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  • Protecting IP in a 3D printed future

    3D printing might just change everything. At least John Hornick, who leads Finnegan’s 3D printing working group and wrote 3D Printing Will Rock the World, certainly thinks so. Introduced by Bracewell Giuliani’s Erin Hennessy, Hornick spoke to INTA registrants yesterday morning about the dramatic consequences he believes the proliferation of 3D printing could have for intellectual property.

  • Be prepared for pro bono

    Pro bono work is becoming more popular among legal practitioner communities across the globe, as practitioners look to try something different than regular chargeable work, reach outside their comfort zone and give back. But it raises many challenges in practice, such as: How can you set up a sustainable and effective pro bono program? Are there laws or issues in your or other jurisdictions that you need to know about?

  • Getting up to speed on different cultures

    Speakers shared their wisdom about dealing with different cultures in the “Cultural Intelligence for Trademark Lawyers Today—A Soft Skill Often Underestimated” session yesterday.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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