Nokia and Lenovo conclude patent cross-licensing agreement

Nokia and Lenovo conclude patent cross-licensing agreement

Nokia recently announced that it has concluded a multi-year, multi-technology patent cross-license agreement with Lenovo. Under the agreement, Lenovo will make a net balancing payment to Nokia. The terms of the agreement remain confidential. The agreement resolves all...

Withers & Rogers appoints new Chair and Head of Strategic Operations

Withers & Rogers appoints new Chair and Head of Strategic Operations

European intellectual property firm, Withers & Rogers, is delighted to announce the appointment of as its new Chair, as well as the appointment of Zoe Bailey, who is joining the firm as its new Head of Strategic Operations. With her career in intellectual property...

Robert Reading reports: the 2021 International IP Index

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Innovation Policy Centre (GIPC) has published its annual International Intellectual Property Index for 2021. The Index, now in its ninth edition, analyses and benchmarks IP rights in 53 economies across the globe, representing over...

EIP announces hire of new CEO from AWA

EIP, the leading international IP firm, have announced the appointment of Magnus Hallin as Chief Executive. He joins from AWA, an eminent European IP firm. Magnus is a lawyer who spent 10 years practicing IP law and litigation before moving into management at AWA...

IP leader Powell Gilbert further expands team with new associate hire

IP leader Powell Gilbert further expands team with new associate hire

Law firm adds Jennifer O’Kane to its growing team LONDON – Top-ranked IP law firm Powell Gilbert LLP today announces that it has bolstered its team with the appointment of Jennifer O’Kane as an associate. Jennifer’s arrival makes her the fifth addition to the...

Nokia and Samsung sign patent licensing agreement  for video standards

Nokia and Samsung sign patent licensing agreement for video standards

         Agreement covers use of Nokia’s inventions in video standards Espoo, Finland – Nokia and Samsung sign patent licensing agreement. Nokia recently announced  that it has signed a patent license agreement with Samsung, which covers the use of Nokia’s innovations...

NovumIP to join global IP solution provider Questel

NovumIP to join global IP solution provider Questel

NovumIP and its companies Novagraaf and PAVIS announced today that they will be joining Questel, after the IP solutions provider acquired a majority stake in the business from private equity firm, Paragon Partners. The parties anticipate that the closing will take...

Should IP service providers charge urgency fees?

Should IP service providers charge urgency fees?

Many IP Service providers, just like law firms, charge urgency fees for late instructions. For private practise lawyer, there are many reasons for this: the likely late hours worked to get the job done; the probability of having to rejig an ever-growing workload; the...

Gifty Gakpetor: In honor of International Women’s Day

Gifty Gakpetor: In honor of International Women’s Day

We have come a long way to be recognised fully, for the value we bring to society, whether in business, in the home or in government. Change has been happening.  In government, we have remarkable female leaders such as, Angela Merkel - Chancellor of Germany, Jacinda...

Barclays and ByteDance join LOT Network

Barclays and ByteDance join LOT Network

Barclays joins LOT Network and Open Invention Network Community Barclays takes action against attacks from patent trolls Barclays is the first major European headquartered bank to join LOT Network and Open Invention Network Community to oppose the abuse of...

Sonal Mishra reports: Draft Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2021

Sonal Mishra reports: Draft Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2021

The Government of India through its Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), a wing of Ministry of Commerce and Industry has circulated the draft patents (amendment) rules, 2021 dated 9th Feb, 2021 proposing to amend the patent rules, 2003. The...

Priggya Arora reports:  Patent trolls: ICT vs. Pharmaceuticals

Priggya Arora reports: Patent trolls: ICT vs. Pharmaceuticals

Patent trolls have been an element of the intellectual property regime almost since the beginning- although they were known as “patent sharks” during Edison’s time. This is in itself not surprising- any new form of legal system is going to have those who seek to...

