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  • Interview: Dominion Harbor’s plan for IV's Kodak patent portfolio

    February 28, 2017

    Dominion Harbor has acquired Intellectual Ventures’ portfolio of Kodak patents. Its CEO, David Pridham, tells Michael Loney his plans for the portfolio and how he views the patent monetisation market

  • Roundtable: The second medical use challenge – full transcript

    February 28, 2017

    Three leading patent specialists discussed one of the most challenging issues in IP at the moment – incentivising new uses for known drugs – at a recent roundtable discussion. The participants were: Jurgen Dressel, head of global patent litigation strategy, Novartis Pharma; Galit Gonen, VP and general counsel for Europe at Teva; and Professor Sir Robin Jacob, former Court of Appeal judge and professor at the Institute of Brand and Innovation Law, University College London

  • Are you 3DP ready?

    February 28, 2017

    3D printing is already causing disruption in some industries. Stella Wong considers how to develop a 3DP IP strategy, with a particular focus on the medical industry

  • Unitary Patent and UPC: A progress report (January/February 2017)

    February 28, 2017

    EU Council ministers discuss Unitary Patent and UPC, Italy ratifies the UPC Agreement (UPCA), UK government publishes Brexit strategy document and answers questions on its UPCA ratification commitment

  • Avoid the tax shock in licensing agreements

    February 28, 2017

    Christopher M Neumeyer reviews the lessons to be learned from two recent cases where Taiwan companies were ordered to pay taxes on licensing fees paid to a foreign licensor

  • Amending claims at the PTAB – a fool’s errand?

    February 24, 2017

    Patent owners have found it tough to meet the requirements for motions to amend claims in PTAB post issuance review proceedings. Binal J Patel, J Pieter van Es and Kimberly S Devine examine the eight decisions where such motions have been granted

  • Federal Circuit reverses PTAB determination of CBM patent in Secure Axcess

    February 24, 2017

    The Federal Circuit has concluded “the patent at issue is outside the definition of a CBM patent that Congress provided by statute” in its Secure Axcess v PNC Bank National Association ruling. Judge Lourie wrote a dissent, backing up the PTAB’s determination

  • SCOTUS rules in Life Tech v Promega: One is not enough

    February 23, 2017

    The Supreme Court has reversed the Federal Circuit in Life Tech v Promega, ruling that manufacture and exportation of a single component of a patented invention assembled in another country is not enough for infringement in the US. However, as a concurring opinion and observers note, the court did not indicate how much more than one is enough

  • Analysis: Complexity lies ahead for CRISPR patents after PTAB decision

    February 22, 2017

    The eagerly-anticipated ruling from the PTAB of “no interference-in-fact” is a win for the Broad Institute in its CRISPR patent battle with University of California Berkeley. But much wrangling lies ahead over the rights to the gene-editing technology, including a potential appeal and likely licensing disputes

  • This year’s premier patent firms

    February 22, 2017

    In this, the second part of this year’s IP Stars research, we rank the top firms in 80 jurisdictions for patent work

  • Interview: Asa Kling, director of Israel Patent Office

    February 22, 2017

    Asa Kling is due to step down as director of Israel's Patent Office in May, after six years in charge. In this interview, he discusses the move to online services, the proposed new Design Law and patent oppositions

  • Federal Circuit vacates Apple PTAB win for inadequately supported findings

    February 17, 2017

    A Patent Trial and Appeal Board finding of unpatentability for obviousness based on two prior-art references in Personal Web Technologies v Apple has been remanded because “the Board did not adequately support its findings”

  • An IP practitioner’s guide to minding your business

    February 17, 2017

    Australian patent attorney Bradley Postma has written a career guide for young lawyers. Shaun Tan spoke to him about being fired, fickle partners and how to win promotion

  • Latest people and firm news from Asia

    February 17, 2017

    Who is on the move in the Asia-Pacific region? Our latest update includes news from Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore

  • Latest people moves in the Americas

    February 16, 2017

    Managing IP’s regular review of the latest moves and appointments in the Americas includes Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison hiring Ropes & Gray’s PTAB chair, an IP law firm merger in Ecuador and much more

  • Federal Circuit reverses district court in long-fought Shire v Watson ANDA dispute

