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  • Patent reform to pass this Congress – former Leahy adviser

    December 19, 2013

    Patrick Leahy this week has been trying to convince his fellow senators of the need to pass patent reform. But the Democratic Senator from Vermont, who serves as the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has been doing it without his former top adviser on IP issues

  • US Senate slows pace of patent reform legislation

    December 18, 2013

    Following swift passage in Washington of comprehensive patent legislation by the House of Representatives, the Senate signals it is on a much slower timetable. Some are also trying to get the controversial issue of expanding the CBM programme back on the agenda.

  • Is the USPTO under-calculating patent term adjustments?

    December 17, 2013

    The way in which the USPTO calculates patent term adjustments has been challenged in several recent court cases.

  • US Solicitor General asks Supreme Court to hear Akamai v Limelight

    December 13, 2013

    The US Solicitor General has filed an amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to agree to hear Akamai v Limelight, a case concerning whether patent infringement can occur when two separate parties perform different steps of a method claim.

  • Michelle Lee named deputy director of USPTO

    December 11, 2013

    The director of the USPTO’s Silicon Valley satellite office will become deputy director of the agency in January.

  • Rea’s advice to next USPTO leader: follow Kappos's path

    December 11, 2013

    Former USPTO acting director Teresa Stanek Rea, who left the agency last month, spoke to Alli Pyrah about her move to Crowell & Moring, following in the footsteps of David Kappos, and the challenges that face the USPTO

  • A "good" NPE speaks out

    December 06, 2013

    Universities such as Caltech are often held up as examples of good NPEs in discussions about intellectual property. What sorts of challenges do they face?

  • Goodlatte bill if enacted would quickly need to be fixed: Kappos

    December 05, 2013

    Former USPTO director David Kappos believes patent reform is being "rushed" in the House, with the Goodlatte bill up for vote this week, and has identified a number of issues with the legislation.

  • IP5 report shows growing popularity of patents

    November 28, 2013

    The number of patent applications filed at the five biggest IP offices grew 11% in 2012 to 1.876 million, according to figures published in the latest IP5 Statistics Report

  • Stories from the patent frontline – India’s former IP appeals head speaks out

    November 28, 2013

    Prabha Sridevan, whose stint as the chairperson of India’s IP Appellate Board (IPAB) ended in August, tells Peter Leung about why India has higher patentability standards and why she thinks the IPAB is the most important tribunal in the country

  • Six reforms to beat trolls – US academics

    November 27, 2013

    IP professors from across the United States have written to Congress suggesting reforms to curb abusive patent litigation

  • Patent troll legislation advances in Washington

    November 22, 2013

    Major patent reform bills advanced in both chambers of the US Congress this week as lawmakers followed through on threats to craft new laws designed to curb frivolous patent infringement litigation

  • Google’s head of patents Allen Lo puts the case for reform

    November 21, 2013

    Dealing with the patent troll problem in the United States demands tackling both litigation abuse and patent quality, according to Allen Lo of Google

  • Interview: Allen Lo of Google on patent trolls and US reform

    November 21, 2013

    Google is at the heart of the debate on patent reform in the United States. Last week, James Nurton spoke to the company’s deputy general counsel, patents and patent litigation, Allen Lo, about how its patent strategy has evolved, why it believes there is a troll problem, and what legal changes are needed. Here is the full transcript of the interview

  • Goodlatte seeks to drop expansion of CBM review from anti-troll bill

    November 19, 2013

    House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte introduced an amendment to his patent reform bill yesterday that would drop his plan to expand covered business method (CBM) review to software patents

  • Five takeaways from Garmin v Cuozzo on inter partes review

    November 18, 2013

    In the PTAB’s first ruling under the inter partes review system in the US, the Board found in favour of Garmin and invalidated Cuozzo’s patents covering LCD technology

  • Is SCOTUS less patent-friendly than lower courts?

