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  • WIPO launches multilingual database

    September 19, 2014

    The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has launched a new database that makes publicly available a trove of technical and scientific terminology

  • WIPO announces proposed appointments

    September 19, 2014

    The office of WIPO director general Francis Gurry has released a list of proposed appointments for deputy directors general and assistant directors general

  • Vermont AG confident as MPHJ tries to block case

    September 18, 2014

    The Attorney General of Vermont is confident that his office will prevail in a lawsuit filed by accused patent troll MPHF Technology Investments against his office. Meanwhile, MPHJ's lawsuit against the FTC has been dismissed

  • Federal Circuit overturns $368m damage award in Apple case

    September 18, 2014

    The Federal Circuit has overturned an Eastern District of Texas ruling that ordered Apple to pay software development and licensing company VirnetX $368.16 million for infringing four patents through its FaceTime and VPN On Demand products

  • NY AG sues Actavis over Alzheimer’s drug

    September 18, 2014

    New York's attorney general has launched an antitrust lawsuit against Actavis, accusing it of illegally trying to switch customers from a drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease, the patent on which expires soon, to a new drug in order to avoid competition from generic firms

  • Trade secrets bill clears House Judiciary Committee

    September 18, 2014

    The House Judiciary Committee has approved HR 5233, the Trade Secrets Protection Act, by voice vote

  • USPTO extends PTAB comment period; Myriad revision out next month

    September 18, 2014

    The USPTO has extended the comment period on trial proceedings Under the America Invents Act before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)

  • Three patent attorneys join Finnegan London

    September 18, 2014

    Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner is stepping up its assault on the UK IP market after hiring three patent attorneys as partners

  • Nokia's Richard Vary on the UPC, competitiveness and NPEs

    September 18, 2014

    Last week Richard Vary, global head of litigation at Nokia, spoke at Managing IP’s European Patent Reform Forum in Paris. Here he tells us the likely impact of the Unified Patent Court on global competitiveness, patent trolls and litigation strategies

  • Building an authentic brand

    September 17, 2014

    Min-Liang Tan, co-founder and CEO of computer gaming device maker Razer, speaks to Managing IP about how his company takes an organic approach to brand building, his company’s IP strategy and what he looks for in lawyers. Hint: no pushovers

  • EPO’s Battistelli emphasises quality

    September 17, 2014

    The European Patent Office will not raise official fees above inflation for the next four years, President Benoît Battistelli said yesterday. Interviewed after addressing yesterday’s AIPPI IP Panel Lunch, he also promised “we will find a solution” to the controversial question of the level of renewal fees for the proposed Unitary Patent

  • The rules of the pharma game

    September 17, 2014

    It is fast-paced, frantic and the stakes are high. The rules are complicated, and sometimes unseemly fights break out between the participants. It’s also become a national sport in Canada

  • AIPPI files intervention in Supreme Court of Canada case

    September 17, 2014

    AIPPI yesterday filed an intervention before the Supreme Court of Canada in the dispute between Apotex and Sanofi-Aventis concerning the drug Plavix. The case concerns the utility requirement in Canadian patent law

  • Judge Gilmore interview: perspectives of a judicial diva

    September 17, 2014

    Judge Vanessa Gilmore of the Southern District of Texas has been enjoying the chance to gain an international view during her time at the AIPPI Congress. She notes that IP cases require a particular knowledge compared with other cases

  • Leading AIPPI through a time of change

    September 17, 2014

    Felipe Claro, partner at Chile law firm Claro & Cia, will be taking over as AIPPI president for the next two years. He has ambitious goals for his tenure, including streamlining the association to be more responsive to members, as he tells Michael Loney

  • Three AIPPI draft resolutions agreed

    September 17, 2014

    AIPPI Congress delegates have agreed three draft resolutions, with a fourth due be to be debated this morning. All will be voted on at the General Assembly taking place today

  • Looking back … and forward at AIPPI

    September 17, 2014

    The Toronto Congress marks the end of an era for two of AIPPI’s long-serving volunteers. Secretary General Stephan Freischem of Germany will be standing down after eight years on the Bureau, while Reporter General Thierry Calame has served 13 years

  • Expansion of privilege in India called for

    September 17, 2014

    The issue of protecting confidential client-IP advisor communications from forced disclosure on a global scale is complicated

  • The messy problem of IP licensing during insolvency

    September 17, 2014

    The treatment of IP licence agreements during bankruptcy or insolvency proceedings throws up many complicated questions

  • New Zealand’s new patent law comes into effect

    September 16, 2014

    New Zealand’s new patent law gets rid of some outdated provisions, expand third party actions and addresses software patent issues

