • Thu, 28 June 2018

    CJEU’s Puma v EUIPO ruling makes life easier for brand owners

    A ruling that the EUIPO should have taken its past decisions into account and told Puma why it chose to discount those decisions will help practitioners and brand owners, but it also raises the stakes in EUIPO proceedings

  • Thu, 28 June 2018

    Apple and Samsung settle – highlights of the seven-year battle

    Apple v Samsung has finally ended, with the two parties telling Judge Koh in a filing they have resolved their remaining legal dispute

  • Thu, 28 June 2018

    The week in IP – Section 101 rehearing request, Chinese trade mark wave at USPTO, four years of Alice, UC Berkley CRISPR patent grants, dancing baby case finally ends

    Managing IP rounds up the biggest recent patent, trade mark and copyright news

  • Wed, 27 June 2018

    A closer look at Pfizer v Orifarm, SPCs and the specific mechanism

    The CJEU set several precedents for the specific mechanism’s scope over supplementary protection certificates, in a decision IP attorneys say cements the connection between SPCs and basic patents

  • Wed, 27 June 2018

    US Supreme Court likely to craft a bright-line on-sale bar rule

    The court in Helsinn v Teva will rule on the issue of whether the confidential sale or license of a not-yet-patented technology or process qualifies as prior art under the AIA

  • Tue, 26 June 2018

    Former France.com domain owner loses sign battle at General Court

    A man who claimed his domain name was “illegally seized” by the French government has also had his France.com sign rejected by the EUIPO after the French government opposed it. Can he defend his other EUIPO-registered marks?

  • Tue, 26 June 2018

    Interview: Wade Zhu, DuPont’s China IP counsel, outlines hopes for Patent Act changes

    Karry Lai speaks with the US conglomerate’s China IP counsel to find out about challenges in patent litigation, what Patent Law changes he would like to see and how big picture thinking has been key to his success

  • Tue, 26 June 2018

    IP Clinic: Social media dos and don’ts for brands

    Social media is an integral part of any modern marketing campaign. Managing IP identifies some success stories and some blunders that brands have made

  • Tue, 26 June 2018

    New ICANN access model could make online enforcement more onerous

    The proposed system to stop a GDPR-caused block on access to website holders’ data could introduce fees and tip off online infringers. It’s also uncertain whether rights holders would get access

  • Fri, 22 June 2018

    US Supreme Court allows award of foreign lost profits patent damages

    WesternGeco v Ion Geophysical opinion finds the focus of section 271(f) is domestic infringement, and the fact that the remedy – lost profits damages – may apply abroad is “incidental”, in a decision observers say creates the opportunity to seek much larger damages awards

  • Thu, 21 June 2018

    CJEU ruling confirms new scope for specific mechanism

    Patent and SPC holders can stop parallel imports from new EU states to old ones if equivalent protection wasn’t available for patents at the time of filing but was for SPCs, CJEU rules in Pfizer v Orifarm

  • Thu, 21 June 2018

    Generics would be shut out of PTAB under Hatch amendment

    The Hatch-Waxman Integrity Act of 2018 would require a generic manufacturer wishing to challenge a brand-name drug patent to choose between Hatch-Waxman litigation and IPR, which one observer describes as a “Hobson’s choice”

  • Thu, 21 June 2018

    The US push to protect its IP from China: three things to know

    The US government’s proposed policy on trade with China will affect high-tech transfers and associated IP

  • Thu, 21 June 2018

    Switzerland changes infringement test for combination product SPCs

    In a landmark decision, the Swiss Federal Supreme Court confirmed the validity of Gilead’s Truvada SPC and ruled that future SPCs for combination products must meet CJEU case law requirements

  • Wed, 20 June 2018

    The week in IP – US patent number 10 million, German firms’ EPO criticism, $400m award against Samsung, Federal Circuit remand of TTAB ZERO case

    Managing IP rounds up the biggest recent patent, trade mark and copyright news

  • Wed, 20 June 2018

    EU legal affairs committee adopts controversial copyright directive

    The draft includes controversial provisions set out in in articles 11 and 13 – also known as the press publishers right and value gap proposal – which were approved by small majorities

  • Tue, 19 June 2018

    PTAB post-SAS: what we know and what questions remain

    The big questions remaining after the Supreme Court’s SAS ruling include how institution rates will change, how strategy at the Board should evolve and how district courts and the Federal Circuit will react. Michael Loney investigates

  • Tue, 19 June 2018

    Mastering the Hague Agreement in the UK

    MARQUES shared tips at a seminar to ensure UK IP professionals avoid common pitfalls in the system that came into force for the UK this month

  • Tue, 19 June 2018

    Alibaba’s IPR report shows anti-counterfeiting gains but more can be done

    Karry Lai speaks with observers to get their views on how Alibaba and the Chinese government can improve anti-counterfeiting

  • Fri, 15 June 2018

    What Cartier v BT means for rights holders

    The UK Supreme Court has ruled that brand owners must pay the costs of ISPs blocking sites that sell counterfeit goods. But how big are these costs and will the ruling apply to copyright injunctions?

  • Thu, 14 June 2018

    Can a court decision have preclusive effect on a TTAB proceeding?

    After the Supreme Court decision in B&B Hardware, Julia Anne Matheson and Cathy Liu of Hogan Lovells examine a case considering whether a court decision can have preclusive effect on a TTAB proceeding

  • Thu, 14 June 2018

    USPTO issues Section 101 memorandum on Vanda v West-Ward

    Memorandum addresses the question of how to evaluate the patent eligibility of method of treatment claims in light of the Federal Circuit decision in Vanda

  • Thu, 14 June 2018

    Join us for our webinar on China IP Trends: the shift in patent filing

    RWS and Managing IP are hosting a webinar on China IP trends on June 28

  • Thu, 14 June 2018

    The week in IP – TTAB pirate ruling, EU Copyright Directive criticism, First PGR reversal, Uber’s AI patent application

    Managing IP rounds up the biggest recent patent, trade mark and copyright news

  • Wed, 13 June 2018

    UK Supreme Court rules ISPs shouldn’t pay blocking order costs

    In Cartier v BT, the court rules internet service providers are “innocent intermediaries” that do not have to bear the costs of blocking access to websites making infringing goods available for sale

  • Tue, 12 June 2018

    Louboutin red sole does not fall within absolute grounds for refusal, says CJEU

    The case now heads back to the court in The Hague, after the CJEU holds Louboutin's mark does not relate to a specific shape

  • Tue, 12 June 2018

    EU digital copyright rule changes receive mixed reception

    The draft Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market was not supported by some countries and also provoked mixed reactions from the IP industry – particularly around Article 13, known as the value gap proposal

  • Tue, 12 June 2018

    China’s Supreme People’s Court consults on evidence admissibility in patent validity proceedings

    We spoke to lawyers in China to ask what the guidelines mean for patent litigation, especially in chemical/pharmaceutical cases

  • Mon, 11 June 2018

    Calculating design patent damages after Apple v Samsung

    The $539 million award to Apple in May surprised the design patent world. The question now is whether the Federal Circuit will adopt the same test for calculating damages or come up with a new one

  • Mon, 11 June 2018

    French court issues rare injunction, awards Novartis €13m

    A French court has issued a preliminary injunction against Teva’s generic anti-hypertensive drug and awarded €13 million as an advance on damages

  • Mon, 11 June 2018

    Interview: Yihong Ying, IP counsel at Starbucks, on trade mark enforcement in China

    Karry Lai talks to Ying about the challenges of managing consumer-generated IP in the digital age and strategies to fight trade mark squatters

  • Fri, 08 June 2018

    Euromoney LMG Americas Women in Business Law Awards 2018: winners announced

    The best women lawyers in the Americas gathered at the JW Marriott Essex House hotel in New York to celebrate the achievements of women across firms, practice areas and jurisdictions

  • Fri, 08 June 2018

    May PTAB filing up, US district court patent case filing down

    Post-Oil States PTAB filing increases while district court patent case filing slumps to lowest figure this year

  • Thu, 07 June 2018

    Does “Glen” makes consumers think of GI-protected Scotch whisky?

    The CJEU tells a Hamburg regional court which factors to consider when deciding if the German whisky Glen Buchenbach can keep its name

  • Thu, 07 June 2018

    PTAB answers frequently-asked SAS questions

    Chief Judge Ruschke reveals 44% of pending cases were not instituted on all grounds and that the Board has already granted more than a dozen extensions to trials in response to SAS

  • Thu, 07 June 2018

    PTAB designates amendment decision as informative, de-designates two others

    The PTAB has de-designated Idle Free and Master Image in response to Aqua Products. Fiscal year 2018's first half set a motion to amend record for two consecutive quarters

  • Thu, 07 June 2018

    How the new ITC rules change litigation strategy

    Some of the 11 International Trade Commission rule changes simply formalise existing practices. Others may cause complainants to rethink their approach

  • Thu, 07 June 2018

    The week in IP – Tribal immunity arguments, dancing baby and Big Pimpin’ copyright suits, CAFC Section 101 rehearing denials, Adidas/Skechers settlement, Vietnam/Korea PPH

    Managing IP rounds up the biggest recent patent, trade mark and copyright news

  • Wed, 06 June 2018

    The latest IP moves in the US, Europe and Asia

    Recent intellectual people moves include Allen & Overy's head of IP joining Kirkland & Ellis, and hires by Orrick, Latham & Watkins, Paul Hastings, Perkins Coie, Marks & Clerk and more

  • Wed, 06 June 2018

    The state of SPCs: issues that life sciences companies should watch

    In addition to the European Commission’s proposed Supplementary Protection Certificates waiver, we identify the biggest SPC cases and analyse Brexit’s implications

  • Tue, 05 June 2018

    How AI affects patent prosecution and litigation

    Artificial intelligence's impact on patents is twofold: AI advancements can be protected and the technology can be applied to eliminate inefficiencies in the patent space. Managing IP investigates

  • Mon, 04 June 2018

    Comparing the doctrine of equivalents across Asia

    Singapore rejected the doctrine of equivalents in a recent patent case. Karry Lai analyses the decision and asks how other Asian jurisdictions view the doctrine

  • Mon, 04 June 2018

    Unitary Patent and UPC Update: news from Spain, France, Bulgaria and Hungary

    Managing IP rounds up developments related to the Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patent in May

  • Mon, 04 June 2018

    Benelux trade mark law streamlined and harmonised

    Changes to the Benelux trade mark system came into effect on June 1. Observers are particularly keen to see how the expanded grounds for filing oppositions will play out

  • Thu, 31 May 2018

    European Commission's SPC waiver proposal is “seriously defective”

    The proposal to introduce an export manufacturing waiver for Supplementary Protections Certificates could cause more problems than it solves

  • Thu, 31 May 2018

    Interview: ABB’s Asia IP head on software patents and trade secrets

    Karry Lai talks with Michael Ding, ABB’s head of IP operations for Asia, the Middle East and Africa, about trends in software patents and trade secret protection in China

  • Thu, 31 May 2018

    The week in IP – Oracle v Google appeal, AppSung verdict, German bloopers case, US steps against China, Korea adoption of WIPO’s AI tool

    Managing IP rounds up the biggest recent patent, trade mark and copyright news

  • Wed, 30 May 2018

    Women in IP Global Network Interview: Ann De Clercq, Hanna-Maija Elo, Louise Myburgh, and Julianna Tabastajewa

    Lucy Songi speaks to leading female practitioners from De Clercq & Partners, Properta Attorneys, Spoor & Fisher and Gowling WLG about their experiences in IP and advice for women considering a career in this field

  • Wed, 30 May 2018

    93% of brand owners believe AI will have positive impact

    A new Hogan Lovells report reveals what brands think about artificial intelligence, with views differing around the world

  • Tue, 29 May 2018

    Hyundai tops electric vehicle patent filing rankings

    A new Patsnap report reveals the leading jurisdictions and companies for electric vehicle related patent applications

  • Tue, 29 May 2018

    Interview: Jack Chang, chair of the Quality Brands Protection Committee

    Jack Chang shares his priorities for 2018 with Karry Lai, including China’s e-commerce law enactment, recommendations for changes to the Trademark Law and increasing transparency in public prosecutions concerning IP crime

  • Wed, 23 May 2018

    Hope for 3D marks in Europe after Rubik’s Cube

    The Rubik’s 3D shape mark case is not the only dispute shaping trade mark law

  • Wed, 23 May 2018

    The increasing challenge of combatting counterfeit sports products

    Speakers from the NFL, NBA and Barcelona soccer club say enforcement against counterfeit sports goods is becoming more difficult, with a shift towards mobile ecommerce and social media providing copycats with news ways of targeting consumers

  • Wed, 23 May 2018

    The EU trade mark case law you need to know

    What trade mark cases have defined the trade mark landscape in Europe in the past year? This question was addressed by a panel at this year’s INTA Annual Meeting

  • Wed, 23 May 2018

    Tam’s unanswered questions of dilution and Section 7

    Scandalous, immoral and disparaging marks are all now fair game, but the question of dilution is less clear. A speaker at the INTA Annual Meeting also questioned why the government didn’t use Section 7 of the Lanham Act to bolster its argument in Tam

  • Tue, 22 May 2018

    Clarity needed for colour trade marks in Europe

    85% of all colour marks registered with the EUIPO would be invalid if the EU General Court judgement in the Red Bull case is confirmed

  • Tue, 22 May 2018

    US leads the way in Madrid trade mark filing

    Madrid applications were up 5% in 2017, while Afghanistan recently became the 101st member of the Madrid System

  • Tue, 22 May 2018

    Sponsored article: Mexico continues to modernize its IP system

    Gloria Niembro Castro and Santiago Zubikarai Gonzalez Mariscal of Basham, Ringe & Correa, S.C. examine reforms to Mexico’s Industrial Property Law, analyzing the effect of the changes on industrial designs, geographical indications and trademarks

  • Tue, 22 May 2018

    Sponsored article: Discussing trade mark opposition

    Two legal practitioners evaluate whether opposition should occur before or after trademark registration, weighing up the advantages and disadvantages of both scenarios

  • Mon, 21 May 2018

    How copyright can help trade mark owners in internet protection

    A panel at the INTA annual meeting looked at how copyright can aid brand owners in trade mark enforcement in China, Europe and the US

  • Mon, 21 May 2018

    Should cannabis brands get federal protection?

    The lively INTA Professor v Practitioner debate had one side arguing that marijuana brands need federal rights to protect consumers and the other countering that national protection is not needed because consumers are protected by hefty industry regulation

  • Sun, 20 May 2018

    TTAB developments to know from 2017

    We ask John Welch of Wolf Greenfield to identify the biggest TTAB cases last year. He says fraud and proportionality are issues to watch this year

  • Sun, 20 May 2018

    Disparaging and scandalous trade marks post-Tam

    While the Supreme Court settled the issue of disparaging marks, Section 2(a)’s prohibition against immoral or scandalous marks is still being contested. The Federal Circuit last month declined to hear the Brunetti case en banc

  • Sun, 20 May 2018

    Amendments to Mexico’s industrial property law published

    The amendments will give protection to new trade mark types, such as sound and smell, colour combinations and holographic signs

  • Sun, 20 May 2018

    Canada tackling trade mark trolls

    One provision in Canada's national intellectual property strategy is to prevent the misuse of the registration system such as instances of “trademark squatting"

  • Sun, 20 May 2018

    China’s SIPO restructure explained

    SIPO will be responsible for facilitating the creation of an IP rights protection system, and the registration and administrative adjudication of trade marks, patents and geographical indications

  • Sun, 20 May 2018

    Sponsored article: Examining data on the malicious registration of trademarks in China

    Zhang Xuan, founder of IP House, analyzes data and trends relating to the malicious registration of trademarks

  • Sun, 20 May 2018

    INTA 2018 live blog – the latest updates from Seattle

    The Managing IP team was in Seattle, reporting the latest news and highlights from the INTA Annual Meeting

  • Fri, 18 May 2018

    UK publishes Trade Secrets Regulations 2018

    The main change from the draft is the introduction of a new third regulation that seeks to set out the relationship between trade secrets and the existing law of confidential information

  • Fri, 18 May 2018

    Four effective US patent marking procedures

    Binal Patel and Kirk Sigmon discuss strategies that companies can use to mark products with indications of applicable patents

  • Fri, 18 May 2018

    Steering clear of five common US patent marking traps

    Binal Patel and Kirk Sigmon discuss common patent marking pitfalls in the US, offering advice on how to avoid them

  • Thu, 17 May 2018

    CJEU rules innovative products alone do not make marks distinctive

    Triggerballs’ failed attempt to register a 3D mark for its massage ball follows a growing trend of reluctance for EU courts to grant trade mark rights in shapes

  • Thu, 17 May 2018

    China to become biggest foreign trade mark filer – CompuMark report

    The US is predicted to lose its status as the world’s largest foreign trade mark filer in the next two years, while Huawei was the top Chinese brand filer in 2017

  • Wed, 16 May 2018

    Music Modernization Act gathers momentum in Senate

    Singers and songwriters received support for the Music Modernization Act at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. The question appears to be when the Senate will pass it, not if, but critics point out shortcomings

  • Wed, 16 May 2018

    Federal Circuit issues two patent venue mandamus rulings

    The plaintiff bears the burden of proving venue in patent cases and venue is only proper for a corporation registered in a multiple district-state in the district where it has its principal place of business, the Federal Circuit ruled in ZTE and BigCommerce

  • Wed, 16 May 2018

    The week in IP – AppSung retrial starts, Adidas/Skechers latest, China patent term extension, SCOTUS vacates Secure Axcess, US copyright suits spike

    Managing IP rounds up the biggest patent, trade mark and copyright news from the past week

  • Wed, 16 May 2018

    What the German YouTube case could mean for copyright

    Does YouTube or the uploader make the act of public communication? The German Federal Court of Justice will decide

  • Tue, 15 May 2018

    The Guangdong High People’s Court guideline for SEP disputes: a primer

    Ben Ni of King & Wood Mallesons gives an overview of the guideline for trial of standard essential patent dispute cases, which incorporates rules established in cases worldwide

  • Tue, 15 May 2018

    How PTAB claim construction change will affect proceedings

    Patent owners may not benefit from the proposed shift to the Phillips claim construction standard at the PTAB if it increases the chance of a stay and leads to a less nuanced Markman construction

  • Mon, 14 May 2018

    How the Federal Circuit's WesternGeco ruling affects the Supreme Court case

    The Federal Circuit has affirmed the PTAB’s invalidation of claims of three patents involved in the WesternGeco v Ion case at the Supreme Court

  • Mon, 14 May 2018

    Korea’s law amendment aims to strengthen trade dress protection

    Changes to Korea’s Unfair Competition Prevention Act follow a 2016 Supreme Court ruling relating to trade dress

  • Mon, 14 May 2018

    GDPR creates problems for online enforcement

    A blackout of the ICANN WHOIS platform as a result of the General Data Protection Regulation would result in a field day for bad actors to purchase and misuse domain names

  • Fri, 11 May 2018

    Interview: Ant Financial’s Benjamin Bai on blockchain and AI

    The chief IP counsel of the fintech leader tells Managing IP about the challenges of blockchain and AI patent filing

  • Fri, 11 May 2018

    Hatch-Waxman filing in Delaware surged 60% in 2017

    Hatch-Waxman pharma patent litigation filings last year rose to near-2015 levels. Lex Machina’s new ANDA litigation report also reveals data on judges, plaintiffs, defendants and law firms

  • Thu, 10 May 2018

    How AI affects trade mark prosecution and litigation

    Applying artificial intelligence can solve many trade mark problems. But will the integration of AI result in more questions than answers?

  • Thu, 10 May 2018

    Our May issue – counterfeiting, C&D letters, SEPs in Europe, Mexico’s opposition system, all our award winners

    Managing IP’s most recent issue includes a look at how technology is changing counterfeiting, C&D letter successes and failures, our awards winners, SEP licences in Europe after Huawei v ZTE, Mexico’s amended trade mark opposition system and more

  • Wed, 09 May 2018

    Women in IP Global Network Interview: Imogen Fowler, Mireille Buydens and Ellen Shankman

    For this edition of the Women in IP Interview, Lucy Songi speaks to Imogen Fowler (Hogan Lovells), Mireille Buydens (Janson Baugniet) and Ellen Shankman (Ellen B Shankman & Associates) about their experiences and what advice they would offer to up-and-coming IP practitioners

  • Thu, 03 May 2018

    Canadian IP strategy aims at stopping trade mark trolls

    An intellectual property strategy unveiled in Canada includes a provision aimed at preventing the rise of trade mark trolls, in response to soaring all-class applications

  • Thu, 03 May 2018

    The week in IP – CRISPR, IACC, Amazon, unclean hands, Federal Circuit, Messi, Tesla, Nikola Motor

    Managing IP rounds up the biggest patent, trade mark and copyright news from the past week around the globe

  • Thu, 03 May 2018

    Start-ups’ specific IP challenges

    Lack of experience and funds mean intellectual property is often neglected by start-ups. Managing IP asks a few of them how they approach IP strategy

  • Tue, 01 May 2018

    The top recent TTAB decisions and trends to watch

    Managing IP asks John Welch, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board blogger and counsel at Wolf Greenfield, about 2017 decisions and what issues to watch this year

  • Tue, 01 May 2018

    RPX sale agreed in $555m deal

    The sale of RPX to HGGC at $10.50 per share follows a review of strategic alternatives by the board

  • Mon, 30 April 2018

    The patent implications of China’s generics push

    Innovator drug companies will face challenges but complementary guidelines benefiting innovators, including a potential five-year patent term extension, may pacify concerns

  • Fri, 27 April 2018

    AG weighs in on SPCs in Teva v Gilead opinion

    Advocate General Wathelet has rejected the UK court’s suggestion that “core inventive advance” is a relevant consideration in determining whether a basic patent protects an active ingredient within the meaning of Article 3(a)

  • Fri, 27 April 2018

    USPTO releases guidance on SAS impact on PTAB proceedings

    Guidance includes stipulating that for pending trials in which a panel has instituted only on some challenges in the petition, the panel may issue an order supplementing the institution decision to institute on all challenges raised in the petition

  • Fri, 27 April 2018

    UK ratifies Unified Patent Court agreement – now what?

    The UK government ratifying the agreement to establish a Unified Patent Court for Europe shows it is serious about the court. The big uncertainty now is a German constitutional complaint against the UPC

  • Thu, 26 April 2018

    Developing an in-house trade mark enforcement strategy

    In-house counsel tell Patrick Wingrove how their strategies for fighting counterfeits are evolving

  • Thu, 26 April 2018

    In-house tips for patent enforcement in Europe

    In-house counsel in Europe explain to Patrick Wingrove how they decide when to enforce their patent portfolios

  • Thu, 26 April 2018

    Ninth Circuit appeals court denies monkey’s copyright claims

    Barring an en banc review or Supreme Court intervention, the three-year monkey selfie saga has come to a close, with the animal’s copyright claims denied

  • Wed, 25 April 2018

    German Supreme Court rules ad-blocking not unfair competition

    The German Federal Supreme Court has ruled that popular ad-blocking software AdBlock Plus does not break the country’s unfair competition rules

  • Wed, 25 April 2018

    Hear reaction to the Oil States and SAS rulings at our PTAB Forums

    Our PTAB Forums in New York on May 3 and Palo Alto on May 8 will include analysis of this week’s two Supreme Court rulings. The forums are free for in-house counsel to attend

  • Wed, 25 April 2018

    Supreme Court finds IPRs constitutional, 7-2

    The US Supreme Court has ruled the IPR process at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board is constitutional, although two justices dissented and the court left IPRs open to due process arguments

  • Wed, 25 April 2018

    SCOTUS abolishes PTAB practice of partial claim review

    The US Supreme Court has decided in SAS Institute v Iancu that the PTAB must review all or none of the challenged claims. Observers say the PTAB petitioners could react to the ruling in a number of ways, and it “may increase the number of issues that bubble up to the Federal Circuit”

  • Wed, 25 April 2018

    In-house counsel reflect on “blood sport” of litigating and licensing SEPs in Europe

    Recent standard essential patent developments include hopes for courts to “show muscle” in granting injunctions, the European Commission’s recent communication and proposals for alternative dispute resolutions

  • Wed, 25 April 2018

    Some highlights from our European Life Sciences Forum

    The UPC, second medical use patents, the doctrine of equivalents, SPCs, AI and much more were discussed at the European Life Sciences Forum

  • Fri, 20 April 2018

    Advocate general won’t give Kit Kat a break

    Advocate general advises CJEU that Nestlé did not produce sufficient evidence to show that Kit Kat’s three-dimensional shape had acquired distinctive character, in an opinion observers say makes tough task of attaining shape marks even harder

  • Thu, 19 April 2018

    Latest IP people moves in North America and Europe

    Recent intellectual people moves include Marks & Clerk Canada combining with two Toronto firms, and hires by Sheppard Mullin, Arnold & Porter, King & Spalding, Fish & Richardson, Vossius & Partner and more

  • Thu, 19 April 2018

    India moves towards Form 27 reform

    India’s Patent Office is gathering input on reforming Form 27. IP practitioners hope changes to the burdensome statement regarding the working of the patented invention will come this year

  • Thu, 19 April 2018

    The week in IP – Huawei’s blocked injunction, Iancu Section 101 comments, blockbuster China FRAND decision, Google v Equustek, TTAB, trade secrets, monkey selfie

    Managing IP rounds up the biggest patent, trade mark, copyright and trade secrets news from the past week around the globe

  • Thu, 19 April 2018

    Schizophrenia drug patent survives Section 101 test at Federal Circuit

    In its important Vanda Pharmaceuticals v West-Ward Pharmaceuticals opinion, the Federal Circuit found the claims eligible at step two of the Mayo/Alice test whereas the district court found them eligible at step one

  • Wed, 18 April 2018

    Mexico amends its trade mark opposition system

    Legislation that amends Mexico’s trade mark opposition system is expected to improve the still-new system but Mexico's IP practitioners say many issues remain, reports Ellie Mertens

  • Wed, 18 April 2018

    US patent litigation remains depressed

    1,072 patent cases were filed in US district courts in the first quarter of 2018, down from 1,087 in the fourth quarter of 2017

  • Wed, 18 April 2018

    What will become of Australia’s innovation patent system?

    Abolition of Australia’s innovation patent system is still possible but potential options to improve it are also not ruled out

  • Tue, 17 April 2018

    US Supreme Court hears arguments on extraterritorial lost profit damages

    In WesternGeco v Ion Geophysical, the Supreme Court seems prepared to overturn the Federal Circuit’s decision to limit lost profit damages abroad in the case of domestic infringement based on the presumption against extraterritoriality

  • Mon, 16 April 2018

    Brand protection getting harder as online markets expand – MarkMonitor report

    Marketing decision makers globally believe online protection will become increasingly difficult in the next few years but only 64% of companies report having a strategy in place

  • Fri, 13 April 2018

    German PTO gives green light for all to use Black Friday mark

    Super Union Holdings will appeal German PTO ruling that “Black Friday” lacks distinctiveness and is not suited to identify commercial origin

  • Fri, 13 April 2018

    Interview: CITMA’s new president hopes to benefit from Brexit

    The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys’ new president, Tania Clark, shares her vision for the organisation with Managing IP – including taking advantage of Brexit and adapting to new technologies

  • Thu, 12 April 2018

    The week in IP – VirnetX v Apple, Music Modernization Act, Beano’s C&D letter, trade secrets whistleblower protection, Levi’s trade mark suit, New Zealand patent bill

    Managing IP rounds up the biggest patent, trade mark, copyright and trade secrets news from the past week around the globe

  • Thu, 12 April 2018

    Join us for our PTAB Forums in New York and Palo Alto in May!

    Managing IP is holding two PTAB Forums on May 3 and 8. They are free for in-house counsel to attend and include sessions on trial strategies, Federal Circuit appeals, the latest PTAB statistics, life sciences and more

  • Thu, 12 April 2018

    PTAB Q1 petitioner, patent owner and law firm rankings

    Managing IP analyses Docket Navigator data on PTAB petitions filed in the first quarter of 2018 to reveal the most active entities and law firms

  • Thu, 12 April 2018

    USPTO's Iancu: “Our patent system is at a crossroads”

    Andrei Iancu has declared “we must change the dialogue surrounding patents”, and revealed the USPTO is looking to simplify the eligibility determination for its examiners and assessing PTAB issues such as how proceedings are instituted

  • Thu, 12 April 2018

    Inside 2018’s largest trade secrets damages award

    The $706 million recently awarded by a Texas jury contrasts with other trade secrets damages around the world, such as the $10 million sought in China in a case involving Baidu

  • Thu, 12 April 2018

    US intellectual property in the age of Trump

    President Trump has already made his mark by appointing a USPTO director and taking a stand against China. Panellists at the Fordham IP Conference, including David Kappos and James Pooley, assessed the impact Trump could have on IP

  • Wed, 11 April 2018

    An analysis of China’s new IP transfers guidelines

    New China guidelines on IP transfers renew the focus on protecting of core technologies and IP sovereignty, at a time when the Trump administration claims US firms are being forced to transfer IP to Chinese partners

  • Tue, 10 April 2018

    Highlights from the Fordham IP Conference

    Managing IP rounds up the best bits from Fordham’s 2018 IP conference, which took place on April 5 and 6 in New York, including USPTO director Andrei Iancu’s priorities and a call to action from Judge Pauline Newman

  • Tue, 10 April 2018

    The argument for Canada’s controversial website-blocking proposal

    A coalition of Canadian companies has proposed a regime to block egregious copyright infringing websites. McCarthy Tétrault’s Barry Sookman voiced support for the proposal at the Fordham IP Conference while pointing to the recent experience in the UK and elsewhere

  • Mon, 09 April 2018

    Our April issue – blockchain, top copyright firms, CRISPR patents, Russian parallel imports, marijuana marks

    Managing IP’s most recent issue includes our IP STARS copyright rankings, a blockchain special report, CRISPR patent filing figures, an explanation of Russia’s new parallel imports criteria, analysis of cannabis related trade marks in the US and Canada, as well as our regular country updates and Utynam column

  • Mon, 09 April 2018

    India’s Intellectual Property Appellate Board back in business (almost)

    Managing IP spoke with new IPAB chairman Manmohan Singh and Indian IP lawyers to see what progress is being made after nearly two years at a standstill

  • Mon, 09 April 2018

    What UK patent fee increases mean for filers

    The UKIPO’s new patent fees are now in effect, increasing application, search, examination and life-end renewal fees and introducing an excess claims and page charge scheme

  • Mon, 09 April 2018

    Takeaways from ABPA’s failed bid to invalidate auto part design patents

    The Eastern District of Michigan recently applied the brakes to the Automotive Body Parts Association's efforts to invalidate Ford’s design patents

  • Thu, 05 April 2018

    Join us at the European Life Sciences Forum in London

    Managing IP is holding our European Life Sciences Forum in London on April 24. The event is free for in-house counsel to attend and includes sessions on second medical use patents, SPC regulations, the doctrine of equivalents and more

  • Wed, 04 April 2018

    The week in IP – GSK, Teva, Brexit, Blackberry, Snap, Lindsay Lohan, WestenGeco v Ion, false advertising, digital assistant patents

    Recent intellectual property news includes the overturn of GSK’s $235m award, European organisations’ Brexit statement, a Blackberry patent suit against Snap, Lindsay Lohan’s appeal against a video game maker, the briefs in the WesternGeco case at the US Supreme Court and a jury verdict favoring the plaintiff in a false advertising case

  • Tue, 03 April 2018

    PTAB round-up: quarterly filing rebounds; an end to BRI?; two informative decisions; first derivation trial instituted

    Patent Trial & Appeal Board developments in March included the most post-grant review petitions filed in a month, a predicted switch to the Philips standard, two informative decisions involving 35 USC § 325(d), and the Board instituting trial to a derivation petition for the first time

  • Mon, 02 April 2018

    Trade mark C&D letters: the good, the bad and the ugly

    Cease and desist letters are an important part of protecting a brand but they are very easy to get very wrong. Patrick Wingrove analyses some of the biggest successes and failures in the past few years

  • Mon, 02 April 2018

    Global blockchain patent filing increased three-fold in 2017

    Latest reports from Thomson Reuters’ Practical Law and the KIPO show global momentum building in blockchain patent filings. In 2017, 56% of blockchain applications came from China

  • Thu, 29 March 2018

    Federal Circuit revives Oracle v Google

    The Federal Circuit has overturned the jury verdict of fair use in Oracle v Google and remanded the case to a federal judge in the Ninth Circuit for a third trial to determine damages

  • Thu, 29 March 2018

    Technology – a blessing and curse for brands

    Ellie Mertens analyses the biggest takeaways from INTA’s Brands and Innovation conference in New York, including geographical overlap, counterfeiting, digital printing technology and social media

  • Wed, 28 March 2018

    PTAB institutes first derivation trial

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has instituted a derivation trial for the first time, challenging a patent for a spacer frame used in insulated glass windows

  • Tue, 27 March 2018

    Emerging issues in brand protection in the digital era

    In-house counsel and private practitioners discussed trends in brand protection online and its context for Asia at a seminar. This included an overview of cases involving trade marks and Google Adwords, including two recent ones in Asia

  • Tue, 27 March 2018

    How blockchain will change intellectual property – trade secrets

    Managing IP is publishing a series of articles that looks at how blockchain technology is changing the landscape of IP. In this article, Ellie Mertens analyses its implications for trade secrets

  • Mon, 26 March 2018

    All of our 2018 IP Awards have now been announced!

    Our Asia, Americas and EMEA Awards were announced in three dinners, revealing the world's best intellectual property firms and individuals. Subscribers and triallists can view the winners, while photos from the events can be viewed by all on our Facebook page

  • Thu, 22 March 2018

    WIPO data: China moves into second in PCT patent applications

    China is on course to overtake the US in three years as the largest source of applications filed under WIPO’s Patent Cooperation Treaty. Trade mark filing under the Madrid System and design filing under the Hague System both increased in 2017

  • Wed, 21 March 2018

    Managing IP Asia Awards winners revealed

    The Asia Awards Dinner was held at the JW Marriott in Hong Kong on March 21, recognising the best intellectual property law firms in the region

  • Wed, 21 March 2018

    Trade mark trolls arrive in Canada

    IP practitioners describe a “Wild West” trade mark situation in Canada ahead of the elimination of the use requirement. The number of “all-class” applications is soaring

  • Wed, 21 March 2018

    Hoyng Rokh Monegier and Véron & Associés merge, plus latest IP people moves in EMEA and Asia-Pacific

    Recent intellectual property moves include Dechert’s Paris IP group head joining Dentons, while European boutique IP firm Hoyng Rokh Monegier and French patent litigation firm Véron & Associés are joining forces

  • Wed, 21 March 2018

    Latest IP people moves in the US

    Recent US intellectual property people moves include Sterne Kessler’s PTAB co-chair joining King & Spalding, and hires by Hogan Lovells, DLA Piper, Latham & Watkins, Kilpatrick Townsend, Orrick and more

  • Wed, 21 March 2018

    UK response to draft Brexit agreement a “step in right direction”

    Negotiators have struck a transition deal in a new draft of the European Commission’s withdrawal agreement that will help ease IP holder’s fears for their assets after Brexit

  • Tue, 20 March 2018

    Texas jury awards $706m in trade secret and breach of contract case

    HouseCanary has been awarded $235.4 million in damages for misappropriation of the trade secrets and fraud claims, and an additional $471.4 million in punitive damages, in a case involving real estate analytics

  • Tue, 20 March 2018

    A CRISPR picture – what to expect from the gene-editing patent boom

    The big increase in CRISPR patent filing has led to a number of disputes as well as suggested cross-licensing agreements or patent pools. Patrick Wingrove investigates whether a litigation war is brewing

  • Mon, 19 March 2018

    CRISPR patent filing rankings: the leading firms and geographies

    iRunway’s CRISPR Global Patent Landscape report reveals the gene-editing technology’s top filers, with DowDuPont leading the way. Filing trends include a 194% increase globally between 2013 and 2015

  • Sat, 17 March 2018

    China restructures SIPO to eliminate administrative overlap

    Big changes to the intellectual property office, including combining the enforcement functions of trade marks and patents, are expected to strengthen IP enforcement in China

  • Fri, 16 March 2018

    Managing IP Americas Awards Winners revealed

    The Americas Awards Dinner was held at the Essex House in New York on March 15, and recognised the best law firms and individuals nationally and regionally in Canada, Latin America and the US

  • Wed, 14 March 2018

    PTAB round-up: top firms; February filing; sovereign immunity latest

    Recent Patent Trial and Appeal Board developments include filing increasing in February, Managing IP revealing the top PTAB firms, the Board ruling tribal sovereign immunity doesn't apply in IPRs, and some interesting Federal Circuit opinions

  • Wed, 14 March 2018

    Our March issue – IP STARS patent rankings, trade secrets, Argentina rule changes, pharma repurposing

    Managing IP’s most recent issue includes our IP STARS patent rankings, analysis of Waymo and Uber’s trade secrets settlement, details of Argentina’s surprise IP rule changes, an in-depth look at new uses for existing drugs, and more

  • Wed, 14 March 2018

    The UK Joins the Hague System

    The Hague System will come into effect in the UK, which becomes the 54th member of the 1999 Act, in June

  • Wed, 14 March 2018

    Analysing the European Commission’s Brexit position for IP

    The Commission’s draft agreement gives an indication for intellectual property post-Brexit. The UK has not yet responded but disagreement is likely over issues such as geographical indications

  • Tue, 13 March 2018

    How blockchain will change intellectual property – copyright

    Managing IP is publishing a series of articles that looks at how blockchain technology is changing the landscape of IP. In this article, Ellie Mertens analyses its implications for copyright

  • Fri, 09 March 2018

    Managing IP EMEA Awards Winners 2018 revealed

    The EMEA Awards Dinner was held at The Savoy in London on March 8, and recognised the best intellectual property firms in 25 countries and by region

  • Wed, 07 March 2018

    Tell us how IP law firm issues are changing – take our survey!

