PTAB, utility models and patent rankings - highlights from the March issue
Managing IP is part of the Delinian Group, Delinian Limited, 4 Bouverie Street, London, EC4Y 8AX, Registered in England & Wales, Company number 00954730
Copyright © Delinian Limited and its affiliated companies 2024

Accessibility | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Modern Slavery Statement

PTAB, utility models and patent rankings - highlights from the March issue

Mar16 cover_small

Our March issue includes the second part of the annual IP STARS rankings, listing the top firms for patent work worldwide. In addition, we take a look at a couple of topical issues: PTAB trends in the US and utility models in emerging markets

Mar16 cover_small

The paper copies of the March issue are now well on their way to subscribers. You can also read the full contents online (subscription or trial required).

There is a special focus on patents in this issue, with the second part of the IP STARS rankings listing the top firms in some 80 jurisdictions. You can read these, and the rankings for trade mark work, on the IP STARS website.

To complement the patent rankings, we decided to examine trends in a couple of interesting areas of patent practice. 

In "Institutional change", our Americas editor Michael Loney takes a look at the past and future of the PTAB in the United States. He reports that the Board is taking a harder line on institution, using data including rankings of the top petitioners, patent owners, law firms and attorneys at the PTAB in 2015. 

PTAB data

Michael also previews the Cuozzo case heading to the Supreme Court, which addresses both the broadest reasonable interpretation standard and the possibility of reviewing decisions to institute. Note that the online version of the article includes extended analysis of issues including the redundancy clampdown, motions to amend claims and how estoppel is being applied. 

The second topic we look at is one that will be alien to practitioner in many countries: utility models. With applications soaring in China (a trend that grew in 2015, according to data I saw this week), but falling in many countries, we ask: what is the point of utility models?

Utility model trends

Economists are divided over the merits of utility models (or petty patents) in promoting innovation. Indeed, as we report in this article, Australia is reviewing its innovation patent system.  However, from China to Germany, practitioners we spoke to argued that utility models can have a role to play in a multi-tool patent strategy. In particular, as Andy Booth of Dyson told me, they can provide important interim protection where fast-track patent examination is not available. 

Whether utility models are appropriate for you or not, they cannot be ignored - especially in China - so we hope the article provides some food for thought.

Other features in the March issue include: a review of trade mark cases in Malaysia; our second UPC scenario dealing with an SPC and licensing issues; patent jurisdiction in China; trade secrets in the cloud; patenting computer programs in India; and further analysis of trends at the PTAB. 

We also have our monthly international briefings articles written by the sponsoring firms in each jurisdiction, and the monthly gossip from our fictional columnist John of Utynam.

Read all of this on the dedicated page

more from across site and ros bottom lb

More from across our site

External counsel for automotive companies explain how trends such as AI and vehicle connectivity are affecting their practices and reveal what their clients are prioritising
We provide a rundown of Managing IP’s news and analysis coverage from the week, and review what’s been happening elsewhere in IP
The winners of the awards will be revealed at a gala dinner in New York City on April 25
Counsel debate the potential outcome of SCOTUS’s latest copyright case after justices questioned whether they should dismiss it
Each week Managing IP speaks to a different IP lawyer about their life and career
The small Düsseldorf firm is making a big impact in the UPC. Founding partner Christof Augenstein explains why
The court criticised Oppo’s attempts to delay proceedings and imposed a penalty, adding that the Chinese company may need to pay more if the trial isn’t concluded this year
Miguel Hernandez explains how he secured victory for baby care company Naterra in his first oral argument before the Federal Circuit
The UPC judges are wrong – restricting access to court documents, and making parties appoint a lawyer only to have a chance of seeing them, is madness
The group, which includes the Volkswagen, Seat and Audi brands, is now licensed to use SEPs owned by more than 60 patent owners
Gift this article