  • Interview: AIPPI President John Bochnovic

    September 16, 2014

    The 2014 Congress marks the end of John Bochnovic’s two-year term as AIPPI President. He tells James Nurton how the organization has developed in that time, and where it needs to go next

  • How to promote green technologies

    September 16, 2014

    Industrialised countries should consider providing incentives to promote technology transfer with developing countries, according to a report published by AIPPI’s Standing Committee on “Intellectual Property and Green Technology”

  • Changes afoot for Hague System

    September 16, 2014

    AIPPI Congress attendees were updated on the changes underway for designs and the Hague System during an IP Lunch Panel yesterday

  • Mock arbitration shines light on designs

    September 16, 2014

    An arbitration tribunal consisting of Dan Bereskin, Richard Kreindler and Richard Tan unanimously found that a design patent for a glass with a double wall was not infringed, following a mock proceeding at the AIPPI Congress in Toronto

  • Meet this year’s AIPPI Congress Chair

    September 15, 2014

    Philip Mendes da Costa of Bereskin & Parr is Chair of the Organising Committee of this year’s Congress. He talks planning, patents and portfolio management with James Nurton

  • Standards and patents in spotlight at AIPPI

    September 15, 2014

    Last Thursday, the Court of Justice of the EU heard arguments in a case referred from Germany between Huawei and ZTE concerning standard-essential patents and FRAND. It is the first time the Court has been asked to rule on this complex area of law

  • European Patent Reform Forum 2014: the highlights

    September 12, 2014

    Managing IP hosted two forums on the Unitary Patent and UPC this week, in Paris and Munich. Here are some of the key takeaways

  • New partner for Taylor Wessing in Paris

    September 12, 2014

    Catherine Muyl is now a partner in the patents practice of Taylor Wessing

  • Walker Morris appoints head of IP

    September 12, 2014

    Walker Morris in Leeds has a new head of IP: Rupert Bent, formerly head of IP litigation for the regions at Pinsent Masons

  • Gide hires former French judge

    September 12, 2014

    Alan Carre-Pierrat has become senior counsel at Gide in Paris

  • Australia’s Full Federal Court rules on Myriad patent

    September 12, 2014

    In a decision that directly addresses the US Supreme Court’s Myriad decision last year, Australia’s Full Federal Court held that Myriad’s patent for an isolated gene is patentable

  • UK IP Minister: China has skin in IP game

    September 11, 2014

    In an interview with Managing IP, the UK’s new IP Minister reflects on her trip to China, the importance of bringing a business person’s perspective to IP issues there, and why she is optimistic about increased cooperation with China

  • New EU commissioners for IP portfolios

    September 10, 2014

    Elžbieta Bienkowska, formerly deputy prime minister of Poland, is to be the new EU Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME Commissioner

  • Gevers merges with Orès

    September 10, 2014

    IP firms Gevers, headquartered in Belgium, and Paris-based Orès, have combined their French IP practices

  • FTC sues AbbVie over “baseless patent infringement lawsuits”

    September 09, 2014

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed a complaint in federal district court charging pharmaceutical companies AbbVie and Besins Healthcare with illegally blocking US consumers’ access to lower-cost versions of the blockbuster drug AndroGel

  • Carpmaels & Ransford takes UPC initiative

    September 09, 2014

    The UK patent and trade mark attorney firm Carpmaels & Ransford is adding a team of litigators in preparation for the launch of the Unified Patent Court

  • Third Circuit applies Octane standard to Lanham Act case

    September 08, 2014

    The US Third Circuit has held that the fee shifting standard set by the Supreme Court in Octane Fitness v Icon Health & Fitness also applies to cases brought under the Lanham Act

  • Goodwin Procter hires five from Kenyon & Kenyon

    September 08, 2014

    Goodwin Procter has added five partners in its intellectual property litigation practice from Kenyon & Kenyon, including trial lawyer Elizabeth Holland

  • Are you ready for the IP bankers?

