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  • Battistelli sets out unitary patent fee priorities

    May 30, 2013

    Renewal fees for unitary patents must be set a level that makes the system attractive for users, EPO President Benoît Battistelli told Managing IP this week

  • ITC delays decision on Samsung import ban

    May 30, 2013

    The ITC has asked for additional information about three Apple patents before deciding whether some Samsung products should be banned from the US for infringing them.

  • EPO ceremony honours great inventors

    May 29, 2013

    Inventors of LCDs, USB, nanotechnology, pyrosequencing, furniture doors and train wheels were recognised at the EPO European Inventor Award 2013 held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands this week.

  • Tip for licensing technology in China

    May 29, 2013

    Chinese companies might be innovating more than ever, but last year the country paid almost $17 billion more in licence fees and royalties than it received. Slashing that deficit requires not only more inventions, but better licensing strategies

  • Should you use post-grant opposition in the US?

    May 28, 2013

    The America Invents Act gives challengers more ways to attack a patent post-grant, but the challenger may have to hit a “moving target”

  • AIPLA attacks USPTO sequestration

    May 24, 2013

    AIPLA president Jeff Lewis has written to the Office of Management and Budget protesting against the application of sequestration to the USPTO

  • Vermont passes controversial new law targeting patent trolls

    May 24, 2013

    Vermont enacted a new law on Wednesday, believed to be the first of its kind in the US, in an effort to crack down on so-called patent trolls

  • Show it in a patent, or lock it in a safe?

    May 24, 2013

    Traditional forms of intellectual property are key to maintaining a competitive edge, but there are instances where trade secret protection may result in stronger and longer lasting protection

  • Supreme Court backs former employee in trade secrets case

    May 23, 2013

    The Court of Appeal was right to find that a former employee of mosquito net maker Vestergaard was not liable for breach of confidential information, the UK Supreme Court has ruled

  • Supreme Court will rule on patent licensing dispute

    May 22, 2013

    The US Supreme Court agreed on Monday to accept a patent dispute between Boston Scientific and medical devices manufacturer Medtronic

  • Newegg and Overstock defeat Alcatel in e-commerce patent appeal

    May 20, 2013

    The Federal Circuit has upheld a lower court’s decision to invalidate three patents belonging to telecoms equipment provider Alcatel Lucent, covering basic e-commerce functions used by almost every shopping site

  • USPTO considering new guidance after CLS v Alice

    May 17, 2013

    The USPTO is considering whether to issue further guidelines on patenting software and business method patents following Friday’s Federal Circuit ruling on CLS v Alice and says it has identified three key themes from the opinions

  • How CLS v Alice affects software patents

    May 16, 2013

    In the wake of Friday’s narrow decision on CLS v Alice, lawyers are advising patent applicants to adjust their strategies for protecting software innovations. Alli Pyrah reports

  • Monsanto wins patent exhaustion case at Supreme Court

    May 14, 2013

    In a short and unanimous opinion in Bowman v Monsanto, the US Supreme Court has upheld the Federal Circuit’s ruling that an Indiana farmer may not reproduce patented seeds without the patent holder’s permission

  • CLS v Alice decision may be the “death” of US business method patents

    May 13, 2013

    The validity of hundreds of thousands of business method patents is uncertain after the Federal Circuit narrowly upheld the district court’s decision in CLS v Alice that four patents are invalid under Section 101

  • Brazil's Azevêdo wins at the WTO: MSF calls for help on IP rules

    May 08, 2013

    A group campaigning for better access to medicines has urged the WTO’s incoming director-general to help ensure that least-developed countries remain exempt from implementing the TRIPs Agreement

  • Nine alternatives to the billable hour

    May 08, 2013

    With in-house counsel under pressure to rein in legal budgets, outside firms are increasingly being asked to offer corporate clients alternatives to the traditional model of the billable hour.

  • EU and US pursue trade deal

    May 08, 2013

    Nothing highlights the varying attitudes to IP around the world like trade negotiations. In an interview with the INTA Daily News yesterday, Anders Jessen of the European Commission talked through the multiple trade deals Europe is in the process of negotiating, and explained how cultural and intellectual differences drive such agreements.

  • Commission explains its position on injunctions for standard-essential patents

    May 07, 2013

    EU antitrust officials have told Motorola Mobility they believe it abused a dominant position by seeking an injunction using its standards-essential patents

  • Stakeholders divided over US software patents

    May 02, 2013

    As technology companies urge the USPTO to adopt more rigorous standards for software patents to combat frivolous claims, associations that represent patent owners, agents and attorneys warn of unintended consequences if software patents are subject to separate compliance rules

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