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  • EBA backs plant patents in tomatoes and broccoli cases

    March 31, 2015

    A seven-person panel of the EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal has upheld the patentability of plants and plant material in two long-awaited decisions published on March 25

  • Texas Judge Leonard Davis to join Fish & Richardson

    March 30, 2015

    Judge Leonard Davis, former Chief Judge of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, will join Fish & Richardson in May

  • USPTO implements “quick fixes” to PTAB page limits

    March 27, 2015

    The USPTO has revealed the first part of a three-part plan for changes to PTAB proceedings – an increase of page limits for both motions to amend and petitioner’s replies to 25 pages. It will follow this up with a second rule package in the summer

  • 93% of IPR claims cancelled by PTAB in February final written decisions

    March 26, 2015

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board cancelled a far higher percentage of claims in inter partes review final written decisions during February this year than the average for all IPRs decided to date, according to Finnegan

  • Judge Smith: PTAB numbers not necessarily sign of success

    March 26, 2015

    In a spirited discussion at Georgetown University earlier this week, Judge James D Smith of the PTAB and other speakers weighed in on the state of AIA post-grant proceedings and what the future holds

  • Russell Slifer revealed as USPTO deputy director

    March 25, 2015

    Russell Slifer has been appointed deputy under secretary of commerce for intellectual property and deputy director of the USPTO

  • WilmerHale adds three partners in Denver

    March 25, 2015

    Natalie Hanlon Leh, Mary Sooter and Benjamin Fernandez have joined WilmerHale’s Denver office as members of the litigation and intellectual property departments

  • Darrell Issa: Universities act as trolls too

    March 24, 2015

    Speaking at Georgetown University yesterday, Congressman Darrell Issa (pictured) said that patent reform measures should not carve out exemptions for universities that behave like trolls

  • How to work with the ITC

    March 24, 2015

    Speaking at Managing IP’s US Patent Forum last week in Washington DC, Lisa Kattan of the US International Trade Commission (ITC) gave tips on how to better take advantage of the proceedings. One bit of advice – don’t treat it as if it’s standard litigation

  • The rules on recovering costs

    March 23, 2015

    The possibility to recover costs in IP cases can be an important consideration in your litigation strategy. Correspondents in Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, the United Kingdom and United States answer six questions about their jurisdictions

  • Tilleke & Gibbins expands Indonesia practice

    March 20, 2015

    Zain Adnan has joined the firm’s Jakarta office as an intellectual property manager

  • EU Commissioner warns on UP fees “in no uncertain terms”

    March 20, 2015

    Senior European Commission officials have weighed into the debate on fees for the new Unitary Patent system, saying that the concerns about the EU's competitiveness should be placed ahead of revenue considerations

  • Michelle Lee: patent reform legislation still needed

    March 19, 2015

    Speaking at Managing IP’s US Patent Forum yesterday, USPTO director Michelle Lee said that patent reform legislation is still necessary even after the changes from the last few years

  • In-house counsel back Unitary Patent, but want more details on costs

    March 19, 2015

    Companies are likely to use the Unitary Patent system and believe it will be good for innovation in Europe, according to a survey of in-house patent counsel conducted by Managing IP. But they overwhelmingly want more information on how it will work, with details of costs their biggest priority

  • Interview: Baroness Neville-Rolfe, UK IP minister

    March 19, 2015

    In an interview with Managing IP, Baroness Neville-Rolfe discussed her planned visit to the EPO, ratification of the UPC Agreement and the launch of an IP Finance Toolkit

  • Use of global IP systems reaches record highs

    March 19, 2015

    The PCT, Madrid and Hague systems all set new records in 2014, according to figures published by WIPO. The data shows that “competition has expanded beyond traditional participants”, WIPO Director General Francis Gurry said in an interview

  • North America Award Winners 2015

    March 18, 2015

    Managing IP’s annual North America awards dinner took place at the Four Seasons in Washington DC on March 18. Trophies were presented in 70 categories, recognising the best firms and individuals in the United States and Canada

