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  • Standard-essential patents trigger Washington scrutiny

    July 31, 2013

    Beyond patent trolls, Washington lawmakers are turning their attention to another alleged form of patent abuse: companies reneging on agreements to license intellectual property under FRAND commitments, a strategy that critics decry as anticompetitive and harmful to innovation

  • The TPP negotiations, from pharma’s perspective

    July 31, 2013

    Representatives of innovator pharmaceutical companies see the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) as a means to not only strengthen protections in emerging IP regimes, but also a way to formalise and clarify laws in countries that already have strong protections

  • Australia opens consultation for patent law amendment

    July 30, 2013

    Proposed amendments seek to clarify interpretation and address inconsistencies with TRIPS

  • Brussels I to be revised for UPC

    July 30, 2013

    The European Commission has proposed changes to the Brussels I Regulation in readiness for the introduction of the Unified Patent Court (UPC)

  • India denies compulsory licence request

    July 29, 2013

    The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) refused to issue a compulsory licence for Roche’s Trastuzumab, reports the Times of India

  • India looks to shore up software patent ban

    July 24, 2013

    The Indian Patent Office's draft guidelines for examination of computer related inventions are intended to stem attempts to circumvent restrictions on software and business method patents

  • Anti-troll bill may expand CBM review to all patents

    July 23, 2013

    A new bill aiming to curb patent trolls by expanding post-grant patent challenge proceedings has been introduced in the United States

  • Interview: Aftab Alam, former judge of the Indian Supreme Court

    July 22, 2013

    Justice Aftab Alam’s term on the India Supreme Court ended in May, but in an interview with Managing IP, he talks about his written decision in the revocation of Novartis’s Glivec patent, and why not being a touch typist can be an advantage for judges

  • Interview: Anand Grover of the Lawyers Collective

    July 19, 2013

    The Indian Supreme Court’s rejection of Novartis’s Glivec patent brought the increasingly tense debate about the balance between patent rights and access to medicines to the forefront. Anand Grover, who successfully represented the Cancer Patient Aid Association in the case, argues that the patent system may not be the best way to encourage drug research

  • Five cases that could change US IP law

    July 19, 2013

    Alli Pyrah identifies five upcoming cases which may clarify some of the most hotly debated questions about US IP law

  • US politician calls for mandatory licensing on Myriad’s cancer tests

    July 18, 2013

    A senior politician has called for the US government to force genetics company Myriad to license its patents to ensure greater public access to testing for breast and ovarian cancer

  • India’s IPAB rejects Monsanto patent on section 3(d) grounds

    July 17, 2013

    India’s Intellectual Property Appellate Board has rejected Monsanto’s application for a method of producing stress-resistant plants, finding that it lacked inventive step and failed to meet the requirements of section 3(d)

  • Myriad sues competitors for infringing genes patents

    July 15, 2013

    Myriad is suing two competitors for allegedly infringing its patents on genes that can help to detect cancer, despite a ruling by the Supreme Court that human genes are ineligible for patent protection

  • How to keep your secrets secret

    July 11, 2013

    Trade secrets are an increasingly important part of a company’s IP portfolio. But IP owners need to ensure their secrets are afforded maximum protection. Michael Warnecke explains how they should do it

  • Supreme Court reverses patent damages rule

    July 03, 2013

    The UK Supreme Court has overturned decades of practice, ruling that damages should not have to be paid for infringing a patent that was later revoked at the European Patent Office

  • Sinovel faces criminal charges in the US

    July 02, 2013

    The long-running IP dispute between wind turbine companies American Semiconductor (AMSC) and its former Chinese state-owned partner Sinovel has finally landed on US shores as the Department of Justice pursues criminal charges

  • Bill proposes exempting USPTO from budget sequestration

    July 01, 2013

    A bill has been introduced to the US Congress proposing to exempt the USPTO from funding cuts as a result of budget sequestration

  • Drug company Abbvie wins patent dispute with charity

    July 01, 2013

    Research charity The Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology Trust has lost a patent dispute to pharmaceutical company AbbVie over the rights to Humira, the world’s top-selling drug

  • US transport organisation files lawsuit against “frivolous” patent claims

    July 01, 2013

    The American Public Transport Agency has filed a lawsuit in an effort to halt “frivolous” patent infringement claims against its members by companies based in Luxembourg and the British Virgin Islands.

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