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  • UK Patent Box claims rise to £942.5 million

    September 28, 2018

    Newly-released statistics from the UK’s HMRC indicate a 25% year-on-year increase in Patent Box claims. Large companies are getting better at using the system, but overheads may still be keeping smaller firms from using it

  • Unwired Planet judge gives predictions on FRAND and equivalence

    September 28, 2018

    Speaking at this year’s CIPA Congress, Mr Justice Birss said that FRAND disputes will be fought in one place in the future and that the UK’s new doctrine of equivalence may not last in its current form

  • Analysing the latest Hatch-Waxman developments

    September 27, 2018

    ANDA lawsuit filing spiked last year, TC Heartland is troublesome, and the USPTO's Vanda memo is promising – some conclusions from a session at our Life Sciences Forum

  • USPTO’s Iancu promises guidance on Section 101

    September 26, 2018

    Iancu says guidance is needed on patentable subject matter eligibility to get out of a “rut”, particularly on the how Section 101 is different from Sections 102, 103 and 112

  • Brexit no-deal IP guidance published

    September 25, 2018

    The UK government has published guidance on trade marks, copyright, patents, geographical indications, designs and exhaustion, confirming trade mark cloning and giving more information on SPCs and GIs. However, more information on exhaustion is still needed

  • Some highlights from the European Patent Forum in Munich

    September 25, 2018

    In-house and private practice lawyers discussed artificial intelligence, evolving business models, UK UPC compatibility and the proposed SPC waiver at the European Patent Forum in Munich

  • Highlights from the European Patent Forum in Paris

    September 24, 2018

    In-house and private practice lawyers discussed driverless cars, protection strategies in a digital world, compulsory licences, the UPC and FRAND at the European Patents Forum in Paris

  • How to patent AI in Europe

    September 24, 2018

    Directors from the European Patent Office gave guidance at this year’s European Patent Forums in Munich and Paris on how inventors can successfully patent their artificial intelligence or machine learning solutions

  • Inside thyssenkrupp’s IP reform strategy

    September 24, 2018

    The CEO of the intellectual property arm of a multinational steel producer and engineering firm told delegates at this year’s European Patent Forum in Paris about how the company established protection for its 600 legal entities, ensuring new IP was managed effectively

  • How driverless cars could change the automotive IP landscape

    September 24, 2018

    In-house counsel at Nissan, Audi, Nokia and Viaccess-Orca shared their views at the 2018 European Patent Forums on how litigation, licensing, protection strategies and regulation could change in the automotive industry with the emergence of driverless cars

  • New PTAB Precedential Opinion Panel expected to result in more designations

    September 20, 2018

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has revised its standard operating procedures on panelling of matters and precedential and informative decisions

  • The PTAB cases to watch for the rest of 2018

    September 19, 2018

    Important pending Patent Trial and Appeal Board cases relate to issues ranging from assignor estoppel to the constitutionality of PTAB judges’ appointments

  • Life sciences in-house share litigation management tips

    September 19, 2018

    In-house counsel at Regeneron, Sanofi and others discussed the challenges they face and lessons learned in managing successful teams at Managing IP’s Life Sciences Forum

  • Gilead’s Truvada SPC revoked by English High Court

    September 18, 2018

    The English High Court has ruled that Gilead’s SPC for an antiretroviral product does not comply with Article 3(a)

  • CIPA urges UK government to stay in EUIPO after Brexit

    September 17, 2018

    The president of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys has sent a letter to the UK prime minister and Brexit secretary asking the government to negotiate continued participation in the EU trade marks and designs system after it leaves the bloc

  • UK in UPC after Brexit is “incompatible with EU principles” – Max Planck Institute

    September 13, 2018

    An association of German research institutes has concluded in a paper that extending unitary patent protection to the UK post-Brexit through an international convention would create a “fictitious unity” that is incompatible with EU law

