Big changes to Saudi IP hearings

Big changes to Saudi IP hearings

The Saudi justice minister Walid Al-Samaani has announced that, from February, patent and copyright cases will be heard by commercial courts and/or committees established within those courts. Previously, such cases were heard by two committees, constituted to examine...

Masimo alleges Apple Watch infringement

Masimo alleges Apple Watch infringement

Masimo, the California-based patient-monitoring technology manufacturer, has brought patent infringement proceedings against Apple in the US District Court, claiming that the multinational’s Apple Watch infringes upon ten of its patents. Further, Masimo alleges that...

Phillips bid to block US Fitbit sales

Phillips bid to block US Fitbit sales

The US International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain wearable monitoring devices manufactured by, amongst others, Fitbit and Garmin. The investigation follows a complaint filed by Philips North America, alleging violations...

Airbnb using patented tech to identify “psychopaths”

Airbnb using patented tech to identify “psychopaths”

Following a patent application last year, Airbnb is now using advanced AI-powered software gained from its acquisition of tech startup Trooly to run social media background checks on potentially “untrustworthy” bookers. The “trait-analyzing” software uses bespoke...

EPO rejects applications from AI inventor

The European Patent Office (EPO) has, in a landmark decision, rejected two patent applications designating an artificial intelligence, rather than a human being, as the inventor. Both applications named the neural-net AI “DABUS” as the creator of, respectively, an...

Fake AirPods lead Britain’s counterfeit Christmas

According to research commissioned by online retailer Vape Club, and based on data from UK Trading Standards, fake Apple AirPods are set to be the most “popular” counterfeit item this Christmas in the UK, with trading standards having already seized £134,000 worth of...

Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders challenge HIV drug patent extension

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Bernie Sanders have written an open letter to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) accusing US pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences Inc of “corporate misconduct” over its actions relating to the development of...

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Big changes to Saudi IP hearings

The Saudi justice minister Walid Al-Samaani has announced that, from February, patent and copyright cases will be heard by commercial courts and/or committees established within those courts. Previously, such cases were heard by two committees, constituted to examine...

read more

Phillips bid to block US Fitbit sales

The US International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain wearable monitoring devices manufactured by, amongst others, Fitbit and Garmin. The investigation follows a complaint filed by Philips North America, alleging violations...

read more

Masimo alleges Apple Watch infringement

Masimo, the California-based patient-monitoring technology manufacturer, has brought patent infringement proceedings against Apple in the US District Court, claiming that the multinational’s Apple Watch infringes upon ten of its patents. Further, Masimo alleges that...

read more

Airbnb using patented tech to identify “psychopaths”

Following a patent application last year, Airbnb is now using advanced AI-powered software gained from its acquisition of tech startup Trooly to run social media background checks on potentially “untrustworthy” bookers. The “trait-analyzing” software uses bespoke...

read more

EPO rejects applications from AI inventor

The European Patent Office (EPO) has, in a landmark decision, rejected two patent applications designating an artificial intelligence, rather than a human being, as the inventor. Both applications named the neural-net AI “DABUS” as the creator of, respectively, an...

read more

Fake AirPods lead Britain’s counterfeit Christmas

According to research commissioned by online retailer Vape Club, and based on data from UK Trading Standards, fake Apple AirPods are set to be the most “popular” counterfeit item this Christmas in the UK, with trading standards having already seized £134,000 worth of...

read more

Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders challenge HIV drug patent extension

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Bernie Sanders have written an open letter to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) accusing US pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences Inc of “corporate misconduct” over its actions relating to the development of...

read more

Nokia calls ceasefire with Daimler

Earlier this year, a group of companies, including Daimler, Continental, and Valeo, complained to the European Commission over Nokia’s licensing fees for technology patents for smart car navigation and autonomous cars. Nokia, meanwhile, currently finds itself pursuing...

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Clarivate acquires Darts-ip

Clarivate Analytics, the US provider of subscription-based analytics services, has announced its acquisition of Darts-ip, a leading supplier of case law data and analytics for IP professionals. The deal will see Darts-ip providing case law data and supporting...

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Tesla patents windshield-cleaning lasers

In a step that seems outlandish even by its own standards, Tesla has filed a patent with the USPTO for a system that would clean the glass surfaces on its cars, from the windshield to side windows to camera lenses, with lasers. According to the patent application, the...

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Organizations demand African pharmaceutical patent reform

A collective of more than ninety civil organizations has called for urgent reform of the Harare Protocol of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) in order to ensure that people across Africa have access to affordable medicines. The...

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Sony files PS5 controller patents

Ahead of next year’s eagerly awaited launch of its new PS5 videogame console, Sony has filed patents with the Japanese patent office for a new iteration of its DualShock controller. The visual design and functionality of Sony’s PlayStation controllers was largely...

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LG intensifies patent offensive against Chinese rivals

LG, the South Korean technology giant, has brought patent infringement proceedings against Chinese multinational, and rival, TCL Corporation. LG alleges that TCL infringed three Long-Term Evolution (LTE) patents held by LG. LTE is a wireless standard for broadband...

