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  • IP in Asia 2016: the key takeaways

    June 28, 2016

    Managing IP hosted our annual IP in Asia Forum in Paris and London, with sessions on China, Japan and South Korea. Here's a summary of the discussions

  • ITC rules Arista infringed three Cisco patents

    June 28, 2016

    The International Trade Commission issued a limited exclusion order and cease and desist order for Arista infringing three patents in an investigation brought by Cisco Systems relating to ethernet switch products

  • Brexit - law firm resources

    June 24, 2016

    Following the UK's June 23 vote to leave the EU, many law and IP firms have published advice for clients. We provide links to the relevant articles

  • SCOTUS stands by PTAB in Cuozzo decision

    June 22, 2016

    The US Supreme Court has affirmed the PTAB’s standard for claim construction, in what some see as a blow to patent owners. Natalie Rahhal examines the Cuozzo case

  • Key amendments to Russian patent legislation

    June 22, 2016

    The past two years have seen some fundamental changes to patent, utility model and design law in Russia. Eugene Arievich and Yuri Pylnev review how they are working in practice

  • Sequencing the future of IP in genomics

    June 22, 2016

    Genomic technology has rapidly created a multi-billion dollar growth industry. With life sciences companies scrambling in US and European courts for a share of the lucrative market, in-house IP counsel should start preparing for the next wave of IP litigation, explain Dominic Adair and Annsley Merelle Ward

  • How Europe’s SPC regime works in practice

    June 22, 2016

    As the European Commission aspires to introduce a Unitary SPC, Tony Rollins examines the evidence on how effective the existing regime for patent extension in Europe has been

  • SCOTUS says wilfulness is subjective in Halo ruling

    June 17, 2016

    Patent owners may have a better chance of winning treble damages in US patent cases, after the Supreme Court ruled the Federal Circuit’s Seagate test was too rigid

  • Europe Women in Business Law Awards: 2016 winners

    June 17, 2016

    The best female lawyers from across the continent congregated at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower in London to celebrate Euromoney Legal Media Group's sixth annual Europe Women in Business Law Awards

  • Federal Circuit remands PTAB for changing theories in midstream

    June 16, 2016

    The Federal Circuit’s ruling in SAS Institute v ComplementSoft that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board was wrong to use a new claim construction without giving parties a chance to respond will have a big impact on trial and appeal practice, believer practitioners

  • Interview: Dato Shamsiah Kamaruddin, director general, MyIPO

    June 16, 2016

    The head of Malaysia’s IP office sat down with James Nurton in Kuala Lumpur in March this year to discuss ASEAN, the TPP Agreement and IP valuation. This interview is part of our year-long focus on IP in ASEAN

  • Inventor awards and latest people moves in Europe

    June 16, 2016

    In our latest people and firms round up for Europe, we report on last week’s European Inventor Awards and summarise recent people news, as firms gear up for the introduction of the UPC

  • PTAB invalidates two patents in first PGR final written decisions

    June 14, 2016

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has invalidated two livestock valuation patents in the first PGR final written decisions. Only one of the 28 PGR petitions filed so far has been denied institution, with two settled and 11 waiting an institution verdict

  • Kyle Bass IPRs end up with 57% institution success rate

    June 13, 2016

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s institution decisions on all 35 of the inter partes review petitions filed by Kyle Bass and Erich Spangenberg are now in

  • Americas Women in Business Law Awards: 2016 winners

    June 10, 2016

    The best female lawyers from across the Americas congregated at Essex House last night to celebrate Euromoney Legal Media Group’s fifth annual Americas Women in Business Law Awards

  • Merck’s $200m patent damages award voided after “misconduct”

    June 09, 2016

    Northern District of California judge rules Merck forfeited its right to assert patents against Gilead because of "unclean hands" and "numerous unconscionable acts", voiding the second-largest US patent damages award of 2016 so far

  • Latest people moves in Asia - June 2016

    June 09, 2016

    Our regular round-up runs through partner and national IP office moves as well as new offices in Asia, including SIPO, Spruson & Ferguson, Vinson & Elkins, K&L Gates, White & Case and Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

  • PAGBAM IP partner named president of Argentina’s patent and trade mark office

    June 08, 2016

    Dámaso Pardo leaves PAGBAM IP after 26 years to become president of INPI

  • Latest people moves in the Americas

    June 08, 2016

    Managing IP’s regular review of the latest moves and appointments in the Americas, including the appointment of a new PTAB chief judge and hires at Cozen O’Connor, Robins Kaplan, Sheppard Mullin, Perkins Coie, Honigman, DLA Piper, Hogan Lovells, Calderon & De La Sierra, and Latham & Watkins