    CPA Global is teaming up with Managing IP and B2B International to explore the issues faced by intellectual property law firms around the world as they tackle the legal challenges of a fast-paced and ever-evolving IP-led economy. A synopsis of the findings will be shared with survey participants

  • Wed, 07 March 2018

    Huawei top 2017 EPO filer, US increases its share of patent applications

    The EPO’s annual report reveals the top patent filers in Europe in 2017. Filing trends included a 5.8% increase in patent applications from the US

  • Tue, 06 March 2018

    Canada’s budding cannabis trade mark industry

    Cannabis-related trade mark applications are soaring ahead of the slated enactment of legislation that will permit recreational use in Canada, while amendments to Canada’s Trademarks Act will also come into force early next year

  • Tue, 06 March 2018

    Getting into the weeds of US cannabis trade mark issues

    Cannabis smokers have always had a strong likelihood of confusion, but this is increasingly becoming true for US cannabis-related businesses as well. Legalisation by states is prompting trade mark registration questions and disputes. Ellie Mertens investigates

  • Tue, 06 March 2018

    How blockchain will change intellectual property – patents

    Managing IP is publishing a series of articles that looks at how blockchain technology is changing the landscape of IP. In the second article, Ellie Mertens analyses its implications for patents such as a boom in filing and potential for a litigation war, and interviews Erich Spangenberg about how he plans to profit from the technology

  • Thu, 01 March 2018

    EU General Court doubles down on Adidas’ three stripes mark

    The General Court has ruled Adidas may oppose the registration of an EU trade mark of two parallel stripes, in a judgment that makes it harder for third parties to adopt a mark with only minor variations to the three stripes mark

  • Thu, 01 March 2018

    Nike successfully plays defence in Jumpman copyright appeal

    The Ninth Circuit has found that a photo taken by a Nike photographer used to create the iconic “Jumpman” image is not substantially similar to a photo of Michael Jordan taken in 1984 because they only share similarities in general ideas or concepts

  • Thu, 01 March 2018

    The week in IP – Andrei Iancu, trade marks, Kung Fu Panda, UPC, Octane Fitness, CRISPR, SEPs

    Recent intellectual property news includes the USPTO director being sworn in, a study on trade marks running out, the end of a Kung Fu Panda dispute in China, the Law Society urging UK UPC ratification, four years of Octane Fitness, the DOJ AAG again urging SEPs balance, and a $6.7m award in a graffiti artist copyright case

  • Wed, 28 February 2018

    Texas patent-agent privilege ruling could have wider impact

    The Texas Supreme Court has recognised patent-agent privilege as a form of attorney-client privilege, in a ruling that has the potential to influence court cases in the 24 other US states with the same privilege rule

  • Wed, 28 February 2018

    Tips for registering designs in the fight against counterfeiting

    Sanjana Kapila reports from an INTA designs conference held in London where in-house counsel discussed designs and anti-counterfeiting

  • Wed, 28 February 2018

    Australia Federal Court rules that gene claims remain patent eligible

    Claims directed to the correlation of gene sequences to a particular trait in cattle remain patent eligible subject matter, according to a ruling that has implications for the Sequenom/Ariosa case and also suggests a widening dichotomy between Australia and the US on gene-based patent eligible subject matter

  • Tue, 27 February 2018

    How blockchain will change intellectual property – trade marks and brands

    Managing IP is publishing a series of articles that looks at how blockchain technology is changing each area of IP. Here, in the first article, Ellie Mertens analyses its implications for trade marks including improving supply chains, being an alternative source of registration and helping IP offices become more efficient

  • Mon, 26 February 2018

    Japan to set guidelines on SEP licensing negotiations

    An increase in IoT players needing standard-essential patents has spurred the JPO to set guidelines. But IP practitioners are concerned the guidelines may not provide enough flexibility in SEP negotiations and will lack clarity

  • Mon, 26 February 2018

    Russia's Constitutional Court formulates parallel imports disputes criteria

    Russia has established the national principle of exhaustion of exclusive rights to a trade mark and defined measures to protect exclusive rights that can be applied in cases over parallel imports. Dr Darya Ermolina and Dr Dmitry Grachyov explain what is changing and the implications for businesses

  • Mon, 26 February 2018

    Markush pharma patent claims supported by Beijing Higher People’s Court

    A recent decision in China provides some assurance for pharmaceutical patent owners but the direction of Markush claims is still unclear

  • Mon, 26 February 2018

    PTAB rules sovereign immunity does not apply to IPRs

    The PTAB has ruled that sovereign immunity does not apply in the case in which Allergan transferred patents to a Native American tribe, and says the proceedings can continue even without the tribe’s participation in view of Allergan’s retained ownership interests in the patents

  • Mon, 26 February 2018

    Does embedding copyrighted content constitute infringement? NY judge says yes

    A ruling that embedding a tweet containing a copyrighted image on a website amounts to direct infringement changes the well-established regime of the server test. Ellie Mertens asks copyright lawyers how big a deal this is

  • Thu, 22 February 2018

    ANDA pharma litigation spikes back up in 2017

    After a slump in 2016, US pharmaceutical patent litigation triggered by the Hatch-Waxman process rose to 411 cases last year

  • Thu, 22 February 2018

    Share your views on IP and autonomous vehicles

    Take part in our short online survey on IP and autonomous vehicles, and win a free place at a Managing IP event

  • Thu, 22 February 2018

    Nine deeper takeaways from US patent litigation last year

    A closer look at Lex Machina’s Patent Litigation Year in Review report reveals some interesting nuggets of information on success rates of transfers, the judges with the most cases, design patent litigation, injunctions, Section 101 invalidation and damages

  • Wed, 21 February 2018

    German Constitutional Court plans to decide UPC complaint in 2018

    The German constitutional complaint challenging the UPC Agreement is on a list of cases to be decided this year. But it is not certain a decision will come in 2018 and, even if it does, the timing will be vital in determining whether the UPC is in effect before Brexit

  • Wed, 21 February 2018

    UK Supreme Court wrestles with plausibility and the pregabalin patent

    The UK Supreme Court last week heard argument in Warner Lambert v Generics. Pfizer argued that plausibility should be an "evidential tool" not a "threshold test", while Actavis warned against the danger of over-broad speculative claims and "armchair patenting”

  • Tue, 20 February 2018

    Delaware judge throws out largest ever patent award of $2.54bn

    The Delaware jury award of $2.54 billion to Merck from 2016 has been overturned after Chief Judge Stark found the patent on a drug used to treat hepatitis C was invalid

  • Tue, 20 February 2018

    Lessons from the Waymo v Uber trade secrets settlement

    Takeaways from the surprise mid-trial settlement of the dispute over self-driving technology include being wary of how quickly momentum can shift in trade secrets cases and taking note of the drawbacks of federal court

  • Thu, 15 February 2018

    CAFC says 101 inquiry is a factual determination in “blockbuster” Berkheimer opinion

    “Whether something is well-understood, routine, and conventional to a skilled artisan at the time of the patent is a factual determination,” writes Judge Moore. Observers have taken this as a sign of the pendulum swinging back towards patent owners on Section 101

  • Thu, 15 February 2018

    The week in IP – Louboutin, autonomous cars, trade secrets, Taylor Swift, DOJ, CLASSICS Act, Cloudflare, Blackbird, USPTO

    Recent IP news included Louboutin’s red-sole trade mark case at the CJEU, a trade secret suit involving autonomous cars, the end of a Taylor Swift copyright dispute, a letter praising the DOJ’s shift in IP enforcement, the introduction of the CLASSICS Act, a Cloudflare patent case win, and the USPTO’s Valentine’s Day song

  • Thu, 15 February 2018

    US falls to 12th in US Chamber patent ranking

    Expect to hear this figure mentioned a lot at US IP conferences and Congressional hearings for the next year – the US patent system has dropped to 12th in the US Chamber of Commerce’s ranking of IP systems. But is the ranking credible?

  • Tue, 13 February 2018

    Unitary Patent and UPC Update: UK ratification nears, while German organisations weigh in

    The UK’s Privy Council has approved the Unified Patent Court (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2017, the last piece of legislation required for the UK to ratify. In Germany, seven institutions and associations submitted statements on the constitutional complaint against the UPC

  • Tue, 13 February 2018

    China companies dominate global blockchain patent rankings

    Figures from incoPat reveal government, financial institutions and tech companies lead in global blockchain patent filing based on global invention, design and utility patent filing statistics in 2017. Karry Lai analyses the drivers of China’s dominance of the list

  • Mon, 12 February 2018

    All of our 2018 Awards shortlists are now out!

    Managing IP is holding three awards dinners in March, recognising the best intellectual property law firms and individuals around the world. The shortlists for our EMEA, Americas and Asia Awards have now all been published

  • Fri, 09 February 2018

    Uber settles Waymo trade secrets case mid-trial for 0.34% of its equity

    The high-profile trade secrets case between Waymo and Uber settled abruptly before their fifth day in front of a jury. The settlement is estimated to be worth $245 million

  • Fri, 09 February 2018

    Andrei Iancu is your new USPTO director – now what?

    The new USPTO director has a number of issues to address such as subject matter eligibility and fee diversion. He will have a big influence at the PTAB, where the director has broad powers to set rules

  • Thu, 08 February 2018

    Biopharma IPR filing at the PTAB smashes record in 2017

    Group 1600 patent challenges at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board hit an all-time high last year, reveals a report from Fish & Richardson. This included a “dramatic increase” in IPRs challenging biologic drug patents

  • Tue, 06 February 2018

    Louboutin red sole trade mark: Advocate General issues second opinion

    Advocate General Szpunar in a second Louboutin v Van Haren opinion at the CJEU states he is “even less inclined to classify the mark at issue as one consisting of a colour per se”

  • Tue, 06 February 2018

    PTAB round-up: January filing, Wi-Fi One fallout, motion to amend study, informative decisions

    Petition filing at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board was up slightly in January, while the Federal Circuit issued its en banc Wi-Fi One v Broadcom opinion and the Board released an updated motion to amend study and designated two decisions as informative

  • Tue, 06 February 2018

    Vietnam revamps trade mark and patent examination procedures

    Amendments implemented in January bring more clarity to Vietnam’s IP procedural rules law. Some areas have been made more stringent for IP owners while there is a lack of clarity on transition provisions for pending applications

  • Tue, 06 February 2018

    Trade mark territoriality in India after the Supreme Court’s Prius ruling

    Toyota recently lost a trade mark case at India’s Supreme Court, in a surprising decision that has shaken up the principle of territoriality in trans-border reputation

  • Tue, 06 February 2018

    US Senate confirms Iancu as USPTO director – reaction

    The confirmation of Andrei Iancu as USPTO director in a 94-0 vote has been welcomed by associations

  • Mon, 05 February 2018

    Our February issue – trade mark rankings, SEPs special report and more

    Managing IP’s most recent issue includes our trade mark rankings, a standard essential patents special report, a review of CJEU trade mark cases, AI protection strategies for patents and trade secrets, and data on the top parties in US district court and at the PTAB

  • Mon, 05 February 2018

    Managing IP Americas Awards 2018 shortlists announced

    The Managing IP Americas Awards ceremony and dinner will be held on March 15 at Essex House in New York, recognising the firms and individuals of the year

  • Mon, 05 February 2018

    Managing IP EMEA Awards 2018 shortlists announced

    Managing IP’s EMEA Awards dinner will be held on March 8 at The Savoy in London. Trophies will be presented to the firms of the year, with winners chosen from these shortlists

  • Thu, 01 February 2018

    Managing IP Asia-Pacific Awards 2018 shortlists announced

    Managing IP’s inaugural Asia-Pacific Awards dinner will be held on March 21 at the JW Marriott in Hong Kong. The winners will be chosen from these shortlists

  • Thu, 01 February 2018

    Behind the Trial podcast series reveals insights on the art of jury trials

    A new podcast produced by McKool Smith and Benchmark Litigation interviews iconic trial lawyers to hear their insights into the trial process and the art of persuasion. In the first episode, host Courtland Reichman talks to Cravath’s chairman Evan Chesler

  • Thu, 01 February 2018

    Global trade mark survey finds increase in infringement and filing

    CompuMark’s survey of 300 trade mark professionals reveals three-quarters experienced infringement in 2017

  • Wed, 31 January 2018

    UK Supreme Court hears arguments on costs of ISP blocking orders

    Who should pay for the costs of implementing orders to block websites that sell counterfeit goods? That was the question considered by the UK Supreme Court in the Cartier International v British Telecommunications case on January 30

  • Tue, 30 January 2018

    Filing figures suggest blockchain-related patents boom

    Research from Envision IP finds 1,045 US patents – both pending and approved – related to blockchain technology, and projects that applications will “continue at an increasing pace”

  • Mon, 29 January 2018

    SEP update: Landmark TCL v Ericsson FRAND ruling; DOJ shifts stance; Samsung infringes Huawei patents in China

    The fourth US bench trial to determine a FRAND royalty is the first to use a top-down approach, and has parallels to the UK’s Unwired Planet decision. Managing IP also reports on a possible change in the Department of Justice's approach to SEPs and analyses Huawei's win over Samsung in China

  • Mon, 29 January 2018

    Interview: Tish Berard’s plans as INTA president

    Tish Berard, the new president of the International Trademark Association, discusses the association’s plans for 2018 in an interview with Managing IP

  • Fri, 26 January 2018

    SCOTUS could make patents more valuable in WesternGeco case

    Can a patent holder collect lost-profit damages if infringement of a US patent occurs abroad? The US Supreme Court will decide in WesternGeco v Ion Geophysical

  • Thu, 25 January 2018

    US patent litigation trends to watch in 2018

    Managing IP discusses the most important issues and cases that will impact patent litigation in 2018 with top litigators, including TC Heartland, NPEs, the ITC, MDL trends and Section 101

  • Thu, 25 January 2018

    Sam Gyimah confirmed as UK IP minister

    Sam Gyimah, member of UK parliament for East Surrey, has been confirmed as the UK IP minister

  • Wed, 24 January 2018

    GUI design patents in China after first infringement decision

    Observers bemoan the lack of clear guidance after Beijing IP Court judge rules there was no infringement of a GUI design patent in a highly-anticipated case

  • Wed, 24 January 2018

    Interview: Copyright litigator Richard Busch discusses new Spotify lawsuit

    Richard Busch, the King & Ballow attorney behind three lawsuits against Spotify last year, shares his outlook on Wixen Music Publishing’s recent $1.6bn suit against the streaming service

  • Tue, 23 January 2018

    INTA elects 2018 president, and other IP people moves

    Managing IP’s regular round-up of people moves includes the launch of Brinks Gilson & Lione’s office in Shenzhen, and hires by Polsinelli, McKool Smith, Barnes & Thornburg, Bardehle Pagenberg, JA Kemp, Awapatent, Squire Patton Boggs, Haseltine Lake and more

  • Fri, 19 January 2018

    Analysing Huawei’s SEP win against Samsung in Shenzhen court

    Observers believe a case in which Samsung was found to infringe Huawei’s SEP patents is helpful in determining what is misconduct in FRAND negotiations and a sign the Chinese judicial system is resolving increasingly more complicated and new IP disputes

  • Thu, 18 January 2018

    easyGroup loses trade mark fight against EasyRoommate

    A property letting business called EasyRoommate does not infringe any of the easy trade marks owned by Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou’s easyGroup, according to a judgment by Mr Justice Arnold in the England and Wales High Court

  • Thu, 18 January 2018

    Data: 2017 US patent cases – plaintiff, defendant, law firm and district rankings

    Managing IP analyses 2017 data pulled from Docket Navigator to reveal: the overall patent cases filed in US district courts by half, quarter and month; the top 50 plaintiffs, defendants and law firms; and the breakdown of filing by district overall and pre- and post-TC Heartland

  • Thu, 18 January 2018

    EPO revokes Broad Institute’s CRISPR patent

    The EPO has denied the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard’s reliance on its US priority provisional application in revoking a CRISPR patent. The institute has already said it will appeal

  • Thu, 18 January 2018

    Starbucks, Apple, PTAB, Golden Knights, Finjan, Blue Coat Systems, KodakOne, TiVo, Comcast, manuka honey – the week in IP

    Recent intellectual property news included Starbucks winning an EU General Court case, an Apple motion to sanction at the PTAB, Finjan winning in a Federal Circuit patent-eligibility ruling, Kodak launching a blockchain and cryptocurrency, a challenge to the new NHL team registering its name at the USPTO, TiVo suing Comcast again, and New Zealand and Australia fighting over a honey trade mark

  • Wed, 17 January 2018

    UPC update: German Bar Association says constitutional complaint inadmissible

    DAV tells the Federal Constitutional Court the constitutional complaint against German participation in the UPC is inadmissible. Other recent news includes the UK House of Lords approving an immunities and privileges order and France ratifying a similar order

  • Wed, 17 January 2018

    How helpful is the EU Commission’s SEP guidance?

    Both patent owners and implementers have welcomed the European Commission’s communication on standard essential patents. Does that mean it has successfully balanced competing interests or merely dodged the difficult questions? James Nurton investigates

  • Mon, 15 January 2018

    Read our Year-End issue online

    Managing IP’s most recent issue includes our PCT Leaders Report 2017, and features on AI and trade mark law, damages in China patent litigation, recent trade dress trends, district court stays pending PTAB review, and tribal sovereign immunity

  • Mon, 15 January 2018

    How the changes to Chinese anti-unfair competition law work

    China’s anti-unfair competition law amendments became effective January 1, and focus on penalty increases and confusion acts

  • Mon, 15 January 2018

    Cases and trends to watch in Canada in 2018

    Among potential Canada trials and trends anticipated in 2018 are the Supreme Court’s clarification on several copyright issues, and continued amendments to IP law in compliance with several international treaties’ requirements

  • Mon, 15 January 2018

    Canada’s eight most important IP cases in 2017

    Ellie Mertens reviews Canada’s most notable cases last year, including the highly anticipated ruling on the promise doctrine, the largest award for patent infringement in Canadian history, and trade mark disputes

  • Mon, 15 January 2018

    CIPO’s IP Canada report reveals global focus among IP applicants

    CIPO’s 2017 IP report statistically demonstrates trends in Canada’s IP filings for patents, trade marks and industrial designs, both domestically and abroad in 2017

  • Fri, 12 January 2018

    US Supreme Court takes on WesternGeco v Ion Geophysical

    Cert has been granted to a case that will determine whether lost profits arising from prohibited combinations occurring outside the US are categorically unavailable in patent cases

  • Fri, 12 January 2018

    Argentina unveils surprise overhaul of IP procedures, including speeding up oppositions

    The Argentine government has issued a decree that affects trade marks, patents and designs. The biggest change is oppositions will need to be settled within three months

  • Thu, 11 January 2018

    PTAB, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, Radiohead, Lana Del Rey, EPO, Michael Kors, Wi-LAN, Panasonic, copyright legislation – the week in IP

    Recent intellectual property news included a strongly-worded PTAB order forbidding a tribe from filing any further discovery requests, Radiohead’s efforts to get credit for a Lana Del Rey song, the EPO’s plans for 2018, a trade mark win in China for Michael Kors, Wi-LAN’s purchase of a Panasonic patent portfolio and US associations backing pending copyright legislation

  • Wed, 10 January 2018

    2017 PTAB rankings – the top petitioners, patent owners, law firms and attorneys

    Managing IP analyses Docket Navigator data on PTAB petitions filed in 2017 to reveal the most active entities and law firms. Apple was not the top petitioner for the first time since AIA trials became available, while a shake-up has occurred among law firms

  • Wed, 10 January 2018

    US patent grant rankings 2017 – Chinese company grants up 28%

    IBM has held onto top spot in IFI Claims’ rankings of top patent grants in 2017. IFI also revealed the eight technologies showing the most patent growth, with the automotive sector one area showing impressive gains

  • Tue, 09 January 2018

    Four takeaways from the landmark TCL v Ericsson FRAND ruling

    The fourth US bench trial to determine a FRAND royalty is the first to use a top-down approach. It also has parallels to the UK’s Unwired Planet decision

  • Tue, 09 January 2018

    En banc Federal Circuit rules IPR time-bar determinations are appealable

    In Wi-Fi One v Broadcom, the Federal Circuit has held the time-bar determinations for instituting IPR at the PTAB are appealable. Observers believe this may foreshadow similar decisions for other areas of reviewability

  • Tue, 09 January 2018

    Korea’s catch phrase makers turn to trade marks

    A catch phrase on a popular TV show has been registered as the first catch phrase sound mark in Korea. How do other countries in Asia approach similar sound marks?

  • Fri, 05 January 2018

    IP cases to look out for in Europe in 2018

    Hip hop music, the Louboutin red sole shoes and copyright protection for food are among the subjects of disputes pending before the European courts. Managing IP provides a guide to some of the more significant cases coming up this year

  • Thu, 04 January 2018

    China tipped for doubling in NPE patent suits in 2018, but hindrances remain

    Non-practicing entities are looking to take advantage of China’s courts, with some predicting at least a doubling of NPE patent cases in 2018. But a number of factors act as deterrents in China, meaning plaintiffs need to know how to play the game

  • Thu, 04 January 2018

    Brazil’s emergency procedure to reset patent backlog loses momentum

    A potential procedure to fast-track the approval of more than 230,000 pending patent applications in Brazil, which some expected before the end of 2017, has not yet been published

  • Thu, 04 January 2018

    US district court patent litigation down 17% in 2017 – Unified Patents report

    The Eastern District of Texas accounted for 34% of all new US patent cases pre-TC Heartland in 2017 compared to only 15% post-TC Heartland, according to an analysis by Unified Patents

  • Wed, 03 January 2018

    Highlights from the MIP European Patent Forum USA

    Topics discussed at our recent European Patent Forum USA included the potential timeline for Germany ratifying the UPC, FRAND after Unwired Planet v Huawei, the patentability of computer-implemented inventions at the EPO, patent enforcement strategies in Europe and hot tubbing of experts in the UK

  • Wed, 03 January 2018

    Mexico IP focus is now online

    Our Mexico intellectual property focus is now available to read online for free, including articles on the trade mark opposition system, interpretation of patent claims and new life for industrial designs and geographical indications

  • Wed, 03 January 2018

    Nokia, Huawei, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, Spotify, Champagne, CJEU, Uptown Funk – IP news round-up

    A patent licence agreement between Nokia and Huawei, the latest on sovereign immunity at the PTAB, a suit against Spotify claiming damages of $1.6 billion, a CJEU ruling involving champagne, and another copyright infringement claim against Uptown Funk were among the intellectual property stories you may have missed over the holiday period

  • Wed, 03 January 2018

    PTAB designates CBM review eligibility decision as precedential

    September 2017’s Facebook v Skky, explaining the determination of covered business method patent review eligibility, is the 11th AIA trial decision to be deemed precedential

  • Tue, 02 January 2018

    2017 sets new PTAB petition filing record – just!

    A record number of PTAB petitions were filed last year, edging out 2015’s figure by one, according to data pulled from the Docket Navigator database. PGRs were more popular than CBMs for the first time last year

  • Thu, 21 December 2017

    CJEU clarifies repair clause in EU Design Regulation

    The CJEU has provided guidance on the divisive issue of design protection for car spare parts, in two cases involving Acacia. It was one of three significant IP decisions published on December 20, the Court’s last day before the Christmas break

  • Wed, 20 December 2017

    Brazil’s PTO may soon release emergency measure to reset patent backlog

    The BPTO may publish a rule next week that would fast-track the process of granting patents whose applications are pending in Brazil. The emergency procedure would grant 230,000 pending applications unless patent owners opt out

  • Wed, 20 December 2017

    PTAB determines University of Minnesota’s immunity waived by federal court action

    An expanded PTAB panel has determined that the filing of a federal court action waives the University of Minnesota’s Eleventh Amendment immunity, in the fourth decision to address state sovereign immunity

  • Wed, 20 December 2017

    PTAB chief judge Ruschke contemplates amendment changes

    Speaking at Managing IP’s European Patent Forum USA, David Ruschke discussed a number of ways that amendments could be made easier to obtain at the PTAB

  • Tue, 19 December 2017

    How Managing IP’s awards are changing

    Managing IP’s awards programme next year will include Americas Awards in New York, EMEA Awards in London, and the addition of Asia-Pacific Awards in Hong Kong

  • Mon, 18 December 2017

    Brexit, trade marks and designs: the position papers compared

    Associations including CITMA, ECTA, INTA and MARQUES have published position papers discussing IP rights when the UK leaves the EU in March 2019. Managing IP looks at the biggest issues, including registered EU rights, pending applications, exhaustion and representation

  • Mon, 18 December 2017

    Leading PCT firms, tribal sovereign immunity, AI, trade dress litigation – our latest issue

    The Year-End issue of Managing IP includes our PCT Leaders Report 2017, how AI will change trade mark law, damages in China patent litigation, recent trade dress trends, an analysis of district court stays pending PTAB review, and whether tribal sovereign immunity will be a wrecking ball to the IPR system

  • Fri, 15 December 2017

    Federal Circuit’s Brunetti ruling: barring immoral or scandalous marks unconstitutional

    The Federal Circuit has overturned the TTAB’s rejection of a trade mark application for “FUCT”, ruling it an unconstitutional restriction of free speech

  • Fri, 15 December 2017

    PTAB decisions tip in patent owners’ favour – study

    For the first time, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board has upheld the majority of claims in IPR proceedings for four consecutive quarters, a Fitzpatrick 2016 study reveals

  • Thu, 14 December 2017

    Federal Circuit rules in Amgen v Sandoz on remand from SCOTUS

    The Federal Circuit has ruled that Sandoz did not forfeit its preemption defence and the BPCIA preempts state law remedies in its biosimilars dispute with Amgen. The decision makes clear that brand biologic companies have no remedies available against a biosimilar applicant who is refusing to engage in the patent dance

  • Thu, 14 December 2017

    Rare high penalty given in Babyzen counterfeit case in China

    A recent rare heavy penalty and sentence for infringement of Babyzen’s strollers suggests a higher penalty trend in China. A new amendment to its Anti-unfair Competition Law comes into effect next month, which has increased the maximum statutory compensation available

  • Thu, 07 December 2017

    PTAB round-up: filing slumps; tribal immunity briefs filed; Oil States and SAS argued; Aqua Products guidance issued; new remand procedures outlined

    November PTAB news included the lowest petition filing since January 2016, oral arguments at the Supreme Court, amicus briefing on whether tribal ownership immunises a patent from IPR challenges, guidance on motions to amend, new procedures for remands from the Federal Circuit, and an increase in fees

  • Thu, 07 December 2017

    BlackBerry, Nokia, Apple, Andrei Iancu, Eastern District of Texas, Federal Circuit, cannabis trade marks – the week in IP

    Recent intellectual property news included an award to Nokia of $137 million against BlackBerry, Apple defeating an attempt to register Mi Pad as an EUTM, a Senate hearing for USPTO director nominee Andrei Iancu, an amendment to Eastern District of Texas disclosure rules, the Federal Circuit’s opportunity to weigh in on joinder, soaring Canada cannabis and marijuana related trade mark filing, and the launch of a UK inquiry into Brexit dispute resolution

  • Thu, 07 December 2017

    China drove growth in IP filings in 2016, reveals WIPO report

    WIPO’s annual World Intellectual Property Indicators report reveals that soaring demand in China drove worldwide filing growth for patents, trade marks and industrial designs

  • Thu, 07 December 2017

    Business of IP Asia Forum 2017: Innovation a key theme across the region

    Leading IP practitioners, businesses and organisations gathered to discuss the latest innovation trends at the Business of IP Asia Forum in Hong Kong, from regional IP cooperation to the latest developments in the Internet of Things (IoT)

  • Wed, 06 December 2017

    Berton Moreno + Ojam created in Argentina, and other Americas people moves

    Managing IP’s regular update of people moves includes the launch of new firms Grüneberg and Myers and Winterfeldt IP Group, and hires by Crowell & Moring, Fish & Richardson, BakerHostetler, K&L Gates, Baker Botts, Kirkland & Ellis and more

  • Wed, 06 December 2017

    Women in IP Interview: Min Gao, senior IP counsel, adidas China

    Managing IP speaks to Min Gao, winner of the Managing IP In-house Award at the 2017 Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards, for our latest Women in IP interview series

  • Tue, 05 December 2017

    Hong Kong readies for original grant patent system

    User testing for new patent system can be expected in early 2018. One implementation challenge will be that there are not enough technical people to do patent examinations in Hong Kong

  • Mon, 04 December 2017

    Red Bull decision makes colour combination EUTMs “effectively impossible”

    The EU General Court’s Red Bull judgment reinforces the difficulty of registering colour combination trade marks in the EU, and signals “death knell” for Red Bull’s attempt to register its blue and silver combination

  • Thu, 30 November 2017

    Analysing SCOTUS oral arguments in Oil States and SAS Institute

    US Supreme Court Justices seemed divided during arguments for Oil States v Greene’s Energy and SAS Institute v Matal. Patent lawyers have been busy making predictions about how the court will rule in the two cases, which could dramatically change how the Patent Trial and Appeal Board operates

  • Thu, 30 November 2017

    Uber, Waymo, Apple, Qualcomm, International Trade Commission, Michelangelo's David, trade secrets – the week in IP

    Recent intellectual property news included the postponement of the Waymo-Uber trial, a patent infringement countersuit from Apple against Qualcomm, an ITC clarification of the domestic industry requirement for unregistered trade dress, the prohibition of a travel agency using the image of Michelangelo's David for commercial purposes, and the indictment of three Chinese nationals for trade secrets theft

  • Thu, 30 November 2017

    CJEU rules TV programme copies in cloud must be authorised by copyright holder

    In its VCAST v RTI judgement, the CJEU has ruled that copies of television programmes made available by being saved in the cloud must be authorised by the holder of the copyright or related rights because the service constitutes a retransmission

  • Wed, 29 November 2017

    INTA reveals position on Brexit IP issues

    The International Trademark Association has released a paper outlining its concerns about the impact of Brexit on intellectual property rights

  • Wed, 29 November 2017

    European Commission releases counterfeiting and SEPs measures

    The European Commission has presented a number of measures aimed at protecting intellectual property rights, including recommendations for fighting counterfeits and creating a balanced system for standard essential patents. The SEPs guidance was particularly well received

  • Wed, 29 November 2017

    Zambia judgment casts doubts on international registrations

    A Zambian High Court has ruled that the Zambian Trade Mark Act does not recognise unregistered well-known marks. Wayne Meiring explains why this judgment may also affect international trade mark registrations in Zambia

  • Tue, 28 November 2017

    PTAB releases Aqua Products guidance on motions to amend

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board confirms that In light of the Aqua Products decision it will not place the burden of persuasion on a patent owner with respect to the patentability of substitute claims presented in a motion to amend

  • Tue, 28 November 2017

    Beijing IP court launches WeChat e-litigation and mediation service

    Chinese courts are making use of technology to improve efficiency

  • Wed, 22 November 2017

    Michael Shore vows to “take a wrecking ball to the IPR system”

    The lawyer behind Allergan’s controversial transfer of patents to a Native American tribe said at the IP Dealmakers Forum that other companies are “lining up to do deals” and that universities’ endowment funds are interested in getting involved. Shore outlined why he believed these types of deals are here to stay

  • Wed, 22 November 2017

    Finjan, Blue Coat, Fox Television, design patents, Polaroid, Fujifilm, CASE Act, Comic-Con – the week in IP

    Recent US intellectual property news included a mixed jury verdict in Finjan and Blue Coat’s dispute, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in the trade mark case over Fox’s Empire programme, a TRO being issued in a design patent case, Fujifilm hitting back at Polaroid, support for the Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Enforcement Act, and the latest in the Comic-Con fight

  • Wed, 22 November 2017

    WIPO study sheds light on value of "intangible capital" in manufactured goods

    WIPO Director General Francis Gurry says intangible capital determines success in the marketplace. "Intellectual property, in turn, is the means by which companies secure the competitive advantage flowing from their intangible capital"

  • Tue, 21 November 2017

    Confidentiality clubs becoming more common in Indian patent disputes

    IP practitioners see a trend of using confidentiality clubs in patent litigation cases to safeguard sensitive information, as demonstrated by the Delhi High Court’s recent grant of such a request in a dispute between Ericsson and Xiaomi

  • Fri, 17 November 2017

    Interview: Fish & Richardson’s Dorothy Whelan on pharma PTAB proceedings

    Dorothy Whelan, co-chair of Fish & Richardson’s post-grant practice group, has been involved in high-profile cases such as the first IPR decisions that invalidated Humira patents. As part of the Women in IP series, Whelan speaks to Michael Loney about the biggest issues at the PTAB

  • Fri, 17 November 2017

    PTAB revises procedures for Federal Circuit remands

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has revised the “Standard Operating Procedure 9 (SOP9)” for cases remanded from the Federal Circuit, including requiring panels to meet with the PTAB chief, deputy chief or a delegate to discuss remanded cases

  • Thu, 16 November 2017

    Federal Circuit says TC Heartland changed the law

    The Federal Circuit has granted Micron’s mandamus petition stating: “We conclude that TC Heartland changed the controlling law in the relevant sense: at the time of the initial motion to dismiss, before the Court decided TC Heartland, the venue defense … based on TC Heartland’s interpretation of the venue statute was not ‘available’”

  • Thu, 16 November 2017

    USPTO to increase fees, including 72% IPR request fee change

    The USPTO has released a final rule detailing fee increases to go into effect in January. The combined cost of an inter partes review request and institution at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board will go up to $30,500

  • Wed, 15 November 2017

    Apple, ITC, Bob Goodlatte, Fish IP, Fish & Richardson, Blackberry, PTAB – the week in IP

    Recent US intellectual property news included the ITC initiating an investigation into alleged patent infringement by Apple, Representative Goodlatte announcing he will not seek reelection, the end of a trade mark dispute between Fish IP and Fish & Richardson, Blackberry announcing a licensing deal with Teletry, and an analysis of the percentage of PTAB cases tied to district court litigation

  • Wed, 15 November 2017

    India’s Supreme Court pushes for faster IPR suits

    Delhi High Court has been given eight weeks to finalise rules and practice changes to dispose with IPR suits faster, a move that is expected to benefit litigants

  • Wed, 15 November 2017

    Analysing the assessment of novelty post-Actavis

    The Patent Court recently issued the first application of the UK Supreme Court’s Actavis v Eli Lilly ruling. Arnold J considered the impact on novelty of the doctrine of equivalents

  • Wed, 15 November 2017

    District court stays pending IPR/CBM/PGR: a review of the past 12 months

    Overall success rates of motions to stay district court litigation pending review at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board have dropped noticeably in the past fiscal year. Christopher Hanewicz and Truscenialyn Brooks of Perkins Coie analyse recent stay statistics

  • Tue, 14 November 2017

    IP trends to watch in China’s Belt and Road Initiative

    China’s ambitious initiative will likely lead to it being a hub for securing IP protection for businesses investing in Belt and Road Initiative projects. It will also affect enforcement strategies, with IP disputes expected to increase along the BRI route

  • Thu, 09 November 2017

    PTAB requests tribal immunity briefs, House holds hearing

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has asked for amicus briefing on whether tribal ownership immunises a patent from IPR challenges, while a House of Representatives subcommittee held a hearing on sovereign immunity and the intellectual property system in which ranking member Jerry Nadler said Allergan’s deal with a Native American tribe “makes a mockery of Congressional authority and of the rule of law”

  • Thu, 09 November 2017

    How “strikingly similar” works can Lose Yourself a copyright case in New Zealand

    A recent copyright win in New Zealand for rapper Eminem highlights the risks involved in creating a work with another work in mind, and may be influential in other Commonwealth jurisdictions like Australia and the United Kingdom

  • Wed, 08 November 2017

    Qualcomm, PTAB, Allergan, Samsung, Apple, Google, USTR, USPTO – the week in IP

    Recent US intellectual property news included Broadcom’s takeover bid for Qualcomm, the PTAB’s request for briefing over Allergan’s Native American tribe deal, the Supreme Court’s denial of Samsung’s appeal of a $120m damages award to Apple, a US district court’s ruling that Google does not have to obey a Canadian court order requiring it to take down information around the world, a trade group letter asking the USTR to prioritise trade secrets, and the USPTO’s two-year diversion pilot programme

  • Wed, 08 November 2017

    Indonesia readies for Madrid Protocol

    With the Madrid Protocol coming into force for Indonesia in January, IP practitioners observe potential delays to deal with international applications but are optimistic that time requirements under new trade mark law and an increase in the number of trade mark examiners can help

  • Wed, 08 November 2017

    PTAB round-up: steady filing; Aqua Products fall-out; precedential and informative decisions; and more

    October at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board saw a levelling out of petition filing, the first ever extension of the final written decision deadline for good cause, and one precedential and three informative PTAB decisions

  • Thu, 02 November 2017

    Court of Appeal hails London black cabs as not distinctive

    In another ruling demonstrating the difficulty for UK trade mark owners to protect their designs, the Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling that The London Taxi Company’s trade marks are invalid. The case would present some interesting issues were it to be pursed to the Supreme Court

  • Thu, 02 November 2017

    Flo & Eddie, USPTO, Booking.com, Oil States, Federal Circuit, trade secrets – the week in IP

    Recent intellectual property news included a Florida Supreme Court ruling on pre-1972 sound recordings in the Turtles copyright case, the USPTO being awarded fees in a TTAB case despite Booking.com winning, the filing of the final batch of Oil States amicus briefs, the Federal Circuit opinion involving obviousness, and a trade secrets damages award to a bread company

  • Tue, 31 October 2017

    Hangzhou internet court off to a busy start

    The Hangzhou Internet Court has been operational for two months. As e-commerce popularity explodes in China, jurisdictional cyber courts could help to take load off local courts

  • Mon, 30 October 2017

    Singapore High Court rules it has no jurisdiction to revoke patents

    A recent ruling made clear that Singapore’s High Court does not have original jurisdiction to hear patent revocation proceedings even if they are brought by a counterclaim in infringement proceedings. If the ruling stands, it would mean all revocation cases will have to be started at IPOS

  • Fri, 27 October 2017

    When should the USPTO intervene in PTAB appeals?

