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  • Amendments to the America Invents Act passed

    December 21, 2012

    A bill designed to solve problems in the new US patent system has been passed by Congress after being amended to remove some contentious clauses

  • AIA's false marking provision upheld

    December 18, 2012

    A long-running challenge over the false marking provision of the AIA has been shot down by the Federal Circuit

  • Cable sets out his IP vision

    December 18, 2012

    UK Business Secretary Vince Cable this week set out a series of plans to promote creativity and innovation, but many IP owners are unconvinced by the detail of the reforms

  • The best things we've read this year

    December 18, 2012

    Managing IP’s editors have scanned the trillions of words written on IP in the past year, and selected their favourite 25 articles from publications such as Fortune, BusinessWeek and the Economist as well as IP blogs and of course Managing IP itself. We’ve also included some infographics, pictures and video

  • Koh delivers blows for both Apple and Samsung

    December 18, 2012

    Judge Lucy Koh last night denied Apple’s request for a preliminary injunction against certain Samsung products, but also refused to grant Samsung a new trial, marking both wins and losses for both companies

  • What's on this week

    December 17, 2012

    Managing IP lists the IP-related meetings and decisions this week

  • The Unitary Patent: seven unanswered questions

    December 12, 2012

    Yesterday the European Parliament overwhelmingly backed plans for a unitary patent, with the first rights likely to be granted in less than two years. But many questions remain unanswered

  • How the unitary patent system will work

    December 12, 2012

    A vote by MEPs yesterday in favour of the unitary patent means that IP owners planning their patent filing strategies could soon have a new way of protecting their rights in Europe

  • New US law to simplify patent application process

    December 11, 2012

    A new law which will streamline patent applications and attempt to harmonise the US patent system with procedures abroad was passed by Congress this week.

  • EU unitary patent likely to launch in spring 2014

    December 11, 2012

    Members of the European Parliament have overwhelmingly backed plans for a unitary patent and unified patent court covering 25 of the EU’s 27 member states, paving the way for the biggest change in European patent protection in 40 years

  • Intellectual Ventures: Yes, we are a NPE (that’s a non-producing entity)

    December 11, 2012

    Yan Sheng, the head of Intellectual Ventures’ Greater China operations, has defended the company against critics who accuse it of being a patent troll

  • CJEU Advocate General: 25 member states can agree a unitary patent deal

    December 11, 2012

    An important hurdle in the path of the unitary patent looks set to be dismantled after a key legal adviser at the Court of Justice of the EU said today that 25 member states should be able to press ahead with a deal without Italy and Spain

  • Why Myriad case could jeopardise patents on genes

    December 10, 2012

    Thousands of granted US patents relating to human genes may be in danger as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision to review the Myriad case

  • Transparency rules could scupper IP trading, says Jesper Kongstad

    December 10, 2012

    Jesper Kongstad, the director-general of the Danish PTO, has warned governments not to introduce rules requiring users of IP trading platforms to reveal pricing data about their transactions

  • Battistelli confident on unitary patent vote

    December 07, 2012

    EPO President Benoit Battistelli is “confident, after long discussions, that EU authorities [Council of Ministers and European Parliament] will agree on a unitary patent package next week” he said today

  • What’s on this week

    December 07, 2012

    Managing IP lists the IP-related decisions, meetings and events to watch out for week beginning December 10

  • Is your licensing agreement anti-competitive in China?

    December 07, 2012

    IP owners should be wary of anti-monopoly concerns when doing business in China, Baker & McKenzie partner Clara Ingen-Housz warned this week

  • EPO and SIPO launch Chinese-English machine translation

    December 06, 2012

    The European Patent Office (EPO) and the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China (SIPO) launched a Chinese-English component of the EPO’s free automatic translation service called Patent Translate today

  • AstraZeneca loses appeal at Court of Justice

    December 06, 2012

    Pharma companies in Europe should reconsider their antitrust risk following a ruling by the Court of Justice this morning

  • Apple and Samsung return to court over $1 billion smartphone verdict

    December 06, 2012

    Apple and Samsung return to court today, with Samsung seeking a new trial after a jury ordered it to pay over $1 billion in damages for infringing Apple’s smartphone patents

  • AstraZeneca readies for CJEU ruling in generics case

    December 05, 2012

    Managing IP provides a guide to the Court of Justice’s ruling in a case between AstraZeneca and generic-manufacturers about what constitutes abuse of a dominant position in the pharmaceutical sector

  • K&L Gates finalises Australian tie-up

    December 04, 2012

    K&L Gates has become the latest law firm to seal a deal with an Australian firm

  • Good news for stem cell patents in German Brüstle ruling

    December 03, 2012

    One year after the Court of Justice of the EU limited the stem cell research that can be protected by patents in Brüstle, the German Federal Court has ruled in the original case

  • What's on this week

    December 03, 2012

    Managing IP lists the IP-related meetings and decisions due this week

  • US Supreme Court to clarify patent eligibility of genes

    December 03, 2012

    The Supreme Court of the United States agreed on Friday to hear the Myriad case, which could provide much-needed clarification on the patent eligibility of genes

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