    November 13, 2013

    Lawyers at a conference in New York on Friday debated whether the Supreme Court is “less enamoured with patents” than the Federal Circuit

  • Bill aims to solve USPTO funding crisis

    October 31, 2013

    A bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives that would finally end the diversion of USPTO fees away from the agency

  • More work needed on Goodlatte patent legislation

    October 31, 2013

    As the dust settles on introduction of the main patent reform bill in the US House of Representatives, stakeholders are parsing the text and pressing for changes

  • Surprising progress on harmonising grace periods

    October 28, 2013

    Is harmonisation of the grace period getting closer? Surprisingly, it could be. That's the message Peter Schechter of Edwards Wildman brought back from the AIPPI Forum & ExCo in Helsinki and delivered to AIPLA attendees last week

  • Teresa Stanek Rea: USPTO “in the eye of a hurricane”

    October 25, 2013

    USPTO acting director Teresa Stanek Rea yesterday criticised the breakdown in budget negotiations between Democrats and Republicans as “a sad and stark contrast” to bipartisan cooperation on the America Invents Act

  • Six lessons from the new PTAB in the US

    October 25, 2013

    New procedures for post-grant challenges under the America Invents Act (AIA) can help defendants in patent infringement suits to fight back. But they need to approach it with a very specific strategy

  • The world’s top PCT firms revealed

    September 30, 2013

    Chinese firms are the fastest growing filers in this year’s PCT Survey, but Shiga and Sakai of Japan jump up the worldwide rankings and there are new top firms in both Australia and Italy

  • USPTO will remain open if government shutdown goes ahead

    September 30, 2013

    USPTO acting director Teresa Stanek Rea told staff that the Office will remain open in the event of a government shutdown tomorrow

  • US industry and politicians urge Obama to push India on IP

    September 27, 2013

    US politicians and industry organisations urged President Barrack Obama to apply pressure on Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over his country’s IP policies during Singh’s recent visit to the White House

  • Who will lead the USPTO out of the sequestration crisis?

    September 17, 2013

    Following acting USPTO director Teresa Stanek Rea's announcement of her resignation on Thursday, key figures in the patent industry stressed the urgent need for the Office to recruit a permanent leader

  • US government report targets software patents

    August 23, 2013

    Focus on the type of patent, rather than the identity of the litigant: that was the conclusion of a US Government Accountability Office report into patent litigation and patent quality published this week

  • Next USPTO software meeting in Berkeley

    August 20, 2013

    The USPTO will hold its third software partnership meeting on October 17 in Berkeley, California

  • When should financial services institutions assert business method patents?

    August 01, 2013

    In the close-knit financial services industry, where a company’s competitors are also frequently its customers, when should financial services institutions assert business method patents against competitors?

  • Interview: Anand Grover of the Lawyers Collective

    July 19, 2013

    The Indian Supreme Court’s rejection of Novartis’s Glivec patent brought the increasingly tense debate about the balance between patent rights and access to medicines to the forefront. Anand Grover, who successfully represented the Cancer Patient Aid Association in the case, argues that the patent system may not be the best way to encourage drug research

  • Webinar on Myriad and Monsanto

    June 25, 2013

    Managing IP’s next webinar is on topical biotech patent developments in the United States, and takes place on Thursday June 27 at 5pm BST/noon EDT

  • Analysis: Why biotech industry must adapt patent strategies following Myriad

    June 25, 2013

    The Supreme Court ruled in Myriad earlier this month that isolated genomic DNA is ineligible for patent protection. Alli Pyrah reports on strategies the biotech industry might now take to protect genetic inventions

  • Industry and academics react to White House anti-troll plan

    June 20, 2013

    Earlier this month, the White House released a plan for dealing with patent trolls in the US. Alli Pyrah reports on the reaction from businesspeople, academics and industry organisations

  • FTC announces investigation into patent trolls in the US

    June 20, 2013

    Federal Trade Commission chairwoman Edith Ramirez announced that the FTC is launching an investigation into the potentially anti-competitive practices of patent trolls in the US

  • White House unveils five steps to tackle patent trolls

    June 05, 2013

    President Obama has directed the USPTO to implement a five-step plan in an effort to thwart patent trolls

  • Should you use post-grant opposition in the US?

    May 28, 2013

    The America Invents Act gives challengers more ways to attack a patent post-grant, but the challenger may have to hit a “moving target”

  • AIPLA attacks USPTO sequestration

    May 24, 2013

    AIPLA president Jeff Lewis has written to the Office of Management and Budget protesting against the application of sequestration to the USPTO

  • USPTO considering new guidance after CLS v Alice

    May 17, 2013

    The USPTO is considering whether to issue further guidelines on patenting software and business method patents following Friday’s Federal Circuit ruling on CLS v Alice and says it has identified three key themes from the opinions

  • How CLS v Alice affects software patents

    May 16, 2013

    In the wake of Friday’s narrow decision on CLS v Alice, lawyers are advising patent applicants to adjust their strategies for protecting software innovations. Alli Pyrah reports

  • CLS v Alice decision may be the “death” of US business method patents

    May 13, 2013

    The validity of hundreds of thousands of business method patents is uncertain after the Federal Circuit narrowly upheld the district court’s decision in CLS v Alice that four patents are invalid under Section 101

