Toolkit to tackle inventor gender gap

Toolkit to tackle inventor gender gap

Following its Annual Meeting at the end of September, the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) has launched a 96-page “Gender Diversity in Innovation Toolkit” aimed at closing the gender gap between male and female inventors. Despite over 55% of Ph.D....

California stops pharmaceutical “pay-for-delay”

California stops pharmaceutical “pay-for-delay”

California has introduced a pioneering new law designed to stop large pharmaceutical companies settling claims of patent infringement by generic drug manufacturers by paying those manufacturers to delay launching their products – the so-called “pay-for-delay”...

EA accused of in-game currency infringement

EA accused of in-game currency infringement

Videogame developer and publisher EA has been accused of patent infringement by Stone Interactive Ventures (SIV) in proceedings launched by the latter in the US courts. It is understood that SIV is acting, at least in part, for Intellectual Ventures Assets (IVA), a...

Nokia updates 5G patent declaration

Nokia updates 5G patent declaration

A year on from making a similar announcement back in September 2018, Nokia has stated that, as of October 2019, it has declared to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) that it has identified over 2,000 “patent families” as being “essential” for...

UK Labour Party proposes compulsory drug licensing

UK Labour Party proposes compulsory drug licensing

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the UK Labour Party, has told his party’s annual conference that a Labour Government would introduce compulsory drug licensing “to secure generic versions of patented medicines”. Under the proposed system, a state-owned pharmaceutical...

Huawei tries to spoil Transsion’s big day

Chinese mobile giant Huawei has launched an apparently deliberately timed patent and copyright infringement broadside against rival Transsion, just as the latter goes public on the Chinese-equivalent of the Nasdaq stock exchange. Transsion is a Chinese manufacturer of...

Bridgestone wins against Chinese tire manufacturers

Japanese auto parts and tires manufacturer Bridgestone Corporation has won patent infringement proceedings against Shengtai Group and Shandong Shengshi Tailai Rubber Technology, two Chinese tire makers. The proceedings concerned Bridgestone’s “Blizzak VRX” tire, which...

Plenty of energy left in SK v LG battery dispute

The ongoing dispute between South Korean firms SK Innovation and LG Chem seems set to continue, with the former bringing fresh actions for patent infringement in the US. SK Innovation’s move follows LG Chem’s filing, in April, of proceedings against SK Innovation in...

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Toolkit to tackle inventor gender gap

Following its Annual Meeting at the end of September, the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) has launched a 96-page “Gender Diversity in Innovation Toolkit” aimed at closing the gender gap between male and female inventors. Despite over 55% of Ph.D....

read more

California stops pharmaceutical “pay-for-delay”

California has introduced a pioneering new law designed to stop large pharmaceutical companies settling claims of patent infringement by generic drug manufacturers by paying those manufacturers to delay launching their products – the so-called “pay-for-delay”...

read more

Nokia updates 5G patent declaration

A year on from making a similar announcement back in September 2018, Nokia has stated that, as of October 2019, it has declared to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) that it has identified over 2,000 “patent families” as being “essential” for...

read more

EA accused of in-game currency infringement

Videogame developer and publisher EA has been accused of patent infringement by Stone Interactive Ventures (SIV) in proceedings launched by the latter in the US courts. It is understood that SIV is acting, at least in part, for Intellectual Ventures Assets (IVA), a...

read more

UK Labour Party proposes compulsory drug licensing

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the UK Labour Party, has told his party’s annual conference that a Labour Government would introduce compulsory drug licensing “to secure generic versions of patented medicines”. Under the proposed system, a state-owned pharmaceutical...

read more

Huawei tries to spoil Transsion’s big day

Chinese mobile giant Huawei has launched an apparently deliberately timed patent and copyright infringement broadside against rival Transsion, just as the latter goes public on the Chinese-equivalent of the Nasdaq stock exchange. Transsion is a Chinese manufacturer of...

read more

Bridgestone wins against Chinese tire manufacturers

Japanese auto parts and tires manufacturer Bridgestone Corporation has won patent infringement proceedings against Shengtai Group and Shandong Shengshi Tailai Rubber Technology, two Chinese tire makers. The proceedings concerned Bridgestone’s “Blizzak VRX” tire, which...

read more

Plenty of energy left in SK v LG battery dispute

The ongoing dispute between South Korean firms SK Innovation and LG Chem seems set to continue, with the former bringing fresh actions for patent infringement in the US. SK Innovation’s move follows LG Chem’s filing, in April, of proceedings against SK Innovation in...

read more

InterDigital files UK patent action against Lenovo

US Research and Development firm InterDigital has gone to the High Court in the UK to begin patent infringement proceedings against Chinese technology giant Lenovo. The action concerns a number of 3G and 4G patents. InterDigital, which owns over thirty-thousand mobile...

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Last-minute patent agreement between LG and Qualcomm

South Korean smartphone manufacturer LG and American telecoms giant Qualcomm have, at the eleventh hour, reached a settlement whereby LG will retain its license to use a number of Qualcomm’s 5G technology patents. The deal comes after extended legal tussles between...

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Apple sees RED over 4K compression patent

Red Digital Cinema, or ‘Red’, manufacturer of the ‘RED’ digital cameras used widely across the film industry, has this week reacted robustly to Apple’s May 2019 lawsuit to have one of Red’s patents invalidated. Apple had argued that Red’s patent for its “REDCODE”...

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L’Oreal Stole Trade Secrets Rules US Court

French multinational L’Oreal has been ordered to pay damages of over $91 million to Olaplex, a small company that employs less than thirty staff, after a federal court in the US found that L’Oreal had stolen Olaplex’s trade secrets and infringed two of its patents....

