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  • Amendments to the America Invents Act passed

    December 21, 2012

    A bill designed to solve problems in the new US patent system has been passed by Congress after being amended to remove some contentious clauses

  • AIA's false marking provision upheld

    December 18, 2012

    A long-running challenge over the false marking provision of the AIA has been shot down by the Federal Circuit

  • Cable sets out his IP vision

    December 18, 2012

    UK Business Secretary Vince Cable this week set out a series of plans to promote creativity and innovation, but many IP owners are unconvinced by the detail of the reforms

  • The best things we've read this year

    December 18, 2012

    Managing IP’s editors have scanned the trillions of words written on IP in the past year, and selected their favourite 25 articles from publications such as Fortune, BusinessWeek and the Economist as well as IP blogs and of course Managing IP itself. We’ve also included some infographics, pictures and video

  • Koh delivers blows for both Apple and Samsung

    December 18, 2012

    Judge Lucy Koh last night denied Apple’s request for a preliminary injunction against certain Samsung products, but also refused to grant Samsung a new trial, marking both wins and losses for both companies

  • What's on this week

    December 17, 2012

    Managing IP lists the IP-related meetings and decisions this week

  • The Unitary Patent: seven unanswered questions

    December 12, 2012

    Yesterday the European Parliament overwhelmingly backed plans for a unitary patent, with the first rights likely to be granted in less than two years. But many questions remain unanswered

  • How the unitary patent system will work

    December 12, 2012

    A vote by MEPs yesterday in favour of the unitary patent means that IP owners planning their patent filing strategies could soon have a new way of protecting their rights in Europe

  • New US law to simplify patent application process

    December 11, 2012

    A new law which will streamline patent applications and attempt to harmonise the US patent system with procedures abroad was passed by Congress this week.

  • EU unitary patent likely to launch in spring 2014

    December 11, 2012

    Members of the European Parliament have overwhelmingly backed plans for a unitary patent and unified patent court covering 25 of the EU’s 27 member states, paving the way for the biggest change in European patent protection in 40 years

  • Intellectual Ventures: Yes, we are a NPE (that’s a non-producing entity)

    December 11, 2012

    Yan Sheng, the head of Intellectual Ventures’ Greater China operations, has defended the company against critics who accuse it of being a patent troll

  • CJEU Advocate General: 25 member states can agree a unitary patent deal

    December 11, 2012

    An important hurdle in the path of the unitary patent looks set to be dismantled after a key legal adviser at the Court of Justice of the EU said today that 25 member states should be able to press ahead with a deal without Italy and Spain

  • Why Myriad case could jeopardise patents on genes

    December 10, 2012

    Thousands of granted US patents relating to human genes may be in danger as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision to review the Myriad case

  • Transparency rules could scupper IP trading, says Jesper Kongstad

    December 10, 2012

    Jesper Kongstad, the director-general of the Danish PTO, has warned governments not to introduce rules requiring users of IP trading platforms to reveal pricing data about their transactions

  • Battistelli confident on unitary patent vote

    December 07, 2012

    EPO President Benoit Battistelli is “confident, after long discussions, that EU authorities [Council of Ministers and European Parliament] will agree on a unitary patent package next week” he said today

  • What’s on this week

    December 07, 2012

    Managing IP lists the IP-related decisions, meetings and events to watch out for week beginning December 10

  • Is your licensing agreement anti-competitive in China?