    The USPTO intervenes in less than a quarter of appeals of PTAB decisions to the Federal Circuit. Nathan Kelley, USPTO deputy general counsel for intellectual property law, recently shed some light on when and why the office chooses to do so

  • Fri, 27 October 2017

    Federal Circuit judges offer tips for PTAB appeals

    Federal Circuit judges discussed how they handle appeals from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board during an AIPLA session. Judge Newman also took the chance to offer a solution for the Supreme Court ruling on the pending Oil States case

  • Thu, 26 October 2017

    Interview: Myra McCormack’s plans as AIPLA president

    Myra McCormack recently took over as president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Michael Loney interviews McCormack and executive director Lisa Jorgenson to hear the association’s plans for the next year

  • Wed, 25 October 2017

    PTAB extends an IPR for good cause for the first time

    The PTAB has extended the one-year deadline in Minerva Surgical v Hologic by six months. The final written decision in the inter partes review was originally set to expire two days after the Federal Circuit released its en banc Aqua Products opinion

  • Wed, 25 October 2017

    PTAB designates three opinions addressing § 325(d) as informative

    The PTAB has designated as informative three opinions addressing its ability to reject petitions because the same prior art or arguments previously were presented to the USPTO. Some believe this helps give guidance on how to make patents “IPR proof”

  • Wed, 25 October 2017

    Apple, Samsung, Oil States, Federal Circuit, Uniloc, Eminem, Judge Paul Michel – the week in IP

    Recent intellectual property news included a new Apple/Samsung trial being ordered, the US government filing its Oil States brief, the National Party of New Zealand being judged to have ripped off an Eminem song, the Federal Circuit finding a widely-asserted Uniloc patent invalid, and Judge Paul Michel giving a dire assessment of the health of the US patent system

  • Tue, 24 October 2017

    TTAB rule changes having an impact

    In a review of the biggest US trade mark issues, Wolf Greenfield’s John Welch says two rule changes are having a big impact at the TTAB while the issue of USPTO attorneys' fees in district court cases is worth watching

  • Tue, 24 October 2017

    Highlights from AIPLA’s annual meeting

    Managing IP published a daily newsletter at AIPLA’s annual meeting in Washington DC. Read and download each issue, featuring keynote speech news, session reports, interviews and photos from the event

  • Tue, 24 October 2017

    USPTO’s Matal hints at PTAB improvements

    Joseph Matal, who is performing the duties of USPTO director, gave a speech discussing the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, including upcoming USPTO guidance on Aqua Products, how the precedential General Plastic opinion will reduce serial attacks on the same patent, the evolving 325(d) jurisprudence, and two PTAB cases he thought have a shot of being taken up by the Supreme Court

  • Tue, 24 October 2017

    The long road to modernizing copyright in the US

    In a presentation, acting register of copyrights Karyn Temple Claggett said the US Copyright Office is on a “rulemaking roll”, and discussed the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act and other potential legislation

  • Tue, 24 October 2017

    Leahy and Hatch urge intellectual property legislative action

    In speeches at the AIPLA annual meeting, Senators Patrick Leahy and Orrin Hatch listed a number of areas they are targeting in Congress, while Hatch said he was concerned about the effects of IPR proceedings on Hatch-Waxman cases

  • Tue, 24 October 2017

    Functional claiming in US patent prosecution post-Williamson

    The impact of the Federal Circuit’s Williamson v Citrix opinion on patent prosecution in 2015 is still being felt. A session at the AIPLA annual meeting provided some tips for avoiding functional claiming, while another session focused on obviousness

  • Thu, 19 October 2017

    Qualcomm, Apple, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, Amazon, Microsoft, PTAB, Oil States, SAS, Rule 36 – the week in IP

    Recent intellectual property news included Qualcomm suing Apple in the Beijing Intellectual Property Court, the chipmaker being fined in Taiwan, the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe asserting SRC patents against Amazon and Microsoft, the SAS case at the Supreme Court potentially having a bigger PTAB impact than Oil States, the Federal Circuit reducing its use of Rule 36 affirmances, and the FT suggesting the troll problem is overblown

  • Wed, 18 October 2017

    Judge criticises Allergan’s Native American tribe deal, invalidates Restasis patents

    Judge Bryson in the Eastern District of Texas has noted “serious concerns” about Allergan transferring patents to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe to benefit from sovereign immunity but joined the tribe to litigation against Mylan and Teva – “Allergan’s tactic, if successful, could spell the end of the PTO’s IPR program”

  • Wed, 18 October 2017

    Apple’s patent loss against VirnetX bumped up to $439m

    The Eastern District of Texas has added $137.3 million of wilful infringement enhanced damages, interest, costs and attorney fees to a jury award of $302.4 million

  • Wed, 11 October 2017

    Allergan, Waymo, Uber, Aqua Products, Marrakesh Treaty, EPO, INPI – the week in IP

    Recent intellectual property news included a judge asking Allergan whether its Native American tribe deal is a sham, Waymo and Uber’s trade secrets trial date being pushed back, the ramifications of the Aqua Products opinion, Costa Rica becoming the 33rd country to join the Marrakesh Treaty, and the EPO and Brazil’s INPI launching a PPH pilot programme

  • Wed, 11 October 2017

    Federal Circuit vacates injunction in Amgen’s dispute with Sanofi

    The permanent injunction granted by the District of Delaware in the dispute between Amgen and Sanofi/Regeneron over cholesterol-lowering treatment has been vacated, in a decision that also included some implications for the USPTO’s practice of granting broad antibody claims

  • Fri, 06 October 2017

    Analysis: Was the Federal Circuit’s Aqua Products opinion a wash out?

    The Federal Circuit’s en banc Aqua Products v Matal ruling has been described as “a complete non-event” and “a real mess” that “did little to resolve the big questions” surrounding the PTAB's treatment of motions to amend. However, it did shift the burden of persuasion to the petitioner, while some believe the Chevron implications of the decision are most interesting

  • Wed, 04 October 2017

    USPTO, AbbVie, Amgen, ITC, design patents – the week in IP

    Recent intellectual property news included a proposal to make the USPTO an independent agency, a record year for US patent issuance, a settlement of AbbVie and Amgen’s Humira biosimilar dispute, a surge of complaints at the International Trade Commission, and the first post-Samsung verdict on design patent damages

  • Wed, 04 October 2017

    Federal Circuit issues narrow en banc Aqua Products opinion

    The long-awaited Aqua Products ruling is narrow – a result of different views on the judgment and the rationale that should be employed. The matter is remanded for the PTAB to consider the patentability of the proposed substitute claims without placing the burden of persuasion on the patent owner

  • Wed, 04 October 2017

    Data: ED of Texas’s post-TC Heartland share of US patent cases falls to 16%

    The Eastern District of Texas’s share of US district court patent cases in 2017 has fallen to 16% post-TC Heartland from 34% before, while overall patent case filing is on course to fall 13% for the full year compared to 2016, reveals data from Unified Patents

  • Wed, 04 October 2017

    PTAB filling falls in Q3 but still on track for record year

    The third quarter had the fewest Patent Trial and Appeal Board petitions since the first quarter of 2016. In September, the Board designated one of its decisions as informative and also granted a rare rehearing in an IPR involving the Coalition for Affordable Drugs

  • Mon, 02 October 2017

    Canada and Americas supplements now online

    Our latest supplements, on Canada and the Americas, are now available to read online. They include articles on Canada’s new drug and biosimilar patent linkage system and litigation landscape, Brazil’s new Civil Procedure Code, and Mexico’s boundaries of patent claim amendment

  • Fri, 29 September 2017

    Takeaways from the Federal Circuit’s Cray patent venue guidance

    Federal Circuit guidance on patent venue provided when granting a writ of mandamus in In Re Cray made clear that typical work-from-home employee will not create a “regular and established place of business” but it’s possible some remote offices will create venue. Cray will also likely affect Delaware’s recent guidance on venue

  • Thu, 28 September 2017

    Allergan, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, Apple, Uber, Waymo, Inside Out, Netflix, FTC endorsement guidance – the week in IP

    Recent intellectual property news included a motion to dismiss IPRs covering Allergan’s Restasis treatment, an Apple dispute involving a patent transferred to a company with Native American tribe links, the latest in the Waymo/Uber trade secrets case, a copyright lawsuit over Disney’s Inside Out, Pablo Escobar’s brother threatening to close Narcos down because of trade marks and revised FTC guidance on social media endorsers

  • Thu, 28 September 2017

    Delaware jury awards Amgen $70m in patent dispute with Hospira

    Amgen has been awarded $70 million in a dispute over a Pfizer subsidiary’s biosimilar of the Epogen treatment for anaemia

  • Wed, 27 September 2017

    Stark declines to enhance Idenix’s record $2.5bn patent damages award

    District of Delaware says additional sanction is not warranted in Idenix v Gilead “given that the result of that misconduct is a cure for a potentially-fatal disease afflicting millions of people around the world, and given that the jury's damages award is already the largest damages verdict ever returned in a patent trial”

  • Wed, 27 September 2017

    Signs of life for doctrine of equivalents in the US

    Some recent Federal Circuit decisions as well as a petition to the Supreme Court suggest the doctrine of equivalents is not dead in the US, despite a declining number of decisions referencing the doctrine since Warner-Jenkinson in 1997

  • Thu, 21 September 2017

    How Allergan’s Mohawk tribe patent deal could blow up the IPR system

    If successful, Allergan’s eye-catching gambit of seeking to cancel PTAB proceedings by assigning patents to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe would be a blueprint for others to follow. But will the PTAB rule that sovereign immunity applies in this case?

  • Thu, 21 September 2017

    Federal Circuit rejects Gilstrap’s test for patent venue

    The Federal Circuit has reversed an Eastern District of Texas refusal to transfer the Cray case, and rejected Judge Gilstrap’s test for determining patent venue. This includes the appeals court stating there must be a physical, geographical location in the district from which the business of the defendant is carried out

  • Thu, 21 September 2017

    Judge Stark’s patent venue guidance has far-reaching implications

    Judge Leonard Stark of the District of Delaware has issued two rulings on motions to transfer that provide guidance for Hatch-Waxman and other patent litigation. This included ruling “regular and established place of business” requires a physical place of business in the district

  • Thu, 21 September 2017

    Google, HTC, TTAB, PTAB, Judge Michel, Apple, Acacia, Microsoft – the week in IP

    Recent news included Google receiving a licence for HTC intellectual property, the TTAB again finding “Pretzel Crisps” to be generic, the PTAB designating a decision as informative, Judge Paul Michel suggesting seven ways to improve the US patent system, Apple settling with Acacia following a $22m verdict, and Microsoft extending its Azure programme to China

  • Thu, 14 September 2017

    We Shall Overcome not covered by copyright

    Civil rights movement anthem “We Shall Overcome” has been ruled to be in the public domain, with the Southern District of New York deciding that 1960 and 1963 applications for a copyright in the song were significantly flawed

  • Thu, 14 September 2017

    Monkey selfie, Octane, Halo, Garmin, Navico, Qualcomm, Apple, PTAB, Amazon – the week in IP

    A monkey selfie settlement, the Federal Circuit ruling on Octane, Halo being denied enhanced damages, an award of $39m damages for Navico, a denial of Qualcomm’s motion for an injunction against Apple, the percentage of women appearing before the PTAB, the expiration of Amazon’s one-click patent, and IBM chief patent counsel Manny Schecter’s hopes for the new USPTO director were in the recent intellectual property news

  • Tue, 12 September 2017

    Ropes & Gray hires PTAB chair from Oblon, and other US people moves

    Managing IP’s regular update of people moves includes hires by Ropes & Gray, Norton Rose Fulbright, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, Hogan Lovells, Wolf Greenfield, Shook Hardy & Bacon and BakerHostetler. These include new roles for two former AIPLA presidents

  • Thu, 07 September 2017

    PTAB August round-up: Filing down; Federal Circuit criticises PTAB in two opinions; ruling on standing

    126 PTAB petitions were filed in August, while the Federal Circuit expressed concern with the Board’s practice of joinder and expanded panels in Nidec Motor v Zhongshan Broad Ocean Motor, said it abused its discretion for failing to consider material evidence in Ultratec v CaptionCall, and ruled that an IPR petitioner doesn’t need to satisfy Article III standing requirements to participate in a patent owner’s appeal in Personal Audio v EFF

  • Thu, 07 September 2017

    Federal Circuit to answer “serious questions” about PTAB joinder and panels

    A concurring opinion in Nidec Motor v Zhongshan Broad Ocean Motor critical of the PTAB’s position on joinder and expanded panels suggests the Federal Circuit will further scrutinise these issues in future decisions

  • Wed, 06 September 2017

    In Re Brunetti, Nintendo, hashtag trade marks, Blackbird Technologies, patent application references, CBS, Dr Phil – the week in IP

    Federal Circuit oral arguments over scandalous and immoral marks, a jury awarding $10m against Nintendo, hashtag trade mark applications increasing 64%, data on cited references in patent applications, a profile of Blackbird Technologies, a dispute over CBS’s use of a photograph in a news programme and an unusual copyright case involving Dr Phil were in the recent intellectual property news

  • Wed, 06 September 2017

    Federal Circuit to hear USPTO attorneys' fees issue en banc

    Parties have been asked to brief on the issue of whether Section 145’s “[a]ll the expenses of the proceedings” provision authorises an award of the USPTO’s attorneys’ fees, after the Federal Circuit ordered a sua sponte rehearing en banc of Nantkwest v Matal

  • Wed, 06 September 2017

    Assessing Trump’s USPTO director nominee, Andrei Iancu

    USPTO director nominee Andrei Iancu has broad experience of patent litigation and PTAB proceedings. But observers are unclear about his views on a number of issues

  • Thu, 31 August 2017

    News round-up – recent IP stories of interest

    Recent intellectual property news included stories involving VidAngel, Finjan, a protest at the USPTO, Costco, Tiffany, Cheerios, Rubik’s Cube, CPA Global, Aqua Licensing, Crocs, Warner Bros and Pepe the Frog

  • Tue, 29 August 2017

    Trump nominates Irell & Manella’s Iancu for USPTO director

    Andrei Iancu will succeed Michelle Lee as USPTO director if the US Senate confirms his nomination. He is a managing partner of Irell & Manella in Los Angeles

  • Thu, 24 August 2017

    First-half US patent litigation data and analysis – Uniloc tops plaintiff ranking

    Natalie Rahhal analyses the top plaintiffs, defendants and law firms in the first half of 2017, and identifies some trends to watch in the second half including how NPEs and the ITC will be affected by TC Heartland

  • Mon, 14 August 2017

    The latest Americas IP people moves

    Managing IP’s regular update of people moves includes hires by Orrick, Mintz Levin, Merchant & Gould, Foley & Lardner, BakerHostetler and King & Spalding, as well as Erich Spangenberg leaving Marathon and a new INTA chief representative officer for Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Mon, 14 August 2017

    New Zealand launches geographical indications register for wines and spirits

    Eighteen priority applications have been filed after New Zealand’s GI Act came into effect. Coordination is needed on determining boundaries, and potential issues include interpretation and how GIs are negotiated in free trade agreements

  • Thu, 10 August 2017

    Under Armour wins trade mark case in China

    The People’s Higher Court of Fujian Province has granted Under Armour a preliminary injunction, a rarity in trade mark cases before the Chinese courts, in its dispute with Uncle Martian

  • Thu, 10 August 2017

    Canada publishes proposed amendments to Patent Rules

    The Canadian government has published proposed amendments to the Canadian Patent Rules for public consultation

  • Thu, 10 August 2017

    Attorneys’ fees, Federal Circuit, will.i.am, EFF, Erich Spangenberg, CRISPR, Prism, Philips, ITC, Qualcomm, Apple, Aqua IP Investor Pool – the week in IP

    The Federal Circuit confirming the attorneys’ fees standard is the same in patent and trade mark cases, will.i.am being denied a trade mark registration, EFF winning an appeal of its podcasting dispute with Personal Audio, Erich Spangenberg leaving Marathon, the EPO intending to grant a CRISPR patent, a $30m damages award being set aside, a $10.3m award for Philips, a pool to connect patent holders with high-growth start-ups, and the ITC taking on Qualcomm’s complaint against Apple were in the recent intellectual property news

  • Wed, 09 August 2017

    PTAB designates Athena Automation assignor estoppel decision as precedential

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s October 2013 decision determining that the doctrine of assignor estoppel is not an exception to Section 311(a) is the ninth to be deemed precedential

  • Wed, 09 August 2017

    July PTAB data and analysis: Filing falls, motion to amend granted on remand, Federal Circuit reverses amendment, sovereign immunity applied for third time

    139 Patent Trial and Appeal Board petitions were filed in July. The month also included the Board granting a motion to amend on remand, the Federal Circuit vacating a granted motion to amend, and sovereign immunity as a defence to an IPR being applied for the third time

  • Wed, 02 August 2017

    CRISPR, Apple, Nokia, Blockchain patents, Dominion Harbor, Quincy Jones, TC Heartland – the week in IP

    UC Berkeley’s appeal in its CRISPR dispute with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Apple’s $2bn payment to Nokia, Blockchain applications at the USPTO almost doubling, Dominion Harbor and Hawkeye Ventures creating a $50 million patent acquisition fund, Quincy Jones being awarded $9.4m in unpaid royalties, and a judge stating TC Heartland was a “sea change” were in the recent intellectual property news

  • Tue, 01 August 2017

    Judge Koh rules Samsung did not waive article of manufacture issue in Apple design patent fight

    The Northern District of California has ruled that the article of manufacture issue has not been waived in Samsung’s bid for a retrial of its design patents dispute with Apple. But Judge Koh deferred consideration of whether a new trial is necessary until further briefing

  • Tue, 01 August 2017

    PTAB first-half data: Comcast tops petitioner ranking, Rovi most targeted patent owner

    Comcast taking its dispute with Rovi to the PTAB made them the top petitioner and patent owner at the PTAB in the first half of 2017. Apple and Samsung have fallen down the petitioner rankings while Fish & Richardson, Sterne Kessler and Finnegan dropped in the law firm rankings, with Banner Witcoff, Baker Botts and Ropes & Gray making strides

  • Wed, 26 July 2017

    Apple, WARF, Qualcomm, Google, Richard Prince, CLASSICS Act, STRONGER Patents Act, Tam – the week in IP

    A judge more than doubling WARF’s damages award, Qualcomm taking its Apple dispute to Europe, Google filing for a US injunction against its Canada Supreme Court loss, a judge allowing the Richard Prince copyright suit to proceed, the CLASSICS Act being introduced, the chances of success for the STRONGER Patents Act and applications for offensive trade marks were in the recent intellectual property news

  • Wed, 26 July 2017

    USPTO shares patent subject matter eligibility feedback

    The USPTO has released a report providing an overview of patent eligibility law and feedback it has received on the issue. A majority of commenters recommended legislative change

  • Wed, 26 July 2017

    Will the Federal Circuit weigh in on Judge Gilstrap’s patent venue test?

    Consensus is growing that TC Heartland was not a change in the law, while a mandamus petition in the case in which Judge Gilstrap outlined a four-factor test for “regular and established place of business” is being closely watched by patent practitioners

  • Fri, 21 July 2017

    Interim USPTO director Matal makes predictions on Oil States, TC Heartland and reform

    In an open and wide-ranging speech at the Patents for Financial Services Summit in New York, interim USPTO director Joseph Matal predicted “we are going to win” the Oil States case, TC Heartland “is not going to put the venue issue to bed” and “there will be further patent reform legislation in the coming Congress”

  • Tue, 18 July 2017

    Reaction to the Access Copyright ruling in Canada

    One observer calls Access Copyright v York University “potentially the most disruptive copyright decision we have ever seen in Canadian jurisprudence”. Issues to be resolved include what happens around a new tariff, how other universities will react and whether York will appeal

  • Tue, 18 July 2017

    Monkey selfie, Teva, Apotex, CRISPR patent pool, Eli Lilly, Jawbone, Shipping and Transit – the week in IP

    The 9th Circuit hearing the latest instalment in the monkey selfie story, a Teva trade secret suit, the Broad Institute joining discussions to create a CRISPR patent pool, Eli Lilly settling a Cialis dispute with generics, Shipping and Transit being ordered to pay attorneys’ fees twice in a week and the value of Jawbone’s portfolio were in the recent intellectual property news

  • Mon, 17 July 2017

    Predicting Aqua Products, evolving estoppel, expert testimony strategies – PTAB issues to watch

    The discussions at Managing IP’s recent PTAB Forum 2017 provided some clues about the biggest issues on PTAB practitioners’ minds, including estoppel, handling remands, expert testimony strategies and predictions for two pending Federal Circuit en banc opinions

  • Fri, 14 July 2017

    Michigan court awards Stryker enhanced damages after Supreme Court remand

    A Western District of Michigan judge has reaffirmed his award of triple damages in Stryker v Zimmer after the Supreme Court changed the test for wilful infringement last year. The total award is $248.7 million

  • Thu, 13 July 2017

    The latest people moves in the US

    Managing IP’s regular update of people moves includes the latest on the new firm being established by Ropes & Gray partners, and hires by Morrison & Foerster, Crowell & Moring, BakerHostetler, Dorsey & Whitney, Steptoe & Johnson, Wolf Greenfield, McAndrews Held & Malloy and Foley & Lardner

  • Thu, 13 July 2017

    Broken promise doctrine in Canada poses questions for courts

    The rejection of the promise doctrine has brought Canada into line with other countries and been welcomed by pharmaceutical companies. It also raises questions such as how courts will determine the “subject matter of the invention” and how the enhanced disclosure requirement will be resolved

  • Wed, 12 July 2017

    Canada’s Federal Court upholds interim tariff in Access Copyright ruling

    York University is required to pay the interim tariff established by the Copyright Board of Canada in 2010, Canada’s Federal Court rules in Access Copyright v York University. The court said the tariff is “mandatory, not voluntary”

  • Wed, 12 July 2017

    Dow’s record-setting Canada patent damages award explained

    The C$645m awarded to Dow has dwarfed the previous highest Canadian patent award to Merck. The high figure is a result of the flexible and unique nature of monetary remedies in Canada

  • Wed, 12 July 2017

    Qualcomm, Apple, TTAB, High Tech Inventors Alliance, Waymo, Uber, Shipping & Transit, Federal Circuit, PTAB, Humira, Intellectual Ventures – the week in IP

    Qualcomm filing an ITC complaint against Apple, the TTAB’s precedential opinions in 2017, eight technology companies forming an alliance, Waymo dropping patent claims in its dispute with Uber, Shipping & Transit being ordered to pay attorneys’ fees, the Federal Circuit remanding two PTAB cases and the invalidation of an AbbVie patent for Humira were in the recent intellectual property news

  • Mon, 10 July 2017

    Captain Morgan trade mark win, Teva section 8 damages, Health Canada misfeasance – some Canadian IP cases you may have missed

    Canada has had two blockbuster Supreme Court decisions and a record patent damages award in the past month. But there have been other recent IP cases of interest, including a rum trade mark dispute, the reinstatement of Teva's C$125m section 8 damages and a finding of misfeasance in processing Apotex’s Apo-Trazodone drug submission

  • Fri, 07 July 2017

    Record half for PTAB filing ends with 206 petitions in June

    PTAB data and round-up: June was the second-busiest month of 2017 for Patent Trial and Appeal Board petition filing, with Halliburton Energy Services the top petitioner. The Federal Circuit issued interesting decisions on estoppel and APA requirements, while the Supreme Court Oil States case is already having an impact

  • Thu, 06 July 2017

    Data – analysing TC Heartland’s impact on US patent litigation

    Patent lawsuit filing in US district courts held up in June but plaintiffs have deserted the Eastern District of Texas, with Delaware the top venue. Natalie Rahhal analyses how US patent litigation has changed since TC Heartland, including how NPEs have responded

  • Thu, 06 July 2017

    Why PTAB’s double threat is not causing panic yet

    The future of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board was placed in peril by two developments in June – a Supreme Court case that could find AIA trial unconstitutional and a bill in Congress that would completely gut the Board. But PTAB petitioners and fans of the Board have reason to be confident that both threats will be seen off

  • Thu, 06 July 2017

    Canada’s big week for patent news

    In a blockbuster week in Canada, the Supreme Court has struck down the promise doctrine and the Federal Court has handed Dow the largest reported patent infringement award

  • Wed, 05 July 2017

    Sir Paul McCartney, Washington Redskins, Federal Circuit, Newegg, Xiaomi, Nokia, Nike, Rob Gronkowski, USPTO, Kyle Bass – the week in IP

    A Sir Paul MCCartney and Sony settlement, the end of the Washington Redskins’ trade marks battle, a Federal Circuit ruling that Judge Gilstrap erred by not awarding Newegg fees, Xiaomi’s acquisition of Nokia patents, a Nike opposition to a trade mark application and the USPTO’s intervention in an appeal of a Coalition for Affordable Drugs PTAB win were in the recent intellectual property news

  • Wed, 05 July 2017

    Gilstrap sets four-factor test for Eastern District of Texas patent venue

    In response to motions to dismiss or transfer cases based on improper venue, Judge Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas has laid out four factors for determining “regular and established place of business” – physical presence, defendant’s representations, benefits received and targeted interactions with the district

  • Fri, 30 June 2017

    Supreme Court of Canada rejects “unsound” promise doctrine

    In the eagerly-awaited AstraZeneca Canada v Apotex ruling, Canada’s Supreme Court has struck down the “promise doctrine” and clarified the requirement for patent utility

  • Thu, 29 June 2017

    PTAB grants Schaeffler's motion to amend claims

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has issued a rare granted motion to amend in Valeo North America v Schaeffler Tech, suggesting the Board is willing to consider well-crafted substitute claims

  • Thu, 29 June 2017

    Analysis: STRONGER Patents Act would “gut” the PTAB

    The STRONGER Patents Act would mean a weaker PTAB. The bill has received support from pro-patent groups but its critics say it “contains many terrible ideas” and “would for all practical purposes end AIA trial proceedings”

  • Wed, 28 June 2017

    Google’s Supreme Court of Canada loss raises censorship concerns

    In Google v Equustek, the Supreme Court of Canada has upheld a worldwide interlocutory injunction against Google forcing the search engine to globally de-index Datalink’s websites being used to unlawfully sell the intellectual property of Equustek. The decision was welcomed by the music industry but disappointed free expression advocates

  • Wed, 28 June 2017

    Qualcomm, Section 2(a), Federal Circuit, TC Heartland, ZoomEssence, USPTO director rumours – the week in IP

    A denial of Qualcomm’s motion to dismiss the FTC case against it, USPTO examiner guidance on Section 2(a), a Federal Circuit ruling that the USPTO can seek attorneys’ fees, the districts with the most patent cases since TC Heartland, a $56m trade secrets settlement and rumours that Andrei Iancu will be USPTO director were in the recent intellectual property news

  • Wed, 28 June 2017

    Analysis: Kyle Bass ends his PTAB campaign with a win

    This month saw the PTAB issue the final decision on a Kyle Bass inter partes review. Michael Loney asks whether that’s the last we’ll see of Bass at the Board and analyses the legacy of his campaign against pharmaceutical patents

  • Wed, 28 June 2017

    Ropes & Gray spin-off patent firm to be called Haley Guiliano

    James Haley is to join the new law firm created as part of Ropes & Gray’s restructure of its IP rights management practice

  • Fri, 23 June 2017

    Is an injunction available in biosimilar cases under state law?

    The US Supreme Court in Sandoz v Amgen remanded the question of whether an injunction is available to Amgen under state unfair competition laws. Natalie Rahhal analyses how the Federal Circuit may rule

  • Fri, 23 June 2017

    Your guide to a busy SCOTUS term for IP cases

    The US Supreme Court ruled on eight intellectual property cases this term. Get up to speed with our overview of the cases and links to our analysis of the decisions and arguments

  • Thu, 22 June 2017

    Jersey Boys, GSK, Teva, Gene Simmons, Imagine, top universities for patents, Texas trade secrets – the week in IP

    A ruling in the Jersey Boys copyright dispute, a $235m award to GlaxoSmithKline, the end of Gene Simmons’ efforts to register a hand gesture as a trade mark, a process to add Yoko Ono to Imagine’s songwriting credits, the top 100 universities granted patents and amendments to Texas trade secrets law were in the intellectual property news in the past week

  • Thu, 22 June 2017

    STRONGER Patent Act introduced in US Senate to reform PTAB

    The STRONGER Patent Act would reform the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and address “the continual weakening of patent rights by the courts”, according to sponsors Senators Coons, Cotton, Durbin and Hirono

  • Mon, 19 June 2017

    Interview: Inside Impression Products’ win at the Supreme Court

    The US Supreme Court’s recent Impression Products v Lexmark ruling made clear a product sale exhausts patent rights regardless of restrictions or location of sale. Michael Loney talks to Mayer Brown’s Andrew Pincus about how he won the case for Impression Products and what its impact will be

  • Thu, 15 June 2017

    Analysis – future of the PTAB on the line in Oil States case

    The US Supreme Court would create a mess that would need Congressional action were it to find inter partes reviews unconstitutional in the Oil States case. But a reversal of the Federal Circuit in this case is less likely than in other patent cases the court has taken on recently

  • Wed, 14 June 2017

    What will become of patent reform legislation post-TC Heartland?

    The TC Heartland decision has overhauled patent venue in the US but it does not mean that efforts in Congress to address venue through legislation are dead. Politicians in the House Judiciary Committee this week, as well as some patent practitioners, believe TC Heartland was only a step in the right direction

  • Mon, 12 June 2017

    SCOTUS rules biosimilar applicants can provide notice before FDA approval

    The Supreme Court in the Sandoz v Amgen biosimilar case has ruled that an injunction is not available under federal law and an applicant may provide notice before obtaining a licence from the FDA. The ruling is a win for Sandoz, but the case was remanded for the Federal Circuit to rule on whether an injunction is still available under state law

  • Mon, 12 June 2017

    US Supreme Court to rule on constitutionality of AIA trials

    The Supreme Court has granted cert to Oil States Energy Services v Green’s Energy Group to assess whether inter partes review violates the Constitution by not providing a jury trial. It is the third PTAB case the court will hear

  • Mon, 12 June 2017

    Generic company IPR study reveals “surprisingly high” institution rate

    A Foley & Lardner study of generic drug company IPRs against pharmaceutical patents shows an increased willingness to use the PTAB, an above-average institution rate but below-average invalidation rate

  • Thu, 08 June 2017

    Michelle Lee, IPO 2016 US patent owners list, Sanofi, Amgen, Puma, Forever 21, TC Heartland and 101 rulings, Apple, WARF – the week in IP

    Speculation about why Michelle Lee resigned as USPTO director, the IPO releasing its list of the top 300 organisations granted US patents, Federal Circuit arguments in Amgen and Sanofi’s dispute over cholesterol drug patents, a setback for Puma in its lawsuit against Forever 21, how TC Heartland will affect Section 101 rulings, and an affirmation of a $234m verdict against Apple were in the recent intellectual property news

  • Wed, 07 June 2017

    Brazil’s new process for examining pharma patents faces scepticism

    A new procedure for approving pharmaceutical patents in Brazil comes into effect on June 12 with the aim of ending the arduous double examination by the BPTO and Anvisa. Uncertainties such as whether the national health agency will be happy to be overruled by BPTO will need to be resolved to overcome doubts, however

  • Wed, 07 June 2017

    Michelle Lee resigns as USPTO director

    USPTO director Michelle Lee has resigned, with no explanation given. USPTO associate solicitor Joseph Matal has taken over her duties

  • Tue, 06 June 2017

    Predicting the future for the Eastern District of Texas after TC Heartland

    The Supreme Court’s TC Heartland v Kraft decision has been hailed as the death knell for the Eastern District of Texas, with one analysis predicting a 69% drop in filing there. But, as Natalie Rahhal reports, the picture may be more nuanced than that. The cases filed in the Eastern District since the ruling and judges’ orders on motions to transfer venue provide some clues about what to expect

  • Tue, 06 June 2017

    ITC judge recommends Garmin pay $37m penalty for violating C&D orders

    An International Trade Commission judge has recommended Garmin pay a $37m penalty for importation and sale of products featuring scanning sonar technology, which complainant Navico believes is the “largest ever” ITC recommended fine

  • Mon, 05 June 2017

    PTAB round-up: Record PGR filing in May, second sovereign immunity dismissal

    Patent Trial and Appeal Board filing in May was below average for the year, but included a record amount of PGR petitions. The month was also notable for the Supreme Court taking on a PTAB case and the Board dismissing an IPR against a state entity on sovereign immunity grounds for the second time

  • Thu, 01 June 2017

    The week in IP – Nokia, Apple, Spotify, PTAB, Abbvie, BlackBerry, Qualcomm, IP Czar, Trump budget, Uber, District of Delaware

    Nokia and Apple ending their dispute, a $43m Spotify settlement, the PTAB invalidating a Humira patent, an increase in Blackberry’s award from Qualcomm to $940m, the intellectual property czar’s nomination hearing, the Trump budget requesting $3.6bn for the USPTO, Uber firing the engineer involved in its trade secrets dispute with Waymo, and the District of Delaware inviting four Pennsylvania judges to handle cases were in the recent IP news

  • Thu, 01 June 2017

    Interview: Revamping INPI in Argentina

    Dámaso Pardo has been running Argentina’s patent and trademark office for almost a year. As he told Michael Loney, he has established a strategic plan with three main goals

  • Thu, 01 June 2017

    Good things come to those who wait at INTA

    A record number of trade mark professionals attended the INTA Annual Meeting. So did Managing IP, publishing our Trademark Times newsletter. The overwhelming feeling was Barcelona was a great city to hold the meeting in, but challenges including long lines, an over-packed finale and even muggings

  • Wed, 31 May 2017

    US Supreme Court overturns Federal Circuit patent exhaustion stance in Impression v Lexmark

    The US Supreme Court has ruled that patents rights in a product are exhausted after sale in the US or internationally, in a decision that included some strongly-worded pushback of the Federal Circuit. Pharmaceutical companies could be particularly affected because of their downstream licensing models

  • Fri, 26 May 2017

    TC Heartland – initial reaction to “most significant patent law decision since Alice”

    Filing in the Eastern District of Texas has ground to a halt, one judge has already factored it into an order and IP observers have been busy on social media debating its "seismic" impact – Managing IP collates the best reaction to the Supreme Court’s TC Heartland v Kraft ruling on patent venue

  • Wed, 24 May 2017

    SCOTUS to rule on PTAB partial institution practice in SAS Institute v Lee

    The US Supreme Court may be set to end the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s practice of instituting only some of the claims challenged in a petition and replace it with an “all or nothing” system, after granting cert in SAS Institute v Lee

  • Wed, 24 May 2017

    Intermediary liability in China

    Christian Peugeot, President of Unifab and marketing director of PSA, talks to Shaun Tan about China’s draft e-commerce law

  • Tue, 23 May 2017

    The virtual INTA exhibition hall

    The INTA Exhibition Hall is always busy. We took a look at some of the new services and competitions being offered by exhibitors

  • Tue, 23 May 2017

    Survey: The truth about conferences

    Ever wondered if your peers attend events in the same way that you do? Ahead of the INTA Annual Meeting in Barcelona, IP STARS conducted an online survey. Michael Loney reports

  • Tue, 23 May 2017

    EUTM reform – the sequel

    Fans of the EU trade mark (EUTM) will all have enjoyed last year’s trade mark reform package, which starred the notorious Section 28(8) declarations. But did you know that the sequel is released on October 1 this year, and will feature changes affecting examination, oppositions and appeals?

  • Tue, 23 May 2017

    Tips for avoiding horror stories in China

    Dan Plane of Simone Intellectual Property Services Asia yesterday gave INTA Annual Meeting attendees the latest advice on protecting brands in China, during the “A Passage out of China – Is It Any Easier?” session.

  • Tue, 23 May 2017

    News from IP offices

    An open house session with IP office representatives yesterday provided INTA Annual Meeting registrants with the latest IP developments in their respective countries

  • Mon, 22 May 2017

    SCOTUS limits patent venue in Heartland ruling

    Patent case filing will fall in the Eastern District of Texas following the Supreme Court’s ruling in TC Heartland v Kraft that residence of domestic corporations in §1400(b) refers only to the state of incorporation of the alleged infringer – the most important US patent decision since Alice

  • Mon, 22 May 2017

    “Google it” not genericide, rules Ninth Circuit

    The Ninth Circuit’s ruling that the Google name is not generic eases trademark owners’ worries about protecting their brands against usage as a verb

  • Mon, 22 May 2017

    Judges debate Haribo trademark case at INTA

    The issue of whether existing trademarks should be taken into account when considering an application was discussed during an international judges panel at the INTA Annual Meeting yesterday

  • Mon, 22 May 2017

    Slowdown in EUTM growth

    The dramatic increase in EU trademark filings of the past few years looks set to slow, EUIPO Executive Director António Campinos said

  • Mon, 22 May 2017

    Interview Nathan Wajsman, EU Observatory

    What do consumers think about IP and why do they buy counterfeits? These are just some of the questions addressed by the EU Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, as its chief economist Nathan Wajsman explains

  • Mon, 22 May 2017

    TTAB looks to clear out deadwood

    The new rule changes brought in at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) have gone smoothly. The TTAB is now looking at bringing in a new cancellation proceeding, INTA Annual Meeting attendees heard yesterday

  • Sat, 20 May 2017

    Are you braced for Brexit?

    The clock is ticking: on March 29 UK Prime Minister Theresa May sent a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk notifying him of the UK’s intention to leave the EU. The decision will have important consequences for IP rights, legislation and agreements

  • Sat, 20 May 2017

    IACC President Bob Barchiesi interview: Fighting fakes around the world

    James Nurton talks to IACC President Bob Barchiesi about counterfeits, China and the Coalition’s governance

  • Sat, 20 May 2017

    Survey: What in-house counsel want

    Reputation, expertise and costs are the top three considerations for in-house counsel hiring outside advisers, according to IP STARS research. Kingsley Egbuonu reports

  • Thu, 18 May 2017

    Hedge-fund-backed AVM “shot for the moon and missed” against Intel

    A Delaware judge has denied AVM’s $2 billion patent infringement claim against Intel. But WilmerHale’s Bill Lee tells Managing IP Lee he expects more litigation funder-driven patent suits

  • Wed, 17 May 2017

    Women in IP interview: Daralyn Durie

    Durie Tangri co-founder Daralyn Durie is one of Silicon Valley’s most prominent patent trial lawyers. She talks to Natalie Rahhal about her career path and the unique challenges for a woman litigator

  • Wed, 17 May 2017

    The growing disparity between NPE and practicing entity patent damages

    PwC’s 2017 Patent Litigation Study highlights a number of interesting US trends, including the increasing gap between NPE and practicing entity damages and the top 10 awards ever

  • Wed, 17 May 2017

    AIPLA releases Section 101 legislative proposal

    The American Intellectual Property Law Association has revealed its long-awaited proposed amendment for subject matter eligibility. It follows similar proposals from IPO and ABA

  • Wed, 17 May 2017

    Qualcomm, Waymo, Uber, Amgen, Conan O’Brien, Cloudflare, Blackbird Tech, PTAB – the week in IP

    Samsung and Intel supporting the FTC’s lawsuit against Qualcomm, the latest in the Waymo/Uber trade secrets dispute, Amgen filing a BPCIA lawsuit, a copyright case involving Conan O’Brien jokes, Cloudflare going on the offensive against Blackbird Tech and a covered business method survey were in the recent intellectual property news

  • Thu, 11 May 2017

    ANDA patent litigation fell 32.5% in 2016

    A report from Lex Machina reveals Hatch-Waxman/ANDA case filing dropped last year. It also ranks the busiest pharmaceutical companies and law firms for ANDA litigation

  • Thu, 11 May 2017

    The Defend Trade Secrets Act: a year later

    The Defend Trade Secrets Act has been in effect for a year, with more than 300 complaints filed in that time. James Pooley looks back on how the law has performed and analyses which issues need to be clarified

  • Wed, 10 May 2017

    Eagles, Wi-Fi One, hashtag trade marks, emojis, Dancing Baby – the week in IP

    A dispute over Hotel California, en banc argument in Wi-Fi One at the Federal Circuit, a 64% increase in hashtag trade mark applications, a paper discussing IP protection for emojis, and the US government urging the Supreme Court not to hear the dancing baby copyright case were in the recent intellectual property news

  • Tue, 09 May 2017

    US patent litigation springs up in April

    The 414 cases filed in US district courts last month was the highest of the year so far but 2017 is still off the pace of recent years. April’s most-notable litigation was Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer suing generic drug makers over Eliquis

  • Tue, 09 May 2017

    Why the ITC is in vogue for pharma patent disputes

    The number of pharma patent complaints at the International Trade Commission was up greatly last year. Natalie Rahhal analyses what is driving this and what benefits the ITC brings for pharmaceutical companies

  • Wed, 03 May 2017

    The “state of the art” in PAE litigation

    A recent Intellectual Ventures lawsuit filed with a companion ITC complaint may be a sign of what is to come in patent assertion entity litigation, with one observer describing it as “a formidable new change”. The ITC has now instituted the investigation against car manufacturers and parts makers

  • Wed, 03 May 2017

    PTAB round-up: April filing slumps to lowest level for a year

    IPR filing so far in 2017 is up on last year, but CBM and PGR filing are both down. Michael Loney analyses Patent Trial and Appeal Board petition activity in April, and highlights a rare instance of the ITC taking notice of PTAB institution decisions

  • Tue, 02 May 2017

    Federal Circuit issues important Helsinn on-sale bar ruling

    In Helsinn v Teva, the Federal Circuit has ruled the America Invents Act did not change the meaning of “on sale” and the bar applies if the existence of the sale is public, even if the details of the invention are not publicly disclosed

  • Tue, 02 May 2017

    World IP Day, Google, Intertrust Technologies, USTR Special 301 Report, Qualcomm, Apple, PTAB – the week in IP

    Events marking World IP Day, the launch of PatentShield by Intertrust Technologies and Google, the 2017 USTR Special 301 Report, a further deterioration in relations between Qualcomm and Apple, and PTAB filing statistics were in the recent intellectual property news

  • Thu, 27 April 2017

    The patent dance takes the US Supreme Court floor in Sandoz v Amgen oral arguments

    Natalie Rahhal analyses oral arguments at the Supreme Court in the Sandoz and Amgen patent dispute over the Biosimilar Price Competition and Innovation Act

  • Thu, 27 April 2017

    US House of Representatives approves register of copyrights selection bill

    The House of Representatives has approved by a vote of 378-48 the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act, which would make changes to the selection process for the head of the Copyright Office

  • Thu, 27 April 2017

    Arkansas jury orders Wal-Mart to pay $12.4m trade secret damages

    Cuker Interactive has won a trade secret dispute stemming from a consulting agreement under which Cuker agreed to help modernise the e-commerce website for Asda Stores, Wal-Mart’s business in the UK

  • Tue, 25 April 2017

    Women in IP Interview: Marla Grossman

    American Continental Group’s Marla Grossman has recently been involved in legislative efforts to overhaul Section 101 and make the selection of the copyright register more efficient. She tells Natalie Rahhal about her career path to being an IP influencer

  • Tue, 25 April 2017

    Abbott and Costello, top patent law firms, FTC, Snap, Richard Prince – the week in IP

    A Supreme Court petition in the “Who’s on first?” dispute, the top law firms by number of patent accusations, FTC letters reminding influencers and brands to disclose their relationships, Snap buying a geofilter patent and the latest in the Richard Prince copyright case were in the recent intellectual property news

  • Tue, 25 April 2017

    Delaware jury awards $50m in recycled glass patent dispute

    A jury in the District of Delaware has found Ardagh Glass infringed a Green Mountain Glass patent covering a type of recycled glass, and awarded $50.3m

  • Wed, 19 April 2017

    The latest people moves in the US

    Managing IP’s regular review of the latest moves and appointments in the US includes hires by Oblon, Schiff Hardin, Covington & Burling, and Goodwin Procter, as well as the latest on the USPTO leadership

  • Tue, 18 April 2017

    Intellectual Ventures, WiLAN, CRISPR appeal, Apple, Unwired Planet, Trump trade marks, EFF – the week in IP

    IV stopping buying patents, WiLAN changing its name and diversifying from “lumpy” licensing, University of California/Berkeley appealing the PTAB’s CRISPR ruling, Apple settling with Unwired Planet on the eve of trial, the New York Times’ analysis of President Trump’s trade marks, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation hitting back at a company that sued over the “Stupid Patent of the Month” were in the recent intellectual property news

  • Tue, 18 April 2017

    A catch-up with Mark Whitaker, MoFo partner and AIPLA president

    Morrison & Foerster partner Mark Whitaker is in the middle of a busy term as president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He talks to Michael Loney about legislative fixes to patent venue and Section 101, what changes to the PTAB he would like, how responsive to IP the Trump administration will be, and the outlook for the International Trade Commission

  • Mon, 17 April 2017

    Is the final act over for the Bard-Gore patent drama?

