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  • Interview: Laurie Self, Qualcomm VP and counsel of government affairs

    January 19, 2017

    Laurie Self found herself at the forefront of IP issues early on in her career, and has maintained her involvement there ever since. In our latest Women in IP interview, she discusses policy, enforcement and the gender gap with Natalie Rahhal

  • Federal Circuit PTAB appeal statistics, and how the Board handles remands

    January 18, 2017

    As of the end of the year, the Federal Circuit had affirmed on every issue in 77.4% of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board appeals it had seen. Finnegan has analysed what parties can expect from cases that are remanded to the Board

  • Catching up with Canada: 2016’s biggest IP cases and highlights

    January 18, 2017

    We look back on last year’s Canadian intellectual property highlights and most interesting cases, including a highly-anticipated copyright fair use ruling, clarification of the double patenting test, CETA legislation and the introduction of patent and trademark agent privilege

  • Cases to look out for in 2017 – United States

    January 18, 2017

    The Supreme Court’s impressive appetite for IP cases dominates the forthcoming intellectual property trials and judgments in the US – with decisions in seven cases to come. The Federal Circuit will also issue two en banc decisions from PTAB appeals

  • Interview: Cecilia Falconi, Partner at Falconi Puig Abogados, Ecuador

    January 16, 2017

    In our latest Women in IP interview Cecilia Falconi speaks to Alice O’Donkor about the sacrifices she has made in her career, her experience of maintaining a family-owned firm and the evolution of IP law in Ecuador

  • Cases to look out for in 2017 – Canada

    January 16, 2017

    Among potential trials and judgments expected in Canada in 2017 are the Supreme Court weighing in on the controversial promise doctrine, a case involving a worldwide injunction against Google.ca, and two pharmaceutical patent case appeals

  • US Supreme Court to hear Amgen-Sandoz biosimilars patent dance case

    January 14, 2017

    The dispute between Amgen and Sandoz over aspects of the so-called patent dance outlined in the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act was granted cert by the US Supreme Court

  • Court clarifies scope of Arrow declarations in UK patent cases

    January 13, 2017

    Generic companies can seek court declarations that their own products are old or obvious in patent law terms under certain circumstances, the England & Wales Court of Appeal has ruled

  • Cases to look out for in 2017 - Japan and China

    January 13, 2017

    2017 is the year of the rooster. Here are a few forthcoming trials and judgments to crow about in Asia

  • PTAB round-up: December filing data; Federal Circuit In re NuVasive decision; district courts narrow estoppel

    January 12, 2017

    Data and analysis: December Patent Trial and Appeal Board petition filing was the fourth-highest of 2016, the Federal Circuit recently heard en banc arguments in one PTAB appeal and granted en banc rehearing in another, the appeals court remanded the Board in In re NuVasive, and the District of Delaware interpreted the scope of estoppel narrowly in Intellectual Ventures v Toshiba

  • Federal Circuit dismisses PTAB appeal for lack of standing

    January 12, 2017

    The Federal Circuit in its precedential decision in Phigenix v ImmunoGen has ruled the petitioner lacked standing to appeal a Patent Trial and Appeal Board final written decision because of insufficient evidence to show an “injury-in-fact”

  • The final 2016 US district court patent case and PTAB filing figures

    January 11, 2017

    Patent case filing in US district courts fell 21% and PTAB petition filing fell 2% in 2016 over the previous year, according to figures taken from Docket Navigator. An RPX report has also revealed the most prolific NPEs of the year

  • IBM stays top in record year for US utility patent grants

    January 11, 2017

    The IFI Claims US Top 50 ranking of patent recipients reveals IBM acquired the most patents ever of any company in a year. Asian companies account for more than half of the top 50

  • Cases to look out for in 2017 - the UK

    January 10, 2017

    In the first of a series of articles looking at trials and judgments scheduled for this year, we profile the Brexit, Eli Lilly v Actavis and Glee cases among others

  • Peter Detkin joins Sherpa, and other North America people moves

    January 10, 2017

    Sherpa Technology Group, White & Case, Arent Fox, Conversant, Hughes Hubbard & Reed and Neal Gerber & Eisenberg are among the firms making recent intellectual property hires, as well as the USPTO announcing PPAC and TPAC members

  • Federal Circuit grants en banc review of PTAB time-bar orders

    January 04, 2017

    The Federal Circuit has granted en banc rehearing in Wi-Fi One v Broadcom. The court will consider whether judicial review is available for a patent owner to challenge the USPTO’s determination that the petitioner satisfied the timeliness requirement governing the filing of IPR petitions

  • Fitbit drops Jawbone patent case at ITC

    January 04, 2017

    Wearable device company Fitbit has moved for termination of its ITC patent complaint against Jawbone, which is unhappy at suggestions about its financial stability

  • How patent case venue rules could change in TC Heartland

    January 04, 2017

    Natalie Rahhal speaks to former Federal Circuit Chief Judge Paul Michel and others to assess the potential impact of In re TC Heartland at the US Supreme Court. One outcome could be a sharp fall in filing in the Eastern District of Texas and an increase in a potentially under-resourced District of Delaware

  • Guidance on determining who is an inventor

    January 03, 2017

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

  • How to use the PCT strategically

    January 03, 2017

    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

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