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This week on MIP: Via Licensing nets Reliance, Nokia-Oppo latest

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We provide a rundown of Managing IP’s news and analysis coverage from the week, and review what’s been happening elsewhere in IP

Managing IP EMEA Awards 2023: the winners

Managing IP hosted a gala dinner on Wednesday, June 21, to recognise law firms, companies, and practitioners for their achievements last year.

More than 500 guests joined us at the Hilton London Metropole to find out who won in a host of categories.

The ceremony was also used to promote the work of the mental health charity Jonathan’s Voice and raise funds for it. Managing IP also donated to the charity.

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Reliance joins Via Licensing Alliance pool

Reliance Industries, India’s largest public company, has joined the Via Licensing Alliance Advanced Audio Coding patent pool, it emerged yesterday, June 22.

AAC specifies a coding method that allows consumers to enjoy high-quality audio with high compression efficiency. The conglomerate will join around 1,000 other businesses licensed to the AAC patent pool.

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Litigation latest: Nokia faces uphill battle in Oppo suit

Nokia faces an uphill battle in its defence against Oppo’s 5G patent infringement suit, which the Finnish telecoms company says is anti-competitive.

The Munich Regional Court sided with Oppo on key legal issues in a preliminary opinion delivered in court on Thursday, June 15, sources with knowledge of the hearing told Managing IP.

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Fed Circuit denies Newman's public hearing request

A special committee at the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has denied Judge Pauline Newman’s request for a public hearing on whether she committed misconduct, according to an order published on Tuesday, June 20.

On July 13, counsel for Newman is scheduled to address whether the 95-year-old judge’s refusal to undergo medical examinations, provide medical records, and be interviewed by the committee investigating her constituted misconduct.

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UPC webinar: first cases ‘obviously connected’ to existing proceedings

Most infringement actions filed at the Unified Patent Court appear to be related to existing national proceedings, according to a senior lawyer.

Christian Stoll, partner at Hogan Lovells in Hamburg, provided his perspective during a webinar hosted by the firm on Wednesday, June 21.

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Other articles published by Managing IP this week include:

In-house: China TM rules could save time and money

BoA deadline squeeze ‘alarming’ and ‘ineffective’: attorneys

In-house reveal how to combat ‘unjustified’ Indian patent refusals

Senate AI and IP hearing sparks far-reaching discussion

Elsewhere in IP

Eligibility reform

US Senators Thom Tillis and Chris Coons introduced new legislation to expand patent eligibility yesterday, June 22.

The Patent Eligibility Restoration Act has received support from the North Carolina Biosciences Organisation and former USPTO directors Andrei Iancu and David Kappos.

The bill aims to make it easier to obtain patents on technologies in fields such as medical diagnostics and artificial intelligence.

UPC ‘patience’

Unified Patent Court judge Rian Kalden delivered the annual Sir Hugh Laddie Lecture at University College London on Wednesday, June 21.

Kalden, who is a presiding judge at the UPC Court of Appeal, responded to frustration from some attendees over the performance of the court’s case management system and pleaded for patience.

She said: “Nothing is functioning at 100% as we want it at the moment but there is a huge team working day and night to make it happen. We are asking for a bit of patience and trust,”

India holds firm

India won’t budge on key intellectual property provisions in trade talks with the UK and the EU, officialssaid this week.

The 10th round of negotiations between the UK and India finished earlier this month, UK officials confirmed on Monday, June 19.

The 11th round will begin in the coming months.

Dentons breakaway

A group of seven partners, including six intellectual property specialists, left Dentons to join Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) on Tuesday, June 20.

The group includes Song Jung, former chair of the global IP and technology group at Dentons, who will become BCLP’s global chair of patents.

The partners will be based in Washington DC and Atlanta.

Clubcard rebrand

Tesco will be forced to rebrand its Clubcard signs rather than just pay Lidl damages, the England and Wales High Court ruled on Wednesday, June 21.

The court ruled in April that Tesco infringed the German discount supermarket’s copyright and trademark covering its yellow and blue logo.

Tesco subsequently argued it should only pay damages rather than face an injunction.

That's it for today, see you again next week.

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