Patents©2014 Managing Intellectual Property60PatentsLast-minute submissions push PTAB comments total to 37After 22 comments were submitted in the three days before the deadline for comments about Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings, the USPTO has received feedback from a total of 37 companies, organisations and individuals, 18 Oct 2014 19:50:00 GMTLee nomination as USPTO director confirmedPresident Barack Obama has announced his intention to nominate Michelle Lee as undersecretary of commerce for intellectual property and director of the USPTO. She had been performing the functions and duties of the USPTO director in her position of deputy director, 17 Oct 2014 01:01:00 GMTPatent Quality Initiative formed to file amicus briefs, petition for IPRs, educateBanking association and payments company The Clearing House has announced the formation of the Patent Quality Initiative (PQI), an advocacy organisation that will seek to promote strong patents and discourage the assertion of patents it believes are invalid, 15 Oct 2014 21:26:00 GMTFederal Circuit arguments in Myriad may worry biotech industryThe Federal Circuit's Myriad review could provide clarity about the scope of recent Supreme Court patent-eligibility decisions, but one pharma IP practitioner worries that “the biotech industry might feel storm-tossed after these oral arguments”, 15 Oct 2014 19:28:00 GMTManatt hires three-partner team in California Manatt Phelps & Phillips has added a three-partner group to its intellectual property practice from Dickstein Shapiro, 15 Oct 2014 14:34:00 GMTKramer Levin hires pharma patent litigator Christine Willgoos, a pharmaceutical and biotechnology patent litigator, has joined Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel as special counsel, 15 Oct 2014 14:33:00 GMTCarpmaels adds further patent litigatorsUK IP firm Carpmaels & Ransford has enhanced its recently launched litigation practice with the hire of Camilla Balleny from Pinsent Masons, 15 Oct 2014 09:00:00 GMTThey tried to make me go to PTAB…Should you ever say no, no, no when deciding whether to try invalidating a rival’s patent at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board? Michael Loney looks at the considerations involved, including the falling institution rate and uncertain chances of being granted a stay, 10 Oct 2014 16:22:00 GMTFederal Circuit orders Eastern District of Texas to stay Rockstar caseThe Federal Circuit has ordered the Eastern District of Texas to grant a stay in Rockstar’s dispute with Google over the Android operating system pending the outcome of an action in the Northern District of California, saying that denying a stay was “a clear abuse of discretion”, 10 Oct 2014 16:08:00 GMTBrown Rudnick hires two in New York from Winston & Strawn Peter Lambrianakos has joined Brown Rudnick as a partner and Bryan DeMatteo has joined as a senior associate in the intellectual property litigation group in the New York office, 09 Oct 2014 19:07:00 GMTHonigman hires partner in Michigan from Harness Dickey Matthew Szalach has joined the intellectual property department at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn as a partner, 09 Oct 2014 19:05:00 GMTInterview: Unified Patents targets more zones to protect against NPEsUnified Patents, a company that protects members against non-practicing entities (NPEs) in specific technology areas, is confident of further growth and will soon add additional technology areas, its CEO Kevin Jakel told Managing IP in an interview, 07 Oct 2014 17:38:00 GMTPTAB petition filing down in September, second PGR filedData Analysis: Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) petition filings broke the 2,000 barrier in September, which also saw the second ever post-grant review (PGR) petition. The figures for fiscal year 2014 were up greatly on previous years, 07 Oct 2014 05:10:00 GMTFederal Circuit schedules first IPR appeal argument The Federal Circuit will next month hear the oral argument for the first appeal of an inter partes review, In re Cuozzo Speed Technologies, 06 Oct 2014 15:45:00 GMTSingapore designated PCT international search authority Singapore and WIPO have entered into an agreement to designate the IP Office of Singapore (IPOS) a PCT international search authority, 06 Oct 2014 12:36:00 GMTWilmerHale adds IP partner in LondonAnthony Trenton has joined WilmerHale’s London office. He was formerly a partner of Dentons, 06 Oct 2014 11:59:00 GMTFormer IP High Court Chief Judge joins Yuasa and HaraToshiaki Iimura has joined Yuasa and Hara’s Tokyo office, 06 Oct 2014 03:50:00 GMTPatent licensing professionals still adjusting to PTAB proceedings IP licensing professionals have not yet caught up with how the advent of Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings is affecting their business, 02 Oct 2014 17:06:00 GMTAcacia subsidiary ordered to pay $1.4m attorneys’ feesThe District Court for Delaware has ordered a subsidiary of Acacia Research to pay attorneys’ fees of $1.396 million to NetApp, while issuing a smack down of “this sort of reckless and wasteful litigation”, 01 Oct 2014 23:44:00 GMTAnalysis: Is the PTAB a troll killer?The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has provided a useful way for those sued by patent trolls to fight back. It is not just the companies directly affected by litigation that are looking to kill patents, however, says Michael Loney, 01 Oct 2014 15:45:00 GMT3D 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 GMT