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  • Unified Patents files PTAB challenges to 2016’s three busiest NPEs

    July 28, 2016

    Inter partes review petitions filed challenging patents owned by Shipping and Transit, Sportbrain Holdings and Uniloc, which have sued more than 200 companies combined in 2016

  • Research reveals 76% of UK higher education staff support IP teaching

    July 28, 2016

    The Intellectual Property Network and The National Union of Students Insight team have recently concluded a study on understanding of IP policy in higher education institutions among students and staff

  • Interview: Ruth Soetendorp, IP educator and outgoing chair of IPAN

    July 27, 2016

    Alice O' Donkor talks to outgoing IPAN chair Ruth Soetendorp about IP education, awareness and understanding

  • Latest people moves in the Americas

    July 27, 2016

    Managing IP’s regular review of the latest moves and appointments in the Americas, including Cooley hiring a team of Morrison & Foerster lawyers in California, Orrick appointing James Pooley, the confirmation of the 14th Librarian of Congress, and hires by Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, K&L Gates, Barnes & Thornburg and Paul Hastings

  • Federal Circuit reverses PTAB for shifting burden of proof to patent owner

    July 27, 2016

    The Federal Circuit concludes that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board erred in shifting the burden of proof on obviousness in this IPR from the petitioner to the patent owner, in In re Magnum Tools International

  • How ASEAN countries rank for IP protection

    July 25, 2016

    In the latest of our series of articles on ASEAN, Natalie Rahhal discovers that ratings for many countries in the region have improved, but important differences remain

  • USPTO issues memorandum in response to CellzDirect and Sequenom

    July 21, 2016

    The USPTO tells examiners the Federal Circuit’s CellzDirect ruling “highlighted several important points” but says its subject matter eligibility guidance and training examples are already consistent with it

  • Catching up with Canada: recent patent news

    July 21, 2016

    A dismissal of a suit against Pfizer indicating consumers cannot be compensated for expenditures on invalidated patents, the NAFTA arbitration hearing of Eli Lilly’s complaint against the government, IP agents getting confidentiality privilege, the Federal Court awarding Janssen nearly C$20 million, and Brexit putting the brakes on CETA were among recent Canadian patent stories

  • Federal Circuit keeps 180 days’ exclusion time in patent dance

    July 20, 2016

    The Federal Circuit has provided some guidance on the issue of 180 days’ notice of launch in a recent biosimilars ruling, in Amgen v Apotex, but practitioners say there will be a lot more litigation before the patent dance is fully clarified

  • Patent litigation trends in Russia

    July 19, 2016

    Three years on from the launch of Russia’s specialist IP Court, Natalia Gulyaeva reviews some landmark cases and looks at lessons learned

  • Federal Circuit’s en banc MedCo ruling clarifies on-sale bar

    July 15, 2016

    In a unanimous en banc decision in The Medicines Company v Hospira, the Federal Circuit addressed and clarified the “on sale” bar, a source of much anxiety for pharmaceutical companies

  • PTAB grants motion to amend ContentGuard patent in Google/Apple CBM

    July 14, 2016

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has granted a rare motion to amend, in a covered business method review that focused on the construction of the term “meta-rights”

  • Data: PTAB petitioners, patent owners and law firms in 2016’s first half ranked

    July 13, 2016

    Managing IP analyses the busiest companies and law firms at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in the first six months of this year, using Docket Navigator. Filing was down in the first half as a whole but the second quarter showed signs of recovery

  • PTAB grants attorneys fees for first time, to RPX

    July 13, 2016

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has awarded attorneys fees for the first time, ruling that Applications in Internet Time violated a protective order in its handling of RPX’s confidential information

  • Apple pays $25m to settle Network-1 patent litigation

    July 12, 2016

    Apple will pay Network-1 Technologies $25 million to settle subsidiary Mirror World Technologies’ patent litigation in the Eastern District of Texas

  • CJEU rules on patent licensing question in Genentech case

    July 08, 2016

    In a rare foray into patent law, the Court of Justice of the EU has ruled that a patent licensee must pay the agreed royalty for the full term of the agreement, even if the patent is revoked or found not to be infringed