New COO for leading intellectual property firm Appleyard Lees

New COO for leading intellectual property firm Appleyard Lees

(Manchester – 4 Feb 2021) Appleyard Lees are delighted to announce the appointment of John Kushnick as their Chief Operating Officer (COO). John is based in Manchester. John, who is also a qualified solicitor, joined the leading intellectual property firm on 1...

Anaqua Successfully Completes SOC 2 Examination

Anaqua Successfully Completes SOC 2 Examination

Leading IP management solutions provider demonstrates strength of commitment to information and systems security BOSTON, January 26, 2021 – Anaqua, the leading provider of innovation and intellectual property management solutions, today announced that it has...

Ropes & Gray and Novavax pursue a COVID-19 vaccine

Ropes & Gray and Novavax pursue a COVID-19 vaccine

Ropes & Gray’s life sciences practice played a critical role in helping longstanding client Novavax, Inc. pursue a COVID-19 vaccine; on January 28, Novavax announced that NVX-CoV2373, its protein-based COVID-19 vaccine candidate, met the primary endpoint, with a...

Top-ranked IP law firm Powell Gilbert adds to team with associate hire

Top-ranked IP law firm Powell Gilbert adds to team with associate hire

Leading IP firm continues to expand its team with the addition of Daniel Down LONDON – Specialist IP law firm Powell Gilbert LLP today announces that it has added to its market-leading team with the appointment of Daniel Down as associate. The hire, which follows the...

Three new partners at IP boutique firm HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

Three new partners at IP boutique firm HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER is pleased to welcome three new partners, including two internal promotions and one lateral hire (at the Madrid office). Mathis Breuer (Dusseldorf office) has been working as an attorney since 2013 and joined the firm in 2015. He represents clients...

Carpmaels & Ransford announces new Senior Associate promotions

Carpmaels & Ransford announces new Senior Associate promotions

The promotions will take effect from 1st January 2021 Carpmaels & Ransford is pleased to announce the promotion of Peter Herrick and Russell Woolley to Senior Associate, effective from 1st January 2021. Peter, who sits within the Engineering and Tech teams, has a...

Yokogawa Joins LOT Network to Promote and Safeguard Open Innovation

Yokogawa Joins LOT Network to Promote and Safeguard Open Innovation

–Partnership with a global community of leading companies to protect against patent assertion entities– Tokyo, Japan - December 10, 2020 Yokogawa Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6841) announces it has joined LOT Network, a global non-profit organization that aims to...

New appointments signal rapid growth for Mewburn Ellis in Munich

New appointments signal rapid growth for Mewburn Ellis in Munich

Leading European specialist IP firm continues to bolster international offering with a spate of new hires 14 December 2020: Leading European IP firm Mewburn Ellis has continued to demonstrate impressive growth with a series of new hires in its Munich office bringing...

Clarivate Acquires Hanlim IPS

Clarivate Acquires Hanlim IPS

Combining strengths to accelerate innovation in South Korea by offering a more comprehensive range of IP information and insights solutions London, U.K. December 1, 2020 – Clarivate Plc (NYSE:CCC), a global leader in providing trusted information and insights to...

Legrand Innovates with Anaqua’s AQX  IP Management Platform

Legrand Innovates with Anaqua’s AQX IP Management Platform

French industrial group selects Anaqua software and services to streamline patent and trademark management processes BOSTON, December 1, 2020 – Anaqua, the leading provider of innovation and intellectual property management solutions, today announced that France’s...

Karmanya Singh Sareen discusses why the TKDL should be made public

Karmanya Singh Sareen discusses why the TKDL should be made public

The Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) is the first database of its kind in India. It is being used to document and protect traditional Indian knowledge of medicinal practices, from misappropriation and monopolization by corporate entities and foreign...

Synamedia Joins LOT Network

Synamedia Joins LOT Network

First UK-headquartered video and pay-TV solutions provider to join the non-profit community London – October 8, 2020 – Synamedia, the world’s largest independent video software provider, today announced it has joined the global non-profit organization LOT Network as a...

