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  • Ex-AIPLA president continues client confidentiality quest

    December 31, 2013

    Jeffrey Lewis may have finished his term as president of AIPLA in October but he is determined to continue to push for change on attorney-client privilege

  • Apple and Samsung reportedly resume patent talks

    December 30, 2013

    Apple and Samsung have reportedly resumed talks in an effort to settle their differences over patent infringement claims relating to smartphone technology.

  • US patent licensing firm says it received China arrest threats

    December 19, 2013

    The long-running legal battle between InterDigital and Huawei took a new twist this week after InterDigital claimed its representatives were threatened with arrest by China’s antitrust authorities.

  • Google joins board of Open Invention Network

    December 19, 2013

    Google has joined the board of the Open Invention Network, an organisation that offers free licences to a portfolio of patents as an incentive not to sue open-source software projects including Linux.

  • Patent reform to pass this Congress – former Leahy adviser

    December 19, 2013

    Patrick Leahy this week has been trying to convince his fellow senators of the need to pass patent reform. But the Democratic Senator from Vermont, who serves as the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has been doing it without his former top adviser on IP issues

  • US Senate slows pace of patent reform legislation

    December 18, 2013

    Following swift passage in Washington of comprehensive patent legislation by the House of Representatives, the Senate signals it is on a much slower timetable. Some are also trying to get the controversial issue of expanding the CBM programme back on the agenda.

  • Intellectual Ventures reveals list of its patents

    December 18, 2013

    As US politicians from both parties call for legislation to curb abusive patent litigation, patent assertion entity Intellectual Ventures has revealed a searchable list of more than 33,000 of its patents to the public.

  • Consistent damages law would deal with trolls

    December 18, 2013

    Applying the existing US damages law consistently would go a long way to reducing the troll problem, it was argued during a web seminar entitled Patent Trolls & Damages held by Managing IP in association with LexisNexis

  • Is the USPTO under-calculating patent term adjustments?

    December 17, 2013

    The way in which the USPTO calculates patent term adjustments has been challenged in several recent court cases.

  • Wragge and Lawrence Graham to merge

    December 15, 2013

    Law firms Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham are to merge next year, following a vote by the partners last week

  • US Solicitor General asks Supreme Court to hear Akamai v Limelight

    December 13, 2013

    The US Solicitor General has filed an amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to agree to hear Akamai v Limelight, a case concerning whether patent infringement can occur when two separate parties perform different steps of a method claim.

  • Michelle Lee named deputy director of USPTO

    December 11, 2013

    The director of the USPTO’s Silicon Valley satellite office will become deputy director of the agency in January.

  • Rea’s advice to next USPTO leader: follow Kappos's path

    December 11, 2013

    Former USPTO acting director Teresa Stanek Rea, who left the agency last month, spoke to Alli Pyrah about her move to Crowell & Moring, following in the footsteps of David Kappos, and the challenges that face the USPTO

  • Politicians urge Obama to allow public review of IP provisions in TPP

    December 10, 2013

    Six members of US Congress have written to US President Barack Obama expressing concern that "secret" negotiations over intellectual property in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement benefit pharmaceutical companies at the expense of public health.

  • Battistelli: unitary patent fee concern is exaggerated

    December 09, 2013

    Unitary patent fees will be confirmed “in 2014”, but it is impossible to be more precise than that, according to EPO President Benoît Battistelli. But he also claims that concern over fees is greatly exaggerated

  • Global patent filings grow at their fastest for 18 years

    December 09, 2013

    Applications from the Chinese for IP rights around the world have helped to drive levels of global IP growth in 2012, with global patent filings growing at their fastest rate for 18 years

  • Supreme Court agrees to decide on Alice v CLS

    December 06, 2013

    The Supreme Court has confirmed it will hear oral arguments in Alice’s dispute with CLS Bank, in a case that will rule on the extent to which software and business methods are patentable.

  • Four candidates, including Gurry, to run for WIPO leadership

    December 06, 2013

    Four candidates will run for the Director General post at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), including the current Director General, Australian Francis Gurry.

  • A "good" NPE speaks out

    December 06, 2013

    Universities such as Caltech are often held up as examples of good NPEs in discussions about intellectual property. What sorts of challenges do they face?

  • Australian senators call for TPP transparency

    December 06, 2013

    Members of the upper house in Australia’s parliament have called for the government to publish the final text of the trans-Pacific free trade deal before it is signed off by the cabinet

  • Innovation Act passed intact by US House of Representatives

    December 06, 2013

    The Innovation Act was passed by the House of Representatives in a 325-91 vote yesterday, despite some heated opposition. It survived amendments that would have removed provisions moving to a loser-pays system and diluted the covered stay provisions

  • Goodlatte bill if enacted would quickly need to be fixed: Kappos

    December 05, 2013

    Former USPTO director David Kappos believes patent reform is being "rushed" in the House, with the Goodlatte bill up for vote this week, and has identified a number of issues with the legislation.

  • AIPLA tells US Congress: We cannot support Innovation Act

    December 05, 2013

    AIPLA has written to Congress saying it cannot support the Innovation Act because of objections to several provisions within the bill and the speed with which the legislation has moved forward.

  • The points to watch in Oracle v Google’s appeal hearing

    December 04, 2013

    Two technology giants – and two colourful lawyers – are to clash today, when the appeal hearing Oracle v Google gets underway at the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC

  • Goodlatte bill critics urge caution

    December 02, 2013

    With a vote on the Goodlatte bill scheduled for December 4, observers are concerned that progress is moving too fast on patent reform in the House of Representatives and complain that interested stakeholders have not had a fair chance to have their say.

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