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...

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...

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...

LG intensifies patent offensive against Chinese rivals

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...

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...

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...

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...

Intel attacks Fortress

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...

Shanks finally triumphs against Unilever

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...

HyperStealth patents military “Invisibility Cloak”

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...

Hong Kong patent reform

Hong Kong patent reform

The Hong Kong Intellectual Property Department (HKIPD) has announced that a new patent system will be launched in Hong Kong on 19 December 2019. An original grant patent (OGP) system will be introduced to provide applicants with an alternative route of seeking...

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”...

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...

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...

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

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

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

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...

InterDigital files UK patent action against Lenovo

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...

Last-minute patent agreement between LG and Qualcomm

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...

Apple sees RED over 4K compression patent

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”...

L’Oreal Stole Trade Secrets Rules US Court

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....

Decisive patent victory for Amgen’s rheumatoid arthritis drug

Decisive patent victory for Amgen’s rheumatoid arthritis drug

American biopharmaceutical giant Amgen has won the latest round in its battle to protect its rheumatoid arthritis drug Enbrel from market competition by biosimilar medications. Sandoz, a subsidiary of Swiss multinational Novartis, failed in its bid before the New...

HTC stops UK phone sales after patent battle

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...

Has Apple crossed a ‘red squiggly line’?

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...

Amazon sued for alleged patent infringement in ‘Alexa’ development

Amazon sued for alleged patent infringement in ‘Alexa’ development

VB Assets, owner of pioneering voice-recognition software developed by VoiceBox Technologies, is taking action against Amazon, alleging that a number of patents developed by VoiceBox were infringed when Amazon developed Alexa, its popular voice-activated device....

EPO to assist UKIPO with biotech patent backlog

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...

China to enhance IPR protection

China to enhance IPR protection

China is making aims to strengthen the protection of intellectual property rights, the State Council's executive meeting, chaired by Premier Li Keqiang, ruled on Wednesday. The meeting ruled that efforts to formulate and improve the criteria for determining, checking...

UK Queen approves Patent Court judge for Court of Appeals

UK Queen approves Patent Court judge for Court of Appeals

UK Queen Elizabeth II has approved the appointment of judge Richard Arnold to the UK Court of Appeals. Arnold had previously served as a High Court of Justice judge in the Chancery Division from 2008 and was appointed judge in charge of the Patents Court in April...

R&D intensive organisations lobby policy makers in Europe

R&D intensive organisations lobby policy makers in Europe

IP Europe – a coalition of R&D intensive organisations in Europe whose inventions are protected by Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) – has launched policy recommendations calling on European policymakers to prioritise IP protection at the highest political level...

CPA Global and Brügmann enter partnership on IP tech

CPA Global and Brügmann enter partnership on IP tech

IP technology leader CPA Global today announces a new partnership with Brügmann Software GmbH, which aims to optimize and connect law firms and in-house IP teams to the patent renewals management services around the world through a joint technical interface and secure...

Apple sued for infringement of low-power mode

Apple sued for infringement of low-power mode

Apple is in the midst of legal action by Location Based Technologies (LBT) for allegedly infringing a patent related to the 'low-power mode' and 'facedown detection' features in various iPhones and iPads models. Filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of...

Fellows IP Salary Survey 2019

Fellows IP Salary Survey 2019

The results of the intellectual property salary survey are now live! Teaming up with The Patent Lawyer Magazine, this report presents data from a salary survey of the intellectual property profession which was collected over a six-week period from the 1 st of May 2019...

Apple hit with infringement case over universal keyboard

Apple hit with infringement case over universal keyboard

Apple is once again the subject of a patent lawsuit having allegedly infringed a patent covering a universal keyboard. According to the complaint filed in the District of Delaware, Princeps Interface Technologies allege that Apple infringed its U.S. patent. The patent...

Ericsson and Intellectual Venture enter license agreement

Ericsson and Intellectual Venture enter license agreement

Ericsson recently announced that it entered into a license agreement with Intellectual Ventures, putting an end to all patent infringement lawsuits between the two companies. The agreement includes a lawsuit which ended up in $43 million jury verdict for the patent...