Jevgenijs Fortuna gives an overview on Registered Community Design

Jevgenijs Fortuna gives an overview on Registered Community Design

Content of packaging is neither part of the industrial design, nor does it extend the protection conferred on the design. The CJEU has put an end to the saga of invalidity of Registered Community Designs for sprats in transparent packaging (C-199/20 and C-200/20) by...

CEO of Clarivate Jerre Stead comments on the acquisition of CPA Global

CEO of Clarivate Jerre Stead comments on the acquisition of CPA Global

Clarivate Completes Acquisition of CPA Global to Form a Global Intellectual Property Powerhouse Creates end-to-end solution covering the entire intellectual property, science and innovation lifecycle Clarivate reaffirms standalone 2020 financial outlook London, U.K.,...

The Patent Power 50

The Patent Power 50

The Patent Power 50 will highlight leading Corporate Patent In-house individuals and teams from around the world, across a multitude of sectors. Our goal is to recognize the game changers, movers, and shakers who are really making a difference to our industry. Being...

Questel acquires RenewalsDesk

Questel acquires RenewalsDesk

Questel announces the acquisition of RenewalsDesk, a UK-based company specializing in patent annuity services. RenewalsDesk was founded in 2013 by a patent owner who discovered high hidden fees with their former provider, with a mission to bring honesty and...

Unwired Planet v Huawei FRAND judgment

Unwired Planet v Huawei FRAND judgment

The judgment by the UK Supreme Court in the dispute between Unwired Planet, Huawei et al, covering two appeals by cell phone manufacturers (implementers) of wireless technologies, is a landmark case in the area of Standard Essential Patents (“SEPs”) and FRAND...

Patent types explained: utility, design, and plant

Patent types explained: utility, design, and plant

The canny entrepreneur should have a solid understanding of the importance of IP. Here, Josh Gerben, founder of Gerben Law Firm, PLLC, explains the three different types of patents available to inventors in the US, and outlines how to apply for them. A patent is a...

Clarivate to combine with CPA Global

Clarivate to combine with CPA Global

In a significant move, Clarivate has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to combine with CPA Global. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2020. CPA Global currently provides IP management and technology solutions to more than...

Anaqua launches dedicated law firm business unit

Anaqua launches dedicated law firm business unit

In a bid to address the diverse needs of today’s global law firms, IP management software company Anaqua has launched a new Anaqua Law Firms business unit and announced three senior hires. The move, says Anaqua, underscores the company’s commitment to the law firm...

Movers and shakers – July 2020

Movers and shakers – July 2020

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the past few weeks have seen a reduction in job appointments and other such announcements. There have, however, been a few important developments here and there. For starters, marking an exciting and significant moment, Johansson &...

USPTO launches COVID-19 Response Resource Center

USPTO launches COVID-19 Response Resource Center

In the latest in a series of steps intended to bring calm to the US IP landscape in the face of coronavirus, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has launched a “COVID-19 Response Resource Center” to “provide stakeholders and other interested parties...

Apple patents “synthetic group selfies”

Apple patents “synthetic group selfies”

In what, with hindsight, seems like an obvious innovation in our socially distanced, locked down age, California tech giant Apple has successfully applied for a US patent for “synthetic group selfies”. Apple’s patent, granted on 2 June by the USPTO, covers the...

China Life Sciences collaboration for Rouse and Codex

China Life Sciences collaboration for Rouse and Codex

International IP firm Rouse and Life Sciences services provider Codex have announced a collaboration that is intended to support life sciences companies accessing the Chinese market. The rapid spread of COVID-19 has intensified the global search for treatments,...