  • AI: The issue of bias

    September 12, 2018

    Vincent Violago and Nikko Quevada discuss the various types of bias in machine learning algorithms and the data used to train the algorithms. They also analyse patents directed to bias mitigation, as well as the reasons machine bias is difficult to identify and eliminate

  • Reproductive technologies: patenting processes, not people

    September 11, 2018

    How can reproductive technologies be protected when they relate to natural processes? Is a human gamete or embryo a “human organism” in terms of patent law? Ellie Mertens analyses the situation in the US and other jurisdictions

  • The IP implications of the US taking aim at China’s tech ambitions

    September 11, 2018

    The US’s FIRRMA and ECRA regulations and WesternGeco v ION Geophysical ruling will make Chinese tech acquisitions and tech export to China an uphill battle

  • Federal Circuit backs Broad Institute in CRISPR patent dispute

    September 10, 2018

    In a closely-watched CRISPR patent case, the Federal Circuit says the PTAB did not err in concluding that Broad Institute’s claims would not have been obvious over the University of California’s claims

  • US district court patent litigation rises 20% in August

    September 10, 2018

    Data pulled from Docket Navigator reveals US district court patent case filing increased in August from July, with PersonalWeb extending its lead as the year’s top plaintiff

  • Ruschke leaves “big shoes to fill” for next PTAB chief judge

    September 10, 2018

    Who will the PTAB’s new chief judge be, and what challenges will they face? Living up to Ruschke’s legacy is only the first hurdle

  • German court rejects pharma compulsory licence request

    September 07, 2018

    The German Federal Patent Court has rejected the application for a preliminary court order for a licence to use the European patent of a US pharmaceutical company

  • Patent filing data trends related to autonomous vehicles

    September 06, 2018

    A newsletter published by Haseltine Lake reveals autonomous vehicle patent applications have soared since 2011, with Ford leading the way. It analyses applications and grants since 1999, filing jurisdictions, and the most active companies

  • The IP challenges for intangible asset-driven businesses

    September 06, 2018

    Leading IP and business leaders discussed the issues faced by companies with intangible assets at the core of their businesses

  • Creating an effective FinTech IP strategy

    September 06, 2018

    AWA Asia’s IP strategy and patent team in Beijing looks at the China FinTech market, discusses available IP protection mechanisms and considers how revised guidelines could provide opportunities to protect technology in this rapidly developing sector

  • Global heads of IP offices reveal their challenges in the digital economy

    September 05, 2018

    The heads of IP offices from the US, Singapore, China and Japan discussed their role and strategies for supporting innovation in a new economy of enterprises centred on intangible assets

  • Recordals tipped to be one of blockchain’s main IP uses

    September 05, 2018

    Panellists including David Kappos at IP Week in Singapore agreed the most important IP use for blockchain will be to record registration in order to understand who owns patents and trade marks

  • PanOptis awarded $10.6m in patent verdict against Huawei

    September 05, 2018

    Eastern District of Texas jury awards $2.8m for infringement of four standard essential patents and $7.7m for infringement of one patent without a FRAND commitment

  • Practical aspects of patenting distributed ledger-related inventions

    September 01, 2018

    Dmitry Andreev discusses issues in patenting blockchain-related technologies, and explains how to avoid the most common grounds of rejection

  • Patenting personalised medicine: Up close and personal

    September 01, 2018

    European in-house IP counsel tell Patrick Wingrove about the prospects and problems of individual treatments, particularly as AI plays a bigger role in making them

  • Section 101’s power wanes after Berkheimer

    September 01, 2018

    New data reveals that findings of invalidity have dropped since Berkheimer, the most important US subject matter eligibility case of 2018. Ellie Mertens and Michael Loney investigate

  • Finding balance in US patent damages awards

    September 01, 2018

    Higher patent damages may be more achievable in the US now. Ellie Mertens reveals the highest awards so far this year

  • Utynam’s Heirs

    September 01, 2018

    Our monthly column devoted to IP curiosities and controversies includes Judge Gilstrap's Google grumble, Delaware's judge gap closing and Clint Eastwood's involvement in an unusual patent case

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