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HTC stops UK phone sales after patent battle

Taiwanese Technology company HTC has ceased sales of its smartphones in the UK in the latest chapter in its ongoing patent dispute with IPCom, a patent firm. Phone sales via HTC’s own website have already been suspended, with the manufacturer currently working to halt...

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Has Apple crossed a ‘red squiggly line’?

A patent-infringement action has been filed against Apple by Sentius International, which previously partnered with Apple on various products. Sentius alleges that Apple’s spell-checking tool, which searches a device’s internal dictionary before highlighting any...

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EPO to assist UKIPO with biotech patent backlog

The European Patent Office (EPO) has agreed to do some biotechnology patent searches on behalf of the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) in an effort to help tackle its large backlog of applications. UKIPO said it has trained and recruited relevant patent...

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Innovation, IP and Reverse Engineering in 3D NAND Technology

Martin Bijman, Director of IP Products at TechInsights, takes a look at the IP issues presented by the growing NAND SSD market.

The doctrine of equivalents – a late summer picnic of updates

Rachel Mumby and Chloe Dickson of Bristows discuss developments in the doctrine of equivalents following the Supreme Court’s judgment in Actavis v Eli Lilly.

The doctrine of equivalence – Actavis v Eli Lilly in France and Germany

CMS discusses the extent to which the interpretation and application of the doctrine of equivalence has brought UK law into line with the approach elsewhere in Europe.

Global trends on plant variety protection

Enriqueta Molina of Santamarina + Steta explains why protecting the intellectual property in plant varieties is becoming ever-more critical.

Brazilian patent examination backlog: a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel

Ana Jardim and Herminia Mendes of Luiz Leonardos & Advogados consider a new approach to dealing with Brazil’s notorious backlog of patent applications.

Can Artificial Intelligence be an inventor?

Malcolm Dowden, Legal Director of Womble Bond Dickinson, examines the far-reaching implications of any attempt to recognize an Artificial Intelligence as an ‘inventor’.

Stop being a bank for your foreign agents

Justin Simpson, CEO of Billtrader, reflects on the circumstances and objectives that drove the creation of the Billtrader platform.

Allowance of disclaimers in patent application

Dr. Neetu Kumari, Managing Associate of LexOrbis, takes a look at the role of disclaimers in patent applications in India.

Unity of invention in Mexico

Edith Rivero from the IP firm Dumont comments on current Mexican practice regarding unity of invention for patents.

More inventions survive invalidation in China

Yuan Yue from CCPIT looks into changing invalidation rates in China, analyzes the reasons, and gives a coping strategy.

Introduction of on-site inspection system in Japan

Osamu Yamamoto, partner at Yuasa and Hara, explores the introduction of an on-site inspection system by the partially amended Patent Act in Japan.

Sweden is the innovation leader in the European Union

Maria Zamkova, CEO of Fenix Legal, discusses Sweden’s ongoing Industry 4.0 success.

Damages in China: Increasingly pro-plaintiff

Guanbin Xie of Lifang & Partners discusses the way damages are awarded in patent actions in China.

The Supreme Court of Russia considers the scope for patent amendments

Nikolay Bogdanov of Gorodissky & Partners examines the complex issues that arose in a Russian patent dispute.

Overview of the cannabis reform in Mexico and its implications in patent protection

Erika Alejandra Paz Noguez and Anna Edith Arroyo Vela of Uhthoff give an overview of the development of the legal framework surrounding cannabis patents in Mexico.

The protection of interests in legal arguments on the use of intellectual property assets

Alexandra Pelikh, Head of Legal Department at Zuykov and partners, looks at the issues which arise during IP proceedings in the Russian courts.

Delhi High Court directs Property Appellate Board to hear urgent matter with technical expert

Vidisha Garg of Anand and Anand examines the challenges that continue to face the functioning of the Indian Intellectual Property Appellate Board.

Patent damages on foreign sales given domestic acts of infringement

Pat Breslin of Breslin Consulting looks at the potential for extraterritorial reach of US patent law addressed in a recent decision by the US Supreme Court.

Medicaments patents in the context of the ARIPO and its Contracting States

Vitor Sérgio Moreira, Patent Engineer at Inventa International, explains the status of medicament patents granted by ARIPO in Contracting States.

Patent Working Statement: A mandatory obligation in India

Dominic Alvares and Vilas Shetty of S. MAJUMDAR & CO review the Patent Working Statement, a mandatory requirement unique to Indian IP law.

The current scenario for protecting and enforcing inventions in Mexico

Sergio L. Olivares, Jr, Mauricio Samano and Omar Serrano of OLIVARES take a look at the changing IP landscape Mexico.

Some practical aspects regarding Industrial Designs in Russia

Elena L. Davydova, Chief of the Patent Department at IN!EUREKA LLC, looks at the issues surrounding the protection of Industrial Designs under Russian Law.

The company behind Zero-Failure renewals

Behind the scenes at IP Centrum.

Hullabaloo over Working Statement under the Indian Patent Act

Ranjan Narula, Managing Partner, and Suvarna Pandey, Managing Associate of RNA, Technology and IP Attorneys, sum up industry reaction to the Indian Patent Act Working Statement.

German case law on infringement and validity: a further update

Ute Kilger and Michael Rüberg, partners with Boehmert & Boehmert, summarize recent rulings on claim construction, FRAND and other notable decisions.

Developments in patent matters in Hungary

Gábor Germus, managing partner at Germus and Partners, looks at how patent case law has developed in recent months.

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