“Eureka” for COVID-19 test inventor

“Eureka” for COVID-19 test inventor

The inventor of a ground-breaking COVID-19 test described his “eureka moment” when he realized he could adapt existing tech to create a rapid virus test. Professor Chris Toumazou is the co-founder of DnaNudge, which produces App technology that uses DNA and lifestyle...

USPTO may prioritize COVID-19 applications

USPTO may prioritize COVID-19 applications

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has asked for comments on its proposal to fast-track patent applications relating to COVID-19 – a so-called Prioritized Examination Pilot Program (PEPP). In a statement released on its website, the USPTO says that...

Renewed calls for a unified EU patent system

Renewed calls for a unified EU patent system

Despite, or maybe because of recent high-profile blows to the planned implementation of such a system, EU Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton has once again called upon Member States to move forward with a unified EU patent. Breton’s call comes at a time when...

WHO wants a COVID patent pool?

WHO wants a COVID patent pool?

The annual world health assembly, the forum through which the World Health Organization (WHO) is governed and an event which involves almost every country in the world, began (via videolink) on 18 May. At the top of the agenda is, of course, the current COVID-19...

Mental Health Awareness Week – LawCare shares COVID-19 data

Mental Health Awareness Week – LawCare shares COVID-19 data

With it currently being Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May), legal mental health charity LawCare has released data on all the COVID-19 related contacts it has received to date. In total, 48 legal professionals have contacted the charity with issues related to...

The latest from KnowIt 2020

The latest from KnowIt 2020

The 2020 KnowIt annual event, to which The Patent Lawyer is the official media partner, is currently Livestreaming from 10 am EST until May 13. This three-day event aims to bring together the community of creators and protectors of intellectual property and other...

Annual Patent and Trademark Attorney Salary Survey 2020

Annual Patent and Trademark Attorney Salary Survey 2020

The Patent Lawyer is partnering with Fellows and Associates to bring you the 9th Annual Patent and Trademark Attorney Salary Survey 2020. This survey aims to analyze the current remuneration packages available for Patent and Trademark Attorneys. As such, all...

Innovation surge needed to address climate change, says WIPO

Innovation surge needed to address climate change, says WIPO

A new WIPO report, released to coincide with World IP Day on Sunday 26 April, has highlighted the fact that innovation in environmentally friendly technologies as measured by international patent applications barely rose in 2019, prompting a call from WIPO Director...

World IP day – small entities, big impact

World IP day – small entities, big impact

With World IP Day 2020 celebrating the theme of a greener future, when it comes to innovation in green technology, it is not just the major corporations that are making the difference. A lot of smaller entities are also working on technologies that could have a...

British government indemnifies ventilator manufacturers

British government indemnifies ventilator manufacturers

The British government has announced that UK firms manufacturing ventilators for use in combating the COVIC-19 pandemic will be protected by the government from the financial impact of potential legal claims arising over intellectual property infringements or personal...

IP movers and shakers roundup

IP movers and shakers roundup

The past few weeks have seen leading IP firms make a series of high-profile appointments. At Mewburn Ellis, Adam Gregory, part of the firm’s industry-leading life sciences patent team, has been promoted to partner. This promotion sees the Mewburn Ellis partnership...

India – extensions and lockdowns

India – extensions and lockdowns

In light of current global events, and in line with many other jurisdictions, the Indian Supreme Court has extended the limitation period for the filing of suits, appeals, and applications in all proceedings before any court, tribunal, or authority in India. The...

Financial heart attack for Amarin

Financial heart attack for Amarin

In a decisive and damaging blow for the Irish pharmaceutical giant, a US Federal Court decision has ruled that six patents owned by Amarin Corporation, and used in its successful drug VASCEPA, are invalid. VASCEPA, a treatment for cardiovascular disease originally...

Experts react to “unconstitutional” Unified Patent Court

Experts react to “unconstitutional” Unified Patent Court

The future of Europe’s Unified Patent Court (UPC) seems increasingly in doubt. First, the British Government confirmed that it would not seek membership of the Court following Brexit, and now Germany’s intended involvement has been deemed “unconstitutional”. The UPC...

