Patents©2014 Managing Intellectual Property60PatentsCJEU clarifies law on stem cells and patentsEurope’s highest court has clarified the law on the patenting of stem cells, confirming that an organism that cannot develop into a human being does not constitute a human embryo, 18 Dec 2014 11:14:00 GMTAustralia seeks public submissions on proposed IP amendmentsIP Australia is seeking comments on the implementation of proposed changes that will bring the New Zealand and Australia patent regimes closer together, 18 Dec 2014 10:04:00 GMTKilpatrick urges USPTO to release SAWS programme statistics Kilpatrick Townsend wants the USPTO to release more information about its secretive Sensitive Application Warning System programme, lawyers from the firm tell Managing IP, 17 Dec 2014 14:36:00 GMTGoodwin Procter hires litigator in San Francisco Brett Schuman has joined Goodwin Procter as a partner in its IP litigation group in San Francisco, 16 Dec 2014 23:10:00 GMTGowlings adds a partner to Waterloo officeCanadian law firm Gowlings has hired Neil Henderson as partner in the intellectual property group in its Waterloo Region office, 16 Dec 2014 23:09:00 GMTIn-house counsel on the need for more patent reformIn-house lawyers disagreed last week about the need for more reform of patent laws to tackle litigation from so-called patent trolls, 15 Dec 2014 18:01:00 GMTIndia’s Supreme Court declines to hear compulsory licence appealIndia’s first compulsory licence has survived its latest and likely final court challenge, 15 Dec 2014 06:29:00 GMTBig win for brand-name pharma companies in PTAB final decisionIn a PTAB decision that brand-name pharmaceutical companies will celebrate, generic drug company Amneal has failed in its attempt to have three patents owned by Galderma cancelled – the first final written decision to involve an Orange Book-listed patent, 13 Dec 2014 01:29:00 GMTWhat motivates universities in tech transfer deals?As companies and policy makers increasingly tout the importance of technology transfer and cooperation between industry and academia, one university technology transfer officer reminds would-be partners to be mindful of some of the unique considerations of universities, 12 Dec 2014 10:46:00 GMTIndia court hands down another SEP-based injunctionEricsson has secured another injunction in the Delhi High Court based on its standards essential patents, 12 Dec 2014 06:57:00 GMTLG and Apple have a busy day at the PTABElectronics companies LG and Apple went on the offensive at the PTAB on December 10, filing 22 IPR petitions between them, 11 Dec 2014 16:58:00 GMTEFF’s Defensive Patent License launches with 23 patents The Electronic Frontier Foundation has officially launched its alternative licensing scheme, which it hopes will allow patent owners and developers to benefit from openly sharing their portfolios, 11 Dec 2014 16:56:00 GMTSandoz decision will encourage biosimilar PTAB proceedingsThe Federal Circuit’s decision in Sandoz v Amgen will lead to biosimilar companies looking to use PTAB proceedings more to invalidate drug patents, because it is now harder for them to bring district court actions before filing biosimilar applications, 10 Dec 2014 22:04:00 GMTAlice six months on: Patent prosecution caught in two mindsWith new USPTO guidance on Alice v CLS impending, companies applying for patents have been caught between waiting to file to take the guidance into account and making sure they are first to file. Alan Wright assesses how prosecution has been affected since Alice, 10 Dec 2014 18:18:00 GMTLee will not be confirmed before next CongressMichelle Lee provided details on the USPTO’s guidance on eligible subject matter in light of Alice at a Senate confirmation hearing, but Senator Grassley indicated that members of the next Congress should be given the chance to ask questions before she can be confirmed, 10 Dec 2014 17:08:00 GMTIs the EPO in crisis?The EPO’s Administrative Council meets in Munich this week against a backdrop of strikes, protests and public letters criticising the Office, 09 Dec 2014 17:42:00 GMTBiosimilars – Blood on the patent dance floor With the Federal Circuit last week issuing an important decision involving biosimilars in Sandoz v Amgen, Marion Webb reports on the issues at play in the coming patent war between biosimilar and innovative companies, 09 Dec 2014 17:33:00 GMTChinese companies may not have home-court advantageA new report suggests that foreign plaintiffs in IP cases are winning at higher rates in Chinese courts than Chinese rights holders, notwithstanding long-standing concerns about bias in favour of domestic enterprises, 09 Dec 2014 10:14:00 GMTJones Day hires IP partner in JapanShogo Asaji has joined Jones Day’s Tokyo office as a partner, 09 Dec 2014 03:12:00 GMTPTAB petitions down in November, but third PGR filedThe number of petitions for inter partes review and covered business method review at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board both fell in November compared with October, but the third petition for post-grant review was filed by a cattle breeders association, 08 Dec 2014 16:29:00 GMTUSPTO responds to reports of secret programme to delay approvalsThe USPTO has responded to accusations that it uses the Sensitive Application Warning System programme to delay controversial patents. The Office denies the programme is designed to stall applications and notes it is only used for “a relatively small number” of them, 05 Dec 2014 22:46:00 GMTDon’t be afraid of bifurcationMany patent specialists fear the prospect of bifurcation of cases in the Unified Patent Court. But Gottfried Schüll and Arwed Burrichter argue that the German-style system should be embraced, 05 Dec 2014 15:58:00 GMTSony’s Toshimoto Mitomo: IP monetisation as marketing - interviewToshimoto Mitomo, executive vice president for intellectual property for Sony America, says that the main goal of building an IP portfolio isn’t monetisation and gives his thoughts on the America Invents Act, 05 Dec 2014 11:47:00 GMTUlmer & Berne hires patent attorney in ClevelandJohn Garred has joined Ulmer & Berne in its intellectual property and technology practice, which has added seven new members since January this year, 04 Dec 2014 16:33:00 GMTNovak Druce adds three litigators in CaliforniaNovak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg has hired three IP litigators in its Northern California offices, 04 Dec 2014 16:32:00 GMTUK clarifies Patent Box changesThe UK government has clarified that it will begin work next year to change the rules on its Patent Box regime, after it submitted a joint proposal with Germany to the OECD-G20 members at the Forum on Harmful Tax Practices last month, 03 Dec 2014 12:20:00 GMTPTAB appeals at Federal Circuit to test boundaries of institutionThe Federal Circuit this week will hear the second appeal of a PTAB decision. Patent owners and petitioners are anxious to see how the court will shape issues such as what parts of institution decisions can be appealed and what the correct claims construction standard should be, 03 Dec 2014 01:29:00 GMTShook Hardy & Bacon adds two from Microsoft Shook Hardy & Bacon has added partners Bill Harmon and John Mulgrew to its Seattle office, 03 Dec 2014 01:27:00 GMTInjunctions and discretion raised at UPC Rules hearing The Rules of Procedure for the Unified Patent Court are likely to be modified further following a public hearing attended by many industry and professional groups, as well as judges and academics, 27 Nov 2014 14:05:00 GMTWhat China’s new IP courts will look like These flow charts, courtesy of Rouse, provide a helpful summary of the jurisdictional boundaries of China’s new IP courts, 27 Nov 2014 11:13:00 GMT