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PTAB 4 years on
It may be hard to believe but it was five years ago that
President Obama signed into law the America Invents Act. One of
its biggest reforms was the creation of the Patent Trial and
Appeal Board in 2012.
Once criticised as a death squad for patents, the PTAB is
now an essential part of patent litigation strategy in the
cover story, Americas editor Michael Loney looks at 10
emerging issues at the PTAB, and presents data on the
statistical trends, biggest users and most active law firms. He
also interviews Chief Judge David Ruschke. In a related piece,
Americas reporter Natalie Rahhal spoke to IBM's Manny Schecter
about how the company's IP strategy has evolved.
You can also read all our latest PTAB coverage on our
dedicated topic page managingip.com/PTAB.
The PTAB is often contrasted with opposition systems
elsewhere so to accompany this special feature we asked
Korea to address some practical questions about challenging
patents (and defending challenges) in those jurisdictions.
China, CJEU and FTC
Also in this issue we have an
article on a topic that I know vexes many litigants in China:
how to present evidence in litigation without falling foul
of the country's strict procedural rules. (As a speaker at one
of our conferences once said, being a notary in China may be
one of the best jobs in the world.)
From Europe we have an
article looking at the recent CJEU decision in
Genentech on royalties for unpatented technology, and
analysis of colour combination trade marks in the EU in the
light of the recent and pending GSK and Red Bull cases
Back in the US, the Federal Trade Commission is clamping
down on native advertising and endorsements in social media,
and we have the latest
lessons for brand owners.
And more ...
Utynam reports from the recent MARQUES Annual Conference in
sunny Villaitana, Spain (right) while our sponsored
country updates this month include 25 contributions from
Africa to Vietnam.
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