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  • UK IPO looks to further China cooperation

    November 28, 2014

    A team led by UK IPO CEO John Alty visited China this week to build on both the IPO’s working relationship with the government and also with Chinese businesses

  • Injunctions and discretion raised at UPC Rules hearing

    November 27, 2014

    The Rules of Procedure for the Unified Patent Court are likely to be modified further following a public hearing attended by many industry and professional groups, as well as judges and academics

  • Will China’s IP courts be a boon for multinationals?

    November 27, 2014

    China’s specialised intellectual property courts are finally taking shape and early signs are that the system may bring some much-welcomed reforms

  • What China’s new IP courts will look like

    November 27, 2014

    These flow charts, courtesy of Rouse, provide a helpful summary of the jurisdictional boundaries of China’s new IP courts

  • Interview: the view from France Brevets

    November 25, 2014

    In an interview with Managing IP, Pascal Asselot of France Brevets discusses trends in US patent litigation, responds to critics of its business model, and defends the role that governments can play in helping companies monetise IP rights. By James Nurton

  • PTAB gives guidance on motions to amend

    November 24, 2014

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has provided additional guidance on the requirements for motions to amend and allowed substitute claims to be placed in an appendix, in a move that may make it easier for patent owners to amend claims in inter partes review or covered business method review

  • Steptoe hires partner from Fitzpatrick in New York

    November 24, 2014

    Patent litigator Vishal Gupta has joined Steptoe & Johnson’s New York office as a partner

  • Federal Circuit reverses another denial of a stay pending CBM review

    November 21, 2014

    The Federal Circuit has overturned a Delaware district court denial of a stay pending a covered business method review at the PTAB. The Versata Software v Callidus Software decision is the second reversal of a district court denial of a stay pending a CBM review

  • Revealed: the defendants winning from patent litigation drop

    November 21, 2014

    Managing IP conducted in-depth data analysis to look beyond the headline figures to assess which defendants are benefiting from the recent decline in patent litigation and also which law firms are up and down

  • South African firm expands to Namibia

    November 21, 2014

    Von Seidels has established an associated firm, Roland Intellectual Property Consultants, in Windhoek, Namibia

  • Rockstar and Google settle patent dispute

    November 21, 2014

    Google and Rockstar – the consortium owned by Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft and Sony – have reached an agreement to settle all matters in their high-profile patent dispute

  • CJEU AG opinion sets high bar for SEP owners

    November 20, 2014

    An owner of a standard-essential patent (SEP) who has committed to license on FRAND terms abuses its dominant position by seeking an injunction when the alleged infringer is willing to take a licence

  • India court sets FRAND rates

    November 20, 2014

    The Delhi High Court has ordered Indian handset manufacturer Micromax to pay royalties to Ericsson in the run-up to India’s first FRAND dispute

  • Quarles & Brady hires partner in DC

    November 19, 2014

    Jay Coulby has joined Quarles & Brady’s Washington, DC office as a partner in the intellectual property practice group

  • Federal Circuit sends strong signal in Ultramercial decision

    November 19, 2014

    The claims in the patent at issue in the closely-watched Ultramercial v Hulu case have been invalidated by the Federal Circuit in light of Alice v CLS Bank, after what it describes as an “up and down journey”

  • Traditional knowledge may receive indefinite protection in the Philippines

    November 19, 2014

    The IP Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) has expressed support for a bill that would create a new category of protection for the traditional knowledge of indigenous groups

  • Unitary Patent and UPC clear another hurdle

    November 18, 2014

    Advocate General Yves Bot has argued strongly that Spain’s two challenges to the European Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court should be dismissed

  • Where will the UPC be based?

    November 14, 2014

    Following recent announcements, we have updated our map showing the locations of the UPC courts and divisions

  • Australian court looks to Alice

    November 14, 2014

    Practitioners say that this week's Full Federal Court decision in Research Affiliates draws on logic from the US Supreme Court's decision in Alice as well as from the EPO

  • What do the Patent Box changes mean for business?

    November 14, 2014

    Earlier this week the UK and Germany agreed to propose to the OECD’s Forum on Harmful Tax Practices that countries limit the scope of schemes that offer tax breaks for patent-related profits. Here’s what happens next

  • Finnegan’s Kara Stoll nominated to Federal Circuit

    November 13, 2014

    President Barack Obama has nominated Kara Stoll to serve on the Federal Circuit – taking the spot vacated by Randall Rader – and Judge Luis Restrepo to serve on the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

  • Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2014: Winners announced

    November 13, 2014

    The best female lawyers from across the region, gathered at the JW Marriott in Hong Kong on November 13 to celebrate the advancement of women in the legal profession at the fourth Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards

  • Kappos defines the “age of IP”

    November 13, 2014

    IP rights are the only “bulwark” against “the great global labour arbitrage” said former USPTO Director and head of IP at IBM David Kappos, in a speech on the IP Age last week

