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This week on MIP: Latest SEP news | UPC overrules VAR case

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

Exclusive: Brazilian firm builds tech tools for IP office data mining

Brazilian firm Dannemann Siemsen has built tech platforms to help it analyse data from Brazil’s intellectual property office and dive into international patent filing trends, Managing IP revealed.

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Lava told to pay recurring royalties in Dolby SEP dispute

Indian smartphone maker Lava must pay recurring security deposits based on actual sales of its Android devices as its standard-essential patent feud with Dolby plays out, the Delhi High Court has ruled.

The order was pronounced in court on May 22 but was officially published online today, June 4.

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Exclusive: Canada's Field Law snags cannabis IP expert

A former in-house lawyer at a cannabis company moved to Canadian firm Field Law this month, Managing IP revealed on Monday, June 4.

Michael Sharp, formerly associate general counsel of intellectual property at Aurora Cannabis in Canada, said he was convinced to switch to a private practice role because he wanted to work with clients in a variety of industries.

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Other articles published on Managing IP this week include:

Five minutes with…Rothna Ngorn, Bun & Associates

‘So many doors opening’: US firms expect boom in SEP work

Abion expands presence with Lane IP acquisition

US government sides with Jack Daniel’s in TM free speech row

‘Bold move’: Paul Weiss’s IP team on London landgrab

Weekly take: What we’ve learned from one year of UPC

Behind the case: How Sim & San secured record $26m patent win

One-year hangover: counsel still scratching heads in JD aftermath

From Texas to the UPC: funders eye global patent cases

Elsewhere in IP

VAR overrule

The Unified Patent Court rejected an application for a preliminary injunction filed by Dutch company Ballinno against the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) concerning the use of video-assistant referee technology.

In a decision on Monday, June 3, the Hamburg Local Division rejected the PI application. However, the court is yet to rule on the alleged infringement of the patent in question, European patent 1944067. The patent, owned by Ballinno, covers a “method and system for detecting an offside situation”. Vossius & Partner and Brinkhoff, which team up for UPC-related work, acted for Ballinno while Bardehle Pagenberg represented UEFA.

Court social

Sticking with the UPC, the court announced on Monday, June 3, that it has set up a dedicated LinkedIn account. According to the UPC website, the account, which will share case law updates and general developments, will “further enhance transparency”. The account can be accessed here.

Romania accession

Rounding off UPC developments this week is the news that Romania deposited its ratification of the UPC Agreement (UPCA) on May 31. The UPCA will enter into force in Romania on September 1. When that happens Romania will become the 18th contracting state and the first to join the UPC since it opened on June 1 last year.

Google blow

Over in the US, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has upheld a jury verdict from the District Court for the Western District of Texas which found that Google’s thermostats infringed a patent owned by EcoFactor. The ruling, on Monday, June 3, means Google must pay $20 million in damages.

McDonald’s blow

Fast food giant McDonald’s lost its EU trademark (EUTM) for the term ‘Big Mac’ following its dispute with Irish fast food rival Supermac’s. The judgment was handed down on Wednesday, June 5, by the EU General Court. The judgment only relates to poultry products and McDonald’s still owns a EUTM for other products. Verena von Bomhard and Johannes Furhmann from Spain-based law firm Bomhard IP acted for Supermac’s.

Great workplace

IP firm Mewburn Ellis was named one of the top places in the world to work by Great Place to Work, the global authority on workplace culture on Tuesday, June 4. The firm’s staff were surveyed on questions including fair treatment of employees, the workplace atmosphere, and management culture.

ACID chief

Anti Copying in Design (ACID) has appointed Laura Newbold Breen as its new chief executive, the organisation announced on Wednesday, June 5. Breen, who was previously ACID’s chief operating officer, was formally head of legal at Magmatic. The company was the owner of the Trunki brand of suitcases before the product was transferred to new ownership.

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