Patents©2014 Managing Intellectual Property60PatentsFederal Court invalidates Bingo patents, citing AliceOn August 26 the Federal Circuit invalidated two patents in a ruling that continues a crackdown on patents the courts find to be too broad in their scope, 28 Aug 2014 00:38:00 GMTApple loses bid for injunction against SamsungA motion by Apple for a permanent injunction against Samsung has been rejected by a US district court judge, 27 Aug 2014 23:46:00 GMTConcurring opinion in I/P Engine v AOL confuses A concurring opinion in the Federal Circuit verdict in I/P Engine v AOL that analyses Section 101 in light of Alice v CLS Bank has prompted questions from some IP lawyers, 27 Aug 2014 19:20:00 GMTUSPTO telework allegations blasted by former officialsAlarming allegations of abuse of the USPTO's telework programme by employees have met with fierce blowback from former USPTO officials, while the Office is taking steps to improve its effectiveness and efficiency, 27 Aug 2014 16:49:00 GMTFederal Circuit vacates denial of attorney fees in Icon v OctaneFollowing the Supreme Court outlining a new test for shifting fees in the case in April, the Federal Circuit has vacated the district court’s denial of attorney fees in Icon Health & Fitness v Octane Fitness and remanded for further consideration, 26 Aug 2014 16:55:00 GMTRouse hires Thai patent litigators Jade Donavanik and Manothai Pramoj Na Ayuthaya have joined Rouse’s Bangkok office as senior managers, 26 Aug 2014 12:19:00 GMTGeneDx files 11 IPR petitions against Myriad patentsGenetic testing company GeneDx has turned to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to try and invalidate 11 of Myriad Genetics patents, in a move that underlines the increasing popularity of inter partes review proceedings with the pharmaceutical industry, 23 Aug 2014 00:31:00 GMTFirst PGR petition filed at the PTABThe first post-grant review (PGR) petition has been filed with the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) by LaRose Industries and Toys “R” Us-Delaware, 21 Aug 2014 17:47:00 GMTBlackBerry combines patents into new unit BlackBerry has named Sandeep Chennakeshu to lead a new business unit to be called BlackBerry Technology Solutions, which will include the firm’s portfolio of 44,000 patents, 21 Aug 2014 17:44:00 GMTIntellectual Ventures cuts staff by 19%Intellectual Ventures has announced it will reduce its staff by 19%, its second reduction this year, 21 Aug 2014 17:43:00 GMTHow to handle India’s patent working requirementsThe working requirement in the Indian Patents Act is one of several provisions unique to the jurisdiction that raise concerns about patent holders. Mohan Dewan explains the reasoning behind the requirement and how to navigate its intricacies, 19 Aug 2014 09:56:00 GMTWithers & Rogers opens in MunichUK patent and trade mark firm Withers & Rogers has opened an office in Munich, Germany, 18 Aug 2014 13:45:00 GMTINTERVIEW: Tony Piotrowski of MPEG LATony Piotrowski, general counsel for MPEG LA, explains how modern patent pools work, how patent pools help set FRAND rates and what cities need to do to become IP hubs, 18 Aug 2014 07:53:00 GMTThe innumerable lives of a patent in ItalyA recent rule change in Italy enables patents to be modified at any stage during litigation. Licia Garotti explains why it has been criticised, and sets out some strategies for patent owners, 14 Aug 2014 12:09:00 GMTInterview: Brian Hinman, chief IP officer, Royal PhilipsBrian Hinman, chief IP officer with Philips, speaks with Managing IP about the developments in the IP monetisation market that have caught his eye, why he expects there to be more FRAND disputes in the future and what sort of patent reform is needed in the United States, 14 Aug 2014 10:48:00 GMTNovak Druce adds four litigatorsNovak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg has hired four partners: William Sloan Coats in Silicon Valley, James Glenn and John Weatherspoon in Houston, and Chris Holm in Los Angeles, 13 Aug 2014 20:37:00 GMTPTAB proceedings catching on with pharma industry Patent Trial and Appeal Board proceedings are increasingly popular among pharma firms, in particular among generics eager to find a new way to invalidate big pharma’s patents. Marion Webb reports, 13 Aug 2014 19:10:00 GMTVringo suffers setback against ZTE in India tussleThe Delhi High Court has vacated an injunction secured by Vringo against Chinese telecommunications company ZTE, 13 Aug 2014 11:51:00 GMTCPA Global acquires Landon IPAlexandria, Virginia-based Landon IP, which provides patent search, information and analytics services, has been acquired by CPA Global, 12 Aug 2014 11:46:00 GMTPreu Bohlig expands in MunichAlexander Harguth has joined Preu Bohlig & Partner in Munich, 12 Aug 2014 11:39:00 GMTSpeakers line up for Women’s Leadership Forum in Silicon ValleyIn-house counsel from eBay, Twitter, Facebook, Nokia, Google and CBS will among the speakers at Managing IP’s second International Women’s Leadership Forum in San Jose in December, 12 Aug 2014 09:49:00 GMTChina to revise trade secrets lawA first draft of a revision to China’s trade secret law will be submitted to the State Administration for Industry and Commerce at the end of the month, 08 Aug 2014 08:52:00 GMTThe effect of Apple and Samsung's Asia-Pacific battlesApple and Samsung's worldwide patent disputes raised a number of novel legal and procedural issues across the Asia-Pacific region, 08 Aug 2014 02:46:00 GMTThe case for trade secrets reform in the US If a US company discovers an employee has downloaded its trade secrets onto a thumb drive and is speeding towards the airport to board a plane to China to sell them, the options to stop him are slim to none. Efforts are underway in Congress to change this, with the introduction of trade secrets legislation in both houses, 06 Aug 2014 20:33:00 GMTApple and Samsung drop non-US patent litigationThe global patent battle between Apple and Samsung has elicited tens of thousands of news stories around the world. Their decision to end the litigation everywhere outside the US was revealed in a two-line statement today, 06 Aug 2014 10:54:00 GMTCase study: How one Chinese hospital encourages innovationDr Jie Wang of the Jiangsu Provincial Hospital explains how the hospital motivates its doctors to pursue innovations with strong commercial potential, 06 Aug 2014 08:52:00 GMTUSPTO outlines steps it has taken post-AliceThe USPTO has outlined the steps it is taking to implement the Alice v CLS Bank decision, including issuing preliminary instructions to examiners, withdrawing notice of allowances in some applications that have an abstract idea and asking for public feedback, 05 Aug 2014 15:22:00 GMTBallard Spahr makes San Diego hire from Duane Morris James Sze has joined Ballard Spahr as a partner in the firm’s San Diego office, 04 Aug 2014 18:41:00 GMTEx-Freshfields lawyers set up new firm in BarcelonaSergio Miralles and Elena Molina have set up an IP/IT boutique law firm in Barcelona called Intangibles, 04 Aug 2014 15:34:00 GMTMicrosoft sues Samsung for breaking IP agreement Microsoft has filed legal action against Samsung in the Southern District of New York for not complying with an IP cross-licensing agreement, 01 Aug 2014 23:12:00 GMT