    A case with origins in a patent application filed more than 40 years ago may finally have concluded. Natalie Rahhal analyses the twists and turns in the Bard and WL Gore dispute, including a jury verdict in March

  • Sat, 15 April 2017

    Qualcomm hits back at Apple in patent licensing dispute, loses $815m BlackBerry arbitration

    Qualcomm had a busy week: first, filing a counterclaim against Apple in the licensing dispute between the two companies and, then, being hit with a binding interim arbitration award requiring it to refund $814.9m to BlackBerry related to royalties

  • Fri, 14 April 2017

    PTAB insights from our recent US Patent Forums

    Speakers discussed PTAB issues of interest and other hot topics at Managing IP’s US Patent Forums, including estoppel, a reawakening of APA issues at the Federal Circuit, the upcoming en banc rehearing of Wifi One v Broadcom, stay success rates, best strategies for using experts before the Board, and life sciences’ better survival rate in final written decisions

  • Thu, 13 April 2017

    The four biggest changes from the FDA rule to clarify Hatch-Waxman procedures

    The FDA’s “Abbreviated New Drug Applications and 505(b)(2) Applications” final rule was issued in October last year. It is long and mostly codifies standard practices, but Natalie Rahhal picks out a few changes that could have a bigger effect on Hatch-Waxman practitioners

  • Thu, 13 April 2017

    How to enforce an ITC exclusion order

    Speakers on an International Trade Commission panel at Managing IP’s US Patent Forum analysed recent notable cases such as February’s Organik Kimya Federal Circuit decision and gave best practices on enforcing an exclusion order

  • Wed, 12 April 2017

    Data: Q1 US patent litigation – district court filing lagging previous years

    First-quarter patent infringement lawsuit filing in US courts was essentially the same as 2016’s first quarter. Natalie Rahhal analyses the figures and reveals the top plaintiffs, defendants and law firms so far this year and for the whole of 2016

  • Wed, 12 April 2017

    The grey areas of trade secrets cases under the DTSA

    More than 300 cases have been filed so far involving Defend Trade Secret Act claims, but only two ex parte seizure orders have been granted. Areas of the DTSA where uncertainty still exists include hacking, cloud-based activities and employee access

  • Wed, 12 April 2017

    Ed Sheeran, Marathon Patent Group, Forever 21, Puma, Marijuanaville, Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, LOT Network –the week in IP

    A settlement in the $20m copyright claim over an Ed Sheeran song, Marathon’s relationship with Erich Spangenberg’s new company, a setback for Puma in its Forever 21 dispute, President Trump’s intention to nominate Vishal Amin as IP czar, a TTAB ruling on Marijuanaville and new LOT Network members were in the recent intellectual property news

  • Tue, 11 April 2017

    PTAB Q1 rankings: 190 petitions in March round out record quarter

    Patent Trial and Appeal Board petition filing in the first three months of 2017 was the largest quarterly filing figure ever. Michael Loney reveals the top petitioners, patent owners and law firms and analyses recent Federal Circuit and Board decisions of note

  • Tue, 11 April 2017

    PTAB urged to designate more precedential decisions

    Speakers at a recent Managing IP event called for the PTAB to give more precedential opinions to reduce inconsistencies between different panels, and identified gaps that the Board should address

  • Mon, 10 April 2017

    Can US patent applicants go art unit shopping to avoid 101 rejections?

    Speakers at a recent Managing IP event suggested US patents can be drafted to direct them into an art unit that will minimise the risks of 101 rejections. The lessons from Enfish and MCRo were also discussed

  • Mon, 10 April 2017

    PTAB judges shed light on pet peeves and give tips for practitioners

    At recent Managing IP events, PTAB judges discussed what practitioners do wrong during proceedings and shared tips for expert declarations, oral arguments and motions to amend. It was also revealed the Board has set a goal of dealing with remands within six months

  • Fri, 07 April 2017

    USPTO announces PTAB procedural reform initiative

    USPTO announces initiative to examine Patent Trial and Appeal Board procedures including those relating to multiple petitions, motions to amend, claim construction and decisions to institute

  • Wed, 05 April 2017

    ABA proposes Section 101 amendment, AIPLA proposal to come

    The ABA has proposed an amendment to Section 101, which follows an IPO subject matter eligibility proposal in January. The president of AIPLA has told Managing IP his association’s board will likely approve a 101 proposal within the next six weeks

  • Wed, 05 April 2017

    PTAB grants Shire’s motion to amend

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has allowed Shire to cancel all claims instituted for inter partes review except for one multiple dependent claim that was amended to depend on only non-instituted claims

  • Wed, 05 April 2017

    Unwired Planet v Google, Q1 PTAB and district court filing, Hefty/Glad false advertising dispute, USPTO leadership, International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition – the week in IP

    The Federal Circuit’s denial of en banc review of Unwired Planet v Google, a record quarter for PTAB petition filing, a false advertising case involving garbage bag makers, the latest on USPTO leadership and IACC praise for a President Trump executive order were in the recent intellectual property news

  • Wed, 05 April 2017

    Global and North America awards – the winners have all been revealed

    A busy awards season for Managing IP is now over, with the winners of both our Global Awards and North America awards announced last month. Recap who the winners were and view photos from our awards dinners in London and New York

  • Wed, 05 April 2017

    Section 101’s future and other highlights from the April 2017 issue

    Print copies of our latest issue are now on their way to readers all over the world. Rather than wait for the post, subscribers can read the full contents online now! The April issue includes a cover story on eligible patent subject matter in the US and three articles on the CJEU

  • Tue, 04 April 2017

    Registering scent trade marks – not to be sniffed at?

    Hasbro is trying to register a US trade mark for the smell of Play-Doh, despite only a few scent marks being registered at the USPTO. Natalie Rahhal asks why a company would seek this type of mark and what the process is for getting one

  • Wed, 29 March 2017

    Register of Copyrights selection bill clears House Judiciary Committee

    A bill that would require that the head of the US Copyright Office is a presidential nominee has been approved by the US House of Representatives judiciary committee. Bob Goodlatte, the committee’s chairman, says this is “the first initial legislative step” of wider copyright reform

  • Wed, 29 March 2017

    Microsoft, Toyota, USPTO, LG, Marrakesh treaty, Kanye West, Beijing Intellectual Property Court, Crystal Head Vodka – the week in IP

    Microsoft’s patent licensing agreement with Toyota, a new USPTO Working Group on Regulatory Reform, LG’s first complaints against another phone manufacturer, Honduras’ ratification of the Marrakesh treaty, a copyright settlement between Kanye West and a Hungarian songwriter, the first injunction in a SEP infringement suit issued by the Beijing Intellectual Property Court, and a trade dress win for Dan Aykroyd's Crystal Head Vodka were in the recent intellectual property news

  • Wed, 29 March 2017

    US Supreme Court revisits patent venue in TC Heartland v Kraft arguments

    Questions from some Supreme Court justices in oral arguments in TC Heartland v Kraft suggested a desire to overturn the Federal Circuit on patent venue. Natalie Rahhal analyses the issues discussed and likely outcomes of the case

  • Tue, 28 March 2017

    Impression v Lexmark arguments analysis: When are patent rights exhausted?

    The Supreme Court oral arguments in Impression Products v Lexmark International addressed whether a sale of a patented article outside the US exhausts the US patent rights in that article. Observers believe the court’s Kirtsaeng ruling and the recent SCA Hygiene ruling could influence the outcome

  • Fri, 24 March 2017

    Managing IP North America Awards Winners 2017

    The North America Awards Dinner was held at the Four Seasons in Washington DC on March 23, revealing the best intellectual property law firms, individuals and cases of the past year

  • Wed, 22 March 2017

    US Supreme Court finds cheerleading uniform designs copyright eligible

    The Supreme Court has held that the designs in a cheerleading uniform satisfy the test for copyright protection in its Star Athletica v Varsity Brands ruling. Observers say the decision provides a standard test to be applied to the separability analysis

  • Wed, 22 March 2017

    Eli Lilly loses NAFTA patent arbitration with Canada

    Tribunal in NAFTA arbitration between Eli Lilly and the Canadian government has found the application of the promise doctrine did not involve a fundamental change in the country’s patent law, in a keenly-anticipated decision

  • Wed, 22 March 2017

    PTAB issues last Coalition for Affordable Drugs written decision

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has now given rulings in all 33 petitions filed by Kyle Bass’s Coalition for Affordable Drugs. The final tally is that the coalition succeeded in getting claims invalidated in 27% of the total petitions filed and 50% of those that were instituted

  • Wed, 22 March 2017

    US Supreme Court rules no laches defence available in patent cases

    The Supreme Court rejected wholesale the Federal Circuit’s stance that laches be an available defence in patent law, in its SCA Hygiene v First Quality ruling

  • Wed, 22 March 2017

    FilmOn, Supreme Court, patent sales, Stairway to Heaven, Blockchain Intellectual Property Council, Adidas, Juicy Couture – the week in IP

    The Ninth Circuit reversing a July 2015 win for streaming company FilmOn, the Supreme Court hearing Lexmark oral arguments, fourth-quarter US patent sales holding steady, the Stairway to Heaven copyright case being appealed, the launch of the Blockchain Intellectual Property Council, and Adidas suing Juicy Couture for trade mark infringement were in the recent IP news

  • Tue, 21 March 2017

    US district court 101 invalidity rates down slightly in 2017

    The Federal Circuit maintains its high invalidity rate on Section 101 decisions so far this year but the district court rate has fallen, according to new figures from Fenwick & West’s Robert Sachs. One interesting recent trend is the PTAB has reversed all 16 ex parte appeals of Section 101 rejections since October

  • Tue, 14 March 2017

    Canadian Federal Court awards Nintendo C$12.8m in TPM first

    The Canadian Federal Court has shown it isn’t playing when it comes to copyright infringement in game industry, in the first ruling to consider technological protection measures introduced in 2012

  • Tue, 14 March 2017

    Whirlpool, Acorda, Kyle Bass, Michelle Lee, Google, Uber, copyright lawsuits, IP Commission Report – the week in IP

    A jury awarding Whirlpool $7.6m, the PTAB upholding Acorda patents in four Kyle Bass IPRs, the USPTO confirming Michelle Lee is still director and Anthony Scardino is acting deputy director, Waymo adding a patent claim to its dispute with Uber, Malibu Media filing its first copyright suits for three months, and the IP Commission Report updating IP theft losses were in the recent intellectual property news

  • Tue, 14 March 2017

    Federal Circuit finds motion-sensor patents valid under Alice, in Thales Visionix v United States

    The Federal Circuit has upheld patents disclosing a system of sensors affixed to a helmet under Section 101, in its Thales Visionix v United States ruling

  • Tue, 14 March 2017

    ITC schedules second oral hearing in almost a decade

    The International Trade Commission will hold an oral hearing in Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel in April. This is only the second oral argument granted in nearly 10 years, following one in November last year

  • Wed, 08 March 2017

    Prenda Law, Perfect 10, USPTO, Niro, Forever 21, Adidas – the week in IP

    An attorney involved in Prenda Law’s $6m copyright trolling scheme pleading guilty, Perfect 10’s assets being put into receivership, the USPTO making payments to the Department of Commerce under the shared services initiative, the USPTO suspending an ex-Niro lawyer, and Forever 21 labelling Adidas a trade mark “bully” were in the recent intellectual property news

  • Wed, 08 March 2017

    Ropes & Gray to spin off patent prosecution practice in new firm

    Ropes & Gray will leave the patent prosecution business, with the spin-out of a new firm with Joseph Guiliano as head

  • Wed, 08 March 2017

    Genentech’s biosimilar complaint against Amgen dismissed

    Judge Sleet of the District of Delaware has dismissed Genentech’s biosimilar complaint against Amgen for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, and granted 45 days for an amended complaint to be filed

  • Tue, 07 March 2017

    Sprint awarded $140m patent damages against Time Warner

    A jury in the District of Kansas has found Timer Warner Cable infringed five Sprint Communications patents, and awarded the biggest patent damages so far this year

  • Tue, 07 March 2017

    Biosimilars so far: Looking back and forward at the patent dance

    Natalie Rahhal analyses the patent disputes that have been filed so far around biosimilars and previews what issues to expect this year

  • Tue, 07 March 2017

    PTAB round-up: Petition filing slumps in February, Federal Circuit and Board decisions of note

    Patent Trial and Appeal Board petition filing last month was down 47% on the record January. Michael Loney reveals the busiest entities and analyses Federal Circuit and Board decisions in February, including the latest Kyle Bass final written decisions

  • Fri, 03 March 2017

    Should the Federal Circuit stop issuing Rule 36 affirmances?

    Law professor Dennis Crouch is calling for the Federal Circuit to not give Rule 36 affirmances in PTAB appeals, arguing it is required by statute to issue an opinion. The court has continued to issue them but has asked for briefing in two en banc rehearing requests of affirmances

  • Fri, 03 March 2017

    SIPO appears to ease curbs on software patents

    China’s IP office has released new guidelines that include a reduction in restrictions on software patents. Observers say it is not clear how big an effect it will have in practice

  • Wed, 01 March 2017

    Federal Circuit invalidates Smartflash patents in Apple dispute

    The Federal Circuit has found invalid three Smartflash patents that an Eastern District of Texas jury had awarded $530m in damages for Apple infringing in 2015. The appeals court said Smartflash’s asserted claims are analogous to Ultramercial and distinct from DDR Holdings.

  • Wed, 01 March 2017

    Federal Circuit grants Google writ of mandamus to transfer venue in Eolas case

    Google’s request for a writ of mandamus to transfer a case brought by Eolas Technologies to the Northern District of California from the Eastern District of Texas has been granted, with the Federal Circuit citing “a clear abuse of discretion”

  • Wed, 01 March 2017

    Google, Uber, Defend Trade Secrets Act, Kyle Bass, Alibaba, PTAB – the week in IP

    A Google subsidiary suing Uber for alleged trade secrets misappropriation, the first jury verdict under the Defend Trade Secrets Act, the PTAB upholding a patent in its latest Kyle Bass decision, Alibaba criticising China’s “ambiguous counterfeiting laws”, and the Supreme Court asking for a USPTO response in the Oil States PTAB case were in the recent intellectual property news

  • Tue, 28 February 2017

    Interview: Dominion Harbor’s plan for IV's Kodak patent portfolio

    Dominion Harbor has acquired Intellectual Ventures’ portfolio of Kodak patents. Its CEO, David Pridham, tells Michael Loney his plans for the portfolio and how he views the patent monetisation market

  • Fri, 24 February 2017

    Federal Circuit reverses PTAB determination of CBM patent in Secure Axcess

    The Federal Circuit has concluded “the patent at issue is outside the definition of a CBM patent that Congress provided by statute” in its Secure Axcess v PNC Bank National Association ruling. Judge Lourie wrote a dissent, backing up the PTAB’s determination

  • Thu, 23 February 2017

    Genentech, Amgen, SiriusXM, Eastern District of Texas, Donald Trump, BlackBerry, Nokia – the week in IP

    Genentech filing a biosimilars complaint against Amgen, SiriusXM being granted summary judgment in a pre-1972 copyright case in New York, filing in the Eastern District of Texas slumping, Donald Trump being approved for a trade mark for his name in China, and BlackBerry suing Nokia for patent infringement were in the recent intellectual property news

  • Thu, 23 February 2017

    SCOTUS rules in Life Tech v Promega: One is not enough

    The Supreme Court has reversed the Federal Circuit in Life Tech v Promega, ruling that manufacture and exportation of a single component of a patented invention assembled in another country is not enough for infringement in the US. However, as a concurring opinion and observers note, the court did not indicate how much more than one is enough

  • Wed, 22 February 2017

    Analysis: Complexity lies ahead for CRISPR patents after PTAB decision

    The eagerly-anticipated ruling from the PTAB of “no interference-in-fact” is a win for the Broad Institute in its CRISPR patent battle with University of California Berkeley. But much wrangling lies ahead over the rights to the gene-editing technology, including a potential appeal and likely licensing disputes

  • Wed, 22 February 2017

    Trends to watch at the ITC after busy 2016 for IP investigations

    Highlights at the International Trade Commission in 2016 included the most Section 337 investigations since 2011, the first live hearing for a decade and the first antitrust claim for 25 years. Michael Loney asks ITC practitioners what trends they expect in 2017

  • Fri, 17 February 2017

    Federal Circuit vacates Apple PTAB win for inadequately supported findings

    A Patent Trial and Appeal Board finding of unpatentability for obviousness based on two prior-art references in Personal Web Technologies v Apple has been remanded because “the Board did not adequately support its findings”

  • Thu, 16 February 2017

    Latest people moves in the Americas

    Managing IP’s regular review of the latest moves and appointments in the Americas includes Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison hiring Ropes & Gray’s PTAB chair, an IP law firm merger in Ecuador and much more

  • Wed, 15 February 2017

    CRISPR interference decision, Center for Intellectual Property Understanding, Alibaba, Section 101, Northern District of California – the week in IP

    The USPTO ruling “no interference in fact” in the CRISPR patents dispute, the unveiling of a new non-profit devoted to increasing awareness of IP rights, Alibaba accusing agencies of filing false complaints, IBM’s Manny Schecter calling for Congress to act on Section 101, and new patent case rules in the Northern District of California were in the intellectual property news in the past week

  • Wed, 15 February 2017

    Federal Circuit reverses district court in long-fought Shire v Watson ANDA dispute

    The Federal Circuit has found Watson did not infringe Shire’s patent for Lialda, noting the “rare” exception established by Norian to the presumptively closed nature of the “consisting of” language

  • Wed, 15 February 2017

    Jury orders Google to pay $20m in patent damages

    An inventor and the estate of his late partner have been awarded $20m by an Eastern District of Texas jury for Google infringing three patents through its Chrome browser, in a case on remand from the Federal Circuit

  • Tue, 14 February 2017

    PTAB round-up: Record filing in January, Federal Circuit’s Phigenix standing ruling, denial of review decisions, district court estoppel

    Michael Loney rounds up Patent Trial and Appeal Board-related decisions of note in January, including a precedential Federal Circuit decision on standing to appeal in Phigenix v ImmunoGen and two district court estoppel decisions

  • Sat, 11 February 2017

    Rare interlocutory injunction granted in Canada trade mark case

    After a 15-year wait, two interlocutory injunctions have been granted in trade mark cases in Canada in the past two years. The latest one came in a trade mark dispute between Sleep Country and Sears over slogans for mattresses

  • Fri, 10 February 2017

    Why Microsoft has introduced protection against cloud computing patent litigation

    In an interview, Erich Andersen explains Microsoft’s new programme to protect customers against IP litigation related to cloud computing, including making 10,000 patents available and pledging to Azure customers that if it transfers patents to non-practising entities they cannot be asserted against them

  • Fri, 10 February 2017

    The top US copyright plaintiffs since 2015 revealed

    The Central District of California and Southern District of New York are the top districts for US copyright litigation since 2009, a Lex Machina report reveals. In the past year, textile pattern litigation has increased greatly, while file-sharing cases have dropped

  • Thu, 09 February 2017

    Women in IP Interview: Jane Politz Brandt

    Jane Politz Brandt has made a name for herself trying high-profile cases, particularly in the Eastern District of Texas, where she is co-chair of Thompson & Knight’s intellectual property practice group. In our latest Women in IP interview, she talks with Natalie Rahhal about mentorship and secrets to success

  • Wed, 08 February 2017

    John Amster leaves RPX, Marty Roberts takes over as interim CEO

    RPX’s board says its CEO resigned as “a result of Mr Amster's request that the Board commence a process to sell the company in a going-private transaction”

  • Wed, 08 February 2017

    Apple, Samsung, Oculus, Facebook, US Chamber of Commerce IP Index, Amazon – the week in IP

    The Federal Circuit remanding Apple and Samsung’s design patent damages case back to district court, a jury awarding Zenimax $500m against Facebook, the US Chamber of Commerce releasing its annual IP Index, the Eastern District of Texas staying 20 cases involving Amazon, and Bob Goodlatte outlining his IP agenda were among recent intellectual property stories

  • Wed, 08 February 2017

    The top PTAB petitioners, patent owners, law firms and attorneys in 2016

    The top petitioners, patent owners, law firms and attorneys in Patent Trial and Appeal Board petitions filed in 2016 have been revealed from Docket Navigator data. Apple only just hung onto its top petitioner status

  • Tue, 07 February 2017

    The high stakes in Sanofi’s appeal of Amgen’s rare permanent injunction win

    (UPDATED FEBRUARY 8) Last month’s granting of an Amgen permanent injunction motion in its cholesterol drug patent dispute with Sanofi and Regeneron would “give another arrow in the quiver” of those seeking permanent injunctions in similar cases, if it is upheld on appeal

  • Tue, 07 February 2017

    Managing IP North America Awards 2017 shortlists announced

    The shortlists for this year’s Managing IP North America Awards have been announced. The outstanding intellectual property firms and individuals in the US and Canada will be chosen from these, and revealed at a dinner in Washington DC on March 23

  • Tue, 07 February 2017

    January breaks monthly PTAB filing record

    246 Patent Trial and Appeal Board petitions were filed in January, according to data taken from Docket Navigator. No month had broken 200 petitions before. In contrast, district court patent case filing slumped

  • Fri, 03 February 2017

    Amgen-Sandoz analysis: Come patent dancing at the Supreme Court

    Natalie Rahhal analyses the issues at stake when the US Supreme Court hears the biosimilars dispute between Sandoz and Amgen later this year

  • Wed, 01 February 2017

    SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch, Teva, Apple, Qualcomm, PTAB, NFL-related litigation – the week in IP

    How Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court would affect intellectual property, the invalidation of four of Teva’s Copaxone patents, Tim Cook’s sofa analogy about Qualcomm, Apple’s IPR strategy and a comprehensive overview of NFL-related litigation were in the recent intellectual property news

  • Wed, 01 February 2017

    PTAB rules state sovereign immunity applies in IPR proceedings

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has dismissed three inter partes review petitions filed by Covidien because the University of Florida Research Foundation is entitled to an Eleventh Amendment sovereign immunity defence

  • Tue, 31 January 2017

    Qualcomm comes under FRAND fire from FTC, Apple – analysis

    Qualcomm is facing an FTC complaint alleging unfair methods of competition while Apple has sued it in the US and China. But observers question whether the FTC’s complaint can go the distance

  • Wed, 25 January 2017

    Trump: the pro-patent president?

    Since the election of Donald Trump, IP observers have been speculating about what IP-related action he may take. A new report concludes he will likely be much more patent friendly than Obama

  • Wed, 25 January 2017

    Apple, Qualcomm, Sir Paul McCartney, Merck, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Star Trek, TTAB, Niro Law – the week in IP

    An Apple lawsuit against Qualcomm, Sir Paul McCartney’s efforts to regain ownership over Beatles songs, a $625m Merck patent settlement with Bristol-Myers Squibb, a Star Trek copyright lawsuit, the end of Niro Law, and the top 10 TTAB decisions of 2016 were in the recent intellectual property headlines

  • Mon, 23 January 2017

    US Supreme Court examines many angles in Slants oral arguments

    Supreme Court justices grappled with issues including whether trade marks are commercial speech rather than expressive speech, in oral arguments in Lee v Tam. Natalie Rahhal examines the arguments made and how the court may rule

  • Mon, 23 January 2017

    US Supreme Court examines many angles in Slants oral arguments

    Supreme Court justices grappled with issues including whether trade marks are commercial speech rather than expressive speech, in oral arguments in Lee v Tam. Natalie Rahhal examines the arguments made and how the court may rule

  • Thu, 19 January 2017

    Interview: Laurie Self, Qualcomm VP and counsel of government affairs

    Laurie Self found herself at the forefront of IP issues early on in her career, and has maintained her involvement there ever since. In our latest Women in IP interview, she discusses policy, enforcement and the gender gap with Natalie Rahhal

  • Wed, 18 January 2017

    Federal Circuit PTAB appeal statistics, and how the Board handles remands

    As of the end of the year, the Federal Circuit had affirmed on every issue in 77.4% of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board appeals it had seen. Finnegan has analysed what parties can expect from cases that are remanded to the Board

  • Wed, 18 January 2017

    Catching up with Canada: 2016’s biggest IP cases and highlights

    We look back on last year’s Canadian intellectual property highlights and most interesting cases, including a highly-anticipated copyright fair use ruling, clarification of the double patenting test, CETA legislation and the introduction of patent and trademark agent privilege

  • Wed, 18 January 2017

    Qualcomm, antitrust guidelines, AAP, motions to transfer venue, Biogen, TTAB, Samsung v Apple – the week in IP

    An FTC complaint against Qualcomm, new antitrust guidelines for the licensing of intellectual property, Maria Pallante's new job at the Association of American Publishers, data on motions to transfer venue in patent cases, and Biogen’s $1.25 billion settlement and licence agreement deal with Forward Pharma were in the recent IP headlines

  • Wed, 18 January 2017

    Cases to look out for in 2017 – United States

    The Supreme Court’s impressive appetite for IP cases dominates the forthcoming intellectual property trials and judgments in the US – with decisions in seven cases to come. The Federal Circuit will also issue two en banc decisions from PTAB appeals

  • Mon, 16 January 2017

    Cases to look out for in 2017 – Canada

    Among potential trials and judgments expected in Canada in 2017 are the Supreme Court weighing in on the controversial promise doctrine, a case involving a worldwide injunction against Google.ca, and two pharmaceutical patent case appeals

  • Sat, 14 January 2017

    US Supreme Court to hear Amgen-Sandoz biosimilars patent dance case

    The dispute between Amgen and Sandoz over aspects of the so-called patent dance outlined in the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act was granted cert by the US Supreme Court

  • Thu, 12 January 2017

    PTAB round-up: December filing data; Federal Circuit In re NuVasive decision; district courts narrow estoppel

    Data and analysis: December Patent Trial and Appeal Board petition filing was the fourth-highest of 2016, the Federal Circuit recently heard en banc arguments in one PTAB appeal and granted en banc rehearing in another, the appeals court remanded the Board in In re NuVasive, and the District of Delaware interpreted the scope of estoppel narrowly in Intellectual Ventures v Toshiba

  • Thu, 12 January 2017

    Federal Circuit dismisses PTAB appeal for lack of standing

    The Federal Circuit in its precedential decision in Phigenix v ImmunoGen has ruled the petitioner lacked standing to appeal a Patent Trial and Appeal Board final written decision because of insufficient evidence to show an “injury-in-fact”

  • Wed, 11 January 2017

    USPTO director speculation, Amgen injunction win, software copyright litigation, top global innovators, 2016 reviews – the week in IP

    Suggestions for the next USPTO director, AIPLA’s advice for US president-elect Trump, an injunction preventing Sanofi selling a drug during the term of two Amgen patents, a review of software copyright litigation since Oracle v Google, a list of top global innovators, and reviews of 2016 for patent licensing stocks and the PTAB were in the recent intellectual property headlines

  • Wed, 11 January 2017

    The final 2016 US district court patent case and PTAB filing figures

    Patent case filing in US district courts fell 21% and PTAB petition filing fell 2% in 2016 over the previous year, according to figures taken from Docket Navigator. An RPX report has also revealed the most prolific NPEs of the year

  • Wed, 11 January 2017

    IBM stays top in record year for US utility patent grants

    The IFI Claims US Top 50 ranking of patent recipients reveals IBM acquired the most patents ever of any company in a year. Asian companies account for more than half of the top 50

  • Tue, 10 January 2017

    Lee v Tam: The amicus briefs, in brief

    Natalie Rahhal analyses the arguments of the amicus briefs filed in Lee v Tam, ahead of oral arguments in the case involving disparaging trade marks at the US Supreme Court on January 18

  • Tue, 10 January 2017

    Peter Detkin joins Sherpa, and other North America people moves

    Sherpa Technology Group, White & Case, Arent Fox, Conversant, Hughes Hubbard & Reed and Neal Gerber & Eisenberg are among the firms making recent intellectual property hires, as well as the USPTO announcing PPAC and TPAC members

  • Wed, 04 January 2017

    Federal Circuit grants en banc review of PTAB time-bar orders

    The Federal Circuit has granted en banc rehearing in Wi-Fi One v Broadcom. The court will consider whether judicial review is available for a patent owner to challenge the USPTO’s determination that the petitioner satisfied the timeliness requirement governing the filing of IPR petitions

  • Wed, 04 January 2017

    Fitbit drops Jawbone patent case at ITC

    Wearable device company Fitbit has moved for termination of its ITC patent complaint against Jawbone, which is unhappy at suggestions about its financial stability

  • Wed, 04 January 2017

    How patent case venue rules could change in TC Heartland

    Natalie Rahhal speaks to former Federal Circuit Chief Judge Paul Michel and others to assess the potential impact of In re TC Heartland at the US Supreme Court. One outcome could be a sharp fall in filing in the Eastern District of Texas and an increase in a potentially under-resourced District of Delaware

  • Wed, 04 January 2017

    Some IP stories you may have missed over the holiday period

    Interesting intellectual property stories in the final two weeks of 2016 included an important New York ruling on pre-1972 sound recordings, Qualcomm being fined in Korea and making patent licence deals in China, the USTR revealing its 2016 Notorious Markets List, and two lawyers being indicted for an “elaborate scheme to fraudulently obtain millions of dollars in copyright lawsuit settlements”

  • Thu, 22 December 2016

    Highlights from the ASIPI meeting in Buenos Aires

    Michael Loney reveals interesting talking points from this month’s XIX Work Sessions and Administrative Council of ASIPI in Buenos Aires, including lessons from TPP, the Latin American Trademark Impact Study, the responsibility of ISPs for third party content, the limits of biotechnology, and the scope of athlete’s image rights

  • Wed, 21 December 2016

    PTAB: estoppel and subsequent district court litigation

    Jim Brogan, Brian Eutermoser and Janna Fischer discuss the ways that the unsuccessful IPR petitioner at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board still can challenge validity in subsequent district court litigation

  • Tue, 20 December 2016

    Federal Circuit en banc considers motions to amend in Aqua Products

    During oral arguments for In re: Aqua Products, the Federal Circuit sitting en banc considered the burden of proof in motions to amend before the PTAB. Natalie Rahhal analyses the likely outcomes when the appeals court issues its decision in the case

  • Tue, 20 December 2016

    ITC rules Arista infringed Cisco’s patents … again

    The International Trade Commission has ruled that Arista’s components for routers and networking systems infringe two Cisco patents. This follows a June ITC judgment that Arista infringed three other Cisco’s patents

  • Fri, 16 December 2016

    Delaware jury awards Merck biggest-ever patent award of $2.54bn

    A Delaware jury has ordered Gilead Sciences to pay $2.54 billion in damages to Merck for infringing a patent related to hepatitis C treatment. It is the largest-ever patent damages award

  • Thu, 15 December 2016

    US Supreme Court to hear patent venue case TC Heartland

    The Eastern District of Texas’s dominance over patent cases is in peril after the Supreme Court granted cert in TC Heartland v Kraft Food Brands Group

  • Thu, 08 December 2016

    2016 US patent case filing update

    With one month to go, 2016 is averaging 378 cases filed in US district courts a month – way down from a 508 monthly average for the whole of 2013, 418 in 2014 and 481 in 2015

  • Wed, 07 December 2016

    Analysing Life Tech v Promega arguments at the US Supreme Court

    The Life Tech v Promega case involving the export of components of patented inventions pitted Sidley Austin’s Carter Phillips against WilmerHale’s Seth Waxman during oral arguments

  • Wed, 07 December 2016

    November PTAB round-up: 2016’s second-busiest filing month, CAFC decisions of interest

    Data and analysis: November was a strong month for Patent Trial and Appeal Board filing, while the Federal Circuit took issue with several decisions coming out of the Board

  • Tue, 06 December 2016

    Duran Duran, Iceland, USPTO, GIPC IP Champions, Canada copyright – the week in IP

    Duran Duran losing a copyright case in the UK, a trade mark dispute between a supermarket and the Icelandic government, regime change at the USPTO, the Global Intellectual Property Center revealing its IP Champions, Music Canada appearing to change its tune, and the slowdown of 2015’s top US district court patent case filer were in the recent intellectual property headlines

  • Fri, 02 December 2016

    Interview: Randi Karpinia, Meg Boulware and the AIPLA Women in IP Law Committee

    The chair of AIPLA’s Women in IP Law Committee and the co-chair of the Advancement and Retention Subcommittee tell Natalie Rahhal how they promote retaining and advancing women

  • Wed, 30 November 2016

    2016 Canada IP Report reveals fall in patent applications

    A report co-authored by CIPO reveals statistics on patent and trade mark filing and granting in Canada since 2006

  • Tue, 29 November 2016

    The latest IP developments in Brazil and Mexico

    Our latest supplements, focusing on Brazil and Mexico, are now available to read online for free

  • Tue, 29 November 2016

    SiriusXM, Jersey Boys, Apple v Samsung, TiVo, Netflix, PTAB, trade secrets at the ITC – the week in IP

    A Sirius settlement of up to $99m, a copyright loss for the Jersey Boys creators, more on Apple v Samsung at the Federal Circuit, a TiVo and Netflix patent agreement, the results of a USPTO post-grant outcomes pilot, and a petition asking the Supreme Court to review ITC adjudication of cases involving trade secret misappropriation in a foreign country were in the recent intellectual property headlines

  • Tue, 29 November 2016

    Canada roundup: Blacklock’s copyright loss, promise doctrine at the Supreme Court, Quebec signage, CETA, CanCon

    Recent IP developments in Canada include the Federal Court ruling the distribution of a Blacklock’s Reporter article was fair use, requirements for French-language signage in Quebec coming into force, the Supreme Court hearing arguments in AstraZeneca Canada v Apotex, trade mark and patent owners preparing for CETA, and copyright and Canadian-made content being reviewed

  • Mon, 28 November 2016

    Analysing the Federal Circuit’s Unwired Planet ruling on CBMs at the PTAB

    The Federal Circuit’s Unwired Planet v Google decision will lead to more rigorous review of covered business method review petitions by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and discourage filing

  • Wed, 23 November 2016

    Defining the IP landscape in IoT

    The Internet of Things necessitates standardisation and more collaborative, consolidated IP licensing structures

  • Wed, 23 November 2016

    Debating partnering strategies for patent licensing

    A panel on IP monetisation at the IP Dealmakers Forum discussed whether to partner or not and how to develop effective strategies

  • Wed, 23 November 2016

    Federal Circuit, TTAB, Toronto Maple Leafs, Snoop Dogg, We Shall Overcome, PTAB, patent cited references – the week in IP

    Recent intellectual property news includes the Federal Circuit reversing the TTAB over actual use in commerce, the Maple Leafs opposing a trade mark application from Snoop Dogg, the We Shall Overcome copyright case moving closer to trial, two Federal Circuit judges calling for en banc rehearing of a PTAB case, the number of cited references per patent rising, and amicus briefs being filed in the Tam and Flanax cases

  • Tue, 22 November 2016

    CAFC rules PTAB’s CBM definition too broad in Unwired Planet

    In Unwired Planet v Google, the Federal Circuit has declared: “The Board’s application of the ‘incidental to’ and ‘complementary to’ language from the PTO policy statement instead of the statutory definition renders superfluous the limits Congress placed on the definition of a CBM patent”

  • Mon, 21 November 2016

    Schecter warns against upsetting balance between trade secrets and patents

    IBM’s Manny Schecter cautioned against making trade secrets protection too strong on a panel discussing the Defend Trade Secrets Act at the IP Dealmakers Forum

  • Mon, 21 November 2016

    USPTO could change direction under Trump administration – panel

    A panel on the US election at the IP Dealmakers Forum speculated that the Trump administration may take a long time to appoint a USPTO director and the Republican leadership that worked on patent bills in the previous Congress will again push for reform

  • Fri, 18 November 2016

    Halo webinar reveals how courts are using their discretion over enhanced damages

    Federal Circuit and district court rulings interpreting the Supreme Court’s Halo opinion on enhanced damages were analysed in a webinar presented by Managing IP and Fitzpatrick

  • Thu, 17 November 2016

    Texas jury awards $20m patent damages against Medtronic

    Medtronic has been ordered to pay $20.4m in damages by an Eastern District of Texas jury for infringing a doctor’s patents related to idiopathic scoliosis treatment

  • Thu, 17 November 2016

    Puma loses Chilean Supreme Court trade mark case

    A recent Chilean Supreme Court ruling involving German sports company Puma and a network of schools may send a message to international trade mark owners not to bring technical issues before the court instead of matters of law

  • Tue, 15 November 2016

    Flo & Eddie, SiriusXM, Usher, Justin Bieber, women inventors, Donald Trump, Amazon, Cuba trade marks – the week in IP

    Founding members of The Turtles settling with SiriusXM, the end of a copyright case against Usher and Justin Bieber, an increase in women inventors on international patent applications, Donald Trump registering a trade mark in China, Amazon suing over counterfeit goods for the first time, and US companies doubling trade mark applications in Cuba were in the recent intellectual property headlines

  • Tue, 15 November 2016

    Interview: Mary Boney Denison, USPTO commissioner for trade marks

    Mary Boney Denison talks to Natalie Rahhal about her career path and setting an example for women at the USPTO

  • Tue, 15 November 2016

    Philips to pay Masimo $300m patent settlement

    Philips and Masimo have ended their long-running dispute over blood oxygen measurement patents

  • Fri, 11 November 2016

    Arnold & Porter/Kaye Scholer merge, and more North America people moves

    The formation of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, the retirement of a Northern District of California judge, and hires by Brooks Kushman, Osler, Honigman, Seyfarth Shaw, Mishcon de Reya, Morrison & Foerster, Quinn Emanuel, Katten and more

  • Thu, 10 November 2016

    USPTO, DMCA safe harbours, Shipping & Transit, Copyright Act exemptions, Samsung, TiVo – the week in IP

    The completion of the USPTO’s clarity of record pilot, criticism of the US Copyright Office’s changes for renewal requirements for DMCA designated agents, an interview with the biggest filer of patent lawsuits this year, the cost of exemptions for small US restaurants and bars from paying public performance fees, and a settlement between Samsung and TiVo were in the intellectual property headlines in the past week

  • Mon, 07 November 2016

    Data: US patent litigation picks up in October

    October district court patent case filing was above average for the year, but 2016 is still greatly down on recent years. The entity filing the most cases in the month was a new entity suing broadcasters and publishers, with the EFF already labelling its patent the “Stupid Patent of the Month”

  • Mon, 07 November 2016

    PTAB Bar Association enjoying fast growth

    The PTAB Bar Association has added more members and attracted more seed funding since it was announced in September. Managing IP talks to the association’s president-elect Erika Arner and vice-president Naveen Modi about its goals

  • Fri, 04 November 2016

    October PTAB round-up: Filing holds up, CAFC IPR reviewability decisions, fee and patent agent privilege changes

    The past four months have been stable for Patent Trial and Appeal Board filings, while October saw the Federal Circuit giving another ruling on reviewability of IPR institution in Medtronic, the PTAB issue Kyle Bass and printed publication decisions, and the USPTO propose fee increases and changes to patent agent privilege

  • Thu, 03 November 2016

    DTSA strategies and cases discussed in webinar

    The cases filed so far under the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 and emerging legal and strategic issues facing DTSA litigants were discussed in a webinar hosted by Managing IP and Wolters Kluwer

  • Thu, 03 November 2016

    Laches and patent law: SCA Hygiene v First Quality Baby Products SCOTUS arguments

    The Supreme Court in SCA Hygiene v First Quality Baby Products, its second IP case of the week, weighed whether or not laches should apply in patent law

  • Thu, 03 November 2016

    USPTO releases update to 101 guidance

    The Federal Circuit’s McRO v Bandai and Bascom v AT&T Mobility decisions identifying eligible subject matter are discussed in a USPTO update

  • Thu, 03 November 2016

    Kyle Bass goes on PTAB winning streak ahead of winter break

    The Coalition for Affordable Drugs has notched a flurry of PTAB wins in the past two weeks. The next decisions will not come until the new year, however

  • Wed, 02 November 2016

    Federal Circuit finds software claims patent eligible for fourth time this year

    “There is no such single, succinct, usable definition or test” for defining an abstract idea, the Federal Circuit said while allowing a software patent to survive a Section 101 analysis for the fourth time since May

  • Tue, 01 November 2016

    Star Athletica arguments: Will SCOTUS find a uniform test for useful articles?

