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  • Top firms for trade marks 2017

    Find out which firms are ranked in the first part of this year’s IP Stars research. Below, we provide a guide to the research and methodology

Features

  • Innovation and IP as part of the company’s branding strategy

    With the steadily increasing role of technology in society, many companies seek to promote their innovative power more widely, as an integral part of their overall brand image. Zeeger Vink explores how IP rights can support such a strategy

  • Two tales of innovation - a profile of Caimi Brevetti

    Italian family company Caimi Brevetti recently won the first DesignEuropa award for small and emerging companies. James Nurton spoke to company director Franco Caimi about designs, patents and protecting innovative products

  • How to use the PCT strategically

    For many patent applicants, the primary value of the PCT is as a delaying tactic. But, say David Grant, Thomas Prock and Ed Round, it can also be used strategically

  • Amending claims at the PTAB – a fool’s errand?

    Patent owners have found it tough to meet the requirements for motions to amend claims in PTAB post issuance review proceedings. Binal J Patel, J Pieter van Es and Kimberly S Devine examine the eight decisions where such motions have been granted

  • Patent agent privilege? Yes, but be careful!

    A recent decision from the Federal Circuit recognises a privilege between non-attorneys patent-agents and their clients under certain conditions. Philippe Signore reviews the limits of this patent agent privilege, as well as those of the attorney-client privilege, within the context of the discovery phase of a US litigation

  • Tao Zhang interview: Looking for diamonds in the rough

    The path from invention selection to patent monetisation is not kept in mind by enough people, believes Tao Zhang. She has co-authored a book looking at this topic and contrasting the US and China IP systems

  • Sustainable brands, eco-labels and the new EU certification mark

    Consumers are turning green. Gabriele Engels and Ulrike Grübler discuss what this means for the legal protection of brands, from eco-labelling to the new EU certification mark

  • Guidance on determining who is an inventor

    Patent inventorship has been disputed in several recent cases in China. Wenhui Zhang reviews four court decisions that provide lessons for inventors

  • Estoppel in PTAB proceedings 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

Diary

  • Utynam’s Heirs

    A monthly column devoted to IP curiosities and controversies, named in honour of John of Utynam

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Tribal sovereign immunity: Taking a wrecking ball to the IPR system

The lawyer behind Allergan’s controversial transfer of patents to a Native American tribe says others are “lining up to do deals”. But, Michael Loney asks, will the PTAB rule that sovereign immunity applies in these types of deals?



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