November 29 2013
The number of patent applications filed at the five biggest IP offices grew 11% in 2012 to 1.876 million, according to figures published in the latest IP5 Statistics Report
November 28 2013
EIP, a UK-based firm bringing together patent attorneys and lawyers, has opened an office in Dusseldorf, Germany
The European Commission has today proposed a directive on trade secrets to replace the patchwork of rules across the EU
Prabha Sridevan, whose stint as the chairperson of India’s IP Appellate Board (IPAB) ended in August, tells Peter Leung about why India has higher patentability standards and why she thinks the IPAB is the most import...
IP professors from across the United States have written to Congress suggesting reforms to curb abusive patent litigation
November 27 2013
Sierra Wireless has complained to the US Federal Trade Commission and the European Commission that the Finnish telecoms company is abusing a dominant position in GSM and 3G standard-essential patents
November 22 2013
Major patent reform bills advanced in both chambers of the US Congress this week as lawmakers followed through on threats to craft new laws designed to curb frivolous patent infringement litigation
This week’s roundup features Microsoft v Acacia, plans for a Chinese IP court and Starbucks’ trade mark victory in Thailand
A jury has found that Samsung owes Apple another $290 million for infringing Apple’s smartphone patents, bringing the total damages to around $900 million
November 21 2013
Dealing with the patent troll problem in the United States demands tackling both litigation abuse and patent quality, according to Allen Lo of Google
The Court of Appeal in London has clarified when national courts should try patent cases where the EPO is considering whether the patent in dispute is valid
Google is at the heart of the debate on patent reform in the United States. Last week, James Nurton spoke to the company’s deputy general counsel, patents and patent litigation, Allen Lo, about how its patent strategy...
The Supreme People’s Court’s eight model IP cases show a willingness to shift evidentiary burdens to uncooperative defendants
November 20 2013
November 19 2013
House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte introduced an amendment to his patent reform bill yesterday that would drop his plan to expand covered business method (CBM) review to software patents
The Federal Circuit has revived Apple’s plea to ban US sales of Samsung tablets and smartphones found by a jury last year to be infringing Apple’s patents
In the PTAB’s first ruling under the inter partes review system in the US, the Board found in favour of Garmin and invalidated Cuozzo’s patents covering LCD technology
November 18 2013
Businesspeople, academics and public interest organisations urged the US House of Representatives to consider legislative fixes to combat patent trolls including a registry of demand letters run by the FTC
November 14 2013
A conference on the thorny issue of standard-essential patents and RAND raised some difficult questions, some of them with potentially worrying consequences
China’s State Council is seeking comments on draft revisions to the patent examination guidelines to allow for design patent protection for computer program graphic user interfaces (GUIs)
November 13 2013
Lawyers at a conference in New York on Friday debated whether the Supreme Court is “less enamoured with patents” than the Federal Circuit
The FTC has issued final changes to the premerger notification rules governing how pharmaceutical companies must report the acquisition of exclusive patent rights to the FTC and the Antitrust Division of the Departmen...
November 12 2013
Barrister Richard Hacon has been named as the successor to Colin Birss as the judge of the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC, formerly the Patents County Court) in London
There was strong rhetoric at a Thursday US Senate hearing on deceptive practices by patent monetisation firms, with trolls accused of extortion and fraud and "whistleblowers" urged to come forward
November 08 2013
A European Commission official this week urged industry “to find a balanced solution” to the questions arising from the licensing of standard-essential patents
The Mannheim Regional Court has stayed royalty rate-related litigation between Apple and Motorola Mobility until the European Commission has finished its investigation into the company’s use of standard-essential pate...
Fancy being a judge at Europe’s new Unified Patents Court? You have just one week left to apply. But competition may be fierce
The country's amended industrial design law, which came into effect on July 1, seeks to bring Malaysia closer to international standards
November 07 2013
Twitter has received a letter from IBM accusing it of infringing at least three IBM patents just days before the social networking site's Initial Public Offering
November 06 2013
November 05 2013
The US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today in a case which may shed light on who has the burden of proof when a patent licensee is accused of infringing the patent.
ZTE and its well-developed portfolio development strategy is often held up as a model for big, international Chinese IP owners. But as it increases its presence in foreign markets, does it have the patent arsenal it n...
November 04 2013
The Rockstar consortium, which bought the Nortel patent portfolio for $4.5 billion, has sued cell phone manufacturers as well as Google for patent infringement
November 01 2013
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