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  • New Zealand joins global patent prosecution highway

    August 30, 2017

    The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) became a participant patent office in the global patent prosecution highway (GPPH) on July 6. IP practitioners in New Zealand point out that the GPPH provides an accelerated option, but not acceptance of a patent. They also stress that use of the GPPH may not result in the broadest possible claims as claims need to sufficiently correspond to those found allowable

  • Patent Q&A sponsored by Wanhuida – Peksung

    August 29, 2017

  • Patent Q&A sponsored by Wanhuida – Peksung

    August 29, 2017

  • Trump nominates Irell & Manella’s Iancu for USPTO director

    August 29, 2017

    Andrei Iancu will succeed Michelle Lee as USPTO director if the US Senate confirms his nomination. He is a managing partner of Irell & Manella in Los Angeles

  • India releases new guidelines for examination of computer-related inventions

    August 24, 2017

    India has a new set of guidelines for examination of computer-related inventions that are more favourable to patentees. But Indian IP practitioners see ambiguities that may lead to unsuitable patents being granted

  • CJEU judgment reshuffles litigation costs in Belgium

    August 24, 2017

    The recent CJEU judgment and subsequent national interpretation in Rovi Guides v Telenet will have a significant impact on the predictability of legal costs and should be taken into account when setting up an IP litigation strategy in Belgium, as Steven Sarlet and Ben Brigou explain

  • Singapore proposes changes to patents regime

    August 24, 2017

    Practitioners have welcomed Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) amendments to the patent regime to spur innovation and improve the quality of patents granted

  • How UK IP firms hope to survive Brexit

    August 24, 2017

    The UK’s departure from the EU threatens to disrupt IP practice in the country – and patent and trade mark firms are already taking steps to mitigate the potential damage. James Nurton reports

  • Brexit: the top five legislative challenges

    August 24, 2017

    Brexit affects IP in many ways. James Nurton and Kingsley Egbuonu identify five areas where urgent action is needed to provide clarity and ensure a smooth transition

  • Patents and secrets in the chemical industry

    August 24, 2017

    Deciding whether to keep proprietary information secret or apply for a patent is a key commercial decision. Leythem Wall and Katherine Banks weigh up the options, focusing on inventions in the chemical industry

  • Utynam’s Heirs

    August 24, 2017

    Every week our Americas editor Michael Loney rounds up some of the interesting, amusing and simply weird IP stories from news reports and blogs. Utynam picks out a few recent highlights

  • Trump pushes investigation into China IP: what’s next?

    August 21, 2017

    President Trump has authorised an inquiry into China’s alleged theft of the intellectual property of US companies. While some believe this to be Trump’s way of forcing China to increase pressure against North Korea to stop developing nuclear weapons, others think Trump’s concern about how "IP theft" is affecting US businesses is genuine

  • “Rare” Federal Circuit decision signals hope post-Alice

    August 21, 2017

    The Federal Circuit in its August 15 opinion in Visual Memory, LLC v NVIDIA Corp upheld patent claims directed to a computer memory system as patent eligible under the Supreme Court test set out in Alice v CLS Bank - a departure from its tendency to strike down such patents in recent years

  • UK and the UPC system: the state of play

    August 21, 2017

    The UK has made remarkable progress towards ratifying the UPC Agreement but there will be difficult negotiations to remain in the UPC and unitary patent system post-Brexit. In the first of a two-part article, Kingsley Egbuonu spoke to Alan Johnson of Bristows about UK’s preparations, post-Brexit participation and the impact of being outside the system

  • Validiity of essential patent for white LED confirmed

    August 16, 2017

    Takanori Abe reviews the litigation in Germany over Nichia's patent for a white LED

  • Sprint win has lessons for “serial litigators" and damages trends

    August 16, 2017

    A Nebraska court’s August 8 decision to relieve Sprint of a $32 million damages award it had ordered Sprint to pay Prism Technologies in 2015 should be a warning to so-called serial plaintiffs, Sprint attorney Carter Phillips of Sidley Austin told Managing IP

  • The latest Americas IP people moves

    August 14, 2017

    Managing IP’s regular update of people moves includes hires by Orrick, Mintz Levin, Merchant & Gould, Foley & Lardner, BakerHostetler and King & Spalding, as well as Erich Spangenberg leaving Marathon and a new INTA chief representative officer for Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Canada publishes proposed amendments to Patent Rules

    August 10, 2017

    The Canadian government has published proposed amendments to the Canadian Patent Rules for public consultation

  • July PTAB data and analysis: Filing falls, motion to amend granted on remand, Federal Circuit reverses amendment, sovereign immunity applied for third time

    August 09, 2017

    139 Patent Trial and Appeal Board petitions were filed in July. The month also included the Board granting a motion to amend on remand, the Federal Circuit vacating a granted motion to amend, and sovereign immunity as a defence to an IPR being applied for the third time

  • PTAB designates Athena Automation assignor estoppel decision as precedential

    August 09, 2017

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s October 2013 decision determining that the doctrine of assignor estoppel is not an exception to Section 311(a) is the ninth to be deemed precedential

  • Judge Koh rules Samsung did not waive article of manufacture issue in Apple design patent fight

    August 01, 2017

    The Northern District of California has ruled that the article of manufacture issue has not been waived in Samsung’s bid for a retrial of its design patents dispute with Apple. But Judge Koh deferred consideration of whether a new trial is necessary until further briefing

  • IP STARS Patent Handbook (2017) is now available

    August 01, 2017

    This year’s publication is the 21st edition of Managing Intellectual Property’s legal directory, and the biggest yet published

  • PTAB first-half data: Comcast tops petitioner ranking, Rovi most targeted patent owner

    August 01, 2017

    Comcast taking its dispute with Rovi to the PTAB made them the top petitioner and patent owner at the PTAB in the first half of 2017. Apple and Samsung have fallen down the petitioner rankings while Fish & Richardson, Sterne Kessler and Finnegan dropped in the law firm rankings, with Banner Witcoff, Baker Botts and Ropes & Gray making strides

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