    September 08, 2014

    Intellectual property funds are just an evolution of the venture capital model, rather than a completely new beast, suggests N Darius Sankey of Ocean Tomo

  • Norton Rose Fulbright adds to technology and innovation team in Singapore

    September 08, 2014

    Stella Cramer has joined the Singapore office of Norton Rose Fulbright as a partner

  • Jun He adds patent partner

    September 08, 2014

    Johnson Wang has joined the patent team in Jun He’s Beijing office

  • Senate trade secrets bill discussed in committee

    September 05, 2014

    A Senate bill to federalise trade secrets protections, titled the Defend Trade Secrets Act, is continuing to make slow yet steady progress through Congress’s upper chamber, with a closed doors meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee the most recent development

  • IV announces construction joint venture

    September 05, 2014

    Intellectual Ventures (IV) has formed a joint venture with CollinsWoerman to commercialise new inventions for the design and construction of mid-rise and high-rise housing from a kit of prefabricated component parts

  • Hughes Hubbard adds two partners in New York

    September 04, 2014

    Hughes Hubbard has hired James Dabney and Stephen Rabinowitz in its intellectual property practice as partners in New York

  • PTAB petitions break 1,900 barrier in August

    September 03, 2014

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) is set to accept its 2,000th petition this month, following it going past the 1,900 mark and accepting its first post-grant review petition in August

  • Spours joins ClearViewIP

    September 03, 2014

    Peter Spours, former chief IP officer at TomTom, has joined IP consultancy ClearViewIP as managing consultant

  • FTC explains hopes for recently approved patent troll study

    September 03, 2014

    On August 8 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received the go-ahead from the White House’s Office of Management & Budget to conduct a study on patent assertion entities (PAEs), or patent trolls. The FTC told Managing IP the goal is to complete the study next year

  • How the EPO aims to improve legal certainty

    September 02, 2014

    The European Patent Office has launched a project called Early Certainty from Search. The Office’s Vice President Guillaume Minnoye tells James Nurton why it is needed, and explains how it will benefit both applicants and third parties

  • Simmons launches trade mark practice in China

    September 01, 2014

    International law firm Simmons & Simmons has hired George Chan as a partner in Beijing

  • Kilpatrick partner named US intellectual property enforcement coordinator

    August 29, 2014

    Danny Marti, partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to become the next US intellectual property enforcement coordinator

  • Better metrics may be key to patent system improvements

    August 28, 2014

    A sharp increase in patent litigation in the US, while an eye-catching stat for those worried about frivolous litigation, may not be a sign that the system in broken

  • Federal Court invalidates Bingo patents, citing Alice

    August 28, 2014

    On August 26 the Federal Circuit invalidated two patents in a ruling that continues a crackdown on patents the courts find to be too broad in their scope

  • Apple loses bid for injunction against Samsung

    August 27, 2014

    A motion by Apple for a permanent injunction against Samsung has been rejected by a US district court judge

  • Concurring opinion in I/P Engine v AOL confuses

    August 27, 2014

    A concurring opinion in the Federal Circuit verdict in I/P Engine v AOL that analyses Section 101 in light of Alice v CLS Bank has prompted questions from some IP lawyers

  • USPTO telework allegations blasted by former officials

    August 27, 2014

    Alarming allegations of abuse of the USPTO's telework programme by employees have met with fierce blowback from former USPTO officials, while the Office is taking steps to improve its effectiveness and efficiency

  • Federal Circuit vacates denial of attorney fees in Icon v Octane

    August 26, 2014

    Following the Supreme Court outlining a new test for shifting fees in the case in April, the Federal Circuit has vacated the district court’s denial of attorney fees in Icon Health & Fitness v Octane Fitness and remanded for further consideration

  • Rouse hires Thai patent litigators

    August 26, 2014

    Jade Donavanik and Manothai Pramoj Na Ayuthaya have joined Rouse’s Bangkok office as senior managers

  • GeneDx files 11 IPR petitions against Myriad patents

    August 23, 2014

    Genetic testing company GeneDx has turned to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to try and invalidate 11 of Myriad Genetics patents, in a move that underlines the increasing popularity of inter partes review proceedings with the pharmaceutical industry

  • First PGR petition filed at the PTAB

    August 21, 2014

    The first post-grant review (PGR) petition has been filed with the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) by LaRose Industries and Toys “R” Us-Delaware

  • BlackBerry combines patents into new unit

    August 21, 2014

    BlackBerry has named Sandeep Chennakeshu to lead a new business unit to be called BlackBerry Technology Solutions, which will include the firm’s portfolio of 44,000 patents

  • Intellectual Ventures cuts staff by 19%

    August 21, 2014

    Intellectual Ventures has announced it will reduce its staff by 19%, its second reduction this year

  • Withers & Rogers opens in Munich

    August 18, 2014

    UK patent and trade mark firm Withers & Rogers has opened an office in Munich, Germany

  • INTERVIEW: Tony Piotrowski of MPEG LA

    August 18, 2014

    Tony Piotrowski, general counsel for MPEG LA, explains how modern patent pools work, how patent pools help set FRAND rates and what cities need to do to become IP hubs

