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  • Supreme Court decision may result in more attorneys’ fees awards

    May 29, 2015

    The Supreme Court’s decision in Commil v Cisco encourages trial courts to exercise their powers to award sanctions and attorneys’ fees against parties bringing frivolous patent claims

  • Acorda questions real parties-in-interest in first Bass IPR

    May 28, 2015

    Acorda has filed a preliminary response to Kyle Bass’s first IPR petition, claiming the petition should be rejected for reasons including the petitioner using IPR as a tool to manipulate markets and failing to mention its investors and identifying them as real parties-in-interest

  • Italy to join Unitary Patent – minister

    May 28, 2015

    Italian State Secretary for European Affairs Sandro Gozi confirmed that Italy will join the Unitary Patent during a public session of the EU Competitiveness Council in Brussels

  • IP fees to soar in UAE this week

    May 28, 2015

    From tomorrow brand owners will see a significant rise in various official fees payable to the IP offices in the UAE. Managing IP considers the reason behind this increase and the potential impact on brand owners and their representatives

  • The fine line between abuse and fair use at the PTAB

    May 27, 2015

    Hedge fund manager Kyle Bass has outraged the pharma and biotech industries by seeking to invalidate their patents at the PTAB, with some observers linking his attacks to short-selling of company stocks. Michael Loney reports on a controversy that goes to the heart of the US patent system

  • 2014 median US patent litigation damages were second-lowest in 20 years: PwC

    May 27, 2015

    A patent litigation study by PwC found that patent litigation dropped 13% in the 2014 fiscal year while damages were the second-lowest in 20 years. In the past five years, the NPE median award was almost 4.5 times the median for practicing entities

  • IP Clinic: How can we encourage our employees to patent more?

    May 27, 2015

    How can our IP department work more effectively with engineers in the company to encourage them to submit more invention disclosures?

  • IPOS develops patent services for businesses

    May 27, 2015

    Through its IPOS International (IPOS-I) initiative, the IP Office of Singapore (IPOS) provides IP-related services to businesses. IPOS-I, which launched in January, offers patent-related services such as prior art searches, patent landscaping and analytics. Peter Leung reports

  • Supreme Court defends presumption of patent validity

    May 26, 2015

    The US Supreme Court has rejected the argument that a good faith belief in a patent’s invalidity is a defence against liability for inducement to infringe

  • Court offers pointers on settlement agreements

    May 26, 2015

    A recent UK decision provides some practical tips on drafting settlement agreements in IP cases and, in particular, how to avoid compromising future claims

  • FB Rice opens Perth office

    May 22, 2015

    The new office in Western Australia will be led by Mary Turonek

  • USPTO releases final rules package for PTAB quick fixes

    May 21, 2015

    The USPTO has released a final rule containing amendments to the regulations for Patent Trial and Appeal Board proceedings. These include increasing the page limits for the petitioner’s reply brief and the patent owner’s motion to amend

  • Kyle Bass files 15th IPR, targeting patent for Vimovo treatment

    May 21, 2015

    The Coalition for Affordable Drugs has filed an inter partes review petition challenging a patent for Pozen’s Vimovo drug, which Horizon Pharma holds the rights to in the US

  • Baltic firms team up

    May 21, 2015

    Three law firms from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have joined together under the name Ellex

  • Apple v Samsung: A new day for design patents?

    May 21, 2015

    Practitioners said that this week's Federal Circuit decision in Apple v Samsung brings welcome clarity for design patents and highlights their increasing importance, especially with advances in 3D printing

  • IP trends at the CJEU in 2014 - data

    May 18, 2015

    The annual report 2014 published by the Court of Justice of the EU reveals interesting statistics on how its courts are managing with their rising IP caseload. Below we pick out data to show trends in IP cases in both courts, with a focus on the General Court, which hears appeals from OHIM in CTM and RCD cases

  • EIP hires partner in London

    May 18, 2015

    David Brinck has joined IP law firm EIP’s London office

  • PTAB data – Car makers accelerate filing against Signal IP in April

    May 13, 2015

    Managing IP’s analysis of Docket Navigator data on April’s PTAB petitioners, patent owners, law firms and attorneys reveals the Coalition for Affordable Drugs’ campaign against pharma dropped Apple to second place for filing. Signal IP was the most targeted company

  • Beyond Spain’s Unitary Patent challenge

    May 13, 2015

    The last major obstacle to the creation of a Unitary Patent in the EU has now been removed by the CJEU, and Europe’s new patent system is now expected to become operational before 2017. In the second of a two-part article, we look at the remaining concerns

  • Patent practitioners react to Unitary Patent ruling

    May 13, 2015

    For the first part of a two-part article, Managing IP spoke to practitioners across Europe about the impact of last week’s judgment on Spain's challenge to the Unitary Patent Regulations, and what is likely to happen next

  • April busy for IPR filing, including 10 petitions from Kyle Bass

    May 12, 2015

    USPTO data reveals 148 PTAB petitions were filed in April. The month was notable for an escalation of Kyle Bass and Erich Spangenberg’s targeting of pharma companies, with 14 IPR petitions now filed by their Coalition for Affordable Drugs

  • Lawyers sceptical about move to clarify AIA grace period

    May 11, 2015

    The bill designed to clarify the grace-period afforded by the AIA may not have the intended effect, lawyers warned

  • Interview: Adair Zhou of DJI, the world's largest drone company

    May 11, 2015

    Adair Zhou, IP manager for DJI, spoke to Managing IP about his company's patent management strategies and why he thinks the company represents a new kind of Chinese innovation

  • UPC Preparatory Committee to consult on court fees

    May 08, 2015

    The UPC Preparatory Committee discussed court fees, provisional application of the UPC Agreement, the European Patent Litigation Certificate and UPC judges at its meeting this week

  • Opinion divided over US PATENT Act

    May 05, 2015

    The introduction of the PATENT Act in the Senate received praise, but pro-patent groups expressed concerns about some of its provisions and disappointment that it includes no changes to IPR proceedings. Michael Loney canvasses opinion ahead of a hearing on Thursday

  • Full steam ahead for Unitary Patent and UPC

    May 05, 2015

    The Court of Justice of the EU has emphatically dismissed two challenges to the Regulations establishing the Unitary Patent filed by the Spanish government

  • Surf’s up in mock trademark trial

    May 05, 2015

    Registrants were treated to a highly-entertaining mock trial yesterday, featuring a feud over surf board designs, an unreliable witness and even an interruption for take-out food.

  • Grappling with the ethics of IP mediation

    May 04, 2015

    A question for all you mediators at this year’s INTA Annual Meeting: someone calls you and says that, since you did a great job on their last three mediations, they want to you to do the next one. But there is a catch: you must not disclose the previous mediations to the other party. Should you agree?

  • What can your IP attaché do for you?

    May 03, 2015

    IP attachés from the U.S. and the U.K. explained yesterday how they help brand owners deal with intellectual property issues abroad.

  • Is responding to requests for proposals worth the bother?

    May 03, 2015

    Running a law firm is a stressful endeavor. It throws up issues such as balancing pricing pressure from clients with the need to maintain profitability; dealing with administrative and marketing responsibilities; facilitating more knowledge sharing within a firm; utilizing technology to make the firm more efficient; and handling staff and paralegals to provide more value to a firm.

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