  • Highlights from the PTAB Forum 2016

    June 08, 2016

    Managing IP rounds up interesting quotes, statistics, slides and tidbits from speakers at the PTAB Forum 2016 in New York, which included panels on Patent Trial and Appeal Board rule changes, Federal Circuit appeals, district court strategies, pharma challenges and more

  • What in-house practitioners really want

    June 07, 2016

    A new IP STARS report analyses the concerns and priorities of in-house IP practitioners, and is based on responses from more than 1,100 questionnaires. Peter Ollier introduces the themes of the research

  • PTAB passes 5,000 petition mark but 2016 filing lagging last year

    June 03, 2016

    PTAB Monthly Data: Ford filed the most PTAB petitions in May, with Versata the most-targeted patent owner. Four PGR petitions were filed, a sign that this type of petition is gaining traction

  • Dissecting the Defend Trade Secrets Act

    June 03, 2016

    Managing IP speaks to James Pooley, an advocate, and professor Eric Goldman, a critic, of the Defend Trade Secrets Act signed by President Obama last month. An increase in trade secret litigation is predicted, with at least three cases already filed under the new law

  • India’s first National IPR Policy maintains position on affordable drugs

    May 31, 2016

    The India government has unveiled the first National Intellectual Property Rights Policy that sets out seven objectives and relevant guidelines to promote the country’s IP regime, and has resisted pressure from the United States to amend the patent law regarding access to cheap drugs

  • Interview: Ada Leung, Director, Hong Kong IP Department

    May 31, 2016

    Hong Kong will soon implement a new original grant patent system. In an exclusive interview with Managing IP, Ada Leung explains how it will work and why the HKIPD will be turning to SIPO for support on substantive examination

  • Unitary Patent and UPC: A progress report (May 2016)

    May 31, 2016

    Part-time and full-time UPC judges wanted; new features of the UPC case management system and EPO’s software for Unitary Patent released; more member states preparing for ratification; Preparatory Committee discuss remaining aspects of the UPC; our latest UPC scenario on challenging a non-opted out European patent relating to a pharmaceutical product during the transitional period

  • Protecting IP in a 3D printed future

    May 24, 2016

    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

    May 22, 2016

    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

    May 22, 2016

    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

    May 20, 2016

    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

    May 19, 2016

    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

    May 19, 2016

    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

    May 17, 2016

    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

    May 17, 2016

    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

  • Latest people moves in Asia

    May 13, 2016

    In our regular roundup, we feature the latest moves from Wan Hui Da, DLA Piper, Foley & Lardner, and Jincheng Tongda & Neal

  • Medtronic’s David Ruschke appointed PTAB chief judge

    May 11, 2016

    The USPTO has announced a new chief judge of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, after 10 months of Nathan Kelley serving as acting chief judge

  • PTAB has granted six of 118 reviewed motions to amend – study

    May 10, 2016

    A new USPTO study reveals the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has granted 5% of the motions to amend that it has had a chance to review and is on track to have about 50 motions filed this year, consistent with the level filed in 2013 and 2015

  • Data: PTAB filing up in April, led by HP

    May 04, 2016

    Managing IP reveals the biggest petitioners and most-targeted entities in April and year-to-date at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. HP and Apple had a busy month, while Finjan and Nike were on the receiving end of the most petitions

  • PTAB grants sixth motion to amend

    May 03, 2016

    While granting Tire Hanger’s motion to amend, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board approved “grouping prior art references together according to their particular teachings” and “discussing only a representative few in its motion to amend”. This may provide guidance to other patent owners seeking to amend claims

  • Federal Circuit declines to change patent venue rules

    May 03, 2016

    The Federal Circuit has denied TC Heartland’s petition for a writ of mandamus that called for a change in the patent venue rules. The court said the “arguments raised regarding venue have been firmly resolved by VE Holding”

  • Reactions and predictions from Cuozzo arguments at the Supreme Court

    May 02, 2016

    PTAB observers have been analysing the comments of Supreme Court justices during the Cuozzo v Lee arguments for signs of how they will rule. Chief Justice Roberts was the biggest proponent of bringing the Board’s claim construction standard in line with district courts but other justices appeared a lot more resistant to scrapping BRI

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