    December 07, 2012

    IP owners should be wary of anti-monopoly concerns when doing business in China, Baker & McKenzie partner Clara Ingen-Housz warned this week

  • EPO and SIPO launch Chinese-English machine translation

    December 06, 2012

    The European Patent Office (EPO) and the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China (SIPO) launched a Chinese-English component of the EPO’s free automatic translation service called Patent Translate today

  • AstraZeneca loses appeal at Court of Justice

    December 06, 2012

    Pharma companies in Europe should reconsider their antitrust risk following a ruling by the Court of Justice this morning

  • Apple and Samsung return to court over $1 billion smartphone verdict

    December 06, 2012

    Apple and Samsung return to court today, with Samsung seeking a new trial after a jury ordered it to pay over $1 billion in damages for infringing Apple’s smartphone patents

  • AstraZeneca readies for CJEU ruling in generics case

    December 05, 2012

    Managing IP provides a guide to the Court of Justice’s ruling in a case between AstraZeneca and generic-manufacturers about what constitutes abuse of a dominant position in the pharmaceutical sector

  • K&L Gates finalises Australian tie-up

    December 04, 2012

    K&L Gates has become the latest law firm to seal a deal with an Australian firm

  • Good news for stem cell patents in German Brüstle ruling

    December 03, 2012

    One year after the Court of Justice of the EU limited the stem cell research that can be protected by patents in Brüstle, the German Federal Court has ruled in the original case

  • What's on this week

    December 03, 2012

    Managing IP lists the IP-related meetings and decisions due this week

  • US Supreme Court to clarify patent eligibility of genes

    December 03, 2012

    The Supreme Court of the United States agreed on Friday to hear the Myriad case, which could provide much-needed clarification on the patent eligibility of genes

  • UK judge to rule on foreign patent infringement

    November 30, 2012

    A judge sitting in the High Court in London has said he can rule on whether patents in France, Germany, Italy and Spain are infringed in a single trial in the UK

  • Havana Nocturne: greetings from Cuba… and Uruguay

    November 30, 2012

    As part of my yearlong Presidency, I will be traveling on behalf of AIPLA to promote IP in America and American IP interests around the world.

  • Why it doesn’t pay to make London’s judges cross

    November 29, 2012

    Lawyers for Air Canada might be expected to have shuffled a little uneasily in their seats last week after a High Court judge declared their costs to be “out of proportion” and requiring “the closest possible scrutiny”. It’s just the latest example of London judges handing out very public rebukes to litigants and their lawyers, as Managing IP explains

  • Amicus briefs and AIPLA: an inside look

    November 29, 2012

    AIPLA is facing the daunting task of having three Amicus briefs due in a very short period – two to the US Supreme Court and one to the en banc Federal Circuit. Amicus briefs are one of the more visible advocacy functions the Association performs, and so it seems appropriate to tell you a bit about the cases.

  • David Kappos “the strongest USPTO leader in at least a generation”

    November 28, 2012

    Judges, lawyers and former directors lamented the news that David Kappos is resigning from the USPTO, but expressed confidence that his reforms will endure

  • Reflections on a path to the Presidency

    November 27, 2012

    Over the past several weeks, I have been asked innumerable times how I rose through the ranks of AIPLA to become the organization’s President

  • Kappos shocks IP community, steps down as USPTO director

    November 26, 2012

    USPTO director David Kappos will step down from his post in January, as reported first by professor Dennis Crouch of the Patently O blog and confirmed by the USPTO

  • What’s on this week

    November 26, 2012

    Managing IP lists the IP-related decisions and meetings taking place this week

  • MEPs set to back unitary patent compromise

    November 21, 2012

    A compromise proposal on the unitary patent package has won the support – hesitant if not wholehearted – of a key group of MEPs

  • From the AIPLA President

    November 19, 2012

    Since this is my first blog post as AIPLA President (or ever!), I thought I would give a brief preview of the upcoming year, and what you can expect from this blog

  • What’s on this week

    November 19, 2012

    Managing IP lists the IP-related decisions and meetings taking place this week

  • What will China’s new leadership mean for IP?

