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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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’”

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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