Patents©2014 Managing Intellectual Property60PatentsAnalysis: Software patent lawsuits plummet after Alice The number of software patent lawsuits filed was down 42% in the period from July 1 to October 31 compared with the same period in 2013. This contrasts with a 28% drop in all patent lawsuits during that period, 26 Nov 2014 09:24:00 GMTInterview: the view from France Brevets In an interview with Managing IP, Pascal Asselot of France Brevets discusses trends in US patent litigation, responds to critics of its business model, and defends the role that governments can play in helping companies monetise IP rights. By James Nurton, 25 Nov 2014 17:27:00 GMTPTAB gives guidance on motions to amend The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has provided additional guidance on the requirements for motions to amend and allowed substitute claims to be placed in an appendix, in a move that may make it easier for patent owners to amend claims in inter partes review or covered business method review, 24 Nov 2014 23:55:00 GMTSteptoe hires partner from Fitzpatrick in New York Patent litigator Vishal Gupta has joined Steptoe & Johnson’s New York office as a partner, 24 Nov 2014 15:55:00 GMTFederal Circuit reverses another denial of a stay pending CBM reviewThe Federal Circuit has overturned a Delaware district court denial of a stay pending a covered business method review at the PTAB. The Versata Software v Callidus Software decision is the second reversal of a district court denial of a stay pending a CBM review, 21 Nov 2014 22:01:00 GMTRevealed: the defendants winning from patent litigation dropManaging IP conducted in-depth data analysis to look beyond the headline figures to assess which defendants are benefiting from the recent decline in patent litigation and also which law firms are up and down, 21 Nov 2014 10:35:00 GMTSouth African firm expands to NamibiaVon Seidels has established an associated firm, Roland Intellectual Property Consultants, in Windhoek, Namibia, 21 Nov 2014 10:34:00 GMTRockstar and Google settle patent disputeGoogle and Rockstar – the consortium owned by Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft and Sony – have reached an agreement to settle all matters in their high-profile patent dispute, 21 Nov 2014 06:09:00 GMTDigging deeper into NPE patent litigation trendsIt is clear that patent litigation has fallen recently. Managing IP conducted in-depth data analysis to look beyond the headline figures to assess how non-practicing entities are being affected, and which companies have reduced their activity the most, 20 Nov 2014 17:00:00 GMTCJEU AG opinion sets high bar for SEP ownersAn owner of a standard-essential patent (SEP) who has committed to license on FRAND terms abuses its dominant position by seeking an injunction when the alleged infringer is willing to take a licence, 20 Nov 2014 12:06:00 GMTIndia court sets FRAND ratesThe Delhi High Court has ordered Indian handset manufacturer Micromax to pay royalties to Ericsson in the run-up to India’s first FRAND dispute, 20 Nov 2014 11:48:00 GMTQuarles & Brady hires partner in DC Jay Coulby has joined Quarles & Brady’s Washington, DC office as a partner in the intellectual property practice group, 19 Nov 2014 22:45:00 GMTFederal Circuit sends strong signal in Ultramercial decision The claims in the patent at issue in the closely-watched Ultramercial v Hulu case have been invalidated by the Federal Circuit in light of Alice v CLS Bank, after what it describes as an “up and down journey”, 19 Nov 2014 22:33:00 GMTUnitary Patent and UPC clear another hurdleAdvocate General Yves Bot has argued strongly that Spain’s two challenges to the European Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court should be dismissed, 18 Nov 2014 15:59:00 GMTWhere will the UPC be based?Following recent announcements, we have updated our map showing the locations of the UPC courts and divisions, 14 Nov 2014 13:42:00 GMTAustralian court looks to Alice Practitioners say that this week's Full Federal Court decision in Research Affiliates draws on logic from the US Supreme Court's decision in Alice as well as from the EPO, 14 Nov 2014 12:14:00 GMTWhat do the Patent Box changes mean for business? Earlier this week the UK and Germany agreed to propose to the OECD’s Forum on Harmful Tax Practices that countries limit the scope of schemes that offer tax breaks for patent-related profits. Here’s what happens next, 14 Nov 2014 11:57:00 GMTFinnegan’s Kara Stoll nominated to Federal Circuit President Barack Obama has nominated Kara Stoll to serve on the Federal Circuit – taking the spot vacated by Randall Rader – and Judge Luis Restrepo to serve on the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 13 Nov 2014 15:32:00 GMTKappos defines the “age of IP”IP rights are the only “bulwark” against “the great global labour arbitrage” said former USPTO Director and head of IP at IBM David Kappos, in a speech on the IP Age last week, 13 Nov 2014 11:44:00 GMTArrivalStar files its first four lawsuits of 2014The third-biggest NPE lawsuit filer of 2013 has returned to filing litigation, with four lawsuits claiming infringement of patents covering vehicle monitoring, reporting and notification systems, 12 Nov 2014 22:08:00 GMTRPX launches patent insurance for small companiesRPX has announced insurance for emerging growth companies designed to reduce the risks and costs created by patent infringement lawsuits filed by non-practicing entities, 12 Nov 2014 22:06:00 GMTSidley Austin hires Baik from Reed SmithSteven Baik has joined Sidley Austin as a partner in Palo Alto as a member of the intellectual property litigation practice, 12 Nov 2014 22:03:00 GMTBakerHostetler adds patent litigator in DCJason Hoffman has joined BakerHostetler as partner in the Washington, DC office, 12 Nov 2014 22:02:00 GMTK&L Gates adds partners in Seattle and New YorkK&L Gates has added intellectual property litigation partners Michael Freno and Peter Giunta to its Seattle and New York offices, respectively, 12 Nov 2014 22:01:00 GMTBT infringes two ADSL patents – Court of AppealCalifornian company Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment (ASSIA) has won a patent battle against UK telecoms provider BT, 12 Nov 2014 15:13:00 GMTPatent box regimes set for reform after UK-Germany dealThe scope of the UK Patent Box regime is to be restricted after Germany and the UK agreed to reduce the competitive advantages the scheme provides. The restrictions are likely to be extended to other European IP tax regimes, 12 Nov 2014 10:41:00 GMT“Embrace IPRs”, says IP Nav’s Erich SpangenbergErich Spangenberg, owner and founder of IP Navigation Group, said patent owners should not complain about inter partes reviews and that he hoped people do file them, on a panel at the IP Dealmakers Forum in New York on November 6, 11 Nov 2014 16:45:00 GMTLitigation drop may bring new ideas into patent reform debateThe drop in US patent litigation in the past few months will not halt effort to pass patent reform, but it may influence some of its provisions, 11 Nov 2014 16:43:00 GMTPatent licensing conversations slowing downThe patent licensing business is changing in a profound way, with companies less willing to take a licence without the threat of litigation and the US falling behind European jurisdictions, said licensing executives on a panel at the IP Dealmakers Forum in New York, 11 Nov 2014 16:37:00 GMTDuane Morris adds IP partner in ChicagoDuane Morris has appointed Andrea Augustine as a partner in Chicago, joining from AlbertDhand, 11 Nov 2014 01:58:00 GMT