  • IPOS open to soft IP for loan applications

    July 07, 2016

    IPOS has approved the first loan application using a patent as collateral, and is opening its financing scheme up to other IP rights. But practitioners have concerns about valuation, as Stephy Tang reports

  • All eyes on ASEAN

    July 07, 2016

    Economic and legal reforms are driving harmonisation within and beyond the ASEAN region, with big implications for IP owners. James Nurton, Stephy Tang and Natalie Rahhal introduce a year-long series of articles

  • Federal Circuit reverses Section 101 invalidation of life science patent

    July 06, 2016

    The Federal Circuit has ruled that the claims of a patent for liver cell treatment were not directed to a patent-ineligible concept, in a decision that provides guidance on how life science innovations can satisfy the Mayo test

  • EPO to implement fundamental appeal reforms

    July 06, 2016

    The EPO Administrative Council has agreed reforms that the Office claims will increase independence and improve efficiency. But the EPO examiners’ union argues that the reforms ignore the input of the Boards and the views of users

  • June is busiest month for PTAB filing of 2016

    July 06, 2016

    PTAB Data and Analysis: Managing IP reveals Patent Trial and Appeal Board filing data for June and analyses recent decisions from the Supreme Court, Federal Circuit and PTAB, including the Board interpreting Enfish in mixed rulings. The USPTO has also announced it is replacing the Patent Review Processing System for PTAB trials

  • Brexit 10 days on: latest developments

    July 05, 2016

    While the politicians begin the discussions about how and when the UK will extricate itself from the EU and establish new trading relationships, trade mark practitioners have told Managing IP that clients are already preparing for the Brexit future

  • Online courts and the future of IP litigation

    July 04, 2016

    Are online courts the future for IP disputes? That was the topic of the annual Collyer Bristow IP debate between Tim Bamford and Karen Fong. They reveal some snippets from their diaries in the months leading up to the big fight

  • UPC scenario 5: Enforcing a patent inside and outside the UPC

    July 04, 2016

    In the latest in our series of UPC scenarios, Laura Whiting and Inmaculada Lorenzo explore the options for a pharmaceutical patent owner faced with a potential infringer manufacturing its product in Spain

  • UPC preparations will go ahead

    July 01, 2016

    The UPC Preparatory Committee and EPO Select Committee have issued a joint statement saying they will continue with their planned work despite the Brexit vote

  • First DTSA decision entered, as new trade secrets cases roll in

    July 01, 2016

    The Northern District of California appears to be the first federal court to enter a written decision under the Defend Trade Secrets Act. At least 15 cases have been filed under the DTSA since it was enacted

  • Bascom analysis: Is the Federal Circuit going soft on software patents?

    June 30, 2016

    The Federal Circuit has found a software patent valid for the third time since Alice, ruling in Bascom v AT&T that “an inventive concept can be found in the non-conventional and non-generic arrangement of known, conventional pieces”

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

    June 30, 2016

    Brexit casts doubt on start of the UPC and Unitary Patent system; useful resources on impact of Brexit on IP; Bulgaria ratifies UPC Agreement; Dutch parliament approves the UPCA; our latest UPC scenario on enforcing a European patent in and outside the UPC

  • UK IP Minister talks about UPC post-Brexit result

    June 30, 2016

    Baroness Neville-Rolfe has said that the UK’s position on the UPC and Unitary Patent system will not be known anytime soon. The Minister has also invited UK stakeholders to be involved in the discussions which will lead to a decision

  • Apple’s latest China setback could encourage patent trolls

    June 29, 2016

    The Beijing IP Office has ruled that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus infringe the design patent of a Chinese-made smartphone, in a case that one IP lawyer believes could provide inspiration to patent trolls

  • 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

  • Avoid pitfalls when limiting claims in Europe (sponsored)

    June 22, 2016

    For many years there has been debate about EPO practice relating to amendments under Article 123(2) EPC in examination and opposition proceedings. Charlotta Vink and Louise Tottie of Valea examine the latest cases

  • 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, believe 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

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