Patents©2014 Managing Intellectual Property60PatentsPTAB issues precedential decision in CBM review proceedingThe Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has issued the first decision designated as precedential in a covered business method patent review proceeding, in SecureBuy v CardinalCommerce Corporation, 31 Jul 2014 21:32:00 GMTHonigman adds partner in Michigan Anna Budde has joined Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn as a partner in the IP department, 31 Jul 2014 21:29:00 GMTNovak Druce opens Philadelphia office with new hire Alfred Zaher has joined Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg from Blank Rome to lead the IP firm’s expansion into the Philadelphia market, 31 Jul 2014 16:18:00 GMTKWM SJ Berwin hires patent litigator in LondonCampbell Forsyth has joined King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin as a partner, 31 Jul 2014 15:53:00 GMTChange to Korea’s patent law helps international filersAn amendment to Korea’s Patent Act will make it easier for international companies to secure an earlier priority date and fix translation errors, with more changes on the way, 31 Jul 2014 12:05:00 GMTPhillips appointed chair of Federal Circuit Advisory CouncilCarter Phillips, partner at Sidley Austin, has been appointed as the new chair of the Federal Circuit Advisory Council, 30 Jul 2014 14:52:00 GMTCompanion trade secrets bill introduced in House of RepresentativesThe Trade Secrets Protection Act of 2014 has been introduced in the US House of Representatives by Representatives George Holding, Howard Coble, John Conyers, Steve Chabot, Jerrold Nadler and Hakeem Jefferies, 30 Jul 2014 00:43:00 GMTWhat does the IP profession want from its IP minister? This month’s ministerial reshuffle saw the surprise departure of Lord Younger from the post of IP minister at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and the arrival of fellow Conservative Party peer Baroness Neville-Rolfe, 28 Jul 2014 11:04:00 GMTDemand letters bill last hope for patent reform this CongressA slimmed down patent reform bill clamping down on demand letters appears the final hope for legislation to get passed in this Congress. But some patent reform supporters are worried a small bill would make it even harder to pass comprehensive reform in the future while others say a pause in efforts to get reform passed is no bad thing, 24 Jul 2014 15:24:00 GMTBombay High Court upholds Nexavar compulsory licenceThe Bombay High Court has rejected Bayer’s challenge to the compulsory licence granted for its Nexavar cancer treatment drug, 23 Jul 2014 09:36:00 GMTAlice already influencing USPTO and Federal CircuitThe impact of the Supreme Court’s Alice v CLS decision is already being felt in both patent litigation and prosecution, 21 Jul 2014 13:38:00 GMTUkrainian crash claims NautaDutilh's John Allen The crash involving Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 has claimed the life of IP lawyer John Allen, his wife Sandra and their three sons Christopher, Julian and Ian, 21 Jul 2014 10:02:00 GMTAsia's growth markets diverge in 2014 Global Innovation IndexThe 2014 edition of the Global Innovation Index (GII) finds a relatively stable top table, while several developing and middle-income markets make big moves, 18 Jul 2014 06:34:00 GMTCJEU opinion calls for more stem cell clarity post-BrüstleThe legal adviser to the Court of Justice of the EU has advised the Court to rule that an ovum whose development has been stimulated without fertilisation and which cannot become a human being cannot be considered a human embryo, 17 Jul 2014 11:36:00 GMTCAFC’s VirtualAgility verdict suggests stays pending CBM review should be grantedIn a keenly-anticipated decision, the Federal Circuit has ruled that the Eastern District of Texas was wrong not to stay infringement proceedings in VirtualAgility v Salesforce pending the conclusion of a covered business method (CBM) review at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), 16 Jul 2014 15:36:00 GMTDentons hires former MetroPCS deputy general counsel in Dallas Garreth Sarosi has joined Dentons' intellectual property and technology practice as a partner in the Dallas office, 15 Jul 2014 21:36:00 GMTUS patent litigation cases filed up 25% in 2013 – reportIn its 2014 Patent Litigation Study, PwC has found that US patent litigation volume leapt in the four-year period from 2009 to 2014 but average damages declined, 15 Jul 2014 17:05:00 GMTEthan Horwitz joins Carlton Fields in New YorkPatent and trade mark litigator Ethan Horwitz has joined the New York office of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt as a shareholder, 15 Jul 2014 16:40:00 GMTDickinson to leave AIPLATodd Dickinson is to stand down as executive director of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) after nearly six years with the association, 14 Jul 2014 16:02:00 GMTAsana, Canon, Dropbox, Google, Newegg and SAP reveal patent-licensing agreementAsana, Canon, Dropbox, Google, Newegg and SAP have confirmed the formation of the License on Transfer (LOT) Network, a patent-licensing agreement that is being described as “arms control for the patent world”, 10 Jul 2014 17:01:00 GMTTROL Act in House seen as positive stepA bill to curb demand letter abuse called the Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letters Act of 2014 is being considered by the US House of Representatives, 10 Jul 2014 16:02:00 GMTNovak Druce adds patent litigation partner in DCNovak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg has hired Eugene Kim as a partner in its Washington, DC, office, 08 Jul 2014 16:42:00 GMTDivisions over potential Johnson appointment as USPTO director Rumours that the Obama Administration is set to name Phil Johnson as director of the USPTO have received praise from patent attorneys but criticism from some associations, 04 Jul 2014 00:39:00 GMTMayer Brown hires Fitzpatrick partner in New YorkColleen Tracy has joined Mayer Brown in New York as a partner in the intellectual property practice, 02 Jul 2014 15:50:00 GMTAndersen replaces Gutierrez as IP head at Microsoft Erich Andersen has taken over from Horacio Gutierrez as head of the innovation and intellectual property group at Microsoft, 02 Jul 2014 15:48:00 GMT“Chilling effect” of Mayo and Myriad affecting patent applicationsLegal specialists at the BIO conference in San Diego discussed two recent Supreme Court decisions and the subsequently issued USPTO guidance, expressing concerns about the determination of patent eligibility and what it means for future innovation. Marion Webb reports, 01 Jul 2014 15:25:00 GMTConcerns linger over Myriad guidance as feedback deadline loomsOn June 25, USPTO top officials at the BIO annual meeting in San Diego discussed comments the office has received in response to the new guidance it issued on March 4 and provided the audience with updates. Marion Webb reports, 01 Jul 2014 15:14:00 GMTUSPTO Denver office opens amid high hopes With the USPTO officially opening its Denver satellite office, Michael Loney talks to a Colorado-based lawyer who was instrumental in making the office a reality about what it will bring to the USPTO and to the Rocky Mountains region, 30 Jun 2014 20:53:00 GMTUSPTO “thinking big” with new initiatives The USPTO this week underlined its commitment to improve patent quality, and is confident it now has the resources to launch new initiatives that can be sustained even during fluctuations in funding, 27 Jun 2014 22:29:00 GMTFoxconn subsidiary takes on Japanese rivals in DelawareFoxconn, a Taiwanese company famous for manufacturing products in southern China for Apple, has revealed that it is suing three Japanese businesses for patent infringement in the US, 27 Jun 2014 10:31:00 GMT