EUIPO and EPO extend deadlines

EUIPO and EPO extend deadlines

Given the enormous, and growing, disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the European Patent Office (EPO) has taken the decision to extend all deadlines for application until 17 April 2020. The decision was announced in a Notice dated 17 March, which stated that...

EPO Patent Index 2019 – AI and 5G drive growth

EPO Patent Index 2019 – AI and 5G drive growth

The recently published European Patent Office (EPO) Patent Index 2019 Annual Report contains various headline findings, including: A 4% annual growth in the number of EPO patent applications in 2019. EPO States now account for 45% of patent applications (with Germany,...

UK turns its back on Unified Patent Court

UK turns its back on Unified Patent Court

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the British Government has confirmed that it will not be seeking membership of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) following Brexit. Publishing its negotiating objectives for any future relationship between the UK and the EU, the Government has also...

Quibi sues Eko over trade secrets claim

Quibi sues Eko over trade secrets claim

Following claims that it stole trade secrets, US mobile video platform Quibi, founded in 2018 by Jeffrey Katzenberg and due to launch on 6 April, has launched legal proceedings against tech company Eko, denying patent infringement and stating that the latter “embarked...

Derwent report shows fragmented patent landscape

Derwent report shows fragmented patent landscape

According to the latest Derwent Top 100 Global Innovators report, released by Clarivate Analytics, the emergence of market disrupters is fragmenting the global patent landscape and diluting the invention market share of leading innovators. Rapid change has seen large...

Supreme Court victory for VirnetX

Supreme Court victory for VirnetX

In what represents an enormous, and expensive, blow for Apple, the US Supreme Court has declined to consider the tech giant’s appeal from a recent Court of Appeal decision, in which it was held that Apple could not proceed with patent invalidation claims against...

Neodron strikes again

Neodron strikes again

Controversial Irish patent-holding company Neodron has launched a patent infringement action against Apple in the US District Court, claiming that four of its patents have been used without permission by Apple in the capacitive touchscreens used in Apple's iPhone 11...

USPTO patent statistics saw upward trend in 2019

USPTO patent statistics saw upward trend in 2019

The total number of patents granted in the United States has been more-or-less static over the last five years. However, that trend came seemed to come to an end last year. New 2019 USPTO patent statistics analysis, carried out using Anaqua’s AcclaimIP patent search...

AI and IP – the WIPO consultation

AI and IP – the WIPO consultation

The World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) is currently undertaking a public consultation on AI and IP, seeking comments from interested parties on the likely impact of AI on IP law and practice. Saiful Khan, partner and specialist electronics and computing patent...

Apple loses latest VirnetX action

Apple loses latest VirnetX action

It has been nearly ten years since Apple and VirnetX first locked horns in patent litigation. VirnetX, a Nevada-based security technology company, holds patents for tech used in secure communications – patents that, VirnetX has alleged in proceedings against both...

WiLan awarded $85 million against Apple

WiLan awarded $85 million against Apple

A California jury has ruled against Apple in its most recent skirmish with Canadian intellectual property licensing company WiLan, finding that the tech giant owes the latter some $85 million in damages. WiLan has been involved in patent proceedings against Apple,...

Nintendo patent verdict overturned

Nintendo patent verdict overturned

Long-running proceedings against gaming behemoth Nintendo have concluded in the company’s favor after a US federal court found that the Kyoto-based company did not infringe motion-control patents held by iLife Technologies Inc, a Dallas tech company that has developed...

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...

Philips bid to block US Fitbit sales

Philips 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...

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...

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

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

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

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...

Nokia calls ceasefire with Daimler

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...

Clarivate acquires Darts-ip

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...

Tesla patents windshield-cleaning lasers

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...

Organizations demand African pharmaceutical patent reform

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...

Sony files PS5 controller patents

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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