    November 16, 2012

    Xi Jinping this week took over as China’s top leader after becoming general-secretary of the country’s communist party. But the leadership shake-up has seen a series of promotions that could affect the way that China handles the issue of intellectual property

  • Apple v HTC: the lawsuits left behind

    November 16, 2012

    This week’s settlement between HTC and Apple means an end to at least 10 unresolved lawsuits across three countries involving around 39 patents and 21 firms. Here is a look at some of the patents the Apple-HTC agreement will cover, and the myriad firms representing the two companies

  • Scotland shakes up IP litigation in response to PCC

    November 15, 2012

    Court reforms coming into effect on Monday are set to make litigation quicker and more efficient in Scotland

  • Are regulations needed to increase IP market transparency?

    November 15, 2012

    While IP is an increasingly sought-after commodity, as emphasized by the gaudy $4.5 billion price tag from the Nortel patent auction, more work needs to be done before efficient IP markets become a reality

  • Enforcement Directive does not apply to invalidity proceedings

    November 15, 2012

    The EU Enforcement Directive does not apply to invalidation proceedings concerning utility models, according to the Court of Justice of the EU

  • Microsoft v Motorola could define FRAND standards

    November 15, 2012

    Microsoft and Google began a court battle over standard-essential patents in Seattle this week, which could change the economics of royalty payments in the smartphone industry

  • Join the conversation and get IP news faster on Twitter

    November 14, 2012

    Increasingly, IP news is breaking on Twitter first and sparking debates over everything from statistics to apologies. Here’s why you should join the 5,000 people already following Managing IP

  • What’s on this week

    November 12, 2012

    Managing IP lists the IP-related decisions and meetings taking place this week

  • Already v Nike could increase litigation risk for trade mark owners

    November 09, 2012

    After being sued by Nike for allegedly infringing its trade mark on a best-selling pair of sneakers, sports manufacturer Already is urging the Supreme Court to let it pursue cancellation of the mark despite Nike’s efforts to drop the case

  • Teva wins battle with Pfizer over Viagra patent

    November 09, 2012

    The Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday said that Pfizer’s blockbuster patent on the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra is invalid, reversing a Federal Court ruling that blocked Teva's application to market generic Viagra under the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Act (PM[NOC])

  • German and US cases signal future of standards disputes

    November 09, 2012

    Could an injunction granted on a standard-essential patent (SEP) turn European telecoms networks silent? Concerns such as this are putting patent judges in a quandary, as they revealed this week

  • Managing IP’s guide to transfer pricing and IP

    November 09, 2012

    Companies have long tried to cut their corporate tax liabilities by shifting their intangible assets to low-tax jurisdictions. Now they are finding their transfer pricing strategies under an increasingly bright spotlight

  • Compromise proposed on unitary patent

    November 08, 2012

    The Cyprus presidency of the EU has suggested wording to break the latest deadlock over the unified patent court (UPC)

  • Patent fight over knitted trainers could set trend in sportswear

    November 08, 2012

    Yesterday an injunction against adidas over trainers that use a knitted upper was lifted in Germany. The dispute, brought by Nike, could start a series of patent cases in the sportswear industry

  • Is arbitration right for you? WIPO’s Ignacio de Castro provides the answer

    November 06, 2012

    The smartphone wars have conjured up the spectre of protracted IP litigation spread around the world. The prospect of fighting simultaneous, costly court battles in different continents is enough to keep even the most grizzled in-house counsel awake at night. But Ignacio de Castro of WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Center has a remedy for dispute-induced insomnia

  • What’s on this week: IP calendar

    November 05, 2012

    Managing IP lists the IP-related meetings, conferences and decisions taking place this week

  • Four ways Romney might change IP

    November 01, 2012

    Next Tuesday’s US presidential election could mean big changes for the USPTO and IP policies. Managing IP examines what a Mitt Romney administration might look like for IP

  • What is Barack Obama’s IP record?

    October 31, 2012

    As November 6 approaches, the IP community waits to see whether there will be a new USPTO director at the helm next year, which is likely to be the case if Mitt Romney is elected. In the meantime, Managing IP recaps some of President Barack Obama’s IP accomplishments during his four years in office

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