RLS and Conex resolve lawsuit

RLS and Conex resolve lawsuit

RLS LLC announced that it settled the patent infringement lawsuits it filed against Conex Universal Limited. RLS filed its U.S. lawsuit in the District Court for the Southern District of Illinois on January 22, 2018, alleging that Conex infringes claims of two of its...

IPEC victory for newly merged Haseltine Lake Kempner

IPEC victory for newly merged Haseltine Lake Kempner

The Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (“IPEC”) decided earlier last week who owns the rights to an employee invention when it is made out of hours and on the employee’s own equipment. In a landmark decision that clarifies that it is the employer not the employee...

PCT Network announces partnership for managing renewal payments

PCT Network announces partnership for managing renewal payments

The PCT Network announces partnership with The International Renewals Group to manage patent and trademark renewal payments with full transparency and accountability. The partnership enables law firms and companies with extensive intellectual property to optimize and...

Vectura awarded $89.7M in patent litigation against GSK

Vectura awarded $89.7M in patent litigation against GSK

Vectura has won the U.S. GlaxoSmithKline patent litigation trial and has been awarded $89.7million in damages. Vectura filed a patent infringement lawsuit against GSK In July 2016, claiming that GSK infringed a patent covering three important GSK medications used to...

Apple to close two stores in supposed effort against patent trolls

Apple to close two stores in supposed effort against patent trolls

Apple is closing two of its stores in Dallas in an apparent bid to ward off litigation from patent trolls. The stores closing on April 12th will supposedly make it easier for Apple to resist being pulled into Eastern District courtrooms in patent cases. The move...

PTAB reject invalidation claim of Finjan patent

PTAB reject invalidation claim of Finjan patent

Finjan Holdings, and its subsidiary Finjan, Inc., announced that the United States Patent & Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board entered a Decision Denying Institution of Inter Partes Review against Juniper Networks. Juniper brought a petition which...

ANAQUA to Manage Sony Mobile’s IP for SONY

ANAQUA to Manage Sony Mobile’s IP for SONY

Intellectual property management solutions company Anaqua today announced that multinational technology company Sony has selected the company to manage patent and trademark portfolios for Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”). Sony Mobile is a wholly owned...

Apple lose Qualcomm patent infringement case

Apple lose Qualcomm patent infringement case

Apple was ruled to have been infringing on three Qualcomm’s patents and needs to pay up, according to a recent court ruling. A jury in the US District Court for the Southern District of California found that Apple used three of Qualcomm technologies in a multitude of...

Patent Trial and Appeal Board appointed Scott Boalick for Chief Judge

Patent Trial and Appeal Board appointed Scott Boalick for Chief Judge

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) welcome the appointment of Scott Boalick as Chief Judge for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Boalick has served as the acting Chief Judge for the PTAB since September 2018. Boalick was appointed to the...

Müller Schupfner & Partner expand chemistry department with new hire

Müller Schupfner & Partner expand chemistry department with new hire

Müller Schupfner & Partner adds experienced chemist and patent attorney Dr. Christoph Heinemann to its team. Dr. Heinemann will join the firm as partner and will further expand the chemistry department of the Munich location together with the patent attorney Dr....

Sanofi and Regeneron lose patent dispute over cholesterol drug

Sanofi and Regeneron lose patent dispute over cholesterol drug

The U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware upheld Amgen’s patent on the cholesterol drug Repatha, rejecting the challenge by Sanofi and Regeneron. Repatha, a monoclonal antibody designed to inhibit PCSK9 from binding to the low-density lipoprotein (LDL)...

Murgitroyd Group buy Chapman IP for £6.6M

Murgitroyd Group buy Chapman IP for £6.6M

Chapman IP sold on Monday to Murgitroyd Group for £6.6m. Chapman IP has been working with IP for the past 15 years and has serviced a broad mix of clients. Following the acquisition, Helga Chapman stepped down as managing director and has now taken a position as...