    Supreme Court oral arguments in Star Athletica v Varsity Brands touched on copyright, cheerleader uniforms and camouflage, with observers uncertain the court will come up with an appropriate test for useful articles

  • Tue, 01 November 2016

    Join us this month for webinars on trade secrets and Halo

    Managing IP has two timely webinars coming up in November – one on Defend Trade Secrets Act cases, the other on enhanced damages under Halo

  • Tue, 01 November 2016

    Federal Circuit falling behind as PTAB appeals stack up

    A backlog of Patent Trial and Appeal Board appeals is building up at the Federal Circuit. Finnegan’s Erika Arner discusses recent decisions of interest, including the appeals court affirming the invalidation of two patents cited in the creation of the covered business method patent programme

  • Mon, 31 October 2016

    Octane standard adopted in Ninth Circuit Lanham Act case

    The Ninth Circuit’s en banc ruling says a case in which fee-shifting is appropriate is “simply one that stands out from others with respect to the substantive strength of a party’s litigating position”

  • Mon, 31 October 2016

    USPTO, Uptown Funk, Kyle Bass, PTAB, Maria Pallante, Dancing Baby – the week in IP

    The USPTO proposing to change its duty to disclosure rule, a copyright lawsuit involving Uptown Funk, Kyle Bass racking up further PTAB wins, more details about Maria Pallante’s departure as US register of copyrights, and the Supreme Court asking the government to weigh in on the Dancing Baby case were in the intellectual property headlines in the past week

  • Mon, 31 October 2016

    New AIPLA president outlines three goals for the year

    The new AIPLA President, Mark Whitaker of Morrison & Foerster, outlines his hopes for the next year

  • Mon, 31 October 2016

    Copyright and cheerleaders at the Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court on Monday will hear oral arguments in a case involving copyright protection for cheerleader uniforms

  • Mon, 31 October 2016

    The SEP licensing conundrum

    Negotiations over patent licensing are tricky. One bad sign is if parties start discussing standard-essential patents in detail

  • Mon, 31 October 2016

    The state of the IP union

    Alice was the dominant topic in the AIPLA session "Addressing the Hot Topics of Today for Tomorrow's Business"

  • Mon, 31 October 2016

    Women in IP Law give tips for taking the lead

    A panel during the Women in IP Law breakfast at the AIPLA annual meeting discussed best practices for retaining women

  • Mon, 31 October 2016

    China's evolving specialist courts

    Guanyang Yao and Ran Wang of Liu Shen & Associates discuss the characteristics, judges and increasing caseload of China's three IP specialist courts

  • Mon, 31 October 2016

    The USPTO's Michelle Lee looks back

    At the AIPLA annual meeting, Michelle Lee reflected warmly and proudly on the work that she and the Office have done in collaboration with IP offices and professionals in the US and abroad

  • Mon, 31 October 2016

    Debating the Defend Trade Secrets Act

    Panelists at the AIPLA annual meeting discussed the Defend Trade Secrets Act, which one described as "the most significant development in trade secrets law in decades"

  • Mon, 31 October 2016

    How to impress PTAB judges

    Patent Trial and Appeal Board judges gave tips on how to get the best results from AIA trial hearings

  • Fri, 28 October 2016

    The PTAB comes of age

    In a wide-ranging interview during yesterday's AIPLA Annual Meeting luncheon, Chief Judge David Ruschke of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board revealed his hopes for his tenure. Ruschke started in the role in May

  • Thu, 27 October 2016

    When enough is enough in patent prosecution

    Patent prosecutors are bound by a duty of candor requiring them to report known prior art. But the scope of doing so is a source of debate

  • Thu, 27 October 2016

    Your Brexit briefing

    There is no need for IP owners and advisers to panic following the UK vote to leave the EU. But now is a good time to consider how rights could be affected in the medium term

  • Thu, 27 October 2016

    Catching up with TTAB cases

    The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has seen a slew of unusual cases this year, according to John Welch, an attorney with Wolf Greenfield

  • Thu, 27 October 2016

    Making a better patent

    Patent prosecution is taking place against a backdrop of the press claiming many patents should not have been issued, allegations that patent examiners shirk their responsibilities and the technology industry being exasperated by the Alice aftermath

  • Thu, 27 October 2016

    Division over disparaging marks

    The trademark world has been closely following Lee v Tam, the dispute over the constitutionality of the USPTO's provision barring the registration of disparaging marks

  • Thu, 27 October 2016

    AIPLA's continuous balancing act

    We interview Lisa Jorgenson, AIPLA's executive director, ahead of the association's annual meeting, which starts today

  • Thu, 27 October 2016

    Kyle Bass gets first IPR win

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has invalidated the claims of a patent covering Shire’s Gattex drug

  • Wed, 26 October 2016

    Concern and confusion at the US Copyright Office

    Maria Pallante becoming the first US register of copyrights to be unwillingly removed from the role has led to a big backlash

  • Wed, 26 October 2016

    101 rulings, FTC’s PAE report, Redskins, Cuba, Flanax, Apple, Amazon – the week in IP

    September federal court decisions finding more eligible subject matter than ineligible for the first time since Alice, criticism of the FTC report on PAEs, the stay of the Redskins case, Congressmen raising trade mark concerns over Cuban cigars, the Supreme Court being asked to hear the Flanax case and Apple highlighting counterfeit goods sold on Amazon were in the recent intellectual property headlines

  • Mon, 24 October 2016

    US acting register of copyrights announced as Pallante given new role

    Maria Pallante has been appointed senior adviser for digital strategy by the Librarian of Congress after serving as register of copyright since 2011, with Karyn Temple Claggett appointed acting register of copyrights

  • Fri, 21 October 2016

    Pure Storage agrees $30m patent litigation settlement with Dell

    Following a $14 million damages award being set aside in September and a new trial scheduled, Pure Storage agrees to pay Dell $30 million to settle all litigation

  • Tue, 18 October 2016

    Patent eligibility decisions, USPTO, Supreme Court, Lucasfilm, forum shopping, Qualcomm – the week in IP

    A good month for patentees in Section 101 rulings, the USPTO asking for input on subject matter eligibility, the US government recommending the Supreme Court take on a patent exhaustion doctrine case, Lucasfilm suing a “Lightsaber Academy” and support for a case seeking to end forum shopping were in the recent IP headlines

  • Tue, 18 October 2016

    PTAB most active forum for US patent disputes

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board is the most popular venue for US patent disputes so far this year, overtaking the Eastern District of Texas. The turnaround is the result of a large drop in filing in Texas, but PTAB petition filing is also down on last year

  • Mon, 17 October 2016

    Samsung v Apple analysis: design patents put to the test at Supreme Court

    Apple was put in a tough spot during oral arguments at the US Supreme Court over how the value of design patent infringement should be determined while it was unclear if the Justices were swayed by Samsung’s proposal of a two-part test for establishing the article of manufacture, believe observers

  • Fri, 14 October 2016

    U-Haul to pay PODS $41m trade mark settlement

    A four-year dispute has ended with U-Haul agreeing to pay $41.4 million to PODS, one of the largest trade mark settlements on record

  • Fri, 14 October 2016

    Little impact from PTAB testimonial evidence so far

    The ability to include testimonial evidence with patent owner preliminary responses in Patent Trial and Appeal Board proceedings has not been much help since it was introduced in May, according to an analysis by Oblon’s Scott McKeown

  • Thu, 13 October 2016

    Q3 US patent litigation data and analysis

    Managing IP reveals data on US district court patent case filing so far in 2016, as well as the biggest plaintiffs and defendants. Natalie Rahhal talks to patent lawyers to identify the biggest pressures on patent litigation

  • Wed, 12 October 2016

    Samsung v Apple SCOTUS arguments: Tests proposed for "article of manufacture"

    Supreme Court justices grappled with how to define article of manufacture in design patent cases in arguments for Samsung v Apple, with Samsung’s lawyer proposing a two-step test and the government’s lawyer offering a four-factor test

  • Wed, 12 October 2016

    Who’s on First?, Federal Circuit, global patent trends, PTAB, WIPO, Ghostface Killah, Kanye West – the week in IP

    A copyright case over Abbott & Costello’s “Who’s on First” routine being thrown out, criticism of Judge Mayer’s views of software patents, the Supreme Court denying cert to a PTAB case, an RWS inovia report on global patent trends, the closing of investigation cases against WIPO’s Francis Gurry, and two IP suits involving rappers were in the recent IP headlines

  • Wed, 12 October 2016

    TTAB issues final rules to increase efficiency

    The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has issued final rules that will take effect in January. The biggest focus is on making filing completely electronic

  • Tue, 11 October 2016

    US patent litigation falls 13% in third quarter

    The 1,130 patent cases filed in US district courts in the third quarter was down from 1,299 in the second quarter. September was the third-quietest month so far this year for filing

  • Mon, 10 October 2016

    En banc Federal Circuit reinstates $120m verdict in Apple v Samsung

    The Federal Circuit sitting en banc has reinstated a $120m damages verdict for Apple. Three judges dissented, saying en banc review should never have been granted

  • Fri, 07 October 2016

    PTAB finds Shire patent valid in first Kyle Bass final decision

    A patent related to Lialda has been found valid in the first final written decision of a Coalition for Affordable Drugs inter partes review. Decisions from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on three more patents challenged by the coalition are due this month

  • Thu, 06 October 2016

    FTC report identifies two types of PAEs, makes recommendations

    The Federal Trade Commission’s long-awaited patent assertion entity report differentiates between portfolio PAEs and litigation PAEs. The Innovation Alliance has called it an “unscientific case study”

  • Thu, 06 October 2016

    Costco ordered to pay $8m for selling "Tiffany" rings

    Tiffany has been awarded $8.25 million in punitive damages for Costco falsely identifying rings as “Tiffany” rings. This is in addition to $5.5 million in compensatory damages

  • Wed, 05 October 2016

    Data: PTAB filing stabilises in third quarter

    Managing IP reveals Patent Trial and Appeal Board filing figures for September and the third quarter, as well as ranking the top petitioners and patent owners for the first nine months of 2016. More PGRs than CBMs were filed for the first time ever in September

  • Wed, 05 October 2016

    Kappos: McRO is CAFC’s “most important 101 case since Alice”

    Software patents have been reanimated by the Federal Circuit in its McRO v Bandai decision. Natalie Rahhal analyses the most substantive guidance given on Section 101 by the appeals court

  • Tue, 04 October 2016

    Washington Redskins, USPTO fee increases, Patents for Humanity, Marrakesh Treaty, Eastern District of Texas – the week in IP

    The denial of the Redskins’ Supreme Court petition, proposed USPTO fee increases, the winners of the Patents for Humanity programme, the Marrakesh Treaty entering into force and an increase in the motion to transfer grant rate in the Eastern District of Texas were in the recent intellectual property news

  • Tue, 04 October 2016

    Secrets of success for university patent licensing and enforcement

    Read an overview and watch a replay of the “University Patent Licensing and Enforcement” webcast

  • Mon, 03 October 2016

    VirnetX awarded $302m in damages against Apple

    An Eastern District of Texas jury has ordered Apple to pay damages for infringing VirnetX patents, with another trial also set to begin soon

  • Mon, 03 October 2016

    CAFC Judge Mayer: “Alice sounded the death knell for software patents”

    In a controversial concurring opinion in a Federal Circuit decision finding claims of three Intellectual Ventures patents invalid, Judge Haldane Mayer argues: “It is well past time to return software to its historical dwelling place in the domain of copyright.”

  • Thu, 29 September 2016

    Strategies for DTSA trade secrets cases

    Read an overview and watch a replay of the “Trade secrets: Strategies for understanding and litigating a DTSA cause of action” webcast

  • Thu, 29 September 2016

    US Supreme Court to hear Slants case

    The Supreme Court will rule on disparaging trade marks, after granting cert in Lee v Tam

  • Thu, 29 September 2016

    Oracle, FCC, IP-intensive industries report, biosimilars, PTAB, Scotch whisky – the week in IP

    Oracle’s denial of a retrial in its copyright fight with Google, disagreement over proposed FCC rules on set-top boxes, a US Department of Commerce report, FDA approval of Amgen’s Humira biosimilar, the top inter partes review petitioners ever and Scotch whisky’s registration as a trade mark in Taiwan were in the recent intellectual property news

  • Wed, 28 September 2016

    DLA Piper (Canada) and Dimock Stratton combine, and other Americas people moves

    Managing IP’s regular review of the latest appointments includes 16 Dimock Stratton lawyers joining DLA Piper in Canada and hires from Brooks Kushman, Chadbourne & Parke, White & Case, Fish & Richardson, Baker Botts, Kirkland & Ellis and K&L Gates

  • Wed, 28 September 2016

    Litigation in the ITC: a guide for trade mark owners

    Trade mark investigations instituted by the International Trade Commission have picked up this year. Orrick’s Diana Szego Fassbender discusses when the ITC make sense for trade mark owners

  • Wed, 28 September 2016

    Federal Circuit rules it cannot review PTAB assignor estoppel

    The Federal Circuit has outlined a two-part framework for deciding whether it can review an institution decision, in its Husky Injection Molding Sys v Athena Automation decision

  • Thu, 22 September 2016

    BMI, Redskins, The Slants, Judge Newman, UN medicines report, High Court of Delhi – the week in IP

    The DOJ’s order on BMI’s consent decree being rejected, the IP cases up for consideration in the new Supreme Court term, Judge Newman’s dissents, GIPC criticism of a United Nations High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines report and Delhi’s High Court saying copyright is “not a divine right” were in the recent intellectual property news

  • Wed, 21 September 2016

    How the EPO is tackling its backlog

    The European Patent Office expects to register about 90,000 patents this year, its President Benoît Battistelli said in a keynote address at the AIPPI World Congress

  • Wed, 21 September 2016

    Judges weigh in on expert evidence around the world

    The issues of expert evidence and what role it plays in IP cases was debated by a panel of judges at the AIPPI World Congress

  • Wed, 21 September 2016

    Keep calm and be prepared for Brexit

    The room for a discussion on the implications of Brexit at the AIPPI World Congress was packed

  • Wed, 21 September 2016

    European copyright reform coming - slowly

    Fundamental copyright proposals made by the European Commission will face “a barrage of criticism” and “reform will take some time”. Those were some of the predictions made about the Digital Single Market at the AIPPI World Congress

  • Wed, 21 September 2016

    Meet AIPPI’s first Chinese President

    New AIPPI President Hao Ma talks about his plans for the next two years

  • Wed, 21 September 2016

    Food companies have a taste for 3D trademarks

    Ferrero Group’s Daniele Lingua says his firm prefers three dimensional trade marks to trade dress

  • Wed, 21 September 2016

    WIPO's Gurry outlines five challenges

    WIPO’s Director General Francis identified a number of challenges for the IP ­system in a speech at the AIPPI World Congress

  • Tue, 20 September 2016

    Read the highlights from the AIPPI World Congress

    Managing IP has been reporting from the AIPPI World Congress in Milan. Download our AIPPI Congress News daily newsletters to read all the news

  • Tue, 20 September 2016

    From OHIM to EUIPO

    The great changes at EUIPO will continue with further reforms coming into force next year, including the abolition of the “graphical representation” requirement for EUTMs. Luis Berenguer, Head of the Communication Service of EUIPO, discusses the changes in an interview

  • Tue, 20 September 2016

    Juries award damages against Apple, LG in Eastern District of Texas

    In two patent cases in the Eastern District of Texas last week, an Acacia subsidiary was awarded $22m and Conversant Intellectual Property Management was awarded $2m

  • Fri, 16 September 2016

    PTAB 4 Years In: Biotech/pharma’s share of AIA trials increases

    Biotechnology/pharmaceutical companies were slow to use the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. This is now changing, though this patent type has lower institution and invalidation rates

  • Fri, 16 September 2016

    PTAB Bar Association launches

    A bar association solely dedicated to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board has been formed by more than 45 law firms

  • Fri, 16 September 2016

    Pondering four years of PTAB proceedings

    To mark the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s birthday, Managing IP has identified 10 of the biggest issues related to post-grant proceedings and interviewed the Board’s chief judge to take stock of the first four years of proceedings and identify what challenges will affect its future

  • Wed, 14 September 2016

    PTAB, VirnetX, Teva, 101 invalidation data, software patents, blockchain technology – the week in IP

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board invalidating patents owned by VirnetX and Teva, the number of Section 101 decisions increasing during the summer, data on software patent litigation and prosecution, and the growing competition for blockchain technology patents were in the recent intellectual property headlines

  • Wed, 14 September 2016

    Federal Circuit rules on Stryker v Zimmer on remand from Supreme Court

    The Federal Circuit has affirmed the jury’s finding of wilful infringement but vacated and remanded the district court’s award of treble damages, in its Stryker v Zimmer decision

  • Wed, 14 September 2016

    Lee defends USPTO against accusations of examiners billing unworked hours

    Michelle Lee has testified before a House of Representatives committee amid accusations of USPTO examiners claiming unsupported hours. Managing IP spoke to POPA and patent practitioners to put the problem into perspective

  • Wed, 14 September 2016

    Federal Circuit rules software patents valid in McRO v Bandai Namco

    The Federal Circuit has provided guidance on Section 101 while finding software patents valid for only the fourth time since Alice v CLS

  • Fri, 09 September 2016

    US patent litigation update: filing falls in August

    Patent lawsuit filing in US district courts in August was down on July and June, but above the monthly average for the year. First-time filer Autumn Cloud had the most cases in August while Shipping & Transit moved past the 100-case mark for the year

  • Fri, 09 September 2016

    PTAB 4 Years In: Hedge funds and reverse patent trolls

    A big story last year was the emergence of hedge funds and other entities using the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. While Kyle Bass is seeing his IPRs through to final decision, other entities are acting as reverse patent trolls, a phenomenon that is predicted to gather pace

  • Fri, 09 September 2016

    PTAB 4 Years In: Don’t Estop Me Now

    The Federal Circuit this year has provided some guidance on how district courts should treat estoppel from Patent Trial and Appeal Board trials. This has made defendants less terrified about estoppel but many questions remain. Practitioners are also concerned about how confidential material is treated in district courts and the Board

  • Wed, 07 September 2016

    PTAB filing falls in August but higher than 2016 average

    The number of Patent Trial and Appeal Board petitions filed in August was slightly above 2016 average. The month also saw notable Federal Circuit decisions on common sense, motions to amend and claim construction

  • Tue, 06 September 2016

    USPTO, Lindsay Lohan, EFF, Mexico’s opposition system, Argentina’s INPI, Louis Vuitton, Warner Bros – the week in IP

    A report suggesting USPTO examiner time and attendance fraud, the end of a Lindsay Lohan likeness lawsuit, Erich Spangenberg criticism of EFF urging universities not to license to patent trolls, Mexico’s opposition system going live, Argentina intending to join the PCT, and a trade mark dispute involving Louis Vuitton were in the intellectual property headlines

  • Fri, 02 September 2016

    Samsung ordered to pay treble damages in first TXED post-Halo decision

    A jury award to Imperium IP of $6.9 million has been trebled to $20.9 million by an Eastern District of Texas judge

  • Thu, 01 September 2016

    PTAB 4 Years In: Is the Board too hard on motions to amend?

    The Federal Circuit will soon consider en banc the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s amendment practice. But, asks Michael Loney, is the 5% success rate of motions to amend unfair on patent owners?

  • Wed, 31 August 2016

    PTAB 4 Years In: Rule changes – a declaration of intent

    Rule changes at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board became effective in May. But practitioners tell Michael Loney they are struggling to see their impact. Some also call for the Board to go over its 12-month deadline for final written decisions in extraordinary circumstances

  • Wed, 31 August 2016

    PTAB “arbitrary and capricious” in denying motion to amend – CAFC

    The Federal Circuit has remanded the Veritas v Veeam Software case back to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, finding its reason for denying a motion to amend “unreasonable”

  • Wed, 31 August 2016

    Kenyon comes to end of road but IP boutique model not dead

    The news of Kenyon & Kenyon’s closure came the same week that Managing IP published a look back at the IP boutiques set up in the 1960s, some of whom continue to thrive today

  • Tue, 30 August 2016

    Blurred Lines, Teva, Trader Joe’s, Eastern District of Texas, Intellectual Ventures, Cox – the week in IP

    The filing of briefs in the Blurred Lines appeal, the PTAB invalidating Teva patents, the revival of a dispute over Pirate Joe’s, the win rate in the Eastern District of Texas, the invalidation of Intellectual Ventures patents, Cox appealing a $25m copyright verdict and Erich Spangenberg hitting back at the EFF were in the intellectual property headlines

  • Mon, 29 August 2016

    Andrews Kurth adds remaining 55 Kenyon lawyers, and other US people moves

    Managing IP’s regular review of the latest appointments, including Andrews Kurth taking on Kenyon & Kenyon's lawyers and hires at Hunton & Williams, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, Merchant & Gould, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and Baker Botts

  • Thu, 25 August 2016

    PTAB 4 Years In: If you let me stay – district court and ITC trends

    Data provided by LegalMetric reveals that stay motion success rate has stayed constant nationwide but some big shifts have occurred at district level. Michael Loney analyses the strategy for seeking a stay as well as two recent interesting ITC decisions involving PTAB proceedings

  • Thu, 25 August 2016

    PTAB 4 Years In: An inconsistent CBM clampdown

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has narrowed its definition of what constitutes a covered business method, causing a fall in filing, but the treatment varies by panel. The Federal Circuit may provide more clarity in its upcoming Unwired Planet v Google opinion, practitioners tell Michael Loney

  • Wed, 24 August 2016

    ITC latest: Third 100-day decision issued, Fitbit trade secrets win

    In a first for its 100-day pilot programme, the ITC has invalidated a patent involved in a $100m iPod-related settlement a decade ago. In a separate ruling, the Commission has ruled that Fitbit did not misappropriate Jawbone’s trade secrets

  • Tue, 23 August 2016

    PTAB chief judge Ruschke hails impact of expert declaration rule change

    In a call with reporters, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board chief judge said the number of judges now is enough, praised the impact of submitting expert declarations with preliminary responses, and said the Board was open to going beyond the 12-month statutory deadline for issuing final written decisions

  • Tue, 23 August 2016

    Oracle, Google, USPTO, Happy Birthday, Microsoft, Lenovo, Rovi, Dish Network, FTC – the week in IP

    Oracle asking for Google’s copyright win to be thrown out, the USPTO being sued for declaring federal holidays, details of lawyers’ fees in the Happy Birthday case, Microsoft and Lenovo agreeing a patent cross-licensing deal, Rovi renewing a licence with Dish, and the FTC’s crackdown on social media influencers were in the intellectual property headlines

  • Thu, 18 August 2016

    PTAB 4 Years In: PGRs ready for primetime

    Post-grant review petition filing this year is already higher than the whole of 2015, with biopharma companies leading the way. Michael Loney analyses PGRs’ appeal and what strategies filers should consider

  • Thu, 18 August 2016

    PTAB 4 Years In: A “new norm” for petition filing

    Patent Trial and Appeal Board filing so far this year is down on 2015. Michael Loney speaks to PTAB practitioners to ask what is driving this and whether the downward trend will continue

  • Wed, 17 August 2016

    Halo – is it clarity you’re looking for?

    Federal Circuit and district court rulings since the Supreme Court’s Halo decision have made it clear a jury finding alone is enough for a judgment of willfulness. But an enhanced damages determination should ultimately be made by the judge weighing factors yet to be clarified. Natalie Rahhal analyses post-Halo trends

  • Tue, 16 August 2016

    Ray Niro tributes, Marathon Patent Group, Ed Sheeran, Ghostface Killah, LOT Network, Alexander Wang – the week in IP

    Patent litigation icon Ray Niro passing away, Marathon acquiring 307 Siemens patents, Ed Sheeran being sued again, a Ghostface Killah copyright case being revived, Honda and General Motors joining the LOT Network, and a $90m judgment in an Alexander Wang counterfeit and cybersquatting case were among recent stories in the intellectual property headlines

  • Tue, 16 August 2016

    Federal Circuit grants en banc review of PTAB amendment practices

    The Federal Circuit has agreed to rehear en banc two issues relating to Patent Trial and Appeal Board amendment practices in the In re Aqua Products case

  • Tue, 16 August 2016

    PTAB’s use of common sense reversed in Arendi v Apple

    The Federal Circuit has issued a rare reversal of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, ruling the use of common sense was misapplied in Arendi v Apple

  • Tue, 16 August 2016

    AbbVie v Amgen: Is the “patent dance” fair for both sides?

    Abbvie suing Amgen over its efforts to launch a Humira biosimilar is the first instance of parties not agreeing on which patents to be litigated under the BPCIA. The case poses the question of whether the patent dance strikes the right balance between parties

  • Wed, 10 August 2016

    The Samsung v Apple briefs are in

    Ahead of a showdown over design patents at the Supreme Court in October, Samsung has received more support from US technology companies whereas Apple has received the backing of non-tech companies, high-profile designers and intellectual property associations

  • Wed, 10 August 2016

    Federal Circuit rules in Halo on remand from Supreme Court

    The Federal Circuit directs district court to decide whether "an enhancement of the damages award is warranted" in Halo v Pulse

  • Tue, 09 August 2016

    Blackberry, TD Ameritrade, Dell, Network-1, ASCAP, BMI, Whole Foods, Qualcomm, Led Zeppelin – the week in IP

    Blackberry’s push into patent litigation, a case involving a Dirty Dancing trade mark, settlements between OpenTV/Apple and Dell/Network-1, and a DOJ investigation into performing rights organisations were among recent stories in the intellectual property headlines

  • Fri, 05 August 2016

    The Olympics and IP

    The Olympic Games bring a host of IP issues, including ambush marketing, Rule 40 and the tough stance the IOC and national committees take to protect their trade marks such as clamping down on hashtags on social media

  • Thu, 04 August 2016

    Sterne Kessler first law firm to 500 PTAB proceedings

    Sterne Kessler has become the first law firm to handle more than 500 AIA proceedings, with a particularly strong showing representing defendants. Fish & Richardson is the top law firm for challengers at the PTAB, breaking the 300 petition mark

  • Thu, 04 August 2016

    US patent litigation update: July filing down 11%

    Data: 407 cases were filed in US district courts in July, with two new plaintiffs leading the way and entities such as Shipping and Transit, Uniloc, Sportbrain and Guyzar adding to their 2016 totals

  • Wed, 03 August 2016

    The PTAB, pharmaceutical patents and reverse payments

    The authors of a new white paper believe that almost 75% of pharmaceutical patent settlements at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board meet the criterion for inferring a strong likelihood of reverse payment settlement. The paper also suggests a rule to deter attempts to exploit the Board as a holdup device as well as discussing reverse patent trolls

  • Wed, 03 August 2016

    July CBM petition filing slumps to lowest level since February 2013

    PTAB Monthly Data and Analysis: July was the second-busiest month of 2016 for petition filing, but covered business method petitions fell to the lowest level since February 2013. Recent decisions from the Board include cancelling claims on a patent that had been used to sue more than 250 defendants

  • Wed, 03 August 2016

    Brexit and IP: The UK IPO’s views

    The UK Intellectual Property Office has confirmed the legal status of three EU-related IP rights in effect in the UK and the government’s next steps for these rights ahead of Brexit. It remains unknown if the UK will ratify the UPC Agreement

  • Wed, 03 August 2016

    PTAB’s third PGR decision invalidates container delivery patent

    The PTAB has ruled that Boxbee’s storage container tracking patent is invalid under Alice, in its third final written decision of a post-grant review petition

  • Tue, 02 August 2016

    Getty, top patent practitioner companies, Donald Trump, venue reform, Stephen Colbert – the week in IP

    A suit accusing Getty of charging a photographer for her own photo, a war of words between law professors over venue reform, the companies with the most patent practitioners, the copyright issues at play when Donald Trump plays songs by bands that do not like him, and Stephen Colbert being told he does not own the IP for “Stephen Colbert” were in the intellectual property headlines in the past week

  • Tue, 02 August 2016

    Limelight and Akamai convert $51m damages award into licence

    The content delivery network companies have settled their decade-long dispute over a patent that was the focus of a Supreme Court ruling. A district court jury confirmed Limelight infringed the patent this June, with Akamai awarded $51 million damages

  • Mon, 01 August 2016

    Judge vacates VirnetX’s $626m damages award in Apple case

    Apple has had a good few days for patent news: the $626m in damages it was ordered to pay VirnetX has been vacated by an Eastern District of Texas judge, and the Federal Circuit has affirmed two district court rulings of non-infringement in cases involving Wi-LAN and GPNE

  • Fri, 29 July 2016

    Patent litigation cools in the Eastern District of Texas

    The Eastern District of Texas has suffered a disproportionate drop in patent cases so far this year, although it remains by far the busiest district. This has led Judge Gilstrap to discontinue the use of letter briefing for 101 motions, as well as the "in person" meet and confer requirement for discovery motions

  • Fri, 29 July 2016

    Making sense of US patent litigation in 2016’s first half

    Data and Analysis: Managing IP ranks the top plaintiffs, defendants and law firms in US district court litigation in the first half of 2016, using the Docket Navigator database. One finding is that the proportion of cases filed in the Eastern District of Texas is down, with a drop in NPE suits. But some new plaintiffs emerged during the second quarter

  • Thu, 28 July 2016

    Unified Patents files PTAB challenges to 2016’s three busiest NPEs

    Inter partes review petitions have been filed challenging patents owned by Shipping and Transit, Sportbrain Holdings and Uniloc, which have sued more than 200 companies combined in 2016

  • Thu, 28 July 2016

    Research reveals 76% of UK higher education staff support IP teaching

    The Intellectual Property Network and The National Union of Students Insight team have recently concluded a study on understanding of IP policy in higher education institutions among students and staff

  • Wed, 27 July 2016

    Latest people moves in the US

    Managing IP’s regular review of the latest appointments, including Cooley hiring a team of Morrison & Foerster lawyers in California, James Pooley joining Orrick, a new Librarian of Congress, and hires by Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, K&L Gates, Barnes & Thornburg and Paul Hastings

  • Wed, 27 July 2016

    Federal Circuit reverses PTAB for shifting burden of proof to patent owner

    The Federal Circuit concludes that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board erred in shifting the burden of proof on obviousness in this IPR from the petitioner to the patent owner, in In re Magnum Tools International

  • Tue, 26 July 2016

    Yahoo, top patent practitioner firms, Fitbit, Jawbone, PTAB, Canada, Led Zeppelin, Eastern District of Texas – the week in IP

    The future of Yahoo’s patent portfolio after its Verizon deal, an appeal of the Stairway to Heaven copyright case, the law firms with the most patent practitioners, an ITC ruling invalidating Fitbit patents, an interview with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s chief judge, a call for Canada to have a national IP strategy, and a “highly unusual” Eastern District of Texas case were in the intellectual property headlines in the past week

  • Thu, 21 July 2016

    USPTO issues memorandum in response to CellzDirect and Sequenom

    The USPTO tells examiners the Federal Circuit’s CellzDirect ruling “highlighted several important points” but says its subject matter eligibility guidance and training examples are already consistent with it

  • Thu, 21 July 2016

    Catching up with Canada: recent trade mark news

    Canada is continuing to amend its intellectual property acts to allow it to join international treaties, plain packaging legislation is being considered, and the Quebec government has proposed legislation to require businesses to use both French and English versions of their outside signage

  • Thu, 21 July 2016

    Catching up with Canada: recent patent news

    A dismissal of a suit against Pfizer indicating consumers cannot be compensated for expenditures on invalidated patents, the NAFTA arbitration hearing of Eli Lilly’s complaint against the government, IP agents getting confidentiality privilege, the Federal Court awarding Janssen nearly C$20 million, and Brexit putting the brakes on CETA were among recent Canadian patent stories

  • Wed, 20 July 2016

    Federal Circuit keeps 180 days’ exclusion time in patent dance

    The Federal Circuit has provided some guidance on the issue of 180 days’ notice of launch in a recent biosimilars ruling, in Amgen v Apotex, but practitioners say there will be a lot more litigation before the patent dance is fully clarified

  • Wed, 20 July 2016

    GAO releases two patent reports

    The Government Accountability Office has released two reports: one suggesting the USPTO should define quality, reassess incentives and improve clarity; the other suggesting the USPTO should strengthen search capabilities and better monitor examiners' work

  • Tue, 19 July 2016

    Nokia, Samsung, patent venue reform, Adidas, Skechers, Guangzhou IP Court, Yahoo, Pokémon Go – the week in IP

    Nokia and Samsung’s cross licence, a letter from 45 professors calling for venue reform, Adidas suing Skechers, a report criticising Yahoo’s patent portfolio, the Guangzhou IP Court issuing a preliminary injunction and Nintendo’s patent filing were in the intellectual property headlines in the past week

  • Fri, 15 July 2016

    Federal Circuit’s en banc MedCo ruling clarifies on-sale bar

    In a unanimous en banc decision in The Medicines Company v Hospira, the Federal Circuit addressed and clarified the “on sale” bar, a source of much anxiety for pharmaceutical companies

  • Thu, 14 July 2016

    Interview: Nakeena Taylor of Pandora, corporate counsel, Pandora

    Nakeena Taylor, an IP lawyer and compliance expert from music streaming service Pandora, speaks to Managing IP about licensing and challenges facing creative content owners in music technology

  • Thu, 14 July 2016

    Has the PTAB peaked already?

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board filing statistics reveal a drop for the second consecutive six-month period. According to Unified Patents, NPEs are the targets in 41% of petitions so far this year

  • Thu, 14 July 2016

    PTAB grants motion to amend ContentGuard patent in Google/Apple CBM

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has granted a rare motion to amend, in a covered business method review that focused on the construction of the term “meta-rights”

  • Wed, 13 July 2016

    Data: PTAB petitioners, patent owners and law firms in 2016’s first half ranked

    Managing IP analyses the busiest companies and law firms at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in the first six months of this year, using Docket Navigator. Filing was down in the first half as a whole but the second quarter showed signs of recovery

  • Wed, 13 July 2016

    PTAB grants attorneys fees for first time, to RPX

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has awarded attorneys fees for the first time, ruling that Applications in Internet Time violated a protective order in its handling of RPX’s confidential information

  • Tue, 12 July 2016

    The Marrakesh Treaty comes into force – what impact will it have?

