Patent - news©2018 Managing Intellectual Property60Patent - newsWIPO data: China moves into second in PCT patent applicationsChina is on course to overtake the US in three years as the largest source of applications filed under WIPO’s Patent Cooperation Treaty. Trade mark filing under the Madrid System and design filing under the Hague System both increased in 2017, 22 Mar 2018 06:45:00 GMTManaging IP Asia Awards winners revealedThe Asia Awards Dinner was held at the JW Marriott in Hong Kong on March 21, recognising the best intellectual property law firms in the region, 21 Mar 2018 15:00:00 GMTHoyng Rokh Monegier and Véron & Associés merge, plus latest IP people moves in EMEA and Asia-PacificRecent intellectual property moves include Dechert’s Paris IP group head joining Dentons, while European boutique IP firm Hoyng Rokh Monegier and French patent litigation firm Véron & Associés are joining forces, 21 Mar 2018 08:00:00 GMTLatest IP people moves in the USRecent US intellectual property people moves include Sterne Kessler’s PTAB co-chair joining King & Spalding, and hires by Hogan Lovells, DLA Piper, Latham & Watkins, Kilpatrick Townsend, Orrick and more, 21 Mar 2018 07:45:00 GMTUK response to draft Brexit agreement a “step in right direction”Negotiators have struck a transition deal in a new draft of the European Commission’s withdrawal agreement that will help ease IP holder’s fears for their assets after Brexit, 21 Mar 2018 00:15:00 GMTA CRISPR picture – what to expect from the gene-editing patent boomThe big increase in CRISPR patent filing has led to a number of disputes as well as suggested cross-licensing agreements or patent pools. Patrick Wingrove investigates whether a litigation war is brewing, 20 Mar 2018 10:45:00 GMTCRISPR patent filing rankings: the leading firms and geographiesiRunway’s CRISPR Global Patent Landscape report reveals the gene-editing technology’s top filers, with DowDuPont leading the way. Filing trends include a 194% increase globally between 2013 and 2015, 19 Mar 2018 05:00:00 GMTChina restructures SIPO to eliminate administrative overlapBig changes to the intellectual property office, including combining the enforcement functions of trade marks and patents, are expected to strengthen IP enforcement in China, 17 Mar 2018 13:45:00 GMTManaging IP Americas Awards Winners revealedThe Americas Awards Dinner was held at the Essex House in New York on March 15, and recognised the best law firms and individuals nationally and regionally in Canada, Latin America and the US, 16 Mar 2018 12:00:00 GMTPTAB round-up: top firms; February filing; sovereign immunity latestRecent Patent Trial and Appeal Board developments include filing increasing in February, Managing IP revealing the top PTAB firms, the Board ruling tribal sovereign immunity doesn't apply in IPRs, and some interesting Federal Circuit opinions, 14 Mar 2018 17:15:00 GMTThe UK Joins the Hague SystemThe Hague System will come into effect in the UK, which becomes the 54th member of the 1999 Act, in June, 14 Mar 2018 13:30:00 GMTAnalysing the European Commission’s Brexit position for IPThe Commission’s draft agreement gives an indication for intellectual property post-Brexit. The UK has not yet responded but disagreement is likely over issues such as geographical indications, 14 Mar 2018 13:15:00 GMTManaging IP EMEA Awards Winners 2018 revealedThe EMEA Awards Dinner was held at The Savoy in London on March 8, and recognised the best intellectual property firms in 25 countries and by region, 09 Mar 2018 09:30:00 GMTHuawei top 2017 EPO filer, US increases its share of patent applicationsThe EPO’s annual report reveals the top patent filers in Europe in 2017. Filing trends included a 5.8% increase in patent applications from the US, 07 Mar 2018 15:30:00 GMTHow blockchain will change intellectual property – patentsManaging IP is publishing a series of articles that looks at how blockchain technology is changing the landscape of IP. In the second article, Ellie Mertens analyses its implications for patents such as a boom in filing and potential for a litigation war, and interviews Erich Spangenberg about how he plans to profit from the technology, 06 Mar 2018 05:00:00 GMTThis year’s top firms for patent work: IP STARS rankingsFollowing the publication of our trade mark rankings in the February issue, we now present the leading firms for patent work worldwide, 04 Mar 2018 15:30:00 GMTTexas patent-agent privilege ruling could have wider impactThe