  • ArrivalStar files its first four lawsuits of 2014

    November 12, 2014

    The third-biggest NPE lawsuit filer of 2013 has returned to filing litigation, with four lawsuits claiming infringement of patents covering vehicle monitoring, reporting and notification systems

  • RPX launches patent insurance for small companies

    November 12, 2014

    RPX has announced insurance for emerging growth companies designed to reduce the risks and costs created by patent infringement lawsuits filed by non-practicing entities

  • Sidley Austin hires Baik from Reed Smith

    November 12, 2014

    Steven Baik has joined Sidley Austin as a partner in Palo Alto as a member of the intellectual property litigation practice

  • BakerHostetler adds patent litigator in DC

    November 12, 2014

    Jason Hoffman has joined BakerHostetler as partner in the Washington, DC office

  • K&L Gates adds partners in Seattle and New York

    November 12, 2014

    K&L Gates has added intellectual property litigation partners Michael Freno and Peter Giunta to its Seattle and New York offices, respectively

  • BT infringes two ADSL patents – Court of Appeal

    November 12, 2014

    Californian company Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment (ASSIA) has won a patent battle against UK telecoms provider BT

  • Patent box regimes set for reform after UK-Germany deal

    November 12, 2014

    The scope of the UK Patent Box regime is to be restricted after Germany and the UK agreed to reduce the competitive advantages the scheme provides. The restrictions are likely to be extended to other European IP tax regimes

  • “Embrace IPRs”, says IP Nav’s Erich Spangenberg

    November 11, 2014

    Erich Spangenberg, owner and founder of IP Navigation Group, said patent owners should not complain about inter partes reviews and that he hoped people do file them, on a panel at the IP Dealmakers Forum in New York on November 6

  • Litigation drop may bring new ideas into patent reform debate

    November 11, 2014

    The drop in US patent litigation in the past few months will not halt effort to pass patent reform, but it may influence some of its provisions

  • Patent licensing conversations slowing down

    November 11, 2014

    The patent licensing business is changing in a profound way, with companies less willing to take a licence without the threat of litigation and the US falling behind European jurisdictions, said licensing executives on a panel at the IP Dealmakers Forum in New York

  • Duane Morris adds IP partner in Chicago

    November 11, 2014

    Duane Morris has appointed Andrea Augustine as a partner in Chicago, joining from AlbertDhand

  • IPRs break 2,000 mark in October, as Google targets Rockstar patents

    November 10, 2014

    October was the second-busiest month so far for IPR petitions at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Google was responsible for some of the more interesting petitions as it began taking aim at the patents at issue in its dispute with Rockstar

  • Australia weighs in on software patents

    November 10, 2014

    Australia’s Full Federal Court rules that the computer implementation of an otherwise unpatentable business scheme does not make the claimed invention patentable

  • MPHJ reaches settlement with FTC

    November 07, 2014

    Patent troll MPHJ has settled Federal Trade Commission charges that it used deceptive sales claims and phony legal threats in letters accusing thousands of small businesses of patent infringement

  • 18% of post-Octane motions for fee awards granted

    November 06, 2014

    Six months on from the US Supreme Court’s Octane decision, about 18% of motions for fee awards have been granted according to an analysis by Glaser Weil

  • Federal Circuit publicly reprimands Edward Reines over Rader email

    November 05, 2014

    The Federal Circuit has reprimanded Edward Reines for sending clients and prospects a complimentary email he received from then-Chief Judge Randall Rader. It also referred to the California bar authorities a matter concerning Reines providing concert tickets to Rader

  • ANDA litigation set for record year – report

    November 05, 2014

    A new Lex Machina report on ANDA litigation reveals that 2014 is already a record year for cases filed and that Oxycontin is the trade name with the largest number of cases since 2009

  • Revised UPC Rules provide bifurcation safeguards

    November 05, 2014

    The possibility of bifurcation in the proposed Unified Patent Court has been effectively killed off in the revised version of the Court’s Rules of Procedure

  • Plavix case settled before Supreme Court of Canada hearing

    November 04, 2014

    A case that was expected to provide guidance on Canada's "promise" doctrine of utility and the test for sound prediction of utility has been settled a day before it was due to be argued at a Supreme Court hearing

  • NPEs not faring worse at PTAB than other companies – study

    November 04, 2014

    A new study of inter partes review data reveals that petitions challenging NPE-owned patents are more likely to be instituted but have claims invalidated at a lower rate

  • Vinson & Elkins hires IP litigator from Fenwick & West

    November 04, 2014

    Intellectual property litigator Darryl Woo has joined Vinson & Elkins in San Francisco

  • Maynard Cooper hires IP attorney in San Francisco

    November 04, 2014

    Maynard Cooper & Gale has hired attorney Sasha Rao, who will join the firm’s intellectual property litigation and technology practices in San Francisco

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