    The Marrakesh Treaty, which will improve access to published works for the visually impaired, comes into force on September 30. Natalie Rahhal speaks to people who were involved in the copyright treaty’s negotiation to find out what that means in practice and what impact it will have

  • Tue, 12 July 2016

    Apple pays $25m to settle Network-1 patent litigation

    Apple will pay Network-1 Technologies $25 million to settle subsidiary Mirror World Technologies’ patent litigation in the Eastern District of Texas

  • Tue, 12 July 2016

    Craft beer disputes, Stairway to Heaven, Kim Dotcom, Nike, WWE, PTAB, Thomson Reuters – the week in IP

    Craft brewery trade mark disputes, the sale of Thomson Reuters’ IP business, a request for fees in the Stairway to Heaven copyright case, Kim Dotcom’s plans to relaunch Megaupload, Nike’s opposition to a WWE application, and the PTAB’s new processing system going live were in the intellectual property headlines in the past week

  • Wed, 06 July 2016

    Federal Circuit reverses Section 101 invalidation of life science patent

    The Federal Circuit has ruled that the claims of a patent for liver cell treatment were not directed to a patent-ineligible concept, in a decision that provides guidance on how life science innovations can satisfy the Mayo test

  • Wed, 06 July 2016

    June is busiest month for PTAB filing of 2016

    PTAB Data and Analysis: Managing IP reveals Patent Trial and Appeal Board filing data for June and analyses recent decisions from the Supreme Court, Federal Circuit and PTAB, including the Board interpreting Enfish in mixed rulings. The USPTO has also announced it is replacing the Patent Review Processing System for PTAB trials

  • Wed, 06 July 2016

    US patent litigation, Google, Oracle, Brexit, Led Zeppelin, McDonald’s, top patent filers – the week in IP

    A drop in US patent lawsuit filing, a Google motion to sanction Oracle’s counsel, Brexit trade mark applications, the suspension of the lawyer that took on Led Zeppelin in a copyright case, an EU General Court rejection of an application to register MACCOFFEE, and IPO’s list of the top organisations granted patents were in the IP headlines in the past week

  • Fri, 01 July 2016

    First DTSA decision entered, as new trade secrets cases roll in

    The Northern District of California appears to be the first federal court to enter a written decision under the Defend Trade Secrets Act. At least 15 cases have been filed under the DTSA since it was enacted

  • Thu, 30 June 2016

    Bascom analysis: Is the Federal Circuit going soft on software patents?

    The Federal Circuit has found a software patent valid for the third time since Alice, ruling in Bascom v AT&T that “an inventive concept can be found in the non-conventional and non-generic arrangement of known, conventional pieces”

  • Thu, 30 June 2016

    Marrakesh Treaty brought into force by Canada accession

    The Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled will come into force on September 30

  • Wed, 29 June 2016

    Apple’s latest China setback could encourage patent trolls

    The Beijing IP Office has ruled that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus infringe the design patent of a Chinese-made smartphone, in a case that one IP lawyer believes could provide inspiration to patent trolls

  • Tue, 28 June 2016

    Brexit, Hillary Clinton, Alibaba, Qualcomm, Happy Birthday, Federal Circuit, Converse – the week in IP

    Hillary Clinton supporting patent reform, Jack Ma clarifying comments on counterfeits that attracted criticism, Qualcomm suing a company in China, Happy Birthday to You officially entering the public domain, the Federal Circuit ruling on continuation applications, and the ITC disappointing Converse were in the intellectual property headlines in the past week

  • Tue, 28 June 2016

    ITC rules Arista infringed three Cisco patents

    The International Trade Commission issued a limited exclusion order and cease and desist order for Arista infringing three patents in an investigation brought by Cisco Systems relating to ethernet switch products

  • Tue, 28 June 2016

    Stairway to Heaven copyright decision is music to Led Zeppelin’s ears

    The Central District of California’s June 23 verdict in Skidmore v Zeppelin will ease fears raised after last year’s Blurred Lines case that juries are more likely to find infringement in copyright cases involving songs

  • Mon, 27 June 2016

    US Supreme Court to hear Life Technologies case but denies Sequenom

    The Supreme Court will hear Life Techs v Promega but denied cert in the controversial Sequenom v Ariosa case, which patent watchers had hoped would ease their Section 101 pain

  • Mon, 27 June 2016

    Singapore High Court allows writ to be served through social media

    Social media such as Skype, Facebook and internet message boards can be used to serve court papers in Singapore, the High Court ruled in Storey, David Ian Andrew v Planet Arkadia

  • Thu, 16 June 2016

    Federal Circuit remands PTAB for changing theories in midstream

    The Federal Circuit’s ruling in SAS Institute v ComplementSoft that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board was wrong to use a new claim construction without giving parties a chance to respond will have a big impact on trial and appeal practice, believe practitioners

  • Tue, 14 June 2016

    PTAB invalidates two patents in first PGR final written decisions

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has invalidated two livestock valuation patents in the first PGR final written decisions. Only one of the 28 PGR petitions filed so far has been denied institution, with two settled and 11 waiting an institution verdict

  • Mon, 13 June 2016

    Supreme Court’s Halo opinion, Oracle v Google, Ed Sheeran, Axl Rose, Eastern District of Texas, M&M’s – the week in IP

    The Supreme Court’s Halo v Pulse opinion, a copyright case involving Ed Sheeran, Axl Rose’s DMCA notices to get the “Fat Axl” meme removed from the internet, the jury’s Oracle v Google verdict being upheld by a judge, a Google case being transferred from the Eastern District of Texas, and an M&M trade mark ruling in Sweden were in the intellectual property headlines in the past week

  • Mon, 13 June 2016

    Kyle Bass IPRs end up with 57% institution success rate

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s institution decisions on all 35 of the inter partes review petitions filed by Kyle Bass and Erich Spangenberg are now in

  • Thu, 09 June 2016

    Merck’s $200m patent damages award voided after “misconduct”

    Northern District of California judge rules Merck forfeited its right to assert patents against Gilead because of "unclean hands" and "numerous unconscionable acts", voiding the second-largest US patent damages award of 2016 so far

  • Thu, 09 June 2016

    Mexico’s opposition system to come into force by August 30

    Mexico’s opposition system will be operational by August 30, following an executive order being published in the federal government gazette

  • Wed, 08 June 2016

    View our webinar on "PTAB Trials by the Numbers"

    Our next Managing IP webinar is taking place on Tuesday June 14 and is titled “PTAB Trials by the Numbers”. Partners from Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto will provide a statistical analysis of inter partes review and covered business method trials at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board

  • Wed, 08 June 2016

    PAGBAM IP partner named president of Argentina’s patent and trade mark office

    Dámaso Pardo leaves PAGBAM IP after 26 years to become president of INPI

  • Wed, 08 June 2016

    Latest people moves in the Americas

    Managing IP’s regular review of the latest moves and appointments in the Americas, including the appointment of a new PTAB chief judge and hires at Cozen O’Connor, Robins Kaplan, Sheppard Mullin, Perkins Coie, Honigman, DLA Piper, Hogan Lovells, Calderon & De La Sierra, and Latham & Watkins

  • Wed, 08 June 2016

    Highlights from the PTAB Forum 2016

    Managing IP rounds up interesting quotes, statistics, slides and tidbits from speakers at the PTAB Forum 2016 in New York, which included panels on Patent Trial and Appeal Board rule changes, Federal Circuit appeals, district court strategies, pharma challenges and more

  • Tue, 07 June 2016

    Is the PTAB too unfair on motions to amend?

    The USPTO’s efforts to explain why motions to amend are rarely successful at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, including in a report revealing amendment statistics and at our recent PTAB Forum 2016, do not appear enough to persuade critics of the proceedings

  • Tue, 07 June 2016

    Circuit split over Madonna copyright case tipped to go to Supreme Court

    A Ninth Circuit ruling that a 0.23 second sample in Madonna’s Vogue did not infringe copyright creates a split with the Sixth Circuit’s Bridgeport ruling that could be sent to the Supreme Court

  • Mon, 06 June 2016

    Pre-1972 recordings, Canada plain packaging, Microsoft, top 10 US patent cases, TTAB fees, Federal Circuit – the week in IP

    A copyright ruling on pre-1972 recordings, Canada’s consultation on plain packaging, a sale of 1,500 Microsoft patents, a proposal to increase TTAB fees, data on Rule 36 affirmances by the Federal Circuit, a former PAE lawyer’s experiences of the “dark side, and an interview with Erich Spangenberg were in the intellectual property headlines in the past week

  • Fri, 03 June 2016

    PTAB passes 5,000 petition mark but 2016 filing lagging last year

    PTAB Monthly Data: Ford filed the most PTAB petitions in May, with Versata the most-targeted patent owner. Four PGR petitions were filed, a sign that this type of petition is gaining traction

  • Fri, 03 June 2016

    Dissecting the Defend Trade Secrets Act

    Managing IP speaks to James Pooley, an advocate, and professor Eric Goldman, a critic, of the Defend Trade Secrets Act signed by President Obama last month. An increase in trade secret litigation is predicted, with at least three cases already filed under the new law

  • Fri, 03 June 2016

    Chanel tops US trade mark damages list since 2009 – report

    A Lex Machina report on trade mark litigation reveals the entities receiving the most damages, the most common plaintiffs and defendants, and the busiest districts

  • Wed, 01 June 2016

    The week in IP – bumper edition!

    Oracle v Google, the first trade secret case filed under the new federal law, Star Trek and Kraftwerk copyright cases, the stakes involved in US university patent disputes, TTAB cases involving Coke Zero and Churrascos, EFF taking on an NPE, and patent cases involving Finjan, Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Dow and Nova were in the recent intellectual property news

  • Fri, 27 May 2016

    Read the highlights from the INTA Annual Meeting

    More than 10,000 trade mark practitioners – a record – were in Orlando for the INTA Annual Meeting this week. Managing IP was there, reporting from the sessions and publishing interviews with in-house counsel, IP office officials and INTA executive team members

  • Wed, 25 May 2016

    China’s trademark reforms, two years on (sponsored discussion)

    Two years ago, China introduced major amendments to the Trademark Law. Lily Changxin Lei and Wen Zhong of Liu Shen & Associates analyze the impact they have had

  • Wed, 25 May 2016

    The trademark cases to watch in the US

    Michael Loney previews today’s INTA sessions on US case law and scandalous marks

  • Wed, 25 May 2016

    Whatever will be of B&B?

    Trademark practitioners in the U.S. are thinking more strategically about the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) since the Supreme Court’s B&B Hardware v. Hargis Industries ruling in March last year. A session on Monday looked at the ruling’s impact in the U.S. and Europe

  • Wed, 25 May 2016

    Digital discussions in Brussels

    The Digital Agenda, the use of trademarks online, effective digital enforcement, the implications of a mobile economy and copyright protection will be just some of the topics addressed at INTA’s Digital World Conference in Brussels on December 1 and 2 this year

  • Wed, 25 May 2016

    Assertive anticounterfeiting in Africa and Asia

    Your products are sold in emerging markets in ASEAN and Africa regions but you are dealing with a major counterfeiting issue. Considering that each country is unique in terms of legal system and culture, how should you tackle this problem?

  • Wed, 25 May 2016

    Don’t you know who I am? Tips for proving fame

    Panelists shared tricks for defeating trademark hijackers in various jurisdictions yesterday in the session “Almost Famous: Proving Fame in First to File Jurisdictions”

  • Tue, 24 May 2016

    Professors debate nontraditional marks

    Companies are increasingly looking beyond word trademarks to distinguish their goods and services in the marketplace. Sound, shape and color are some of the nontraditional signs that are now accepted as trademarks in many jurisdictions. Does this stifle lawful competition and communication in the marketplace?

  • Tue, 24 May 2016

    How brands can make friends and influence people online

    The opportunities and dangers of brands interacting on social media were discussed in yesterday’s session “Beyond Native Advertising: The Line Between Social Media Posts and Advertising”

  • Tue, 24 May 2016

    WIPO welcomes Madrid comments

    How should the Madrid System develop? That was the question posed by David Muls, Senior Director of WIPO’s Madrid Registry, Brands and Designs Sector, at Sunday’s Madrid System Users Meeting

  • Tue, 24 May 2016

    An opposition system for Mexico at last (sponsored discussion)

    Mexico’s Congress approved an amendment to the country’s industrial property law at the end of April to establish a trademark oppositions system. Attorneys from Basham Ringe y Correa explain how it will work

  • Tue, 24 May 2016

    Navigating Customs enforcement in China

    Rights owners have two options available when using Customs enforcement in China. Michael Fu, Tracy Shen and Kevin Yang of Chang Tsi & Partners explain the pros and cons of each

  • Tue, 24 May 2016

    INTA’s Europe office celebrates 10th anniversary

    INTA's representative office in Brussels has been dominated by the debate over EU reforms, which must now be implemented, but it is also focusing on issues including plain packaging, submitting amicus briefs and the EU Digital Single Market

  • Tue, 24 May 2016

    Interview: Protecting the Penguin

    Tricia Thompkins, intellectual property and licensing counsel at Perry Ellis International in Miami, Florida, talks to Michael Loney about the challenges of protecting the fashion company’s marks, such as the Original Penguin line of clothing

  • Mon, 23 May 2016

    How to avoid being a trademark bully

    Bullying is a “very buzzy term” in trademarks at the moment, revealed Bryce Coughlin of Fox Entertainment Group in the U.S. during yesterday’s session Taking it Too Far: When Pretexts and Bullying Create Ethical Dilemmas.

  • Mon, 23 May 2016

    Ronald van Tuijl Interview: Presidential Task Force to examine in-house counsel role

    INTA President Ronald van Tuijl says one of his priorities is the Presidential Task Force on the role of in-house IP professionals—something he takes a particular interest in as his entire career so far has been spent in-house

  • Mon, 23 May 2016

    Make technology work for you

    Technology can be a great tool for trademark lawyers—but you have to work smartly to get the full benefit of it. That was the message from Saturday’s session on “Running the Technologically Advanced Trademark Law Firm Practice"

  • Mon, 23 May 2016

    INTA’s voice on Internet policy

    Internet issues are a key policy focus for INTA and Lori Schulman has a very busy agenda

  • Mon, 23 May 2016

    Why the Internet is getting more complex

    Are you intimidated by ICANN? Do you need domain names demystified? Today’s INTA Internet/E-Commerce Industry Breakout has a diverse range of speakers who should be able to address many of the questions you have.

  • Mon, 23 May 2016

    From Rio Olympics to rights of publicity

    Natalie Rahhal finds out what will be covered in some of this week’s INTA sessions devoted to IP issues in Latin America

  • Mon, 23 May 2016

    INTA's landmark year for Latin America

    Alongside protection of trademarks, communications, and member satisfaction, international expansion is a core objective of INTA’s 2014-2017 Strategic Plan

  • Mon, 23 May 2016

    The battle against bad faith filing (sponsored discussion)

    Trademark squatters and bad faith filings are systemic issues in China, so brand owners need a fully stocked warchest for a successful IP strategy. Anna Mae Koo and Ann Xu of Vivien Chan & Co discuss some critical weapons that will help brand owners in the fight

  • Mon, 23 May 2016

    Trademark trends in Japan

    Speaking at the JPO Users’ Meeting, Kazuhiro Kimura gave an update on application figures and how the Office is improving its service

  • Sun, 22 May 2016

    Last call for comments on TTAB rule changes

    Gerard Rogers, Chief Administrative Trademark Judge at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, gave an update on the Board’s proposed rule changes yesterday during the USPTO Users’ Meeting.

  • Sun, 22 May 2016

    Interview: Keeping Zumba’s brand in shape

    Alan Veronick, global intellectual property counsel at Zumba Fitness in Hallandale, Florida, tells Michael Loney about the unique trademark challenges in stopping unlicensed instructors infringing the brand.

  • Sun, 22 May 2016

    Well-known trademarks in China (sponsored discussion)

    Samiko Sun and Gloria Q Wu of Kangxin Partners discuss well-known trademark protection in China, and explain how to obtain these powerful rights

  • Sun, 22 May 2016

    News from INTA’s latest office

    INTA Asia-Pacific Chief Representative Seth Hays discusses the association's new branch office, which opened in Singapore in March

  • Sun, 22 May 2016

    Etienne Sanz de Acedo Interview: Projecting INTA into the future

    James Nurton spoke to INTA CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo about continued globalization, engaging new constituencies and working towards INTA’s next Strategic Plan

  • Sun, 22 May 2016

    The big trademark issues in Asia and Africa

    James Nurton previews some of this week’s sessions on trademark issues in Asia and Africa, and introduces related INTA events

  • Sun, 22 May 2016

    Why trademark attorneys should respect privacy

    Katherine Tabor, assistant general counsel at Office Depot in Boca Raton, Florida, discusses with Michael Loney why trademarks and privacy are increasingly overlapping and points to the biggest challenges in her role

  • Sat, 21 May 2016

    The battle against bad faith filing - sponsored discussion

    Trademark squatters and bad faith filings are systemic issues in China, so brand owners need a fully stocked warchest for a successful IP strategy. Anna Mae Koo and Ann Xu of Vivien Chan & Co discuss some critical weapons that will help brand owners in the fight

  • Sat, 21 May 2016

    Interview: Tackling the growing counterfeiting problem

    Maysa Razavi, INTA’s anticounterfeiting manager. says counterfeiting is a growing problem. INTA has been involved in numerous events recently to debate and raise awareness of the issue

  • Sat, 21 May 2016

    IPOPHL Interview: The view from the Philippines

    Josephine Rima Santiago, the new Director General of IPOPHL, spoke with Stephy Tang about enforcement and her attempts to reduce backlogs

  • Sat, 21 May 2016

    Hard Rock’s Rebecca Roby: Trademark’s rock star

    Rebecca Roby, senior director of business affairs at Orlando-headquartered Hard Rock International, tells Michael Loney about combating counterfeit restaurants, domain name considerations and what changes to the trademark system she’d like to see.

  • Sat, 21 May 2016

    Tackling OEM infringement in China (sponsored discussion)

    Huang Hui and Paul Ranjard of Wan Hui Da discuss the implications of the recent PRETUL decision of the Supreme People’s Court in China

  • Fri, 20 May 2016

    IP3 patent buying programme launched as successor to Google’s PPP

    Companies including Google, Facebook, IBM, Microsoft, Adobe, SAP, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Kia Motors, Verizon, Cisco and Arris have launched the Industry Patent Program, which will be administrated by AST

  • Thu, 19 May 2016

    US Department of Justice files six IPRs

    The Department of Justice has filed petitions at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board for the second time, targeting the patents involved in a suit brought by Discovery Patents and 3rd Eye Surveillance that seeks $1 billion in compensation from the US government

  • Thu, 19 May 2016

    PTAB designates five decisions as precedential

    A total of eight Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions have now been designated precedential. At the PTAB Forum 2016, acting PTAB chief judge Nathan Kelley provided detail on the process of approving precedential decisions

  • Wed, 18 May 2016

    US patent grants fell last year for first time since 2008 – PwC report

    PwC’s US Patent Litigation Study reveals a number of interesting trends, including that damages awards for non-practicing entities are almost three times greater than practicing entities over the past five years

  • Tue, 17 May 2016

    Belmora seeks en banc reconsideration in Flanax trade mark case

    Belmora has petitioned the Fourth Circuit to reconsider its decision that Bayer did not need to use the Flanax mark in the US to sue under the Lanham Act. Belmora says the court “appeared to be motivated by a sense of ethical outrage”

  • Tue, 17 May 2016

    Software patent owners given rare boost in Federal Circuit Enfish decision

    The Federal Circuit has found software patents valid under Alice for only the second time, in Enfish v Microsoft. The decision gives valuable ammunition for opposing a Section 101 challenge to software patent claims and may also mean the recent USPTO patent eligibility guidance needs to be updated

  • Tue, 17 May 2016

    Alibaba membership of IACC suspended amid turmoil

    Days before its Spring Conference, the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition has suspended Alibaba’s membership following high-profile brands leaving the coalition. The IACC’s board also noted “certain aspects of the disclosed conflict” of its CEO were not communicated

  • Tue, 17 May 2016

    Erich Spangenberg takes Marathon role

    Marathon Patent Group has named Erich Spangenberg as director of acquisitions, licensing and strategy. He will spend most of his time in Europe and Asia working with large corporate patent owners on monetisation opportunities

  • Tue, 17 May 2016

    Adidas, Under Armour, PTAB amendments, Facebook, patent trolls, .blog, limericks – the week in IP

    An Adidas and Under Armour settlement, criticism of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s stance on amendments, a Facebook trademark win in China, a study revealing the “moral panic” of using the term “patent troll”, .blog selling for $19m, and IP limericks were in the intellectual property headlines in the past week

  • Wed, 11 May 2016

    Medtronic’s David Ruschke appointed PTAB chief judge

    The USPTO has announced a new chief judge of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, after 10 months of Nathan Kelley serving as acting chief judge

  • Tue, 10 May 2016

    PTAB has granted six of 118 reviewed motions to amend – study

    A new USPTO study reveals the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has granted 5% of the motions to amend that it has had a chance to review and is on track to have about 50 motions filed this year, consistent with the level filed in 2013 and 2015

  • Mon, 09 May 2016

    Nvidia, Samsung, Oracle, Google, iPhone, Eastern District of Texas, TTAB – the week in IP

    A patent settlement between Nvidia and Samsung, a retrial in the Oracle v Google copyright case, an iPhone trade mark ruling in China, an analysis of the Eastern District of Texas, and a dispute over the World Series mark were in the intellectual property headlines in the past week

  • Thu, 05 May 2016

    USPTO updates patent subject matter eligibility guidance

    The USPTO has added life science examples, a memorandum to the patent examining corps, an index of eligibility examples, and an appendix of court decisions to its guidance on patent subject matter eligibility

  • Thu, 05 May 2016

    Is the PTAB more balanced than patent owners think?

    A study of Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions from Fitzpatrick suggests that outcomes are more balanced for patent owners than thought and that proceedings are more comparable to the European Patent Office’s opposition procedure

  • Wed, 04 May 2016

    Data: PTAB filing up in April, led by HP

    Managing IP reveals the biggest petitioners and most-targeted entities in April and year-to-date at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. HP and Apple had a busy month, while Finjan and Nike were on the receiving end of the most petitions

  • Wed, 04 May 2016

    Mexico’s trade mark opposition system approved by Congress

    Trade mark opposition proceedings will soon be available in Mexico after the lower chamber of Congress approved an amendment to the country’s industrial property law

  • Tue, 03 May 2016

    PTAB grants sixth motion to amend

    While granting Tire Hanger’s motion to amend, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board approved “grouping prior art references together according to their particular teachings” and “discussing only a representative few in its motion to amend”. This may provide guidance to other patent owners seeking to amend claims

  • Tue, 03 May 2016

    Federal Circuit declines to change patent venue rules

    The Federal Circuit has denied TC Heartland’s petition for a writ of mandamus that called for a change in the patent venue rules. The court said the “arguments raised regarding venue have been firmly resolved by VE Holding”

  • Mon, 02 May 2016

    Reactions and predictions from Cuozzo arguments at the Supreme Court

    PTAB observers have been analysing the comments of Supreme Court justices during the Cuozzo v Lee arguments for signs of how they will rule. Chief Justice Roberts was the biggest proponent of bringing the Board’s claim construction standard in line with district courts but other justices appeared a lot more resistant to scrapping BRI

  • Mon, 02 May 2016

    US Supreme Court takes on two more IP cases

    The Supreme Court will consider useful articles in copyright cases and laches in patent cases after granting cert in Star Athletica v Varsity Brands and SCA Hygiene Products v First Quality Baby Products

  • Mon, 02 May 2016

    USTR special 301 report, Redskins, Klingon, Jawbone, Fitbit, copyright reform – the week in IP

    The USTR releasing its annual “Special 301” report, Pro-Football filing a petition for Supreme Court cert in the Washington Redskins case, a brief defending the constructed language of Klingon from copyright claims, the ITC terminating two Jawbone patents under section 101, and the House Judiciary Committee chairman discussing potential copyright reforms were in the intellectual property headlines in the past week

  • Fri, 29 April 2016

    ANDA patent litigation rises 68% in past two years

    Lex Machina’s Hatch-Waxman/ANDA Report reveals a spike in case filing, as well as the biggest participants and law firms in ANDA patent litigation

  • Wed, 27 April 2016

    US House passes trade secrets bill

    The Defend Trade Secrets Act, which will create a federal civil remedy for stealing trade secrets, will now go to President Obama for signing into law after being passed in the House of Representatives 410-2

  • Wed, 27 April 2016

    US Supreme Court debates copyright case attorneys’ fees in Kirtsaeng

    The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Susap Kirtsaeng v John Wiley, with justices appearing sceptical that prevailing defendants should be awarded fees in close cases

  • Tue, 26 April 2016

    US Supreme Court hears Cuozzo oral arguments

    The Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in Cuozzo Speed Technologies v Lee, the first Supreme Court case to consider an appeal of a PTAB decision

  • Mon, 25 April 2016

    The Slants, Supreme Court, Prince, Adidas, Ecco, Alice – the week in IP

    The USPTO filing a petition in the In re Tam case, the Supreme Court denying multiple IP appeals including Authors Guild v Google, Prince’s copyright legacy, Adidas suing Ecco for trade mark infringement, and IBM’s Manny Schecter’s thoughts on the future of Alice were in the intellectual property headlines in the past week

  • Wed, 20 April 2016

    Apple to pay $25m to settle patent litigation with Marathon subsidiary

    Marathon subsidiary Dynamic Advances will dismiss patent litigation with Apple related to the Siri personal assistant. Marathon may have to enter arbitration with co-plaintiff Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, however, which it believes “unreasonably withheld its consent to the reasonable royalty rate”

  • Wed, 20 April 2016

    Trade secrets bill clears US House Judiciary Committee

    In a busy few days for trade secrets news, the House Judiciary Committee has approved a Senate-passed trade secrets bills with no changes and Indian company Tata has been hit with a $940m damages verdict in Wisconsin

  • Wed, 20 April 2016

    Latest people moves in the US

    In our regular round-up, we summarise recently-announced partner moves in the Americas, including hires by Norton Rose Fulbright, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, Mayer Brown, Reed Smith and Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn

  • Tue, 19 April 2016

    Analysing PTAB first-quarter petitions – filing falls to a two-year low

    Managing IP crunches the data to reveal the busiest petitioners, patent owners, law firms, and attorneys at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in the first three months of 2016. The quarter included some interesting petitions such as the first IPR challenging an Apple patent

  • Tue, 19 April 2016

    Data: PTAB filing drops in March

    The number of petitions filed at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in March was down on the previous month. So far this USPTO fiscal year, the percentage of challenges to mechanical/business method and bio/pharma patents has increased

  • Mon, 18 April 2016

    Yahoo’s patent portfolio, pre-1972 sound recordings, Section 101, Alibaba, Facebook, USPTO – the week in IP

    The worth of Yahoo’s patent portfolio, a Second Circuit referral of the Flo & Eddie case, David Kappos’s call for abolishment of Section 101, Alibaba’s membership of the IACC, the copyright implications of Facebook’s new Live feature, and a pick up in US patent grant figures were in the intellectual property headlines in the past week

  • Tue, 12 April 2016

    Google, Unwired Planet, Burberry, JC Penney, post-Form 18 patent complaints, Led Zeppelin – the week in IP

    The Federal Circuit vacating an $85m award, Optis buying Unwired Planet for up to $40m, Burberry dropping its trade mark case against JC Penney, an analysis of patent complaint rulings after the elimination of Form 18, and the latest in the “Stairway to Heaven” copyright case were in the intellectual property headlines in the past week

  • Tue, 12 April 2016

    USPTO proposes first TTAB changes for nine years

    The USPTO has suggested 29 pages-worth of changes to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board practice, including to electronic filing, service and electronic communication, streamlining discovery and pre-trial procedures, and making trials more efficient. A proposal to allow testimony by affidavit has been criticised

  • Mon, 11 April 2016

    View our webinar on Magic IP Strategy Answers for IP Counsel

    Watch a replay of our webinar “Magic IP Strategy Answers for IP Counsel”, sponsored by Anaqua and featuring IP strategist Barry Brager

  • Fri, 08 April 2016

    US patent litigation plummets in first quarter

    US patent case filing in district courts dropped in the first quarter, down 39% on the fourth quarter and 34% on the first quarter last year, according to Unified Patents. An analysis of Eastern District of Texas filing reveals a disproportionately large drop in the district

  • Wed, 06 April 2016

    ITC, trade secrets, PTAB, Form 18 elimination, design patents – the takeaways from our US Patent Forum

    Managing IP held our US Patent Forum in Washington DC last month. Here are some of the most interesting facts, quotes and views from the sessions

  • Wed, 06 April 2016

    US trade secrets bill passed unanimously in Senate

    The Defend Trade Secrets Act has been passed 87-0 in the US Senate. It would allow federal actions in response to the misappropriation of trade secrets, but it is not clear how big an impact it would have after some of the more controversial provisions were scaled back by a Senate committee and with the House of Representatives yet to vote on the bill

  • Tue, 05 April 2016

    Analysing the PTAB’s final rule changes

    The final rule changes to Patent Trial and Appeal Board proceedings will likely help to reduce the rate of institution of trials, especially allowing patent owners to include relevant testimonial evidence in preliminary responses. There was one surprise, however, with the USPTO dropping a proposed pilot programme

  • Mon, 04 April 2016

    ClearCorrect, GSK, DMCA reform, Pele, Samsung, EFF – the week in IP

    The Federal Circuit denying an en banc rehearing of ClearCorrect, songwriters calling for reform of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, GSK saying it will not seek patents in the least developed countries, Pele suing Samsung for allegedly using his likeness, and the EFF securing attorneys fees for a client were in the intellectual property headlines in the past week

  • Mon, 04 April 2016

    ITC patent reform bill introduced in House targeting trolls

    A bill targeting patent trolls at the ITC has been introduced in Congress against a backdrop of fewer investigations in the past four years. But speakers at a recent Managing IP forum said ITC filing could pick up again

  • Wed, 30 March 2016

    Federal Circuit denies writ of mandamus in Slants case

    A writ of mandamus to force the USPTO to register “The Slants” as a trade mark has been denied by the Federal Circuit. This comes after the USPTO this month issued guidance putting trade mark applications with Section 2(a) issues on hold pending potential Supreme Court review

  • Tue, 29 March 2016

    Gilead ordered to pay $200m for infringing Merck hepatitis C patents

    Jury awards figure that is 10% of the $2 billion Merck was seeking for Gilead infringing hepatitis C treatment patents

  • Tue, 29 March 2016

    POM loses long-running false advertising suit against Coca-Cola

    Despite winning a Supreme Court ruling in 2014, POM Wonderful’s $77m lawsuit against Coca-Cola has run out of juice. A California jury ruled a Minute Maid pomegranate drink was not falsely advertised

  • Mon, 28 March 2016

    Sequenom, Cuozzo, Marrakesh Treaty, John Cleese, Apple, Samsung, The Beatles – the week in IP

    Sequenom’s petition for cert to the Supreme Court, the US Department of Justice’s brief in Cuozzo v Lee, Israel’s accession to the Marrakesh Treaty, a dispute over a Fawlty Towers “shameless rip-off”, a stay of the latest Apple v Samsung trial, and Sir Paul McCartney's efforts to reclaim publishing rights to Beatles songs were in the intellectual property headlines in the past week

  • Wed, 23 March 2016

    “Far-reaching impacts” of Federal Circuit ruling on ANDA personal jurisdiction

    The Federal Circuit ruling in Acorda v Mylan and AstraZeneca v Mylan gives branded pharmaceutical companies more flexibility in their choice of where to file suit against generics

  • Tue, 22 March 2016

    Horacio Gutierrez takes Spotify role, and other US people moves

    In our regular round-up, we summarise recently-announced partner and other moves in the Americas, including hires by BakerHostetler, Morrison & Foerster, Proskauer, Choate Hall & Stewart, Venable, and Morgan Lewis

  • Tue, 22 March 2016

    Samsung v Apple at the US Supreme Court – the issues to watch

    The US Supreme Court will rule on damages in design patent cases in Samsung v Apple. The debate is now set to rage at the high court over whether law developed in the 19th Century to protect items such as rugs and spoons is still suitable in the smartphone era

  • Tue, 22 March 2016

    Dancing Baby, RPX, Uniloc, Acacia, Adidas, Skechers, WIPO, Yosemite – the week in IP

    The Ninth Circuit amending its Dancing Baby copyright opinion, an RPX shareholder demanding a change in management, Uniloc offering to buy Acacia, Adidas being granted an injunction against Skechers, the US again being named the top filer of international patent applications, and a dispute over the trade marks relating to Yosemite National Park were in the intellectual property headlines in the past week

  • Mon, 21 March 2016

    Venue Act introduced in US Senate to change patent venue law

    Days after a Federal Circuit judge commented that changing patent case venue rules feels like “something a legislature should do”, the Venue Equity and Non-Uniformity Elimination Act has been introduced in the US Senate “to ensure that venue in patents cases is fair and proper”

  • Fri, 18 March 2016

    Managing IP North America Awards 2016: The winners

    The winners of Managing IP’s North America Awards 2016 were revealed on March 17 at a dinner at the Four Seasons in Washington DC, recognising the best intellectual property law firms, individuals and cases of the past year

  • Thu, 17 March 2016

    Bacardi files amended complaint in Havana Club trade mark dispute

    Drinks maker amends its complaint in the District of Columbia seeking a reversal of the USPTO’s registration of the Havana Club mark to the Cuban government

  • Mon, 07 March 2016

    Institutional change: PTAB issues to watch in 2016

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board is taking a harder line on institution, while PTAB watchers eagerly await a face-off at the Supreme Court over claim construction and the Federal Circuit increasingly pulls the Board up on procedural issues

  • Mon, 29 February 2016

    Data: Top petitioners, patent owners, law firms and attorneys at the PTAB in 2015

    Figures from Docket Navigator reveal that Apple remained by far the biggest filer of PTAB petitions in 2015 while Innovative Display Technologies was the top patent owner

  • Mon, 29 February 2016

    Judge Koh, WIPO, Dominion Harbor, WiLAN, Marathon, Uniloc, Copyright Royalty Board, Booking.com, Disney – the week in IP

    The IP headlines last week included Judge Lucy Koh being nominated for the Ninth Circuit, a House of Representatives hearing on WIPO, Dominion Harbor buying WiLAN patents, Marathon and Uniloc calling off their merger, the Copyright Royalty Board agreeing to a rehearing for SoundExchange, Booking.com not being allowed to register its name as a trade mark, and Disney asking employees to pitch in to help in its copyright fight

  • Fri, 26 February 2016

    Federal Circuit reverses $120m award in Apple v Samsung

    The Federal Circuit reverses the Northern District of California denial of Samsung’s motions for judgment as a matter of law of non-infringement, finding the slide to unlock and autocorrect patents obvious

  • Fri, 26 February 2016

    Digging deeper into 2015 US district court patent litigation figures

    A new report from Docket Navigator reviewing 2015 patent litigation concludes that – while the number of cases filed in US district courts increased – the number of infringement accusations and the complexity of individual cases is decreasing. It also revealed the entities that filed the most cases, the top defendants and the busiest law firms

  • Thu, 25 February 2016

    PTAB taking a harder line on CBM institution

    More covered business method petitions are now being denied institution by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board than granted, with the Board seemingly narrowing what qualifies as a CBM patent

  • Wed, 24 February 2016

    Supreme Court considers enhanced damages rule in Halo/Stryker arguments

    The Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in the related cases Halo Electronics v Pulse Electronics and Stryker v Zimmer, which included debate over whether the test for enhanced damages should be changed, the court being asked to consider trolls versus pirates, and Justice Breyer raising concerns over software patents

  • Wed, 24 February 2016

    Analysing the Federal Circuit’s Nike opinion on amending claims in IPRs

    The Federal Circuit provided guidance on motions to amend in inter partes review proceedings in its recent Nike v Adidas decision. PTAB observers are hopeful it is a sign the court will be harder on the Board’s resistance to substitute claims

  • Tue, 23 February 2016

    Fox News, The Hurt Locker, Justice Scalia, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Novak Druce – the week in IP

    The intellectual property headlines in the past week included Fox News settling a fair use case, the Ninth Circuit ruling on a right of publicity issue, the IP legacy of Justice Scalia, Lenovo and Qualcomm agreeing a China patent licensing deal, and Polsinelli reportedly taking a substantial number of Novak Druce lawyers

  • Thu, 18 February 2016

    Blank Rome adds 25 Dickstein Shapiro IP lawyers, and other US people moves

    In our regular round-up, we summarise recently-announced partner and national IP office moves in the Americas, including hires by Blank Rome, Reed Smith, Steptoe & Johnson, Haynes & Boone, Barnes & Thornburg, Orrick, Quinn Emanuel, Perkins Coie and Hogan Lovells

  • Wed, 17 February 2016

    Marvell to pay CMU $750m to settle patent lawsuit

    Court-ordered mediation ends in $750m agreement to settle the seven-year-long patent infringement lawsuit between Marvell Technology Group and Carnegie Mellon University

  • Fri, 12 February 2016

    Happy Birthday, Burberry, JC Penney, banking patents, Fox, Dish Network, US Senate, Authors Guild appeal – the week in IP

    Details of Warner/Chappell’s Happy Birthday settlement, a Burberry trade mark suit, banks’ increased patent applications, a Fox and Dish Network settlement, two treaties being sent to the US Senate for ratification, and writers supporting Authors Guild’s appeal to the Supreme Court were in the IP news this week

  • Thu, 11 February 2016

    US Chamber of Commerce releases international IP index

    Half of the 38 economies benchmarked in the US Chamber of Commerce’s annual IP index have strengthened their intellectual property systems in the US’s view

  • Mon, 08 February 2016

    2015 in Canadian IP cases: trade mark

    Managing IP is rounding up important intellectual property decisions coming out of Canadian courts last year. Trade mark cases included a rare interlocutory injunction in a trade mark case and a ruling on the use of a competitor’s mark in meta tags

  • Sat, 06 February 2016

    Tattoo copyright, Bacardi, Havana Club, IKEA, Marrakesh Treaty, Nokia, Judge Lucy Koh, NewEgg, more animal selfies – the week in IP

    A video game maker being sued for infringing copyright in basketball players’ tattoos, Bacardi asking why it was stripped of the rights to the Havana Club name, IKEA losing the rights to its name in Indonesia, Peru joining the Marrakesh Treaty, a “wild overreaction” to Nokia’s IP news, Judge Lucy Koh reportedly being in line for a Ninth Circuit nomination, and NewEgg being denied fees by the Federal Circuit were in the IP news in the past week

  • Fri, 05 February 2016

    2015 in Canadian IP cases: patent

    Managing IP is rounding up important intellectual property decisions coming out of Canadian courts last year. In two patent cases, the Court of Appeal suggested a new legal test for determining the relevance of a non-infringing alternative and ruled that a generic cannot make a claim for innovator profits under the doctrine of unfair enrichment

  • Thu, 04 February 2016

    PTAB could affect VirnetX’s $626m award in win over Apple

    A jury in the Eastern District of Texas has awarded VirnetX $626m after finding Apple had infringed four patents. The PTAB instituted inter partes reviews on the patents last October, however, the results of which could affect the district court case

  • Thu, 04 February 2016

    2015 in Canadian IP cases: copyright

    Managing IP is rounding up important intellectual property decisions coming out of Canadian courts last year. In copyright, this included the Supreme Court affirming the principle of technological neutrality in copyright law and a Court of Appeal ruling on meta tags

