Patents©2014 Managing Intellectual Property60PatentsWIPO 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 GMTInterview: Benoît Battistelli, EPO PresidentJames Nurton interviewed Benoît Battistelli following his speech at the IP Panel Lunch at the AIPPI Congress on September 16. This is the full transcript, 17 Sep 2014 03:35:00 GMTThree AIPPI draft resolutions agreedAIPPI Congress delegates have agreed three draft resolutions, with a fourth due be to be debated this morning. All will be voted on at the General Assembly taking place today, 17 Sep 2014 03:33:00 GMTLooking back … and forward at AIPPIThe Toronto Congress marks the end of an era for two of AIPPI’s long-serving volunteers. Secretary General Stephan Freischem of Germany will be standing down after eight years on the Bureau, while Reporter General Thierry Calame has served 13 years, 17 Sep 2014 03:32:00 GMTExpansion of privilege in India called forThe issue of protecting confidential client-IP advisor communications from forced disclosure on a global scale is complicated, 17 Sep 2014 03:31:00 GMTThe messy problem of IP licensing during insolvencyThe treatment of IP licence agreements during bankruptcy or insolvency proceedings throws up many complicated questions, 17 Sep 2014 03:28:00 GMTNew Zealand’s new patent law comes into effectNew Zealand’s new patent law gets rid of some outdated provisions, expand third party actions and addresses software patent issues, 16 Sep 2014 10:03:00 GMTInterview: AIPPI President John BochnovicThe 2014 Congress marks the end of John Bochnovic’s two-year term as AIPPI President. He tells James Nurton how the organization has developed in that time, and where it needs to go next, 16 Sep 2014 03:25:00 GMTHow to promote green technologiesIndustrialised countries should consider providing incentives to promote technology transfer with developing countries, according to a report published by AIPPI’s Standing Committee on “Intellectual Property and Green Technology”, 16 Sep 2014 03:22:00 GMTAIPPI's influence around the worldAIPPI Reporter General Thierry Calame updated attendees on AIPPI’s role in providing comments and filing amicus briefs in yesterday’s Executive Committee meeting, 16 Sep 2014 03:20:00 GMTMock arbitration shines light on designsAn arbitration tribunal consisting of Dan Bereskin, Richard Kreindler and Richard Tan unanimously found that a design patent for a glass with a double wall was not infringed, following a mock proceeding at the AIPPI Congress in Toronto, 16 Sep 2014 03:05:00 GMTMeet this year’s AIPPI Congress ChairPhilip Mendes da Costa of Bereskin & Parr is Chair of the Organising Committee of this year’s Congress. He talks planning, patents and portfolio management with James Nurton, 15 Sep 2014 03:25:00 GMTStandards and patents in spotlight at AIPPILast Thursday, the Court of Justice of the EU heard arguments in a case referred from Germany between Huawei and ZTE concerning standard-essential patents and FRAND. It is the first time the Court has been asked to rule on this complex area of law, 15 Sep 2014 03:16:00 GMTEuropean Patent Reform Forum 2014: the highlightsManaging IP hosted two forums on the Unitary Patent and UPC this week, in Paris and Munich. Here are some of the key takeaways, 12 Sep 2014 13:13:00 GMTNew partner for Taylor Wessing in ParisCatherine Muyl is now a partner in the patents practice of Taylor Wessing, 12 Sep 2014 11:31:00 GMTGide hires former French judge Alan Carre-Pierrat has become senior counsel at Gide in Paris, 12 Sep 2014 11:26:00 GMTAustralia’s Full Federal Court rules on Myriad patentIn a decision that directly addresses the US Supreme Court’s Myriad decision last year, Australia’s Full Federal Court held that Myriad’s patent for an isolated gene is patentable, 12 Sep 2014 10:50:00 GMTGevers merges with OrèsIP firms Gevers, headquartered in Belgium, and Paris-based Orès, have combined their French IP practices, 10 Sep 2014 14:04:00 GMT