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  • India’s first National IPR Policy maintains position on affordable drugs

    May 31, 2016

    The India government has unveiled the first National Intellectual Property Rights Policy that sets out seven objectives and relevant guidelines to promote the country’s IP regime, and has resisted pressure from the United States to amend the patent law regarding access to cheap drugs

  • Interview: Ada Leung, Director, Hong Kong IP Department

    May 31, 2016

    Hong Kong will soon implement a new original grant patent system. In an exclusive interview with Managing IP, Ada Leung explains how it will work and why the HKIPD will be turning to SIPO for support on substantive examination

  • Unitary Patent and UPC: A progress report (May 2016)

    May 31, 2016

    Part-time and full-time UPC judges wanted; new features of the UPC case management system and EPO’s software for Unitary Patent released; more member states preparing for ratification; Preparatory Committee discuss remaining aspects of the UPC; our latest UPC scenario on challenging a non-opted out European patent relating to a pharmaceutical product during the transitional period

  • Protecting IP in a 3D printed future

    May 24, 2016

    3D printing might just change everything. At least John Hornick, who leads Finnegan’s 3D printing working group and wrote 3D Printing Will Rock the World, certainly thinks so. Introduced by Bracewell Giuliani’s Erin Hennessy, Hornick spoke to INTA registrants yesterday morning about the dramatic consequences he believes the proliferation of 3D printing could have for intellectual property.

  • Be prepared for pro bono

    May 22, 2016

    Pro bono work is becoming more popular among legal practitioner communities across the globe, as practitioners look to try something different than regular chargeable work, reach outside their comfort zone and give back. But it raises many challenges in practice, such as: How can you set up a sustainable and effective pro bono program? Are there laws or issues in your or other jurisdictions that you need to know about?

  • Getting up to speed on different cultures

    May 22, 2016

    Speakers shared their wisdom about dealing with different cultures in the “Cultural Intelligence for Trademark Lawyers Today—A Soft Skill Often Underestimated” session yesterday.

  • IP3 patent buying programme launched as successor to Google’s PPP

    May 20, 2016

    Companies including Google, Facebook, IBM, Microsoft, Adobe, SAP, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Kia Motors, Verizon, Cisco and Arris have launched the Industry Patent Program, which will be administrated by AST

  • PTAB designates five decisions as precedential

    May 19, 2016

    A total of eight Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions have now been designated precedential. At the PTAB Forum 2016, acting PTAB chief judge Nathan Kelley provided detail on the process of approving precedential decisions

  • US Department of Justice files six IPRs

    May 19, 2016

    The Department of Justice has filed petitions at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board for the second time, targeting the patents involved in a suit brought by Discovery Patents and 3rd Eye Surveillance that seeks $1 billion in compensation from the US government

  • Software patent owners given rare boost in Federal Circuit Enfish decision

    May 17, 2016

    The Federal Circuit has found software patents valid under Alice for only the second time, in Enfish v Microsoft. The decision gives valuable ammunition for opposing a Section 101 challenge to software patent claims and may also mean the recent USPTO patent eligibility guidance needs to be updated

  • Erich Spangenberg takes Marathon role

    May 17, 2016

    Marathon Patent Group has named Erich Spangenberg as director of acquisitions, licensing and strategy. He will spend most of his time in Europe and Asia working with large corporate patent owners on monetisation opportunities

  • Latest people moves in Asia

    May 13, 2016

    In our regular roundup, we feature the latest moves from Wan Hui Da, DLA Piper, Foley & Lardner, and Jincheng Tongda & Neal

  • Medtronic’s David Ruschke appointed PTAB chief judge

    May 11, 2016

    The USPTO has announced a new chief judge of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, after 10 months of Nathan Kelley serving as acting chief judge

  • PTAB has granted six of 118 reviewed motions to amend – study

    May 10, 2016

    A new USPTO study reveals the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has granted 5% of the motions to amend that it has had a chance to review and is on track to have about 50 motions filed this year, consistent with the level filed in 2013 and 2015

  • Data: PTAB filing up in April, led by HP

    May 04, 2016

    Managing IP reveals the biggest petitioners and most-targeted entities in April and year-to-date at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. HP and Apple had a busy month, while Finjan and Nike were on the receiving end of the most petitions

  • PTAB grants sixth motion to amend

    May 03, 2016

    While granting Tire Hanger’s motion to amend, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board approved “grouping prior art references together according to their particular teachings” and “discussing only a representative few in its motion to amend”. This may provide guidance to other patent owners seeking to amend claims

  • Federal Circuit declines to change patent venue rules

    May 03, 2016

    The Federal Circuit has denied TC Heartland’s petition for a writ of mandamus that called for a change in the patent venue rules. The court said the “arguments raised regarding venue have been firmly resolved by VE Holding”

  • Reactions and predictions from Cuozzo arguments at the Supreme Court

    May 02, 2016

    PTAB observers have been analysing the comments of Supreme Court justices during the Cuozzo v Lee arguments for signs of how they will rule. Chief Justice Roberts was the biggest proponent of bringing the Board’s claim construction standard in line with district courts but other justices appeared a lot more resistant to scrapping BRI

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