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  • US Supreme Court overturns Federal Circuit patent exhaustion stance in Impression v Lexmark

    May 31, 2017

    The US Supreme Court has ruled that patents rights in a product are exhausted after sale in the US or internationally, in a decision that included some strongly-worded pushback of the Federal Circuit. Pharmaceutical companies could be particularly affected because of their downstream licensing models

  • Dangerous inventions in China

    May 31, 2017

    China’s long had a reputation for having some unusual patent rules. There’s the aversion to business method patents, for one. There’s the unexamined utility design patents, for another

  • Unitary Patent and UPC: A progress report (May 2017)

    May 30, 2017

    UK government intends to honour ratification promise if re-elected in June; Business associations call on the UK and other EU member states to launch the system as soon as possible; UPC IT system improved; and latest UPC news on managingip.com include procedural issues and choice of representative

  • Court clarifies scope of design protection in Russia

    May 29, 2017

    Yuri Pylnev reviews a recent case in Russia that addressed the concepts of public interest and the single creative concept in design law

  • TC Heartland – initial reaction to “most significant patent law decision since Alice”

    May 26, 2017

    Filing in the Eastern District of Texas has ground to a halt, one judge has already factored it into an order and IP observers have been busy on social media debating its "seismic" impact – Managing IP collates the best reaction to the Supreme Court’s TC Heartland v Kraft ruling on patent venue

  • When client-adviser relationships go sour ...

    May 25, 2017

    The second part of our IP STARS research, based on a survey of 1,200 in-house practitioners, looks at what causes relationships to go wrong

  • SCOTUS to rule on PTAB partial institution practice in SAS Institute v Lee

    May 24, 2017

    The US Supreme Court may be set to end the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s practice of instituting only some of the claims challenged in a petition and replace it with an “all or nothing” system, after granting cert in SAS Institute v Lee

  • The Top 250 Women in IP (2017)

    May 23, 2017

    Managing Intellectual Property IP STARS has published its annual list of the leading female IP practitioners in private practice

  • SCOTUS limits patent venue in Heartland ruling

    May 22, 2017

    Patent case filing will fall in the Eastern District of Texas following the Supreme Court’s ruling in TC Heartland v Kraft that residence of domestic corporations in §1400(b) refers only to the state of incorporation of the alleged infringer – the most important US patent decision since Alice

  • The Unitary Patent and UPC demystified (sponsored article)

    May 19, 2017

    The Unitary Patent is the biggest development in European patent law in 40 years. Justin Simpson of RWS inovia answers common questions about it

  • Hedge-fund-backed AVM “shot for the moon and missed” against Intel

    May 18, 2017

    A Delaware judge has denied AVM’s $2 billion patent infringement claim against Intel. But WilmerHale’s Bill Lee tells Managing IP Lee he expects more litigation funder-driven patent suits

  • Questions remain over UPC case management system

    May 18, 2017

    Patent practitioners will soon be using the UPC case management system. Despite two years of investment in building it, there are lots of questions about how it will work

  • Women in IP interview: Daralyn Durie

    May 17, 2017

    Durie Tangri co-founder Daralyn Durie is one of Silicon Valley’s most prominent patent trial lawyers. She talks to Natalie Rahhal about her career path and the unique challenges for a woman litigator

  • AIPLA releases Section 101 legislative proposal

    May 17, 2017

    The American Intellectual Property Law Association has revealed its long-awaited proposed amendment for subject matter eligibility. It follows similar proposals from IPO and ABA

  • ANDA patent litigation fell 32.5% in 2016

    May 11, 2017

    A report from Lex Machina reveals Hatch-Waxman/ANDA case filing dropped last year. It also ranks the busiest pharmaceutical companies and law firms for ANDA litigation

  • The Defend Trade Secrets Act: a year later

    May 11, 2017

    The Defend Trade Secrets Act has been in effect for a year, with more than 300 complaints filed in that time. James Pooley looks back on how the law has performed and analyses which issues need to be clarified

  • Why the ITC is in vogue for pharma patent disputes

    May 09, 2017

    The number of pharma patent complaints at the International Trade Commission was up greatly last year. Natalie Rahhal analyses what is driving this and what benefits the ITC brings for pharmaceutical companies

  • Global trends in life science patent litigation

    May 05, 2017

    How do the outcomes of patents cases vary in different jurisdictions? Eric Sergheraert analyses the trends revealed in a study of decisions over 10 years

  • Hostile to foreign IP rights? The numbers tell a different story

    May 04, 2017

    Foreign IP owners should not be afraid of China. George Chan and Luna Lu explain why, using recent data

  • Utynam’s Heirs

    May 04, 2017

    Utynam was pleased to attend the 25th Annual Intellectual Property Law & Policy Conference at Fordham Law School in New York last month. Here are a few memorable moments

  • The “state of the art” in PAE litigation

    May 03, 2017

    A recent Intellectual Ventures lawsuit filed with a companion ITC complaint may be a sign of what is to come in patent assertion entity litigation, with one observer describing it as “a formidable new change”. The ITC has now instituted the investigation against car manufacturers and parts makers

  • PTAB round-up: April filing slumps to lowest level for a year

    May 03, 2017

    IPR filing so far in 2017 is up on last year, but CBM and PGR filing are both down. Michael Loney analyses Patent Trial and Appeal Board petition activity in April, and highlights a rare instance of the ITC taking notice of PTAB institution decisions

  • Federal Circuit issues important Helsinn on-sale bar ruling

    May 02, 2017

    In Helsinn v Teva, the Federal Circuit has ruled the America Invents Act did not change the meaning of “on sale” and the bar applies if the existence of the sale is public, even if the details of the invention are not publicly disclosed

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