  • Third IPR filed by an investment firm targeting pharma patents

    March 17, 2015

    An inter partes review petition has been filed by Ferrum Ferro Capital, challenging a patent owned by Allergan, in a continuation of a trend of hedge funds and financiers targeting large pharmaceutical companies through the Patent Trial & Appeal Board

  • BusinessEurope “seriously concerned” about Unitary Patent fee proposals

    March 13, 2015

    BusinessEurope, the organisation that represents European industry, has sent a letter expressing concern that the recently proposed renewal fees for the Unitary Patent are much higher in the early years than anticipated

  • Baker & McKenzie scoops six Managing IP awards

    March 12, 2015

    Law firm Baker & McKenzie was the big winner at the 10th annual Managing IP Global Awards Dinner, held in London

  • Global Awards winners 2015

    March 11, 2015

    Managing IP's annual global awards dinner took place at the InterContinental, London, tonight. Trophies were presented in more than 70 categories

  • US patent litigation surges in February, driven by software cases

    March 10, 2015

    The number of patent lawsuits being filed in 2015 so far is higher than that seen in 2014. This has been driven by a surge in software patent cases, which last month had the largest number of lawsuits filed since April last year

  • Michelle Lee confirmed as USPTO director by Senate

    March 09, 2015

    The Senate has confirmed Michelle Lee as the director of the USPTO. She is the first woman to lead the agency

  • Todd Dickinson joins Novak Druce

    March 09, 2015

    Q Todd Dickinson, a former director of the USPTO, has joined Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg as partner

  • EPO floats two options for Unitary Patent fees

    March 09, 2015

    The European Patent Office has circulated two proposals regarding the setting of renewal fees for the Unitary Patent. The proposals will be discussed by the Select Committee, representing participating member states, later this month

  • UK to reform threats provisions

    March 09, 2015

    The UK government has broadly accepted proposals by the Law Commission to reform the law concerning threats of IP infringement

  • IPR filing up 64% in February compared with previous month

    March 09, 2015

    February was a busy month for PTAB petition filing, and also included a rare reversal of a split decision from the Board as well as the first set of final written decisions on biopharmaceutical IPRs

  • Bass and Spangenberg double down on IPR strategy

    March 06, 2015

    Hedge fund manager Kyle Bass and IP Nav’s Erich Spangenberg have filed a second inter partes review petition against a patent owned by Acorda Therapeutics, as part of a strategy BIO said had “opened a new door to abuse of the US patent system”

  • Pro-patent bill introduced in US Senate

    March 04, 2015

    The STRONG Patents Act has been introduced in the Senate, including provisions that would overhaul PTAB proceedings. It has support from the Association of American Universities and BIO but critics labelled it “a patent troll-led effort to draft a ‘fig leaf’ bill”

  • INTA hires former USPTO trade mark commissioner Cohn

    March 03, 2015

    The International Trademark Association has appointed a senior director of government relations and a senior director of internet policy to represent it in Washington, DC

  • Jeffrey Lewis joins Fried Frank

    March 03, 2015

    Jeffrey Lewis has joined Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson as a partner in the intellectual property litigation practice in New York

  • USPTO retires SAWS programme

    March 03, 2015

    The USPTO has retired its controversial Sensitive Application Warning System (SAWS) programme, after conducting a review

  • PTAB issues first written decisions on biopharmaceutical IPRs

    March 03, 2015

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has invalidated a set of patents covering an enzyme replacement therapy

  • New Dutch IP firm opening in March

    March 02, 2015

    A group of lawyers have left Klos Morel Vos & Schaap in Amsterdam to start a new firm, Visser Schaap & Kreijger

  • Hogan Lovells adds three in Greater China

    March 02, 2015

    Partners Alan Chiu and Eugene Low along with consultant Kenny Wong join Hogan Lovells’ Hong Kong office

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