  • Wed, 03 February 2016

    Trade secrets bill passes US Senate Judiciary Committee

    The US Senate Committee on the Judiciary has passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act 2016, which included amendments that were suggested in hearings in December

  • Wed, 03 February 2016

    PTAB petitions in January lowest since March 2014

    PTAB Data and Analysis: the IPR count ticked past the 4,000 mark in January, which also saw the first challenge to an Apple patent, the USPTO deeming two decisions precedential, a case showing the dangers of a motion to amend, and an ironic Federal Circuit ruling on an IPR appeal

  • Tue, 02 February 2016

    Managing IP North America awards 2016 – shortlists

    Shortlists for this year’s Managing IP North America awards have been announced. The outstanding firms and individuals in US and Canadian intellectual property will be announced during a dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington DC on March 17

  • Fri, 29 January 2016

    Immoral marks, New York Times, Cuozzo, PTAB, Microsoft – the week in IP

    The DOJ saying the Slants ruling was so broad it goes beyond covering only disparaging marks, The New York Times being criticised for filing a copyright case, the reason Cuozzo may not be successful at the Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit vacating a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision, and a Microsoft and Olio agreement over wearable patents were in the intellectual property headlines in the past week

  • Thu, 28 January 2016

    Amendments recommended to US Copyright Act statutory damages provisions

    The US Department of Commerce has issued a report recommending amendments to copyright law that it believes would provide more guidance and greater flexibility to courts in awarding statutory damages

  • Wed, 27 January 2016

    Average of 11 Alice decisions each month in US federal courts

    There have been about 11 Section 101 decision per month in US federal courts and the overall success rate has been 72.1% since the Supreme Court’s Alice v CLS Bank decision, according to an analysis by Fenwick & West’s Robert Sachs

  • Wed, 27 January 2016

    Delaware jury awards $37.5m patent damages to Greatbatch

    Medical device maker Greatbatch has been awarded $37.5 million by a jury in the District of Delaware for AVX infringing its pacemaker and defibrillator patents, in the largest jury award so far this year in a US patent case

  • Fri, 22 January 2016

    TTAB, Eastern District of Texas, Apple, Samsung, Batmobile, Marilyn Monroe – the week in IP

    The TTAB’s 2015 precedential opinions, the Federal Circuit taking on a case challenging the Eastern District of Texas’s patent case dominance, Apple's grant of an injunction, the Supreme Court being asked to hear a Batmobile copyright case, and a trade mark fight involving Marilyn Monroe were in the IP headlines this week

  • Fri, 22 January 2016

    Report reveals top reasons for resolution of PTAB proceedings

    A Patent Trial and Appeal Board report from Lex Machina analyses the most common trial resolutions and the busiest administrative patent judges

  • Thu, 21 January 2016

    INTA elects JTI’s Ronald van Tuijl as 2016 president

    Ronald van Tuijl has identified the issues he will focus on during his term as the 2016 president of the International Trademark Association

  • Thu, 21 January 2016

    The issues to watch in Cuozzo at the US Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court in Cuozzo could scrap the PTAB’s use of the broadest reasonable interpretation in IPRs. But its ruling on the less-publicised question of whether institution decisions are unreviewable could have a bigger effect. In the meantime, petitioners and patent owners will have to adjust their PTAB strategies to guard against uncertainty

  • Sat, 16 January 2016

    Star Wars, Erich Spangenberg, The Trademark Company, IP licensing, Spotify, PTAB, David Bowie – the week in IP

    IP disputes involving the Star Wars franchise, the correct way to analyse patent litigation, the USPTO being sued for allegedly violating a trade mark filer’s Constitutional rights, IP licensing companies’ tough year, Spotify facing another class action, and David Bowie’s copyright legacy were in the IP headlines this week

  • Fri, 15 January 2016

    US Supreme Court to hear Cuozzo and Kirtsaeng cases

    The Supreme Court will decide what standard the Patent Trial and Appeal Board should use in IPRs after granting cert in Cuozzo v Lee. It will also rule on the appropriate standard for awarding attorneys’ fees in copyright cases in Kirtsaeng v John Wiley & Sons

  • Thu, 14 January 2016

    Federal Circuit rules same PTAB panel can institute and decide an IPR

    The Federal Circuit has ruled that the same PTAB panel that institutes an inter partes review can also issue the final written decision, in Ethicon Endo-Surgery v Covidien. Judge Newman dissented, noting the statute requires institution to be made by the USPTO director and the final decision by the Board

  • Thu, 14 January 2016

    USPTO appoints Rocky Mountain director, and other US people moves

    In our regular round-up, we summarise recently-announced partner and national IP office moves in the Americas, including hires by the USPTO, Pryor Cashman, AIPLA, Orrick, Mayer Brown, Perkins Coie and Baker McKenzie, as well as two law firm mergers

  • Wed, 13 January 2016

    US patent grants fall for first time since 2007

    IBM remained the top US patent recipient in 2015, but it was the first year since 2007 in which overall patent activity fell, according to analysis released by IFI Claims Patent Services. IFI also identified an increasing trend of companies choosing to spread their portfolios across multiple entities

  • Mon, 11 January 2016

    Trade mark litigation, Apple, Samsung, monkey selfie, Richard Prince, Anne Frank, hoverboards – the week in IP

    A drop in US trade mark litigation in 2015, a Federal Circuit hearing of an Apple and Samsung dispute, a judge ruling a monkey does not own copyright in a selfie, artist Richard Prince being sued, the copyright of Anne Frank’s diary, and the latest patent news from the hoverboard market were in the IP headlines this week

  • Thu, 07 January 2016

    TXED approves another 101 motion against multiple patent suit filer

    Judge John Love of the Eastern District of Texas has recommended granting a Section 101 motion against plaintiff Rothschild Location Technologies, which filed 33 patent cases in the district in 2015

  • Wed, 06 January 2016

    The final 2015 US patent litigation and PTAB filing figures

    With 2015 now behind us, it is a time for both looking back at the year just gone and forward to what that will mean for 2016. Some such as Erich Spangenberg are forecasting a stronger patent market

  • Wed, 06 January 2016

    US patent litigation up 15% in 2015, with NPEs increasing share

    US patent case filing in district courts was the second-highest ever in 2015, with one study suggesting that non-practicing entities increased their percentage of cases filed to 69% from 61% in 2014

  • Wed, 23 December 2015

    Split en banc Federal Circuit rules disparagement provision is unconstitutional

    The Federal Circuit has ruled that the disparagement provision in section 2(a) of the Lanham Act is unconstitutional, and reversed and vacated the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s holding that “The Slants” is an unregistrable mark. The en banc court was split, however, with a total of five opinions submitted

  • Tue, 22 December 2015

    Kyle Bass’s success rate at the PTAB – an update

    Hedge fund manager Kyle Bass has not gotten any holiday cheer from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, with two of his petitions challenging pharmaceutical patents denied this month. The Board has now ruled on 16 of his inter partes review petitions

  • Tue, 22 December 2015

    Judge Gilstrap awards attorney fees for first time

    Non-practicing entity eDekka has been ordered to pay attorney fees by Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas after it “repeatedly offered insupportable arguments on behalf of an obviously weak patent”

  • Fri, 18 December 2015

    Gillette, Dollar Shave Club, Fitbit, Jawbone, Abbott and Costello, Happy Birthday, patent litigation – the week in IP

    A patent dispute between Gillette and Dollar Shave Club, Jawbone using an unusual tactic against Fitbit, a copyright case brought by the heirs of Abbott and Costello being thrown out, the latest in the Happy Birthday saga and the prevalence of older patents being used in litigation were in the IP headlines in the past week

  • Thu, 17 December 2015

    Copyright Royalty Board raises Pandora rate 21% for ad-supported streaming

    The royalty rate US internet radio companies must pay has increased for ad-supported streaming but decreased for subscription streaming, in a Copyright Royalty Board ruling that is being viewed as more a win for companies such as Pandora than for the music industry

  • Thu, 17 December 2015

    PTAB issues first decision on remand from Federal Circuit

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has reversed in part its Microsoft v Proxyconn decision on remand from the Federal Circuit

  • Wed, 16 December 2015

    The calm after the US patent litigation storm

    Patent litigation has been slow so far in December after a rush to file at the end of November. This means 2015’s will fall short of the record 2013 year. Filers this month have also had to take the new pleading rules into account in their complaints

  • Mon, 14 December 2015

    Takeaways from our European Patent Forum USA

    Managing IP held a European Patent Forum in New York last week. Michael Loney reports on the discussions about the Unitary Patent, UPC and other issues

  • Wed, 09 December 2015

    USPTO hires Texas regional office director from Xerox

    Hope Shimabuku has been appointed as the first director of the USPTO’s Texas regional office

  • Tue, 01 December 2015

    257 US patent cases filed in one day ahead of new litigation rules

    US patent litigation hit a record 836 cases filed in November, with plaintiffs appearing to be attempting to avoid new pleading standards that became effective on December 1. CryptoPeak Solutions filed the most cases

  • Wed, 25 November 2015

    Takeaways from the Federal Circuit's first reversal of a PTAB finding of validity

    This month has seen two important Federal Circuit decisions disagreeing with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s findings. Its Belden v Berk-Tek opinion included a number of lessons for practitioners

  • Wed, 25 November 2015

    USPTO and INPI establish PPH pilot programme

    The USPTO and Brazil’s National Institute for Industrial Property will establish a patent prosecution highway pilot programme with the aim of reducing patent workloads and improving quality

  • Tue, 24 November 2015

    B&B Hardware applied to non-confusion issue for first time

    A US district court in Maryland has become the first court to apply the Supreme Court’s B&B Hardware ruling to an issue other than likelihood of confusion, in Ashe v PNC Financial Services

  • Mon, 23 November 2015

    Apple, ContentGuard, Samsung, The Medicines Company, Google, Lex Machina, Skechers, Converse – the week in IP

    A patent lawsuit win for Apple over ContentGuard, Samsung’s denial of a Federal Circuit en banc rehearing, Google offering legal support for YouTube users accused of copyright infringement, the acquisition of Lex Machina, and Skechers claiming a trade mark victory over Converse at the ITC were in the IP headlines in the past week

  • Fri, 20 November 2015

    Legislative overhauls, injunctions and patent eligibility in Canada

    We recently published a supplement looking at some of the biggest issues facing IP practitioners in Canada

  • Thu, 19 November 2015

    Which IP practitioners are moving firms in the Americas?

    In our regular round-up, we summarise recently announced partner and national IP office moves in the Americas, including a new role for the former PTAB chief judge and hires from BakerHostetler, Shearman & Sterling, Baker Botts, Potomac Law Group, Covington, Jones Day and more

  • Mon, 16 November 2015

    Celgene win leaves Bass even in PTAB institution game

    The PTAB has denied institution of a Coalition for Affordable Drugs inter partes review petition challenging a Celgene patent. This leaves Kyle Bass with a 50% institution success rate in the 14 petitions the Board has decided thus far

  • Sun, 15 November 2015

    Taylor Swift, Mark Cuban, Happy Birthday, Judge Gilstrap, In-N-Out Burger – the week in IP

    Two Taylor Swift disputes ending, an IP Watchdog interview with patent sceptic Mark Cuban, a further twist in the Happy Birthday copyright saga, the Eastern District of Texas’s Judge Gilstrap issuing a standing order on pre-Markman 101 motions, and a trade mark lawsuit filed by In-N-Out burger were in the IP headlines in the past week

  • Thu, 12 November 2015

    PTAB petitions pass 4,000 mark but USPTO proposes filing rate hike

    Data – The number of PTAB petitions in October was the lowest since January. However, the USPTO also proposed raising the filing fees during the month

  • Thu, 12 November 2015

    Mexico publishes bill to introduce trade mark opposition system

    A bill has been introduced in the Mexican Senate that, if passed, would implement a process for opposing trade mark applications

  • Thu, 12 November 2015

    Data: Analysing the busiest PTAB petitioners, patent owners and law firms so far in 2015

    Managing IP analyses the busiest companies, law firms and attoneys at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in the third quarter and so far this year, using the Docket Navigator database

  • Wed, 11 November 2015

    New USPTO standard for correcting foreign priority claims comes into effect

    USPTO changes to the practice for correction of foreign priority claims are now in effect, which make the process the same as for domestic claims but will cost applicants more money than previously

  • Wed, 11 November 2015

    Ohio court invalidates patents issued in 2015 on Alice grounds

    In what is believed to be a first, a court has found the claims of patents issued after the US Supreme Court’s Alice v CLS Bank ruling invalid for being directed to an abstract idea

  • Tue, 10 November 2015

    USPTO’s Texas regional office officially opens

    The permanent location for the Texas Regional USPTO regional office is now officially open

  • Tue, 10 November 2015

    Federal Circuit reverses PTAB in part in Belden v Berk-Tek

    In a rare substantive opinion on a PTAB appeal, the Federal Circuit upheld the rejection of four claims but reversed the upholding of two further claims of a Belden patent

  • Mon, 09 November 2015

    Washington Redskins, GoPro, DraftKings, FanDuel, patent litigation spike, Alice stats, monkey selfie – the week in IP

    The Washington Redskins’ brief in its trade mark appeal, patent lawsuits against GoPro, DraftKings and FanDuel, a spike in litigation predicted for November, the latest stats on district courts interpreting Alice, and more news on monkey selfie were in the IP headlines in the past week

  • Tue, 03 November 2015

    Associations suggest patent eligibility guidance changes to USPTO

    The deadline for comments on the USPTO’s July update to its patent eligibility guidance has passed, with 29 submissions. This included the American Intellectual Property Law Association making seven broad recommendations

  • Tue, 03 November 2015

    View our webinar on obviousness in US district courts and PTAB

    View a replay of our “Effective obviousness arguments in district courts and PTAB” webinar, which took place on November 4 and featured McAndrews Held & Malloy president Robert Surrette and Stryker intellectual property counsel Mary Elizabeth Mauro

  • Fri, 30 October 2015

    EFF, TXED, DMCA exceptions, TPP, SAP, Google, 1984 – the week in IP

    An amicus brief aimed at reducing the Eastern District of Texas’s dominance, Canadian concerns over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, limited exceptions to the DMCA being announced, SAP and Google reaching a patent agreement, and George Orwell’s estate making an ironic demand were in the IP headlines in the past week

  • Thu, 29 October 2015

    Takeaways from the AIPLA Annual Meeting

    Managing IP was reporting from the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s Annual Meeting in Washington DC last week. Here are some of the topics, tidbits and takeaways from the meeting

  • Thu, 29 October 2015

    Kyle Bass PTAB institution success rate swings past 50%

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has instituted four of the Coalition for Affordable Drugs’ IPR petitions challenging Celgene patents, bringing the total number its petitions instituted to seven and greatly shifting the success rate of what one law firm calls the “PTAB Crashers”

  • Wed, 28 October 2015

    Implementation of Canada’s Trademark Act pushed back

    The implementation of the amendments to Canada’s Trademark Act is now not expected before 2018, with IP practitioners suggesting some strategic issues trade mark owners should consider now

  • Wed, 28 October 2015

    “Good possibility” of US small copyright claims court being set up

    There is a good chance of a “Judge Judy”-like small copyright claims tribunal being established in the United States, according to one speaker at the AIPLA Annual Meeting

  • Tue, 27 October 2015

    Brazil's battle against the patent backlog

    The Brazil IP office president’s efforts to reduce one of the world’s worst backlogs have been derailed by recession. However, he hopes to take proactive measures, despite sceptical IP practitioners inside and outside Brazil and the controversy over double examination of pharmaceutical patents. Michael Loney reports

  • Mon, 26 October 2015

    Apple, patent trolls, Jay Z, Pandora, Kyle Bass, cheerleading uniforms – the week in IP

    A New York Times op-ed discussing “efficient infringing” of patents, Jay Z winning the “Big Pimpin’” case, Pandora agreeing a $90m settlement with a coalition of record companies, the PTAB instituting another Kyle Bass IPR, and a copyright case involving cheerleading uniforms were in the IP headlines this week

  • Wed, 21 October 2015

    Data – PTAB filing in September third-lowest of 2015

    PTAB filing fell to the third-lowest figure of the year in September. The institution rate continues to fall, with RPX noting it will be interesting to watch if this affects the popularity of the IPR process

  • Tue, 20 October 2015

    US Supreme Court takes on two patent damages cases

    The US Supreme Court has granted cert in two cases asking the court to address whether the Federal Circuit's test for enhanced patent damages is too rigid

  • Mon, 19 October 2015

    Interview: Felipe Claro, AIPPI President

    Worldwide harmonisation, prior art and plain packaging are among the biggest issues on AIPPI’s radar at the moment, says Felipe Claro, this year’s President of the association

  • Mon, 19 October 2015

    What to do when your brand gets taken for a ride

    Free riding of trade marks was up for discussion at this year’s AIPPI Congress in Working Question 245 “Taking unfair advantage of trademarks: parasitism and free riding”. Michael Loney reports

  • Mon, 19 October 2015

    Apple, Best Global Brands, Steve Jobs movie, USPTO Silicon Valley office, Marrakesh Treaty – the week in IP

    A jury ordering Apple to pay $243m damages to WARF, the Best Global Brands report’s release, the opening of the USPTO’s Silicon Valley office, the role of fair use in the new Steve Jobs biopic, and the Republic of Korea ratifying the Marrakesh Treaty were in the IP headlines the past week

  • Wed, 14 October 2015

    TXED drives 33% drop in US patent litigation in third quarter

    Patent litigation in the US district courts fell in the third quarter, an analysis by Lex Machina has revealed. PTAB filing and copyright litigation also fell, while trade mark litigation was up slightly

  • Mon, 12 October 2015

    TPP, Cuozzo, Bikram Yoga, hedge fund IPRs, Samsung, Nvidia – the week in IP

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement being announced then leaked, Cuozzo taking its inter partes review appeal to the Supreme Court, a ruling that copyright does not cover yoga, a good week for hedge funds at the PTAB, and the ITC dealing Nvidia a blow in its fight with Samsung were in the IP headlines this week

  • Fri, 02 October 2015

    Apple, Samsung, Erich Spangenberg, Depomed, Alibaba, Jay-Z, Kanye West, more monkey selfie – the week in IP

    Apple and Samsung being referred to mediation, Erich Spangenberg making a draft IPR available to challenge a Depomed patent, Alibaba’s patent portfolio growth, Jay-Z and Kanye West winning a case in New York, and the monkey selfie's implications for the scope of copyright law were in the IP headlines this week

  • Sun, 27 September 2015

    Monkey selfie, Batmobile, Mark Cuban, Inventist, Lindt, Haribo, All About That Bass – the week in IP

    The return of monkey selfie, the Ninth Circuit ruling the Batmobile is covered by copyright, Mark Cuban looking to assert patent rights in the hoverboard market, and Lindt defeating Haribo in a German trade mark case were in the IP headlines this week

  • Mon, 21 September 2015

    Kim Dotcom, Rick Ross, Segway, Adidas, Skechers – the week in IP

    Kim Dotcom attending an extradition hearing in New Zealand, Rick Ross failing in a trade mark suit over the phrase "everyday I'm shufflin", Segway suing the makers of Hovertrax, and Adidas claiming Skechers has infringed its trade mark were in the IP headlines in the past week

  • Fri, 11 September 2015

    Fitbit, Jawbone, US Copyright Office, BMI, TiVo, Samsung, Toyota – the week in IP

    Fitbit countersuing Jawbone, the US Copyright Office’s registration system going down for a week, BMI registering record revenues, TiVo filings its first patent litigation since 2012, and Toyota’s patent application for a potential flying car were in the IP headlines this week

  • Thu, 10 September 2015

    Kyle Bass vows to keep returning to the PTAB “kangaroo court”

    If Kyle Bass has been put off by the PTAB denying three of his IPR petitions, he's not showing it. He has filed a further nine petitions since the Coalition for Affordable Drugs' first setback and has labelled the PTAB a kangaroo court

  • Fri, 21 August 2015

    Sequenom, Ariosa, Eastern District of Texas, Ashley Madison, Washington Redskins, Led Zeppelin – the week in IP

    Sequenom petitioning the Federal Circuit for a rehearing of the Ariosa decision, the Eastern District of Texas taking 44% of US patent cases so far this year, Ashley Madison sending out copyright takedown notices to combat its leak, the latest in the Redskins trade mark case, and a trial being set in Led Zeppelin’s copyright dispute were in the IP headlines this week

  • Fri, 14 August 2015

    Samsung, Apple, Google, BMW, Pom Wonderful, Pur Beverages, UK’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit, Uber – the week in IP

    A Federal Circuit denial of Samsung’s request for a rehearing, the IP implications of Google’s Alphabet, a setback for Pom Wonderful in its trade mark fight with Pur Beverages, the UK’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit anti-piracy progress, and an Uber trade secrets case were in the IP headlines in the past week

  • Fri, 07 August 2015

    Google, The Economist, Airbus, The Simpsons, Cecil the Lion – the week in IP

    Google giving some details of its patent purchase programme, The Economist calling for patents to be fixed, Airbus applying for a patent on a “ultra-fast” plane, Fox being sued for using a Goodfellas actor’s likeness, and trade mark applications on Cecil the Lion were in the IP headlines in the past week

  • Sun, 02 August 2015

    USPTO teleworking, Happy Birthday, TTAB, Michael Jordan, Qualcomm, ParkerVision – the week in IP

    A study on the USPTO teleworking programme, a "smoking gun” in the Happy Birthday copyright case, the TTAB criticising an attorney for being pedantic, Michael Jordan losing a trade mark case in China, and the Federal Circuit weighing in on the ParkerVision/Qualcomm case were in the IP headlines in the past week

  • Fri, 31 July 2015

    US legislators consider trade secrets bills and patent box

    The Defend Trade Secrets Act has been introduced in the Senate on the same day that a discussion draft of patent box legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives

  • Fri, 31 July 2015

    USPTO names Drew Hirshfeld as commissioner for patents

    Drew Hirshfeld, the USPTO’s deputy commissioner for patent examination policy, has been appointed the new commissioner for patents, effective immediately

  • Wed, 29 July 2015

    Celgene files motion for sanctions against Kyle Bass

    Celgene has filed its motion for sanctions against the Coalition for Affordable Drugs with the PTAB. It makes for interesting reading, including alleging that Erich Spangenberg “first threatened Celgene with IPRs in January 2014”

  • Tue, 28 July 2015

    Why Twitter is not seeing the funny side to copying tweets

    Twitter has been attracting attention for taking down tweets that plagiarise jokes. But how much copyright protection do short jokes have?

  • Fri, 24 July 2015

    Google, customer stays, Apple, Samsung, Oracle, TTAB – the week in IP

    Google giving away patents to start-ups, David Kappos arguing customer stay legislation is wrongheaded, tech companies supporting Samsung against Apple, Oracle and Google suggesting a trial in spring 2016, and a TTAB Batman decision were in the IP headlines in the past week

  • Fri, 17 July 2015

    Patent reform, Blurred Lines, USPTO, Newegg, trade mark filing, RPX – the week in IP

    The Innovation Act being put on hold, a reduction of the Blurred Lines award, the USPTO updating on its Enhance Patent Quality initiative, Newegg receiving good news, US trade mark applications increasing, public patent licensing companies having a strong quarter, and Goebbels’ estate being awarded royalties were in the IP headlines in the past week

  • Wed, 15 July 2015

    US patent litigation back with a bang in May and June

    The latest US patent case filing figures from Lex Machina show a sharp increase in May and June, making filing in the second quarter of this year the highest ever observed

  • Mon, 13 July 2015

    SiriusXM, Facebook, Fox, Zorro, orphan works – the week in IP

    The Turtles' challenge of a SiriusXM settlement, Facebook’s video platform, the cancellation of a Zorro trade mark, Fox getting into the beer business, a scary airplane seating patent application, and the US Copyright Office’s report on orphan works were in the IP headlines in the past week

  • Wed, 08 July 2015

    IPO releases lists of top organisations and universities granted US patents

    The Intellectual Property Owners Association has revealed the top organisations and universities receiving US patents in 2014

  • Fri, 03 July 2015

    Battle of the IP bands, Google v Oracle, Taylor Swift, Section 101 judgments, Eli Lilly – the week in IP

    IP practitioners squaring off in a Battle of the Bands, the US Supreme Court denying three IP petitions, The Irish Times taking a stand against Taylor Swift, the latest data on Section 101 motions, and Eli Lilly being fined in Brazil for “sham” patent litigation were in the IP headlines in the past week

  • Mon, 22 June 2015

    Should Congress amend Section 101?

    A year on the from the Alice decision, many IP practitioners feel that Section 101 is in a state of ruin. Speakers at the BIO International Convention put forward proposals for Congress to overhaul the much-maligned section

  • Thu, 18 June 2015

    Bio/pharma IPRs by the numbers

    Figures discussed at the BIO International Convention reveal that bio/pharma IPRs at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board have a lower institution rate and lower claim-cancellation rate than for all IPRs

  • Sun, 14 June 2015

    Fitbit, Jawbone, Kyle Bass, PTAB, iWatch – the week in IP

    Jawbone suing fellow fitness tracking company Fitbit, Ray Niro’s views on the effect of Octane Fitness, the positive effect Kyle Bass has had for the pharma industry, questions over how PTAB numbers are perceived and a Federal Circuit decision on the iWatch mark were in the IP headlines in the past week

  • Wed, 10 June 2015

    IPRs and Section 101 to take centre stage at BIO convention

    With the BIO International Convention taking place next week, Michael Loney analyses the biggest topics that will be discussed among IP practitioners at the event

  • Wed, 10 June 2015

    Bass files 16th IPR petition as opposition continues to build

    Kyle Bass has filed another IPR petition targeting a pharma company, taking aim again at the Vimovo pain reliever, while IPO has passed a resolution opposing the use of post-grant proceedings to manipulate the market

  • Wed, 10 June 2015

    PTAB moves squarely into US lawmakers’ sights in rewritten PATENT Act

    After previously being included on the fringes of discussion around US patent reform, Patent Trial and Appeal Board proceedings are now one of legislators' main focuses. The rejigged PATENT Act has been branded “a PTAB reform bill” by one observer

  • Fri, 05 June 2015

    Is there life in Ultramercial yet?

    The long-running Ultramercial patent case may have some life left in it yet, with the filing this week of a Supreme Court petition

  • Fri, 05 June 2015

    Patent litigation, .sucks, Vice Media, TTAB, Blackberry, Typo – the week in IP

    The sunrise period for .sucks being extended, the latest patent litigation statistics, a trade mark case featuring Vice versus Virtue, the TTAB cancelling a colour mark, and Blackberry settling with Typo were in the IP headlines in the past week

  • Fri, 29 May 2015

    Ford, Google, Oracle, patent grants, Led Zeppelin, Supreme Court – the week in IP

    Ford making its electrified vehicle patents available, the Obama administration siding with Oracle in its copyright case with Google, US patent grants falling in 2015, the latest in the Stairway to Heaven case, and the Supreme Court using the term “patent troll” for the first time were in the IP headlines in the past week

  • Thu, 28 May 2015

    Are more changes needed to IPR proceedings?

    The USPTO has codified changes to PTAB proceedings, but parties on different sides of the patent reform debate are calling for much-bigger adjustments

  • Fri, 22 May 2015

    Rihanna, DC Comics, Lycos, Rockstar Games, Happy Birthday to You, Alibaba – the week in IP

    A dispute between DC Comics and Rihanna over the name Robyn, Lycos putting its patent portfolio up for sale, Rockstar objecting to a BBC film about it, a copyright case over the song Happy Birthday to You, and Alibaba being sued by the owner of Gucci were in the IP headlines in the past week

  • Thu, 21 May 2015

    Kyle Bass files 15th IPR, targeting patent for Vimovo treatment

    The Coalition for Affordable Drugs has filed an inter partes review petition challenging a patent for Pozen’s Vimovo drug, which Horizon Pharma holds the rights to in the US

  • Wed, 20 May 2015

    Garcia v Google reversal warmly received (except by Judge Kozinski)

    The Ninth Circuit this week reversed the controversial ruling in the Garcia v Google case, an outcome hailed by most as a return to sanity. But Judge Kozinski stood by his initial judgment, saying in a dissent that the majority “makes a total mess of copyright law, right here in the Hollywood Circuit”

  • Sun, 17 May 2015

    Google, Oracle, Uber, Amazon, Twitter hashtags, stays pending IPR – the week in IP

    The Obama administration agonising over which side to back in Google v Oracle; a dispute over a Twitter hashtag; Uber being granted a design patent; Amazon’s application for a drone delivery patent; and the success rate for motions stays were in the IP headlines in the past week

  • Fri, 08 May 2015

    Free webinar: Avoiding pitfalls in PTAB post-grant trials during the Second Phase

    Are you up to speed with the requirements and standards at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board? View a replay of our webinar exploring how to avoid mistakes as a petitioner or patent owner during the Second Phase, from institution to the final written decision

  • Wed, 06 May 2015

    How courts are interpreting transformative use

    American football players and comic book villains featured in a discussion yesterday about the balance that should be struck between First Amendment protections and an individual’s right of publicity.

  • Wed, 06 May 2015

    The in-house holy grail

    It is the million-dollar question: how can you manage your trademark portfolio on a budget while ensuring your brand is protected? Registrants yesterday received tips for doing more with less.

  • Tue, 05 May 2015

    Meet Twitter’s first trademark counsel

    California-based Twitter faces unique trademark challenges in its role as an online social network. Stephen Coates explains his role as the company’s first trademark counsel.

  • Tue, 05 May 2015

    Opinion divided over US PATENT Act

    The introduction of the PATENT Act in the Senate received praise, but pro-patent groups expressed concerns about some of its provisions and disappointment that it includes no changes to IPR proceedings. Michael Loney canvasses opinion ahead of a hearing on Thursday

  • Tue, 05 May 2015

    Surf’s up in mock trademark trial

    Registrants were treated to a highly-entertaining mock trial yesterday, featuring a feud over surf board designs, an unreliable witness and even an interruption for take-out food.

  • Tue, 05 May 2015

    Interview: Jeremy Kaufman, Fox

    Fox must strike a delicate balance between protecting its IP and not prompting backlashes from fans. Jeremy Kaufman explains the entertainment giant’s trademark strategy.

  • Mon, 04 May 2015

    Latin American trademark offices highlight user-friendly trends

    Representatives from IP offices across Latin America yesterday discussed how they are engaging users with increased internationalization and more streamlined procedures.

  • Mon, 04 May 2015

    Public speakers confess at INTA Annual Meeting

    “My name is Brian and I am a public speaker,” confessed Brian W. Brokate of Gibney Anthony & Flaherty in the U.S. So began a series of testimonials from the eight speakers on a panel on public speaking yesterday about their presentation mishaps.

  • Mon, 04 May 2015

    Interview: Danielle Criona, Senior Counsel - IP, Roll Law Group

    Roll Law Group advises Roll Global, which owns many well-known food products. Danielle Criona, Senior Counsel – Intellectual Property, explains some of the trademark issues she faces.

  • Mon, 04 May 2015

    Understand the power of brands - INTA Annual Meeting Opening Ceremony

    Annual Meeting Project Team Co-Chairs Joshua Burke of General Mills and Mario Soerensen Garcia of Soerensen Garcia Advogados Associados kicked off Sunday’s Opening Ceremony with the news that the number of registrants as of noon yesterday had reached a record 9,855.

  • Sun, 03 May 2015

    The hottest trademark issues in Latin America

    Registrants will be brought up to speed on the latest developments in Latin America with a regional update this afternoon, as Michael Loney reports.

  • Sun, 03 May 2015

    What can your IP attaché do for you?

    IP attachés from the U.S. and the U.K. explained yesterday how they help brand owners deal with intellectual property issues abroad.

  • Sun, 03 May 2015

    Profile: J Scott Evans, INTA President

    Ahead of this year’s Annual Meeting, Michael Loney met J. Scott Evans in New York to discuss brands, bylaws and the Internet.

  • Sun, 03 May 2015

    Interview: Jill Abasto, Senior Trademark Counsel, Qualcomm

    San Diego-based semiconductor company Qualcomm receives a lot of attention for its patent activities, but it also has about 3,000 trademark registrations and applications. Senior Legal Counsel Jill Abasto explains its trademark strategy.

  • Sun, 03 May 2015

    USPTO looks to clear out the dead wood

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is looking to increase the accuracy of its registry by ensuring that actual use by brand owners line up with registrations, and Canada may have the answer. Peter Leung reports.

  • Sat, 02 May 2015

    “A dramatic year” for trademark cases in the United States

    It’s been a busy year for U.S. trademark litigation. Michael Loney previews Wednesday’s Annual Review of federal case law and TTAB developments.

  • Sat, 02 May 2015

    Special 301 report, Grooveshark, MPAA, Louis Vuitton, Eclipse IP – the week in IP

    The USTR issuing its Special 301 report, Grooveshark shutting down operations, the MPAA demanding torrent sites end copyright infringement, Louis Vuitton losing its bid to save its checkerboard trademark, and Eclipse IP’s patent applications were in the IP headlines this week

  • Thu, 30 April 2015

    Locke Lord adds partner in DC

    Michael Bednarek has joined the Washington DC office of Locke Lord as partner in the intellectual property department

  • Wed, 29 April 2015

    Google’s patent purchase experiment leaves unanswered questions

    The announcement of the Patent Purchase Promotion will have raised a few eyebrows and begs the question: Is Google trying to become the world’s biggest patent troll?

  • Fri, 24 April 2015

    Federal Circuit, Canada copyright, Katy Perry, Twitter, John Oliver – the week in IP

    The Federal Circuit saying squashing words together in briefs is not a way to keep below word limits, Canada intending to increase the term of copyright, Katy Perry’s attempts to register trade marks, John Oliver’s take on patent trolls, and Twitter’s trade mark applications were in the IP headlines this week

  • Fri, 17 April 2015

    Patent reform, USPTO, Adidas, Marc Jacobs, .sucks, Federal Circuit – the week in IP

    Patent reform being held back by a fight over human trafficking, a report saying the USPTO cannot distinguish between good and bad examiners, Adidas suing Marc Jacobs for trade mark infringement, criticism of the .sucks gTLD, and the Federal Circuit ordering an en banc rehearing of Lexmark v Impression were in the IP headlines this week

  • Tue, 14 April 2015

    Trends in US patent damages in 2014 and 2015

    Managing IP assesses the damages awards in the United States in 2014 and so far this year, and asks IP litigators what trends and lessons can be gleaned

  • Tue, 14 April 2015

    Free webinar: Avoiding the pitfalls in post-grant trials at the PTAB

    Are you up to speed with the requirements and standards at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board? Our next webinar will explore how to avoid mistakes as a petitioner or patent owner in proceedings

  • Fri, 10 April 2015

    Hedge fund IPRs, Apple Watch, Juno, Novartis, Google, USPTO – the week in IP

    The question of whether hedge funds are able to challenge patents through IPRs, a trade mark potentially delaying Apple Watch’s launch in Switzerland, Juno and Novartis agreeing a $12.3m settlement, Google joining the LTE Patent Pool, and the USPTO issuing Patent No. 9,000,000 were in the IP headlines this week

  • Wed, 08 April 2015

    IP Finance conference will reveal how best to tap IP’s potential

    Patent holders, investors and others will meet in New York on May 14 to discuss best practices to make the most of their IP assets

  • Fri, 03 April 2015

    101 opinions, Robin Williams, PTAB, Jay-Z, Perfect 10 – the week in IP

    The latest statistics on patents invalidated under 101, Robin Williams restricting use of his image before his death, patentees’ recent success at the PTAB, the Big Pimpin’ case latest, and a “copyright troll” being ordered to pay fees were in the IP headlines this week

  • Sat, 28 March 2015

    Panasonic, Taylor Swift, Motorola, Intellectual Ventures, AT&T – the week in IP

    Panasonic opening up its internet of things patents, Taylor Swift buying two domain names, Motorola being found to infringe an Intellectual Ventures patent, and the Federal Circuit having little sympathy with AT&T missing a deadline to appeal a $40 million loss were in the IP headlines this week

  • Wed, 25 March 2015

    Takeaways from the US Patent Forum in Silicon Valley

    Managing IP held the US Patent Forum in Silicon Valley this week. Here are some points of interest from the event, including discussion of the ITC tightening the scope of its jurisdiction and a defence of the right for anyone to file an IPR (even a hedge fund)

  • Fri, 13 March 2015

    Blurred Lines, plain packaging, Hewlett-Packard, Kraftwerk, Disney – the week in IP

    Marvin Gaye’s family winning the Blurred Lines copyright case, UK MPs approving plain packaging legislation, Hewlett-Packard having four of its patents invalidated, the co-founder of Kraftwerk suing a power charging company, and Disney’s trade mark fight over its Lotso character were in the IP headlines this week

  • Fri, 06 March 2015

    Apple, Samsung, Hall & Oates, USPTO, Under Armour, patent reform – the week in IP

    The latest from Apple and Samsung at the Federal Circuit, Hall & Oates suing a cereal company for trade mark infringement, the USPTO’s Silicon Valley office costing three times more than expected, Under Armour suing Ass Armor, and the effect of fee shifting under the Innovation Act were in the IP headlines this week

  • Thu, 05 March 2015

    Senator Coons throws “legislative grenade” at PTAB proceedings

    The introduction of the STRONG Act suggests getting any patent reform passed in the US this year will be very tricky. The bill also proposes radical and worrying reforms of the PTAB

  • Fri, 27 February 2015

    Amazon, Bob Marley, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins, Supreme Court, Blurred Lines – the week in IP

    An intriguing Amazon patent application related to 3-D printing, a Bob Marley lawsuit, two NFL trade mark stories, the reply of a Foley & Lardner attorney ordered to show why he shouldn’t be sanctioned by the Supreme Court, and the latest in the Blurred Lines copyright trial were in the IP headlines this week

  • Thu, 26 February 2015

    Some proposed fixes to the US patent system, but is it even broken?