  • Stakeholders divided over US software patents

    May 02, 2013

    As technology companies urge the USPTO to adopt more rigorous standards for software patents to combat frivolous claims, associations that represent patent owners, agents and attorneys warn of unintended consequences if software patents are subject to separate compliance rules

  • Judge Michel interview: transcript

    April 03, 2013

    In an interview conducted during last month’s US Patent Forum, former chief judge of the Federal Circuit Paul Michel talked about Congress, the Supreme Court and patent reform

  • First-to-file is here: a last-minute checklist for applicants

    March 13, 2013

    As the March 16 transition to a first-inventor-to-file system nears, US patent applicants are racing to file applications under the old system in order to avoid potential pitfalls posed by remaining ambiguities in the law

  • USPTO event: Who should bear the burden of better software patents?

    March 01, 2013

    Stakeholders who gathered at New York University on Wednesday to discuss ways to improve the quality of software patents seemed divided between those who would put the onus on applicants and those who would require more work of examiners

  • Sony anti-piracy patent published

    February 25, 2013

    A Sony patent application for a system which aims to combat piracy by comparing the load times of media such as video games has been published

  • Trends begin to emerge in USPTO post grant systems

    February 25, 2013

    As of February 22, there have been 142 petitions for inter partes review (IPR) and 15 petitions for post grant review of covered business methods (CBM) filed at the USPTO – but how are they being decided? And what effect have they had on litigation? Eileen McDermott investigates

  • Microsoft seals eighteenth Android licensing deal

    February 22, 2013

    Microsoft has struck its eighteenth licensing agreement with an Android device maker - this time with Nikon for cameras running the Android platform

  • Myriad gene patent survives challenge in Australia

    February 15, 2013

    In a Federal Court ruling, Justice John Nicholas held that isolated genetic material is patentable in Australia

  • North America Awards 2013 - shortlists revealed

    February 12, 2013

    The shortlisted firms for Managing IP's 2013 North America Awards have been announced. The awards ceremony will take place in Washington, DC on March 19

  • Confusion over business methods debated in CLS v Alice today

    February 08, 2013

    The Federal Circuit will consider questions which may redefine the law on US business method patents as it begins its en banc rehearing of CLS Bank v Alice today

  • MoFo soars in US patent survey

    February 06, 2013

    Blockbuster cases in the US as well as major shake ups in Latin America mean significant changes in the Americas rankings in this year’s Managing IP patents survey

  • Cravath recruits Kappos as corporate partner

    February 06, 2013

    David Kappos, who left his job as director of the USPTO last Friday, has joined Cravath Swaine & Moore’s New York office as a partner in the firm's corporate practice

  • Rea outlines USPTO future after Kappos

    February 05, 2013

    Following the departure of USPTO director David Kappos on Friday, the organisation will continue efforts to improve consistency internally and between patent offices around the world, said acting director Teresa Stanek Rea on Saturday

  • The USPTO CBM process explained

    February 01, 2013

    The USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board has given its first ruling in the new CBM review procedure. Managing IP explains how the process works

  • We need to fix software patents, says outgoing Kappos

    January 30, 2013

    In one of his final interviews before leaving office as USPTO Director, David Kappos identified “software and software patenting” as the biggest challenge for his successor.

  • Federal Circuit and USPTO seek to clarify business method patents

    January 30, 2013

    Some of the uncertainty surrounding business method patents in the US may be clarified by a rehearing of CLS v Alice next month and a recent ruling concerning post-grant review procedures, reports Alli Pyrah

  • Kappos: why he’s leaving USPTO, and what’s left to be done

    January 28, 2013

    As David Kappos prepares for his final day at the USPTO this Friday, he spoke with Managing IP about his reasons for leaving, what the US government can do better, and why his team is like “a beautiful painting”

  • USPTO reveals 2013 fee changes

    January 23, 2013

    The USPTO has published new fees, most of which come into force on March 19

  • AIPLA President's blog: A submarine attack on submarines

    January 08, 2013

    If you are in the IP space then you know about the America Invents Act (AIA), the significant US patent law reform that occurred in 2011

  • AIA problems fixed with HR6621

    January 04, 2013

    A bill which aims to clarify ambiguities in the America Invents Act (AIA) looks set to become law following amendments to remove some controversial provisions

  • EPO and USPTO unveil new classification system

    January 04, 2013

    The EPO and USPTO have launched a new patent classification system, called the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC), as part of efforts to harmonise patent procedures globally

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