Texas Supreme Court has recognised patent-agent privilege as a form of attorney-client privilege, in a ruling that has the potential to influence court cases in the 24 other US states with the same privilege rule, 28 Feb 2018 23:30:00 GMTAustralia Federal Court rules that gene claims remain patent eligibleClaims directed to the correlation of gene sequences to a particular trait in cattle remain patent eligible subject matter, according to a ruling that has implications for the Sequenom/Ariosa case and also suggests a widening dichotomy between Australia and the US on gene-based patent eligible subject matter, 28 Feb 2018 04:15:00 GMTJapan to set guidelines on SEP licensing negotiationsAn increase in IoT players needing standard-essential patents has spurred the JPO to set guidelines. But IP practitioners are concerned the guidelines may not provide enough flexibility in SEP negotiations and will lack clarity, 26 Feb 2018 21:30:00 GMTMarkush pharma patent claims supported by Beijing Higher People’s CourtA recent decision in China provides some assurance for pharmaceutical patent owners but the direction of Markush claims is still unclear, 26 Feb 2018 18:15:00 GMTPTAB rules sovereign immunity does not apply to IPRsThe PTAB has ruled that sovereign immunity does not apply in the case in which Allergan transferred patents to a Native American tribe, and says the proceedings can continue even without the tribe’s participation in view of Allergan’s retained ownership interests in the patents, 26 Feb 2018 05:30:00 GMTANDA pharma litigation spikes back up in 2017After a slump in 2016, US pharmaceutical patent litigation triggered by the Hatch-Waxman process rose to 411 cases last year, 22 Feb 2018 17:45:00 GMTNine deeper takeaways from US patent litigation last yearA closer look at Lex Machina’s Patent Litigation Year in Review report reveals some interesting nuggets of information on success rates of transfers, the judges with the most cases, design patent litigation, injunctions, Section 101 invalidation and damages, 22 Feb 2018 00:15:00 GMTGerman Constitutional Court plans to decide UPC complaint in 2018The German constitutional complaint challenging the UPC Agreement is on a list of cases to be decided this year. But it is not certain a decision will come in 2018 and, even if it does, the timing will be vital in determining whether the UPC is in effect before Brexit, 21 Feb 2018 21:30:00 GMTUK Supreme Court wrestles with plausibility and the pregabalin patentThe UK Supreme Court last week heard argument in Warner Lambert v Generics. Pfizer argued that plausibility should be an "evidential tool" not a "threshold test", while Actavis warned against the danger of over-broad speculative claims and "armchair patenting”, 21 Feb 2018 05:00:00 GMTDelaware judge throws out largest ever patent award of $2.54bnThe Delaware jury award of $2.54 billion to Merck from 2016 has been overturned after Chief Judge Stark found the patent on a drug used to treat hepatitis C was invalid, 20 Feb 2018 23:45:00 GMTCAFC says 101 inquiry is a factual determination in “blockbuster” Berkheimer opinion“Whether something is well-understood, routine, and conventional to a skilled artisan at the time of the patent is a factual determination,” writes Judge Moore. Observers have taken this as a sign of the pendulum swinging back towards patent owners on Section 101, 15 Feb 2018 18:00:00 GMTUnitary Patent and UPC Update: UK ratification nears, while German organisations weigh inThe UK’s Privy Council has approved the Unified Patent Court (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2017, the last piece of legislation required for the UK to ratify. In Germany, seven institutions and associations submitted statements on the constitutional complaint against the UPC, 13 Feb 2018 05:45:00 GMTChina companies dominate global blockchain patent rankingsFigures from incoPat reveal government, financial institutions and tech companies lead in global blockchain patent filing based on global invention, design and utility patent filing statistics in 2017. Karry Lai analyses the drivers of China’s dominance of the list, 13 Feb 2018 02:30:00 GMTBiopharma IPR filing at the PTAB smashes record in 2017Group 1600 patent challenges at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board hit an all-time high last year, reveals a report from Fish & Richardson. This included a “dramatic increase” in IPRs challenging biologic drug patents, 08 Feb 2018 03:30:00 GMT