Patents©2014 Managing Intellectual Property60Patents3D printing must avoid the music industry’s IP mistakesThe rise of 3D printing has meant the every conceivable product is in danger of having its IP infringed upon. But some interesting approaches to tackle this are already emerging, such as a partnership between the 3D printing company Shapeways and toy and game maker Hasbro, 30 Sep 2014 20:04:00 GMTJudge notes Alice’s unintended consequence in video game case The Central District of California has invalidated non-business-method claims on two video game-related patents, with the judge citing the Alice v CLS Bank decision and noting the dangers of claiming the novel portions of an invention too broadly, 30 Sep 2014 16:19:00 GMTVringo and ZTE in pre-litigation rowChinese telecoms company ZTE and US company Vringo have engaged in a public spat ahead of the latest round of their standards-essential patent litigation due to start in the UK High Court next month, 29 Sep 2014 12:29:00 GMTPTAB designates seven IPR decisions as “informative”The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has designated seven of its decisions rendered in inter partes review (IPR) proceedings as “informative”, 26 Sep 2014 22:37:00 GMTPTAB issues “surprising” joinder orderThe Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has issued an expanded panel order in which it denied joinder under the 315(c) statute, in Target v Destination Maternity, 26 Sep 2014 16:15:00 GMTUSPTO and KIPO expand cooperative patent classification systemThe USPTO and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) have announced an expansion of cooperation in classification activities between the two offices, with the USPTO urging IP5 offices follow KIPO’s lead and increase IP protection, 25 Sep 2014 21:04:00 GMTThe Unitary Patent is a “wonderful tool” - Jean-Jacques Canonici, P&GJean-Jacques Canonici of Procter & Gamble urged patent owners to try the new Unitary Patent system, in an interview with Managing IP, 25 Sep 2014 17:33:00 GMTStrategies for speedy ends to patent litigationIt is often in the best interest of those involved in IP litigation proceedings to resolve the dispute early, argued several participants in a web seminar entitled Successful Early Resolution Strategies for IP Disputes, held by Managing IP in association with the law firm of McAndrews Held & Malloy, 25 Sep 2014 07:45:00 GMTInterview: Colin Lamond, Nissan, on the costs of the Unitary PatentThe costs of the proposed EU Unitary Patent are among the big concerns for patent applicants, according to Colin Lamond of Nissan Technical Europe, 24 Sep 2014 17:26:00 GMTIndian stakeholders warn Prime Minister about being "hostage" to US pressureAhead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the United States, a group of organisations and individuals say that India should not revise its IP laws to appease the US government, 24 Sep 2014 12:19:00 GMTMiller Canfield adds Shanghai IP partnerKening Li has joined Miller Canfield’s Shanghai office, where he will head the firm’s China IP team, 24 Sep 2014 04:13:00 GMTCBS loses against NPE in Eastern District of TexasNon-practicing entity Personal Audio has won a case in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against CBS for podcasting and use of “episodic content” that the former said infringed its patent, 23 Sep 2014 21:00:00 GMTPar Pharmaceuticals agrees $100m patent settlement Par Pharmaceuticals has agreed to pay $100 million to a unit of Salix Pharmaceuticals and the University of Missouri to settle a lawsuit alleging it had infringed two patents related to the heartburn drug Zegerid, 23 Sep 2014 20:43:00 GMTRackspace claims victory over “troll” at PTAB, promises moreRackspace is celebrating victory at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) against Rotatable Technologies after a patent covering screen rotation was declared invalid. An analysis of Rackspace’s other litigation shows it's far from done taking on those it sees as patent trolls, 23 Sep 2014 20:04:00 GMTInterview: Jochen Meyer, Vodafone, on hopes and fears in the UPCThe head of IP at Vodafone Germany has spoken about the fear that the UPC will be “imbalanced” between plaintiffs and defendants, 23 Sep 2014 