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has released a white paper it says is the culmination of two-and-a-half years’ worth of research that outlines a plan to fix a broken patent system

  • Tue, 24 February 2015

    Meet the Managing IP team: Michael Loney

    A few words about our Americas editor Michael Loney

  • Tue, 24 February 2015

    The US Patent Forum is coming soon to DC and Silicon Valley

    Managing IP’s US Patent Forum is taking place in Washington DC on March 18 and Silicon Valley on March 24, and will discuss litigation, licensing, patent prosecution, IP commercialisation and important global developments

  • Fri, 20 February 2015

    Oscars, Tesla, BlackBerry, Typo, Myriad, Tumblr – the week in IP

    Oscars intellectual property litigation through the years, Elon Musk clarifying Tesla’s free patent policy, BlackBerry suing Typo again, Myriad settling its last BRCA matter, and Tumblr clamping down on copyright infringement were in the IP headlines this week

  • Fri, 13 February 2015

    IBM, Priceline, Red Bull, Life360, Fox, Katy Perry – the week in IP

    IBM suing Priceline for patent infringement, Red Bull objecting to Old Ox’s trade mark application, Life360 accusing Advanced Ground Information Systems of being a troll, Fox being denied summary judgment on fair use grounds, and the debate over Left Shark were in the IP headlines this week

  • Wed, 11 February 2015

    The petitioners, patent owners and law firms topping the PTAB rankings

    With filings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board suggesting another strong year, Managing IP has analysed the leading players at the PTAB and also included a PTAB category in our IP Stars rankings for the first time

  • Fri, 06 February 2015

    Copyright Office, Katy Perry, Alice motions, in-house survey, TTAB – the week in IP

    A proposed overhaul of music licensing, the intellectual property angle to Katy Perry’s Super Bowl show, the percentage of motions granting patent invalidity, in-house counsel’s troll fears, and the TTAB’s denial of “Princess Kate” were in the IP headlines this week

  • Fri, 23 January 2015

    Ultramercial, Seattle Seahawks, Beastie Boys, US Supreme Court, Copyright Week, USPTO’s Michelle Lee – the week in IP

    Ultramercial’s request for a Federal Circuit review, the Seattle Seahawks’ aggressive IP strategy, a Beastie Boys motion for fees in a copyright case, the most sarcastic SCOTUS Justice, Copyright Week, and Michelle Lee’s Senate hearing were in the IP headlines this week

  • Fri, 16 January 2015

    Je Suis Charlie, Samsung, Blackberry, Apple, GoPro, India, gTLDs – the week in IP

    Applications for trade marks on Je Suis Charlie, rumours of Samsung buying Blackberry, GoPro’s shares plummeting on news of an Apple patent, India seeking a geographical indication for yoga, and gTLDs breaking the 4 million mark were among the IP stories hitting the headlines this week

  • Mon, 12 January 2015

    Google enters top 10 in US patent recipient rankings

    In newly revealed US patent recipient rankings for 2014, IBM has become the first company to have more than 7,000 patents granted in a year while Google’s 39% increase over 2013 pushes it into the top 10, according to data from IFI Claims Patent Services

  • Fri, 09 January 2015

    Toyota, China, Intellectual Ventures, Google, Apple, Coca-Cola – the week in IP

    Toyota sharing hydrogen car patents, China aiming to double patent applications, a judge saying IV cannot be called a troll, Google takedown notices increasing 75%, Apple being granted bendable iPhone patents, and Coca-Cola seeking to trade mark hashtags were among the intellectual property stories hitting the headlines this week

  • Thu, 08 January 2015

    Unhappy new year for the US patent market?

    IP Nav’s Erich Spangenberg’s predictions for 2015 will make gloomy reading for IP practitioners – he says patent reform will pass, IPRs will become even more popular, patent lawsuits will fall, GAAP write-downs are on their way and big IP law firms will make cuts

  • Tue, 23 December 2014

    The year in damages in the US

    Compared to 2013, this year has seen fewer blockbuster damages awards, with none of more than $500 million. But courts still awarded more than $100 million in eight cases

  • Sat, 20 December 2014

    Garcia v Google, Verizon, Uber, Eat More Kale, Federal Circuit – the week in IP

    Uber’s attempts to get patents, the Garcia v Google rehearing, a Google/Verizon licence deal, a trade mark victory over Chick-fil-A, and the Federal Circuit's “terribly poor decision” were among the intellectual property stories hitting the headlines this week

  • Wed, 17 December 2014

    Kilpatrick urges USPTO to release SAWS programme statistics

    Kilpatrick Townsend wants the USPTO to release more information about its secretive Sensitive Application Warning System programme, lawyers from the firm tell Managing IP

  • Mon, 15 December 2014

    The wait for the new USPTO 101 guidance is over

    The USPTO has finally released its new examination guidance on subject matter eligibility under Section 101, with the Office saying it “provides more detail” than its initial Alice guidance and is “a significant change” from its Myriad and Mayo guidance

  • Sat, 13 December 2014

    SCOTUS sanction threat, Comfyballs, Jay-Z, Google News, Pirate Bay, monkey selfie – the week in IP

    The Supreme Court threatening to sanction a patent attorney, the USPTO declaring “Comfyballs” vulgar, Jay-Z winning a copyright case, Google News shutting in Spain, Pirate Bay being taken offline, and the monkey selfie coming back into the news were among the intellectual property stories hitting the headlines this week

  • Thu, 11 December 2014

    Digging deeper into NPE patent litigation trends

    It is clear that patent litigation has fallen recently. Managing IP conducted in-depth data analysis to look beyond the headline figures to assess how non-practicing entities are being affected, and which companies have reduced their activity the most

  • Fri, 05 December 2014

    SCOTUS takes new patent case, Cisco sues Arista, pushback on reform, Canadian applications fall – the week in IP

    The Supreme Court granting cert in Commil v Cisco, Cisco suing Arista Networks for patent and copyright infringement, calls for caution in patent reform, Canadian patent applications declining, and a licensing deal for Nintendo were among the intellectual property stories hitting the headlines this week

  • Thu, 04 December 2014

    Business method patent issuance has plummeted since Alice

    The latest contribution to the patent troll debate comes from James Bessen, who confirms that patent litigation is down and reveals business method patent issuance is plummeting

  • Mon, 24 November 2014

    Time for US companies to get to know the UPC

    Managing IP is holding events in San Jose and New York in December to bring US companies up to date with everything they need to know about the Unified Patent Court and how it will affect them, with in-house counsel being offered complementary attendance

  • Sat, 22 November 2014

    Teleworking, Apple, Aereo, Canadian trade marks, patent reform latest – the week in IP

    A House of Representatives hearing on the USPTO teleworking programme, Apple being ordered to pay $24 million in damages, Aereo filing for bankruptcy, concerns over changes to Canada’s trade mark law, and the latest on patent reform were among the intellectual property stories hitting the headlines this week

  • Fri, 21 November 2014

    The reasons for the drop in US patent litigation

    It is not just Alice driving the patent litigation decline in the United States. Managing IP has this week published some data we hope will help inform the public debate around patent litigation and non-practicing entities in particular

  • Fri, 14 November 2014

    IPR appeal hearing, Facebook, MPHJ, Eiffel Tower, Federal Circuit – the week in IP

    The oral hearing of the first appeal of an inter partes review decision, 24% of Facebook ads linking to counterfeit goods, Vermont continuing its fight against patent troll MPHJ, whether the Federal Circuit is anti-patent, and the Eiffel Tower’s copyright were among the intellectual property stories hitting the headlines this week

  • Wed, 12 November 2014

    Fordham symposium to discuss USPTO, trade mark and copyright

    An interesting range of discussions on recent developments in IP law will take place this Friday, November 14, at an event put on by the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal and the Fordham IP Institute

  • Sun, 09 November 2014

    Pending patent cases, Sherlock Holmes, Kim Kardashian, LG, Google – the week in IP

    A drop in the number of patent cases pending, the Supreme Court ending the dispute over Sherlock Holmes’ copyright, the question of whether you can copyright a backside, and a licence agreement between Google and LG were among the intellectual property stories hitting the headlines this week

  • Thu, 06 November 2014

    18% of post-Octane motions for fee awards granted

    Six months on from the US Supreme Court’s Octane decision, about 18% of motions for fee awards have been granted according to an analysis by Glaser Weil

  • Thu, 06 November 2014

    Patent reform is more likely, but less needed

    Following the Republicans gaining full control of Congress, the chances of patent reform passing in the United States seem higher. Yet the case for it is getting weaker, with litigation plummeting and fee shifting increasingly common

  • Tue, 04 November 2014

    NPEs not faring worse at PTAB than other companies – study

    A new study of inter partes review data reveals that petitions challenging NPE-owned patents are more likely to be instituted but have claims invalidated at a lower rate

  • Sat, 01 November 2014

    Fast-track patents, Lucasfilm, Manuel Noriega, Activision, Marvin Gaye, Zorro – the week in IP

    Google being granted the most fast-track patents, a trade mark dispute over Empire’s Strike Bock beer, Manuel Noriega losing a copyright case, the latest in the Blurred Lines dispute, and a failed attempt to free Zorro from copyright were among the intellectual property stories hitting the headlines this week

  • Wed, 29 October 2014

    Highlights from the AIPLA annual meeting

    The AIPLA annual meeting took place in Washington DC last week, with the Supreme Court’s tinkering with Section 101 a particularly hot topic. All of Managing IP’s coverage from the event is now online and our daily newsletter is available to download

  • Wed, 22 October 2014

    Supreme Court wrestles with claim construction in Teva arguments

    The Supreme Court judges appeared divided on this issue of how much deference the Federal Circuit should give to district courts’ patent claim construction in their questioning during oral arguments in Teva v Sandoz last week

  • Wed, 22 October 2014

    Post-grant reviews at the PTAB explained

    Two post-grant review petitions have been filed at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board since August. But it will take years for the popularity of this type of review to come close to that of inter partes review

  • Sat, 11 October 2014

    Apple, Nobel Prize, Kim Dotcom, Bose, Beats, Chobani, Rader bobbleheads – the week in IP

    Apple being the world’s most-valuable brand, Kim Dotcom’s downfall, the patent involved in the Nobel Physics Prize, a trade mark fight over the word “how”, Bose and Beats agreeing a settlement, and a Randall Rader bobblehead competition were among the intellectual property stories hitting the headlines this week

  • Thu, 09 October 2014

    Is Alice deterring US patent case filings?

    Patent cases filings were down 40% last month compared with September 2013, according to data released this week by Lex Machina

  • Tue, 07 October 2014

    Interview: Unified Patents targets more zones to protect against NPEs

    Unified Patents, a company that protects members against non-practicing entities (NPEs) in specific technology areas, is confident of further growth and will soon add additional technology areas, its CEO Kevin Jakel told Managing IP in an interview

  • Tue, 30 September 2014

    Highlights from Twitter Q&A with the UK IPO’s Rosa Wilkinson

    Last week we hosted our first Twitter Q&A, with Rosa Wilkinson, director of innovation at the UK Intellectual Property Office and one of Managing IP’s 50 most influential people. You can read the highlights here – and do let us know who you would like to see face our next Twitter interview

  • Fri, 26 September 2014

    Sirius, ukulele feud, YODA bill, Monster Energy, most-cited IP articles, Ecuador’s licences – the week in IP

    The Turtles winning royalties in a case against Sirius, a trade mark dispute between two ukulele bands, the YODA bill’s introduction, Monster Energy being sued again for using Beastie Boys songs, a list of the most-cited IP articles, and Ecuador granting nine compulsory patent licences since 2009 were among the intellectual property stories hitting the headlines this week

  • Thu, 25 September 2014

    PTAB proceedings – the most stay-friendly district courts

    Trial schedules being trimmed, institution rates falling and judges not playing ball as expected over granting motions to stay are some of the lessons gleaned from a new report by Goodwin Procter on the first two years of PTAB proceedings

  • Sun, 21 September 2014

    Google, Jay-Z, McDonald’s, Blurred Lines, Innocence of Muslims, House of Cards – the week in IP

    Google winning a trade mark dispute, Jay-Z being sued for a one-word sample, McDonald’s seeking a McBrunch trade mark, Robin Thicke distancing himself from a copyright dispute, and a second Innocence of Muslims actor suing Google were among the intellectual property stories hitting the headlines this week

  • Tue, 16 September 2014

    AIPPI's influence around the world

    AIPPI Reporter General Thierry Calame updated attendees on AIPPI’s role in providing comments and filing amicus briefs in yesterday’s Executive Committee meeting

  • Tue, 16 September 2014

    Changes afoot for Hague System

    AIPPI Congress attendees were updated on the changes underway for designs and the Hague System during an IP Lunch Panel yesterday

  • Fri, 12 September 2014

    The Alice effect, USPTO defended, Led Zeppelin copyright dispute, Microsoft-Samsung latest – the week in IP

    The number of patents invalidated as a result of Alice v CLS Bank hitting 11, the president of the Patent Office Professional Association defending the USPTO, Led Zeppelin getting ready for a copyright fight over Stairway to Heaven, and a judge setting a Microsoft and Samsung trial date were among the intellectual property stories hitting the headlines this week

  • Fri, 05 September 2014

    Disney, Deadmau5, nude photo leak, Twitpic, Twitter, Getty, Microsoft, Ultramercial, Personal Audio – the week in IP

    Disney suing DJ Deadmau5, the IP issues in a celebrity nude photo leak, Twitpic shutting down, Getty suing Microsoft, EFF seeking to file an amicus brief in the Ultramercial case, and Personal Audio heading to court were among the intellectual property stories hitting the headlines this week

  • Wed, 03 September 2014

    How much of a job creator is IP?

    An interesting debate has broken out between two opposing centres at the Virginia-based George Mason University over intellectual property’s effect on job creation

  • Mon, 01 September 2014

    PTAB "a very scary process" – patent lawyers

    Patent owners have discovered that PTAB proceedings are an intense ordeal that leaves little chance for discovery or amending claims, while lawyers more used to district courts have endured a steep learning curve. Michael Loney reports on lessons learned from the PTAB frontlines

  • Fri, 29 August 2014

    ALS Association, Oracle, plain packaging, Deep Throat, Google, Illinois patent troll bill – this week’s round-up

    The ALS Association’s ice bucket challenge trade mark application, a rebuff of Oracle’s attempt to reinstate a $1.3 billion verdict, a plain packaging report, Google’s award of attorney fees, a copyright fight over Deep Throat, and Illinois’ patent troll legislation were among the intellectual property stories hitting the headlines this week

  • Thu, 28 August 2014

    The biggest PTAB milestones so far. Is a rule tweak next?

    The almost two years of Patent Trial and Appeal Board proceedings have been a steep learning curve. Now it seems the USPTO may make some changes to proceedings to take those lessons into account

  • Fri, 15 August 2014

    Premier League, Vringo, Google, USPTO, Washington Redskins, North Carolina troll bill – the week in IP

    The English Premier League’s copyright clampdown, a victory for Google over Vringo at the Federal Circuit, the Washington Redskins’ trade mark appeal, criticism of the USPTO’s telework programme, and a patent troll bill being signed into law in North Carolina – some of the IP-related news you may have missed this week

  • Sun, 10 August 2014

    Monkey selfie, CETA, Jay-Z, Tesla, Arthur Conan Doyle estate – the week in IP

    A photo taken by a monkey of itself, the completion of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and Europe, the Supreme Court’s Petrella ruling affecting a Jay-Z lawsuit, a settlement over the Tesla name in China, and Judge Posner slamming the Arthur Conan Doyle estate for “extortion” – some of the IP-related news you may have missed this week

  • Fri, 01 August 2014

    Ronaldo, Bose, Beats, Skywalker, Greek yoghurt, USPTO, South Africa – the week in IP

    Ronaldo’s underwear trade mark dispute, a UK passport application denial for infringing a trade mark, Bose’s patent lawsuit against Beats, a refusal of permission to appeal in a passing off case over Greek yoghurt, and a comedian’s fight against a patent troll – some of the IP-related news you may have missed this week

  • Thu, 31 July 2014

    The overstated effect of patent trolls on litigation

    Patent reform supporters are licking their wounds over the collapse of efforts to pass comprehensive patent reform in the US. But a new analysis from Lex Machina lends further weight to the argument that a pause for reflection may not be a bad thing

  • Thu, 24 July 2014

    Demand letters bill last hope for patent reform this Congress

    A slimmed down patent reform bill clamping down on demand letters appears the final hope for legislation to get passed in this Congress. But some patent reform supporters are worried a small bill would make it even harder to pass comprehensive reform in the future while others say a pause in efforts to get reform passed is no bad thing

  • Sat, 19 July 2014

    Seth MacFarlane, Eli Lilly, Sherlock Holmes, Aereo, IP spending – the week in IP

    A dispute over the vulgar teddy bear character in Ted, the US Copyright Office’s response to Aereo, IP spending hitting $8.5 billion, Canada’s criticism of a NAFTA challenge by Eli Lilly, and Arthur Conan Doyle’s estate looking to the Supreme Court for help were among the intellectual property stories hitting the headlines this week

  • Fri, 11 July 2014

    Aereo, USPTO, Thomas Pink, Victoria’s Secret, Tesla, TPP – the week in IP

    Aereo claiming it is a “cable system”, the Obama Administration reportedly backtracking on appointing a USPTO director, a landmark for women barristers in UK courts, Tesla being sued for trade mark infringement in China, and two letters criticising the TPP were among the intellectual property stories hitting the headlines in the past week

  • Fri, 04 July 2014

    Rader’s good-bye, Microsoft and Canon deal, Lindsay Lohan lawsuit, BP denied – the week in IP

    Randall Rader saying farewell to the Federal Circuit, Microsoft and Canon agreeing a patent cross-licensing deal, Lindsay Lohan suing a video games maker, Judge Lucy Koh banning the use of the term “patent troll”, and BP being denied a colour trade mark in Australia were among the intellectual property stories hitting the headlines in the past week

  • Fri, 27 June 2014

    Reactions to US Supreme Court ruling 6-3 against Aereo

    On June 25 the Supreme Court held that internet service Aereo infringes broadcasters' copyright by performing their works publicly. We have collected some of the best responses from Twitter and the web

  • Fri, 27 June 2014

    Aereo, Marvel, .wine, Jones Day, Pitbull, damages report – the week in IP

    A copyright lawsuit over Pitbull’s song “Timber”, a new patent litigation damages report, EFF calling Jones Day a trade mark bully, an IIPI amicus brief in support of the heirs of cartoonist Jack Kirby, and disgreement over .wine at ICANN were among the intellectual property stories hitting the headlines this week

  • Tue, 24 June 2014

    Interview: Protecting the World Cup trade marks

    While hundreds of millions of people are gripped watching football’s 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil this month, the head of FIFA’s trade mark registration team is already busy working on the next one taking place in four years’ time

  • Tue, 24 June 2014

    Snap reaction to Supreme Court’s Alice v CLS opinion

    It was short. It was not a blockbuster decision. It was a missed opportunity. It is to be applauded. It did not do great damage. Nor did it do much good. These are some of the responses to the Supreme Court’s eagerly-awaited 21-page opinion in Alice Corporation v CLS Bank, released on June 19

  • Tue, 24 June 2014

    Alice v CLS reaction from around the internet

    The US Supreme Court delivered its opinion in the key patent case Alice v CLS Bank on June 19. We have collected some of the best reactions from Twitter and the web through Storify

  • Sat, 21 June 2014

    Sherlock Holmes, Redskins, IKEA, Philip Morris, Smokey Robinson – the week in IP

    The Supreme Court's long-awaited decision in Alice v CLS, a Sherlock Holmes copyright ruling, Philip Morris' parody T-shirt dispute, the Wall Street Journal slamming "lowly patent clerks", the shut-down of the IKEAHackers website, and Smokey Robinson's copyright fight with his ex-wife were among the intellectual property stories hitting the headlines this week

  • Wed, 18 June 2014

    Supreme Court’s POM ruling will impact more than food and drink

    IP practitioners say that the Supreme Court’s POM Wonderful v Coca-Cola ruling is unlikely to spark a flood of food and beverage labelling lawsuits but may have wider implications elsewhere

  • Mon, 16 June 2014

    iFone win, Lego image dispute, Hitler copyright controversy, new patent troll study – the week in IP

    Mexico’s intellectual property office ruling in favour of iFone, Lego asking the UK government to remove images, German legal scholars debating whether Mein Kampf should be studied or suppressed when its copyright expires and a study claiming patent trolls restrict venture capital investment were among the intellectual property stories hitting the headlines in the past week

  • Fri, 13 June 2014

    Marks waiting to break sound barrier in Canada

    Canada is becoming more active in registering non-traditional marks, with sound marks the first to be permitted. But many brand owners are waiting to see how courts interpret these marks before applying for them

  • Tue, 10 June 2014

    The options for alternative patent licensing compared

    A recent report laid out the quickly-evolving options for alternative patent licensing from defensive patent aggregators such as Allied Security Trust (AST), RPX and Unified Patents as well as patent pledges from firms including Twitter and Google

  • Fri, 06 June 2014

    Fees shifted in three cases following SCOTUS Octane decision

    Five district court opinions have so far applied the fee shifting standard that the Supreme Court laid out in its Octane Fitness decision in April, with three of the opinions ruling in favour of fee shifting.

  • Fri, 06 June 2014

    Beastie Boys’ copyright win, Hatch calls for USPTO director, Hershey’s sues pot co-op, dispute over “Mormon”, Harper Lee kills lawsuit – the week in IP

    Monster Beverage being ordered to pay the Beastie Boys $1.7 million, Orrin Hatch slamming the Obama administration for not appointing a USPTO director, Hershey’s suing a marijuana cooperative, .xyz becoming the number one gTLD, and Harper Lee ending a copyright lawsuit against a museum were among the intellectual property stories hitting the headlines this week

  • Wed, 04 June 2014

    Impact of SCOTUS 2014 patent verdicts already being felt

    So far this year, the US Supreme Court has released five decisions in patent cases. The ramifications of these are already being seen, with one example being the shifting of fees in a case as a result of the Octane decision

  • Wed, 04 June 2014

    Things are not as bad as they seem at the Federal Circuit

    Chief Judge Sharon Prost may have wished she brought a tin hat with her for her first day in her new role at the Federal Circuit on Monday. With cruel timing, the Supreme Court chose June 2 to unleash a harsh smack down of the appeals court over which she now presides

  • Tue, 03 June 2014

    SCOTUS rejects CAFC’s insolubly ambiguous test and expansion of inducement doctrine

    The US Supreme Court has rejected the Federal Circuit’s insolubly ambiguous test in Nautilus v Biosig and its expansion of the inducement doctrine in Limelight Networks v Akamai Technologies, with Justice Samuel Alito having some harsh words for the court of appeals

  • Fri, 30 May 2014

    Spherix shares rise then fall, .club takes number one gTLD slot, Apple requests retrial, Marines go on trade mark offensive – the week in IP

    Apple requesting a retrial with Samsung, shares in Spherix surging then plummeting, the .club domain name becoming the number one gTLD, the Marines increasing trade mark filing, and a potential thawing in Disney’s attitude to copyright infringement were among the intellectual property stories hitting the headlines this week

  • Sat, 17 May 2014

    Apple and Google drop litigation, top US copyright suit filer revealed, Samsung/Rockstar dispute continues – the week in IP

    Apple and Google dropping all patent litigation against each other, an erotic movie studio filing more than a third of US copyright lawsuits, a German court ruling Jesus Christ does not own copyright on a 1975 book, Samsung failing to have a Rockstar lawsuit dismissed in Texas, and the Senate trying to mark-up a patent reform bill for a sixth time were among the intellectual property stories hitting the headlines in the past week

  • Wed, 14 May 2014

    US patent litigation up 12.4%, with trolls the top 10 plaintiffs

    A new report from Lex Machina underlines how quickly patent litigation is increasing, and reveals the districts with the biggest caseloads, the top plaintiffs and the most popular targets for litigation (no prizes for guessing which firm is sued the most)

  • Tue, 13 May 2014

    USPTO wants to lower most trademark filing fees

    The USPTO has proposed to reduce fees for trademark filings that are done electronically. Deborah Cohn, Commissioner for Trademarks at the Office, explained during the UPSTO Users session yesterday that the aim is to lower costs and promote efficiency for customers.

  • Mon, 12 May 2014

    INTA Annual Meeting to return to Asia in 2020

    In yesterday’s Opening Ceremonies, Etienne Sanz de Acedo, INTA CEO, highlighted the Association’s rapidly growing initiatives in Asia. He said that 2,739 attendees from Asia-Pacific were registered for this year’s Annual Meeting, making up almost 32% of all attendees.

  • Sun, 11 May 2014

    US trademark case and TTAB trends explained

    A session on Wednesday will give attendees analysis of the most important US trademark cases in the past year. Michael Loney looks at some of the cases that might be discussed.

  • Sun, 11 May 2014

    Five best practices for trademark teams during M&A

    A panel tomorrow will provide practical advice on dealing with trademarks during mergers and acquisitions. Michael Loney discusses five of the top tips.

  • Sun, 11 May 2014

    Get your INTA networking up to speed

    In the Exhibit Hall this year you can find many items of interest from around the world. These include Russian dolls, traditional Chinese outfits, Ecuadorian chocolate, Vietnamese figurines and pirates of the Caribbean. Cuddly toys also appear popular among exhibitors this year. You can even win some at one stand if you manage to throw a sticky ball at a target. At INTA’s stand you can view samples of some counterfeit goods, including fake designer jeans and purses.

  • Thu, 08 May 2014

    Did SCOTUS clear the way for patent reform? Don’t hold your breath

    The US Supreme Court stepping in to overhaul the definition of when a case is so exceptional that fees should be shifted has raised expectations that patent reform can now quickly proceed

  • Tue, 06 May 2014

    US patent litigation report: lawsuits subside, but TQP steps up

    Eighty-seven new patent cases were filed in US district courts last week, according to figures from Docket Navigator. This was down greatly on the 291 new cases the week before when concerns about a patent reform provision being debated in Senate caused lawsuit filing to sharply increase

  • Fri, 02 May 2014

    Fifth US patent reform delay, Alibaba’s pre-IPO patent spree, UK Patent Box attracts Pfizer, MPHJ Vermont setback, at home with Kim Dotcom – the week in IP

    Senator Patrick Leahy delaying mark up of patent reform for a fifth time, World IP Day celebrations, Alibaba buying patents ahead of its IPO, the UK Patent Box attracting Pfizer, a federal court sending the Vermont attorney general’s lawsuit against MPHJ back to state courts, and Kim Dotcom’s new political party were among the stories hitting the headlines in the past week

  • Thu, 01 May 2014

    The new BPTO president’s backlog challenge in Brazil

    Brazil is taking steps to reduce its big backlog of patent and trade mark applications under the new president of the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (BPTO), as well as overhauling some of its intellectual property regulations including new guidance on famous and well-known trade marks

  • Sat, 26 April 2014

    Patent lawsuit spike, Maltesers dispute, Google/Foxconn patent deal, Pfizer’s India criticism – the week in IP

    An unusual amount of US patent infringement lawsuits, Mars suing Hershey’s for trade mark infringement over its Malteser product, Foxconn selling communication technology patents to Google, and Quentin Tarantino’s copyright infringement lawsuit against Gawker Media being dismissed were among the stories hitting the headlines in the past week

  • Fri, 18 April 2014

    Canada IP criticism, Megaupload lawsuits, Tennessee troll reform, Scotch trade mark, Jay-Z ruling – the week in IP

    32 US lawmakers lambasting Canada’s IP standards, record labels and movie studios suing Megaupload, Tennessee passing patent troll legislation, Australia granting trade mark protection to Scotch, and a judge ruling in favour of Jay-Z were among the stories hitting the headlines in the past week

  • Fri, 11 April 2014

    Apple opts out of new IV fund, four governments protest .wine, USPTO has record week, Google fights to get Glass trade mark – the week in IP

    The investors in Intellectual Ventures’ new patent acquisition fund, China approving Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia’s devices business with conditions, four countries requesting ICANN reconsider the .wine gTLD, the EC president visiting OHIM, and Google’s attempt to get a trade mark on the word glass were among the stories hitting the headlines this week

  • Tue, 08 April 2014

    In defence of the USPTO’s Myriad guidelines

    The USPTO stepped into a minefield last month when it issued guidance following the Supreme Court’s Myriad decision. Many IP practitioners reacted with horror to what they saw as dangerous guidance that could mean drugs that are derived from natural products are not patentable. It is possible to feel some sympathy for the USPTO’s position, however

  • Mon, 07 April 2014

    Why the Partnership for American Innovation is needed – Kappos

    The Partnership for American Innovation was set up in response to an alarming increase in anti-IP sentiment and expects to grow its membership, according to David Kappos, who is advising the coalition

  • Sat, 05 April 2014

    SCOTUS takes another patent case, Marvell verdict increased, UK progressing on plain packaging, Lenovo buys NEC patents – the week in IP

    The Supreme Court hearing arguments in Alice v CLS and granting review of Teva v Sandoz, Lenovo buying more than 3,800 of NEC’s patent families, Carnegie Mellon’s damages being increased 31%, the UK making progress towards a plain packaging ban, and the USPTO creating a new international cooperation office were among the stories hitting the headlines this week

  • Thu, 03 April 2014

    Canada braced for “bedlam” after surprise Trade-marks Act changes

    IP observers in Canada are warning of uncertainty and increased expense for trade mark owners after the country’s government announced sweeping changes to the Trade-marks Act late on Friday March 28

  • Fri, 28 March 2014

    Microsoft/Dell licensing deal, Leahy bill hearing delayed, USPTO issues 700,000th design patent – the week in IP

    A new Android patent deal for Microsoft, the Senate mulling further provisions for patent reform, InterDigital reportedly agreeing to FRAND terms for its patents in China, the Wu-Tang Clan’s novel approach to releasing music, and the USPTO's 700,000th design patent were among the IP stories hitting the headlines this week

  • Thu, 27 March 2014

    IP practitioners “horrified” by USPTO guidelines on Myriad

    This month’s USPTO guidance for determining subject matter eligibility in claims resulting from laws of nature in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Myriad decision has caused high concern among IP practitioners, according to a life science panel at the US Patent Forum in Washington DC on March 25

  • Thu, 27 March 2014

    Federal Circuit braced for PTAB “tsunami”

    Concern is growing about how Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) trials will affect the relationship between the USPTO and Federal Circuit, according to speakers on a panel at the US Patent Forum in Washington DC on March 25

  • Thu, 27 March 2014

    Managing IP North America Awards 2014: the winners

    Awards were presented to the leading national and regional firms in US and Canada, as well as the outstanding IP litigators by state, at a ceremony at the Willard InterContinental in Washington DC on March 25

  • Wed, 26 March 2014

    The limits of US states’ action against patent trolls

    The clampdown against patent trolls at state level continues to gather pace. But could the actions of Attorneys General lead to confusion, inconsistency and unfairness?

  • Fri, 21 March 2014

    Bill to ensure USPTO keeps user fees has “a chance” of passing

    A bill introduced last week that would ensure that the USPTO keeps all of the user fees it collects has a good chance of being passed, according to observers

  • Fri, 14 March 2014

    Google demands Garcia rehearing, Pfizer patent invalidated, EU kicks up stink over cheese, US patent litigation plummets - the week in IP

    Google filing a petition for a rehearing of Innocence of Muslims case, Pfizer having a blockbuster patent invalidated, US patent litigation filings slowing and the EU looking to clamp down on the use of cheese names were among the intellectual property stories hitting the headlines this week

  • Fri, 07 March 2014

    Oscars selfie debate, top patent troll targets, Batmobile copyright fight – the week in IP

    A debate about who owns the copyright on the Oscars selfie, the top targets for patent trolls, India cranking up patent filing fees and a lawsuit over the Batmobile were among the intellectual property stories hitting the headlines this week

  • Tue, 04 March 2014

    White House executive actions viewed with scepticism

    The White House unveiled three executive actions on February 20, which it hailed as important in strengthening the patent system. IP observers seem less convinced, however

  • Tue, 04 March 2014

    US jury-determined RAND rate to influence wifi patent licensing disputes

    A decision in a US district court in California last week in Realtek Semiconductor Corp v LSI Corp could have a big impact on litigation related to reasonable and non-discriminatory (RAND) rates

  • Fri, 28 February 2014

    “A search for adjectives”: SCOTUS Justices grapple with fee shifting

    It was an important day in the Supreme Court on Wednesday, with arguments being heard in two cases that could change the rules for fee shifting in patent disputes

  • Fri, 28 February 2014

    “Innocence of Muslims” copyright decision condemned

    A Ninth Circuit decision in Garcia v Google has shocked copyright practitioners, who warn its impact could be vast. Judge Alex Kozinski this week ruled that the film “The Innocence of Muslims” violated actor Cindy Garcia’s copyright, and that Google must remove it from YouTube

  • Fri, 28 February 2014

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    A new Senate anti-troll bill, Betty Boop being back in court, an end to the Candy Crush trademark saga, a rejection of a $2 billion patent lawsuit against Apple, and a Simpsons actor’s copyright dispute were among the intellectual property stories hitting the headlines this week

  • Wed, 26 February 2014

    US states declare war on patent trolls

    US state attorneys general are taking aim at patent trolls. One has passed legislation to curb abusive demand letters and another has announced a settlement with a notorious troll. But limitations exist to how much can be achieved at state level, as well as concerns about confusion and overreach, reports Michael Loney

  • Wed, 26 February 2014

    Future of fee shifting in balance at Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in two complementary cases that have wide-reaching ramifications for fee shifting, patent trolls and the patent reform legislation in Congress

  • Tue, 25 February 2014

    Failure in Apple/Samsung talks shows limits of mediation

    The deadline of February 19 for Apple and Samsung to mediate their patent dispute has passed without agreement. The two parties will be back in a Californian court at the end of March

  • Fri, 21 February 2014

    USPTO’s “staggering incompetence”, NSA parody settlement, Nicki Minaj wig dispute – the week in IP

    A USPTO patent granted to a disgraced scientist, an NSA settlement with an online retailer over parody t-shirts and a lawsuit brought against Nicki Minaj claiming $30 million of losses from stolen wig designs were among the intellectual property-related stories hitting the headlines this week

  • Fri, 14 February 2014

    Apple/Samsung mediation fails, EU rules on unregistered design rights, IV cuts staff by 5% – the week in IP

    An EU ruling on unregistered design rights, Intellectual Ventures cutting its staff by 5% and HTC and Nokia settling all patent litigation between each other were among the IP developments in the news this week

  • Fri, 07 February 2014

    Average price of US patents fell 37% in 2013 – study

    The average and median price paid for US patents fell in 2013 compared with 2012, according to an analysis by patent brokerage and valuation services firm IPOfferings

  • Fri, 07 February 2014

    IV and Google mistrial, Cisco/IBM patent licensing deal, Red Bull locks horns over trade mark - the week in IP

    A mistrial in IV's case against Google, Samsung and Cisco unveiling a patent licensing deal, and a judgment in a Red Bull trade mark dispute were among the IP developments in the news this week

  • Tue, 04 February 2014

    USPTO’s Michelle Lee comes bearing good news, leaves mixed response

    Michelle Lee hit a strikingly upbeat tone in her first speech since being appointed deputy director of the USPTO. This was not enough for some, who accused her of being on a “very short leash” while decrying the continued absence of a director above her

  • Mon, 03 February 2014

    Acacia slams “witch hunt” against NPEs

    A member of Acacia Research Group’s management team has hit out at what he says is the “witch hunt that seems to be underway against non-practising entities” and criticised the US president for a lack of understanding about patents

  • Fri, 31 January 2014

    Prince, Google, Victoria’s Secret, boxing and flexing your muscles – the week in IP

    Bootleg recordings, the sale of Motorola Mobility, a fight over Pink, litigation strategies and the Queensbury case were among IP developments in the news this week

  • Thu, 30 January 2014

    Is the US IP system really the world’s best?

    The Global Intellectual Property Centre is out with its 2nd International IP Index, and its findings may raise a few eyebrows

  • Wed, 29 January 2014

    Supreme Court’s Medtronic reversal will embolden licensees

    The Supreme Court’s unanimous overturning of the Federal Court decision in Medtronic v Mirowski Family Ventures will remove uncertainty over which party has the burden of proof in patent licensing disputes and may lead to further challenges to licensed patents from licensees

  • Fri, 24 January 2014

    The week in IP - Qualcomm buys HP patents, Candy trade mark leaves bad taste, Rockstar drops suit against Huawei

    A selection of intellectual property stories from around the world that grabbed headlines this week

  • Fri, 17 January 2014

    AIA forces changes in invention capture and review procedures: study

    The America Invents Act has prompted many companies to make changes in their invention capture and review procedures and public disclosure polices, according to a study released by IP advisory firm ipPerformance

  • Fri, 17 January 2014

    The week in IP – Record EPO applications, Cronut gets trade mark, Marvin Gaye’s estate in Blurred Lines settlement

    A selection of intellectual property stories from around the world that grabbed headlines this week

  • Thu, 16 January 2014

    2014 looking like a bad year to be a patent troll

    Patent trolls came under a lot of fire near the end of last year, as the US House of Representatives debated the Innovation Act and the Senate readied its own legislation to tackle patent abuse. The focus on patent trolls has intensified further so far this year

  • Tue, 14 January 2014

    New York AG "patent troll" settlement touted as model for other states

    New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman has announced a settlement with MPHJ Technology Investments that has been described as a model for other states to follow when taking on patent trolls

  • Tue, 14 January 2014

    Qualcomm, Apple and Google soar up patent assignee rankings

    Technology firms are rising quickly up the ranking of firms with the most patents granted in the US, according to new data published by IFI Claims Patent Services.

  • Fri, 10 January 2014

    Supreme Court agrees to hear two patent cases

    The US Supreme Court today granted review for two patent cases, one copyright case and one trade mark case. The cases are Limelight Networks v Akamai Technologies, Nautilus v Biosig Instruments, ABC v Aereo and POM Wonderful v Coca-Cola

  • Fri, 10 January 2014

    A big day at the Supreme Court for patent case watchers

    The fate of a number of high-profile US patent lawsuits will be made clearer today. The Justices of the Supreme Court are scheduled to meet for a private conference and will consider some important patent cases

  • Fri, 10 January 2014

    The week in IP - Coinye West, USPTO rejects R-word, Samsung and Apple CEOs to discuss patent dispute

    A selection of intellectual property stories from around the world that grabbed headlines this week

  • Thu, 09 January 2014

    Concerns mount over Alice v CLS Bank case at Supreme Court

    One of the most watched patent cases this year will be the US Supreme Court’s ruling in Alice v CLS Bank. Observers hope this will at last provide some certainty around interpreting Section 101 after more than four decades of confusion. They will likely be disappointed

  • Tue, 31 December 2013

    Ex-AIPLA president continues client confidentiality quest

    Jeffrey Lewis may have finished his term as president of AIPLA in October but he is determined to continue to push for change on attorney-client privilege

  • Thu, 19 December 2013

    Patent reform to pass this Congress – former Leahy adviser

    Patrick Leahy this week has been trying to convince his fellow senators of the need to pass patent reform. But the Democratic Senator from Vermont, who serves as the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has been doing it without his former top adviser on IP issues

  • Wed, 18 December 2013

    Consistent damages law would deal with trolls

    Applying the existing US damages law consistently would go a long way to reducing the troll problem, it was argued during a web seminar entitled Patent Trolls & Damages held by Managing IP in association with LexisNexis

  • Thu, 12 December 2013

    Lee's USPTO appointment causes a stir

    As of January a former Google employee will be in charge of the USPTO, with Michelle Lee becoming deputy director with no director above her. The appointment has sparked concerns, as well as questions about whether legally she can be appointed at all

  • Fri, 06 December 2013

    Innovation Act passed intact by US House of Representatives

    The Innovation Act was passed by the House of Representatives in a 325-91 vote yesterday, despite some heated opposition. It survived amendments that would have removed provisions moving to a loser-pays system and diluted the covered stay provisions

  • Wed, 04 December 2013

    The points to watch in Oracle v Google’s appeal hearing

    Two technology giants – and two colourful lawyers – are to clash today, when the appeal hearing Oracle v Google gets underway at the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC

  • Mon, 02 December 2013

    Goodlatte bill critics urge caution

    With a vote on the Goodlatte bill scheduled for December 4, observers are concerned that progress is moving too fast on patent reform in the House of Representatives and complain that interested stakeholders have not had a fair chance to have their say.

  • Thu, 28 November 2013

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    The top two positions at the USPTO are now vacant, with no word on when they will be filled

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