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  • Data: Top petitioners, patent owners, law firms and attorneys at the PTAB in 2015

    February 29, 2016

    Figures from Docket Navigator reveal that Apple remained by far the biggest filer of PTAB petitions in 2015 while Innovative Display Technologies was the top patent owner

  • Unitary Patent and UPC: a progress report (February 2016)

    February 29, 2016

    Preparatory Committee reaches agreement on costs in the UPC; Germany proposes double patenting in its UPC bill; the Netherlands preparing for ratification; latest on UK ratification; Mediation rules of PMAC published and official confirmation of UPC locations

  • Federal Circuit reverses $120m award in Apple v Samsung

    February 26, 2016

    The Federal Circuit reverses the Northern District of California denial of Samsung’s motions for judgment as a matter of law of non-infringement, finding the slide to unlock and autocorrect patents obvious

  • Digging deeper into 2015 US district court patent litigation figures

    February 26, 2016

    A new report from Docket Navigator reviewing 2015 patent litigation concludes that – while the number of cases filed in US district courts increased – the number of infringement accusations and the complexity of individual cases is decreasing. It also revealed the entities that filed the most cases, the top defendants and the busiest law firms

  • UPC scenario 2: a blockbuster drug patent with an SPC

    February 25, 2016

    In our second discussion of a hypothetical UPC scenario, Duncan Ribbons and Rebecca Lawrence address some of the complications that arise with SPCs, licences, opt outs and injunctions

  • Confusion reigns over patenting of computer programs

    February 25, 2016

    India has long debated the patentability of computer programs, but are we any closer to having clear guidance? Kanchan Vadehra and Sharad Vadehra review the latest developments

  • PTAB taking a harder line on CBM institution

    February 25, 2016

    More covered business method petitions are now being denied institution by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board than granted, with the Board seemingly narrowing what qualifies as a CBM patent

  • Supreme Court considers enhanced damages rule in Halo/Stryker arguments

    February 24, 2016

    The Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in the related cases Halo Electronics v Pulse Electronics and Stryker v Zimmer, which included debate over whether the test for enhanced damages should be changed, the court being asked to consider trolls versus pirates, and Justice Breyer raising concerns over software patents

  • Analysing the Federal Circuit’s Nike opinion on amending claims in IPRs

    February 24, 2016

    The Federal Circuit provided guidance on motions to amend in inter partes review proceedings in its recent Nike v Adidas decision. PTAB observers are hopeful it is a sign the court will be harder on the Board’s resistance to substitute claims

  • Hot debate over patent jurisdiction

    February 24, 2016

    Judges in China have expressed different views regarding whether a court in the place of receipt of goods has jurisdiction in patent infringement cases. Xiaolin Wang and Harlem Lu explain the issues

  • Blank Rome adds 25 Dickstein Shapiro IP lawyers, and other US people moves

    February 18, 2016

    In our regular round-up, we summarise recently-announced partner and national IP office moves in the Americas, including hires by Blank Rome, Reed Smith, Steptoe & Johnson, Haynes & Boone, Barnes & Thornburg, Orrick, Quinn Emanuel, Perkins Coie and Hogan Lovells

  • Marvell to pay CMU $750m to settle patent lawsuit

    February 17, 2016

    Court-ordered mediation ends in $750m agreement to settle the seven-year-long patent infringement lawsuit between Marvell Technology Group and Carnegie Mellon University

  • Carpmaels and Fieldfisher expand ahead of UPC launch

    February 08, 2016

    The lateral hires of high-profile patent litigators provide further evidence that the launch of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) will shake up the IP profession in Europe

  • 2015 in Canadian IP cases: patent

    February 05, 2016

    Managing IP is rounding up important intellectual property decisions coming out of Canadian courts last year. In two patent cases, the Court of Appeal suggested a new legal test for determining the relevance of a non-infringing alternative and ruled that a generic cannot make a claim for innovator profits under the doctrine of unfair enrichment

  • PTAB could affect VirnetX’s $626m award in win over Apple

    February 04, 2016

    A jury in the Eastern District of Texas has awarded VirnetX $626m after finding Apple had infringed four patents. The PTAB instituted inter partes reviews on the patents last October, however, the results of which could affect the district court case

  • UK’s IP threats law reform may be imminent

    February 04, 2016

    The UK government has responded to stakeholders’ concerns on a bill to reform the law on unjustified threats relating to IP infringement, adding that it intends to give the bill a smooth transition in parliament

  • Trade secrets bill passes US Senate Judiciary Committee

    February 03, 2016

    The US Senate Committee on the Judiciary has passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act 2016, which included amendments that were suggested in hearings in December

  • PTAB petitions in January lowest since March 2014

    February 03, 2016

    PTAB Data and Analysis: the IPR count ticked past the 4,000 mark in January, which also saw the first challenge to an Apple patent, the USPTO deeming two decisions precedential, a case showing the dangers of a motion to amend, and an ironic Federal Circuit ruling on an IPR appeal

  • Managing IP North America awards 2016 – shortlists

    February 02, 2016

    Shortlists for this year’s Managing IP North America awards have been announced. The outstanding firms and individuals in US and Canadian intellectual property will be announced during a dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington DC on March 17

  • Africa IP news roundup

    February 02, 2016

    The TRIPs Protocol gets its 65th member, a non-violation complaint under TRIPs, the ARIPO Declaration on PAIPO, the Banjul Protocol gains a new member and OAPI accedes to the Singapore Treaty – Kingsley Egbuonu provides a summary of IP news relating to African countries

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