    February 15, 2017

    The Federal Circuit has found Watson did not infringe Shire’s patent for Lialda, noting the “rare” exception established by Norian to the presumptively closed nature of the “consisting of” language

  • Jury orders Google to pay $20m in patent damages

    February 15, 2017

    An inventor and the estate of his late partner have been awarded $20m by an Eastern District of Texas jury for Google infringing three patents through its Chrome browser, in a case on remand from the Federal Circuit

  • IP Stars Patent rankings 2017 - sneak peek

    February 15, 2017

    The 2017 IP Stars patent rankings are now available for all readers to see

  • PTAB round-up: Record filing in January, Federal Circuit’s Phigenix standing ruling, denial of review decisions, district court estoppel

    February 14, 2017

    Michael Loney rounds up Patent Trial and Appeal Board-related decisions of note in January, including a precedential Federal Circuit decision on standing to appeal in Phigenix v ImmunoGen and two district court estoppel decisions

  • MIP International Women's Leadership Forum 2017 - highlights

    February 10, 2017

    Alice O'Donkor reports from our latest Women in IP event, held at the Waldorf Hilton in London, where topics including the UPC, Brexit, brand management and leadership were discussed

  • Why Microsoft has introduced protection against cloud computing patent litigation

    February 10, 2017

    In an interview, Erich Andersen explains Microsoft’s new programme to protect customers against IP litigation related to cloud computing, including making 10,000 patents available and pledging to Azure customers that if it transfers patents to non-practising entities they cannot be asserted against them

  • Women in IP Interview: Jane Politz Brandt

    February 09, 2017

    Jane Politz Brandt has made a name for herself trying high-profile cases, particularly in the Eastern District of Texas, where she is co-chair of Thompson & Knight’s intellectual property practice group. In our latest Women in IP interview, she talks with Natalie Rahhal about mentorship and secrets to success

  • John Amster leaves RPX, Marty Roberts takes over as interim CEO

    February 08, 2017

    RPX’s board says its CEO resigned as “a result of Mr Amster's request that the Board commence a process to sell the company in a going-private transaction”

  • The top PTAB petitioners, patent owners, law firms and attorneys in 2016

    February 08, 2017

    The top petitioners, patent owners, law firms and attorneys in Patent Trial and Appeal Board petitions filed in 2016 have been revealed from Docket Navigator data. Apple only just hung onto its top petitioner status

  • The high stakes in Sanofi’s appeal of Amgen’s rare permanent injunction win

    February 07, 2017

    (UPDATED FEBRUARY 8) Last month’s granting of an Amgen permanent injunction motion in its cholesterol drug patent dispute with Sanofi and Regeneron would “give another arrow in the quiver” of those seeking permanent injunctions in similar cases, if it is upheld on appeal

  • Managing IP North America Awards 2017 shortlists announced

    February 07, 2017

    The shortlists for this year’s Managing IP North America Awards have been announced. The outstanding intellectual property firms and individuals in the US and Canada will be chosen from these, and revealed at a dinner in Washington DC on March 23

  • January breaks monthly PTAB filing record

    February 07, 2017

    246 Patent Trial and Appeal Board petitions were filed in January, according to data taken from Docket Navigator. No month had broken 200 petitions before. In contrast, district court patent case filing slumped

  • Amgen-Sandoz analysis: Come patent dancing at the Supreme Court

    February 03, 2017

    Natalie Rahhal analyses the issues at stake when the US Supreme Court hears the biosimilars dispute between Sandoz and Amgen later this year

  • Managing IP Global Awards 2017 - shortlists announced!

    February 02, 2017

    Managing IP's annual Global Awards dinner will be held at The Savoy Hotel in London on March 9. Trophies will be presented to the firms of the year in Asia, Europe and Latin America and winners will be chosen from these shortlists

  • PTAB rules state sovereign immunity applies in IPR proceedings

    February 01, 2017

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has dismissed three inter partes review petitions filed by Covidien because the University of Florida Research Foundation is entitled to an Eleventh Amendment sovereign immunity defence

  • Two tales of innovation - a profile of Caimi Brevetti

    February 01, 2017

    Italian family company Caimi Brevetti recently won the first DesignEuropa award for small and emerging companies. James Nurton spoke to company director Franco Caimi about designs, patents and protecting innovative products

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