  • Interview: Brian Hinman, chief IP officer, Royal Philips

    August 14, 2014

    Brian Hinman, chief IP officer with Philips, speaks with Managing IP about the developments in the IP monetisation market that have caught his eye, why he expects there to be more FRAND disputes in the future and what sort of patent reform is needed in the United States

  • Novak Druce adds four litigators

    August 13, 2014

    Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg has hired four partners: William Sloan Coats in Silicon Valley, James Glenn and John Weatherspoon in Houston, and Chris Holm in Los Angeles

  • Vringo suffers setback against ZTE in India tussle

    August 13, 2014

    The Delhi High Court has vacated an injunction secured by Vringo against Chinese telecommunications company ZTE

  • CPA Global acquires Landon IP

    August 12, 2014

    Alexandria, Virginia-based Landon IP, which provides patent search, information and analytics services, has been acquired by CPA Global

  • Preu Bohlig expands in Munich

    August 12, 2014

    Alexander Harguth has joined Preu Bohlig & Partner in Munich

  • Speakers line up for Women’s Leadership Forum in Silicon Valley

    August 12, 2014

    In-house counsel from eBay, Twitter, Facebook, Nokia, Google and CBS will among the speakers at Managing IP’s second International Women’s Leadership Forum in San Jose in December

  • China to revise trade secrets law

    August 08, 2014

    A first draft of a revision to China’s trade secret law will be submitted to the State Administration for Industry and Commerce at the end of the month

  • The effect of Apple and Samsung's Asia-Pacific battles

    August 08, 2014

    Apple and Samsung's worldwide patent disputes raised a number of novel legal and procedural issues across the Asia-Pacific region

  • The case for trade secrets reform in the US

    August 06, 2014

    If a US company discovers an employee has downloaded its trade secrets onto a thumb drive and is speeding towards the airport to board a plane to China to sell them, the options to stop him are slim to none. Efforts are underway in Congress to change this, with the introduction of trade secrets legislation in both houses

  • Apple and Samsung drop non-US patent litigation

    August 06, 2014

    The global patent battle between Apple and Samsung has elicited tens of thousands of news stories around the world. Their decision to end the litigation everywhere outside the US was revealed in a two-line statement today

  • Case study: How one Chinese hospital encourages innovation

    August 06, 2014

    Dr Jie Wang of the Jiangsu Provincial Hospital explains how the hospital motivates its doctors to pursue innovations with strong commercial potential

  • USPTO outlines steps it has taken post-Alice

    August 05, 2014

    The USPTO has outlined the steps it is taking to implement the Alice v CLS Bank decision, including issuing preliminary instructions to examiners, withdrawing notice of allowances in some applications that have an abstract idea and asking for public feedback

  • Ballard Spahr makes San Diego hire from Duane Morris

    August 04, 2014

    James Sze has joined Ballard Spahr as a partner in the firm’s San Diego office

  • Ex-Freshfields lawyers set up new firm in Barcelona

    August 04, 2014

    Sergio Miralles and Elena Molina have set up an IP/IT boutique law firm in Barcelona called Intangibles

  • Microsoft sues Samsung for breaking IP agreement

    August 01, 2014

    Microsoft has filed legal action against Samsung in the Southern District of New York for not complying with an IP cross-licensing agreement

  • PTAB issues precedential decision in CBM review proceeding

    July 31, 2014

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has issued the first decision designated as precedential in a covered business method patent review proceeding, in SecureBuy v CardinalCommerce Corporation

  • Honigman adds partner in Michigan

    July 31, 2014

    Anna Budde has joined Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn as a partner in the IP department

  • Novak Druce opens Philadelphia office with new hire

    July 31, 2014

    Alfred Zaher has joined Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg from Blank Rome to lead the IP firm’s expansion into the Philadelphia market

  • KWM SJ Berwin hires patent litigator in London

    July 31, 2014

    Campbell Forsyth has joined King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin as a partner

  • Change to Korea’s patent law helps international filers

    July 31, 2014

    An amendment to Korea’s Patent Act will make it easier for international companies to secure an earlier priority date and fix translation errors, with more changes on the way

  • Phillips appointed chair of Federal Circuit Advisory Council

    July 30, 2014

    Carter Phillips, partner at Sidley Austin, has been appointed as the new chair of the Federal Circuit Advisory Council

  • Companion trade secrets bill introduced in House of Representatives

    July 30, 2014

    The Trade Secrets Protection Act of 2014 has been introduced in the US House of Representatives by Representatives George Holding, Howard Coble, John Conyers, Steve Chabot, Jerrold Nadler and Hakeem Jefferies

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