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Wells Fargo loses USAA infringement action

American financial services giant Wells Fargo has been found by a Texan court to have infringed patents held by the United Services Automobile Association (USAA). The ruling found that Wells Fargo had intentionally infringed two patents, both relating to an...

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Monsanto’s $7.7bn triumph over Brazilian farmers

In a landmark ruling by Brazil's Court of Appeal, Bayer subsidiary Monsanto has defeated a class-action lawsuit brought by Brazilian farmers over the royalties Monsanto levies on farmers when they save seeds grown from one Monsanto crop for use in the next. With...

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Anaqua secures US Army patent management deal

Anaqua, the Boston-based provider of intellectual asset management (IAM) and IP management solutions, has announced that the US Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC) has selected the ANAQUA platform to manage its global IP portfolio. The USAMRDC is...

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Intel attacks Fortress

Having tired of being the subject of a stream of infringement lawsuits from patent-aggregating entity Fortress Investment Group, multinational tech giant Intel has now launched its own proceedings against Fortress, seeking a declaration that Fortress’ business is...

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Shanks finally triumphs against Unilever

In a decision that has surprised many, given earlier decisions to the contrary by the Patent Office, the High Court and the Court of Appeal, Professor Ian Shanks has won his case in the Supreme Court against his former employer, Unilever. Whilst working for a Unilever...

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HyperStealth patents military “Invisibility Cloak”

HyperStealth Biotechnology Corporation, a manufacturer of camouflage uniforms used by the military, has announced that it has recently filed a patent application relating to a “Quantum Stealth Light Bending Material” which it refers to, in a nod towards Harry Potter’s...

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Why an effective patent licensing environment is essential for Europe’s technological sovereignty in 5G

Kerry Miller, Head of IP Policy and Advocacy at Nokia, sets out the conditions required to ensure that Europe maintains its position as strategic leader in 5G technology.

Not my jurisdiction – or is it?

Luke Maunder, Senior Associate at Bristows, looks at the rise of jurisdictional issues in patent cases.

Canadian patent law – adjusting to new practice

Janice Kelland of Moffat & Co. explains recent developments in Canadian patent law.

Developing a successful licensing program

Martin Bijman, Director of IP Products at TechInsights, explains how formalized assertion programs can benefit rights holders.

Disputing the current patent as a method for preventing the illegal actions of unfair competitors

Sergey Zuykov of Zuykov and partners looks at ways of combating “patent trolling” in Russia.

IP Trend Monitor Survey 2019 - AI and IP

Dennemeyer Group and CTC Legal Media present the 2019 IP Trend Monitor Survey: “How will AI transform the management of Intellectual Property?”

Neural networks: rethinking IP in the auto industry

Rajvinder Jagdev and Lin Liu of IP law firm Powell Gilbert examine the role of IP in autonomous vehicle AI.

Swedish small and medium-sized enterprises are increasingly active in protecting their IP rights

Maria Zamkova, CEO of Fenix Legal, discusses the importance of IP protection to those small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) driving technological innovation in Sweden.

Time is of the essence as the EPO opposition timeline tightens

Katherine Green, Ph.D., Partner and European Patent Attorney, and Emily Hayes, Ph.D., Partner and European Patent Attorney, Mewburn Ellis LLP, discuss Mewburn Ellis’ recent EPO streamlining research, and explain why patentees need to act fast.

The role of purpose characteristics in inventions relating to alloys

Mikhail Samsonov of Gorodissky & Partners discusses alloy patents in Russia.

Patent citations - extracting valuable insights from an often-overlooked complex data source

Jason Resnick, Patent Agent, Minesoft, discusses and defines patent citations and their many uses.

Are partial designs protected in China?

Wang Tongdong & Zhang Yuanyuan of Lifang & Partners discuss methods for protecting partial designs in China.

The curious case of patent term extension

DPS Parmar, Special Counsel at LexOrbis, looks at why certain industries may intrinsically and routinely require an extended patent term.

Conference Season – Editor’s report

Matt Seex, Editor of The Patent Lawyer Magazine, looks back at the 2019 AIPPI World Congress in London and the 47th Annual Meeting of the IPO in Washington DC.

An overview of the current Mexican patent system

Victor Garrido, Head of the Patent Department at Dumont, outlines how patents are filed and protected in Mexico.

No risk for “launch at risk”

Mattias Malmstedt and Magnus Dahlman, Partners at Gulliksson, and Jessika Skargren, Associate at Gulliksson, comment on the recent judgment from the CJEU (C-688/17) and its implication for “launch at risk”.

Boilerplate text in patent specifications: a Brazilian point of view

Patrícia Franco and Felipe Barros Oquendo of Di Blasi, Parente & Associados look at the issues that can arise when Brazilian patent applications include boilerplate text.

New examination guidelines on inventive step of patent and new guidelines on hearing system for patent invalidity cases in Taiwan

Lewis C. Y. HO, President of Lewis & Davis Patent Attorneys Office, Taiwan, looks in detail at recent developments in Taiwan’s patent law.

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