17:15:00 GMTPTAB confirms vice-chief judge and board executive appointmentsThe Patent Trial and Appeal Board has appointed Scott Boalick to the position of vice-chief administrative patent judge and Adam Ramsey to the position of board executive, 22 Sep 2014 20:26:00 GMTInterview: Clemens Heusch of Nokia on judges at the UPCThe most important issue for the planned Unified Patent Court is the quality of the judges, Clemens Heusch of Nokia told Managing IP in a recent interview, 22 Sep 2014 15:01:00 GMTWIPO launches multilingual databaseThe World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has launched a new database that makes publicly available a trove of technical and scientific terminology, 19 Sep 2014 22:53:00 GMTVermont AG confident as MPHJ tries to block caseThe Attorney General of Vermont is confident that his office will prevail in a lawsuit filed by accused patent troll MPHF Technology Investments against his office. Meanwhile, MPHJ's lawsuit against the FTC has been dismissed, 18 Sep 2014 20:56:00 GMTFederal Circuit overturns $368m damage award in Apple caseThe Federal Circuit has overturned an Eastern District of Texas ruling that ordered Apple to pay software development and licensing company VirnetX $368.16 million for infringing four patents through its FaceTime and VPN On Demand products, 18 Sep 2014 20:15:00 GMTNY AG sues Actavis over Alzheimer’s drug New York's attorney general has launched an antitrust lawsuit against Actavis, accusing it of illegally trying to switch customers from a drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease, the patent on which expires soon, to a new drug in order to avoid competition from generic firms, 18 Sep 2014 18:01:00 GMTTrade secrets bill clears House Judiciary CommitteeThe House Judiciary Committee has approved HR 5233, the Trade Secrets Protection Act, by voice vote, 18 Sep 2014 17:59:00 GMTUSPTO extends PTAB comment period; Myriad revision out next monthThe USPTO has extended the comment period on trial proceedings Under the America Invents Act before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), 18 Sep 2014 17:58:00 GMTThree patent attorneys join Finnegan LondonFinnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner is stepping up its assault on the UK IP market after hiring three patent attorneys as partners, 18 Sep 2014 12:57:00 GMTNokia's Richard Vary on the UPC, competitiveness and NPEsLast week Richard Vary, global head of litigation at Nokia, spoke at Managing IP’s European Patent Reform Forum in Paris. Here he tells us the likely impact of the Unified Patent Court on global competitiveness, patent trolls and litigation strategies, 18 Sep 2014 10:38:00 GMTEPO’s Battistelli emphasises qualityThe European Patent Office will not raise official fees above inflation for the next four years, President Benoît Battistelli said yesterday. Interviewed after addressing yesterday’s AIPPI IP Panel Lunch, he also promised “we will find a solution” to the controversial question of the level of renewal fees for the proposed Unitary Patent, 17 Sep 2014 03:43:00 GMTThe rules of the pharma gameIt is fast-paced, frantic and the stakes are high. The rules are complicated, and sometimes unseemly fights break out between the participants. It’s also become a national sport in Canada, 17 Sep 2014 03:40:00 GMTAIPPI files intervention in Supreme Court of Canada caseAIPPI yesterday filed an intervention before the Supreme Court of Canada in the dispute between Apotex and Sanofi-Aventis concerning the drug Plavix. The case concerns the utility requirement in Canadian patent law, 17 Sep 2014 03:39:00 GMTJudge Gilmore interview: perspectives of a judicial divaJudge Vanessa Gilmore of the Southern District of Texas has been enjoying the chance to gain an international view during her time at the AIPPI Congress. She notes that IP cases require a particular knowledge compared with other cases, 17 Sep 2014 03:38:00 GMTLeading AIPPI through a time of changeFelipe Claro, partner at Chile law firm Claro & Cia, will be taking over as AIPPI president for the next two years. He has ambitious goals for his tenure, including streamlining the association to be more responsive to members, as he tells Michael Loney, 17 Sep 2014 03:36:00 GMT