It has been another busy year in the intellectual property world. We at Managing IP have also been busy keeping on top of all the changes.
Our most-viewed articles
Our exclusive awards, rankings and data feature heavily in the list of our 20 most-viewed articles published for subscribers.
Our most-read article was the recent relaunch of our 50 most influential people in IP list. Our IP Stars rankings of firms for patent and trade mark work, published early in the year, were also popular.
In March, we revealed EMEA, Americas and Asia winners in our restructured awards programme.
Popular data on the site included our rankings of firms for PCT work, PTAB work and US district court litigation.
Interestingly, two hot IP topics proved very popular. Our articles on blockchain and artificial intelligence feature high in the rankings.
Here are our top 20 most-viewed articles published for subscribers in 2018:
The 50 most influential people in IP, November 28
Top firms for trade mark work: IP Stars rankings, February 1
Rankings: the top firms for PCT work this year, December 3
Managing IP Asia awards winners revealed, March 21
How AI affects patent prosecution and litigation, June 5 2018
US patent litigation trends to watch in 2018, January 25
IP cases to look out for in Europe in 2018, January 5
Pharma repurposing: old drugs, new tricks, February 27
Autonomous vehicles and IP special report
During the year we took a deep dive on another hot IP topic that is increasing in importance. In July, we published an in-depth report, in association with Gowling WLG, on the automotive industry and IP. The report is based on a series of detailed interviews with industry figures, published research and data and an online questionnaire that received more than 200 responses. You can read the report for free by clicking this link:
The year in headlines
As always, it was an entertaining year for IP news.
Some of the highlights include:
In the US, Andrei Iancu was approved as USPTO director; he wasted no time changing the tone and making changes that pleased patent owners. The Supreme Court changed PTAB practice by ending partial institution in SAS Institute v Iancu and allowed the award of foreign lost profits patent damages in US patent cases in WesternGeco v Ion Geophysical. The Federal Circuit moved the pendulum on Section 101 back a bit with its Berkheimer ruling, as well as issuing important rulings on CRISPR and sovereign immunity. Congress even passed IP legislation, with the Music Modernization Act and SUCCESS Act.
Canada had a number of big news stories: the legalisation of cannabis had IP implications; the Supreme Court issued a ruling on ISPs; and the USMCA overhauled some important IP issues.
Latin America saw a number of changes to IP systems. This included Argentina revamping its patents, trade marks and designs regulations.
In Europe, Christian Archambeau took over as EUIPO executive director. The European Commission released a controversial waiver proposal. Among important rulings, the CJEU ruled Louboutin’s red sole does not fall within absolute grounds for refusal, the UK Supreme Court issued decisions in Cartier v BT and Warner-Lambert’s pregabalin patent case, and UK Court of Appeal declared a global licence can be FRAND in Unwired Planet v Huawei. But one thing did not happen: the German Constitutional Court has not issued its vital ruling on the UPC – yet.
In Asia, a number of big stories in China have dominated. A Federal Circuit-style appeals court is being established. China’s IP office was restructured – goodbye SIPO, hello CNIPA. The year began with a blockbuster ruling, with Huawei scoring a standard essential patent win against Samsung in Shenzhen court. In India, after being virtually dormant for a few years, and amassing a fearsome backlog, India’s Intellectual Property Appellate Board was back in business.
One of the longest-running IP stories of recent years ended this year: Apple and Samsung settled their dispute. In contrast, the battle between Apple and Qualcomm intensified during the year.
You can read about all of these and more on our selection of news and analysis headlines from the year below:
Why Judge Koh’s Qualcomm FRAND ruling is a big deal, November 10
China contemplates IP appeals court, October 25
IP systems updates in Latin America, October 5
How the USMCA will affect Canadian IP, October 3
PTAB practice in a post-SAS world, June 25
We’ve enjoyed bringing you coverage of all these stories this year and look forward to reporting on all that 2019 brings. In the meantime, happy holidays from the Managing IP editorial team!
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