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  • Making sense of US patent litigation in 2016’s first half

    July 29, 2016

    Data and Analysis: Managing IP ranks the top plaintiffs, defendants and law firms in US district court litigation in the first half of 2016, using the Docket Navigator database. One finding is that the proportion of cases filed in the Eastern District of Texas is down, with a drop in NPE suits. But some new plaintiffs emerged during the second quarter

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

    July 29, 2016

    Protocol on Privileges and Immunities of the UPC signed; IP community puts pressure on the UK government; Preparatory Committee and Select Committee to continue with final preparations

  • Unified Patents files PTAB challenges to 2016’s three busiest NPEs

    July 28, 2016

    Inter partes review petitions have been filed challenging patents owned by Shipping and Transit, Sportbrain Holdings and Uniloc, which have sued more than 200 companies combined in 2016

  • Research reveals 76% of UK higher education staff support IP teaching

    July 28, 2016

    The Intellectual Property Network and The National Union of Students Insight team have recently concluded a study on understanding of IP policy in higher education institutions among students and staff

  • Interview: Ruth Soetendorp, IP educator and outgoing chair of IPAN

    July 27, 2016

    Alice O' Donkor talks to outgoing IPAN chair Ruth Soetendorp about IP education, awareness and understanding

  • Latest people moves in the US

    July 27, 2016

    Managing IP’s regular review of the latest appointments, including Cooley hiring a team of Morrison & Foerster lawyers in California, James Pooley joining Orrick, a new Librarian of Congress, and hires by Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, K&L Gates, Barnes & Thornburg and Paul Hastings

  • Federal Circuit reverses PTAB for shifting burden of proof to patent owner

    July 27, 2016

    The Federal Circuit concludes that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board erred in shifting the burden of proof on obviousness in this IPR from the petitioner to the patent owner, in In re Magnum Tools International

  • How ASEAN countries rank for IP protection

    July 25, 2016

    In the latest of our series of articles on ASEAN, Natalie Rahhal discovers that ratings for many countries in the region have improved, but important differences remain

  • USPTO issues memorandum in response to CellzDirect and Sequenom

    July 21, 2016

    The USPTO tells examiners the Federal Circuit’s CellzDirect ruling “highlighted several important points” but says its subject matter eligibility guidance and training examples are already consistent with it

  • Catching up with Canada: recent patent news

    July 21, 2016

    A dismissal of a suit against Pfizer indicating consumers cannot be compensated for expenditures on invalidated patents, the NAFTA arbitration hearing of Eli Lilly’s complaint against the government, IP agents getting confidentiality privilege, the Federal Court awarding Janssen nearly C$20 million, and Brexit putting the brakes on CETA were among recent Canadian patent stories

  • Federal Circuit keeps 180 days’ exclusion time in patent dance

    July 20, 2016

    The Federal Circuit has provided some guidance on the issue of 180 days’ notice of launch in a recent biosimilars ruling, in Amgen v Apotex, but practitioners say there will be a lot more litigation before the patent dance is fully clarified

  • Federal Circuit’s en banc MedCo ruling clarifies on-sale bar

    July 15, 2016

    In a unanimous en banc decision in The Medicines Company v Hospira, the Federal Circuit addressed and clarified the “on sale” bar, a source of much anxiety for pharmaceutical companies

  • PTAB grants motion to amend ContentGuard patent in Google/Apple CBM

    July 14, 2016

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has granted a rare motion to amend, in a covered business method review that focused on the construction of the term “meta-rights”

  • Data: PTAB petitioners, patent owners and law firms in 2016’s first half ranked

    July 13, 2016

    Managing IP analyses the busiest companies and law firms at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in the first six months of this year, using Docket Navigator. Filing was down in the first half as a whole but the second quarter showed signs of recovery

  • PTAB grants attorneys fees for first time, to RPX

    July 13, 2016

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has awarded attorneys fees for the first time, ruling that Applications in Internet Time violated a protective order in its handling of RPX’s confidential information

  • Apple pays $25m to settle Network-1 patent litigation

    July 12, 2016

    Apple will pay Network-1 Technologies $25 million to settle subsidiary Mirror World Technologies’ patent litigation in the Eastern District of Texas

  • CJEU rules on patent licensing question in Genentech case

    July 08, 2016

    In a rare foray into patent law, the Court of Justice of the EU has ruled that a patent licensee must pay the agreed royalty for the full term of the agreement, even if the patent is revoked or found not to be infringed

  • IPOS open to soft IP for loan applications

    July 07, 2016

    IPOS has approved the first loan application using a patent as collateral, and is opening its financing scheme up to other IP rights. But practitioners have concerns about valuation, as Stephy Tang reports

  • All eyes on ASEAN

    July 07, 2016

    Economic and legal reforms are driving harmonisation within and beyond the ASEAN region, with big implications for IP owners. James Nurton, Stephy Tang and Natalie Rahhal introduce a year-long series of articles

  • Federal Circuit reverses Section 101 invalidation of life science patent

    July 06, 2016

    The Federal Circuit has ruled that the claims of a patent for liver cell treatment were not directed to a patent-ineligible concept, in a decision that provides guidance on how life science innovations can satisfy the Mayo test

  • EPO to implement fundamental appeal reforms

    July 06, 2016

    The EPO Administrative Council has agreed reforms that the Office claims will increase independence and improve efficiency. But the EPO examiners’ union argues that the reforms ignore the input of the Boards and the views of users

  • June is busiest month for PTAB filing of 2016

    July 06, 2016

    PTAB Data and Analysis: Managing IP reveals Patent Trial and Appeal Board filing data for June and analyses recent decisions from the Supreme Court, Federal Circuit and PTAB, including the Board interpreting Enfish in mixed rulings. The USPTO has also announced it is replacing the Patent Review Processing System for PTAB trials

  • Brexit 10 days on: latest developments

    July 05, 2016

    While the politicians begin the discussions about how and when the UK will extricate itself from the EU and establish new trading relationships, trade mark practitioners have told Managing IP that clients are already preparing for the Brexit future

  • Online courts and the future of IP litigation

    July 04, 2016

    Are online courts the future for IP disputes? That was the topic of the annual Collyer Bristow IP debate between Tim Bamford and Karen Fong. They reveal some snippets from their diaries in the months leading up to the big fight

  • UPC scenario 5: Enforcing a patent inside and outside the UPC

    July 04, 2016

    In the latest in our series of UPC scenarios, Laura Whiting and Inmaculada Lorenzo explore the options for a pharmaceutical patent owner faced with a potential infringer manufacturing its product in Spain

  • UPC preparations will go ahead

    July 01, 2016

    The UPC Preparatory Committee and EPO Select Committee have issued a joint statement saying they will continue with their planned work despite the Brexit vote

  • First DTSA decision entered, as new trade secrets cases roll in

    July 01, 2016

    The Northern District of California appears to be the first federal court to enter a written decision under the Defend Trade Secrets Act. At least 15 cases have been filed under the DTSA since it was enacted

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