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This week on MIP: Nokia-Oppo latest, UPC transparency

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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

Nokia agrees to India setting global FRAND terms in Oppo suit

Nokia has agreed that the Delhi High Court should set global licence rates for its standard-essential patents and will give up UK litigation if Oppo withdraws its case in China, in the latest twist in the multijurisdictional dispute.

The news means India could be where the pair finally resolve their global dispute, which has been heard in courts in the UK, Europe, and China.

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Former USPTO head eyes Section 101 focus after starting new firm

Subject matter eligibility issues and drafting suggested legislation for clients will be among the key focuses of a new law firm set up by a former USPTO acting director.

Joseph Matal founded solo practice Clear IP in October, after having worked at Haynes Boone since 2020. He worked at the USPTO from 2017 to 2020 and served as acting director from June 2017 to February 2018.

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UPC appeal judges to rule on transparency

The Unified Patent Court’s appellate division is set to rule on a case surrounding access to pleadings in what could be a decisive early test of transparency at the new court.

Ocado has filed an appeal at the UPC Court of Appeal against the Nordic-Baltic regional division’s decision to grant a member of the public access to its infringement claim against Autostore.

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Other articles published by Managing IP this week include:

Weekly take: Firms must ensure they don’t drive out diverse lawyers

Five minutes with … Ben Buchanan, UKIPO

Funders: nothing scary about China-backed lawsuits targeting Samsung

UK at the UPC: inside Powell Gilbert’s early success

Elsewhere in IP

Irish hire

Pinsent Masons has hired patent litigator Maureen Daly to lead its intellectual property team in Dublin, the firm announced on Monday, November 13.

Daly joins from Irish firm Beauchamps, where she had been partner and head of technology and IP for 18 years.

“Maureen is a market leader in IP and data, and one of very few IP litigators in Ireland with a science degree and patent litigation experience,” said Ann Lalor, head of Pinsent Masons’ Dublin office.

Healthy patent win

A Delaware federal jury ordered oncology company Guardant Health to pay $83.4 million in damages for wilful patent infringement to TwinStrand Biosciences and the University of Washington on Tuesday, November 14.

The University of Washington owned the two patents at issue but had exclusively licensed them to TwinStrand Biosciences. Law firm Sterne Kessler advised the plaintiffs.

INTA president

INTA has elected Amazon's intellectual property chief Dana Northcott as its president and chair of the board of directors, the lobby group announced on Tuesday, November 14.

Northcott, who is vice president and associate general counsel at Amazon, will take up the post on January 1.

She succeeds Jomarie Fredericks, chief IP and brand counsel at Rotary International.

GI go

A new EU geographical indications (GI) law took effect yesterday, November 16, extending protection to craft and industrial products.

Industry bodies can apply for registration at the EUIPO from December 1, 2025.

GIs previously only applied to food and drink products but could now cover products including Donegal tweed and porcelaine de Limoges.

Design patent bar

The USPTOpublished a final rule to create a separate design patent bar yesterday, November 16.

Those with degrees in industrial design, product design, architecture, applied arts, graphic design, fine or studio arts or art teacher education can now qualify to practise in design patent matters before the USPTO.

Eligible candidates must also take and pass the registration examination.

The rule takes effect on January 2, 2024.

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

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