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  • The surprising rise of the PTAB

    Patent owners have been shocked at how popular IPR proceedings at the PTAB have proven. As the USPTO mulls over changes and the Federal Circuit braces itself for a deluge of appeals, Michael Loney reports on how the PTAB is likely to evolve

  • PTAB proceedings catching on with pharma industry

    Patent Trial and Appeal Board proceedings are increasingly popular among pharma firms, in particular among generics eager to find a new way to invalidate big pharma’s patents. Marion Webb reports

  • PTAB "a very scary process" – patent lawyers

    Patent owners have discovered that PTAB proceedings are an intense ordeal that leaves little chance for discovery or amending claims, while lawyers more used to district courts have endured a steep learning curve. Michael Loney reports on lessons learned from the PTAB frontlines


  • How to handle India’s patent working requirements

    The working requirement in the Indian Patents Act is one of several provisions unique to the jurisdiction that raise concerns about patent holders. Mohan Dewan explains the reasoning behind the requirement and how to navigate its intricacies

  • Copyright at the crossroads

    Legislators and courts all over the world are grappling with the challenge that new technology poses to copyright norms. James Nurton summarises the latest developments and examines why some feel reform is vital

  • What the CJEU’s ruling in Apple means for retailers

    Geert Glas and Nieke Vanavermaete explain how retailers can protect their store layouts with trade marks

  • The innumerable lives of a patent in Italy

    A recent rule change in Italy enables patents to be modified at any stage during litigation. Licia Garotti explains why it has been criticised, and sets out some strategies for patent owners

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From trademarks to trade secrets: in-house tips on brand protection in China

Despite the well-known struggles in protecting trademarks and trade secrets in China, there are some tried-and-tested strategies to employ, as Karry Lai and Ellie Mertens hear from in-house counsel at a range of domestic and international companies

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