Amazon files application for facial identifying patent

Amazon files application for facial identifying patent

Amazon has filed a patent application with the USPTO for a technology that could use visual cues - like your eyes and face - to ascertain your job and potentially track you as you move around. The patent application was filed in August 2017 and made public on...

Apple resume iPhone sales in Germany after Qualcomm ruling

Apple resume iPhone sales in Germany after Qualcomm ruling

Apple said it will continue selling older iPhone models in its German stores, despite being banned due to a patent infringement ruling. The iPhones to be sold in Germany will have chips from Qualcomm, instead of a mix of chips from Qualcomm and Intel Corp. Apple said...

Apple scores victory in battle with Qualcomm over pre-suit damages

Apple scores victory in battle with Qualcomm over pre-suit damages

Apple won another small victory in its long-running patent battle with Qualcomm after a judge ruled that the company isn't liable for pre-suit damages. A federal judge in San Diego granted the request Apple's request to limit Qualcomm from seeking compensation for...

MorphoSys settles patent lawsuit with Janssen and Genmab

MorphoSys settles patent lawsuit with Janssen and Genmab

MorphoSys AG announced that its lawsuit against Janssen Biotech and Genmab A/S has been settled. The parties have agreed to drop the mutual claims related to this litigation. MorphoSys filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Delaware against Janssen Biotech, and...

Spotify sued for alleged infringement of Yahoo! patents

Spotify sued for alleged infringement of Yahoo! patents

Spotify is being sued by IP company Excalibur IP for allegedly infringing on patents held by Yahoo!. Excalibur IP filled a lawsuit with the District of Delaware Court on January 28. The complaint accuses Spotify of infringing on four patents which were created at...

Apple secures win against Qualcomm in latest ruling

Apple secures win against Qualcomm in latest ruling

Apple secured a victory in their ongoing dispute with Qualcomm, after a German court rejected four out of eight infringement claims. The district court found no infringement of the patents. which are related to on-device search. However, the judgment is not final. No...

Court rejects Indivior Suboxone appeal

Court rejects Indivior Suboxone appeal

British pharma company Indivior has suffered a setback as U.S. Federal Court of Appeal rejected their request for another hearing on whether its patents were infringed by a low-cost alternative developed by Dr Reddy. The decision clears the way for India’s Dr Reddy’s...

Japan to consider factory raids in patent litigation

Japan to consider factory raids in patent litigation

Proposed by the Japan Patent Office, a new law could see courts appoint a neutral expert to search factories for evidence of patent infringement. Patent cases in Japan usually require a high burden of proof on the party claiming infringement. Courts can, however,...

Temporary restraining order placed on Alvogen’s generic product

Temporary restraining order placed on Alvogen’s generic product

British drugmaker Indivior PLC secured a temporary order on Friday to prevent Alvogen Pine Brook LLC from launching its generic buprenorphine and naloxone sublingual film in the U.S.. The drug in question is an opioid addiction treatment that dissolves in the mouth. A...

CPA Global announce merger with ipan/Delegate group

CPA Global announce merger with ipan/Delegate group

IP management and technology businesses CPA Global and ipan/Delegate Group yesterday announced their agreement to merge. The merger will combine the two companies and give customers from both CPA Global and ipan/Delegate Group the group’s combined capabilities, which...

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Helsinn over anti-nausea drug

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Helsinn over anti-nausea drug

In a victory for Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, the U.S. Supreme Court today refused to revive Helsinn Healthcare S.A.’s patent on an anti-nausea drug Aloxi. The decision was unanimously upheld in a lower court ruling which canceled Helsinn’s patent on the drug for...

2018 Patent Analysis

2018 Patent Analysis

As we prepare our 2018 year in review of the USPTO patent and publication statistics, we see a year where patent quality and utility to the patent owner is more important than ever. This results in little movement in the overall numbers, but what we believe is likely...

German court dismisses latest Qualcomm suit against Apple

German court dismisses latest Qualcomm suit against Apple

A German court dismissed Qualcomm's latest patent suit against Apple on Tuesday in the latest chapter in the Apple - Qualcomm saga. The case relates to bulk tension in iPhones. The ruling comes from a regional court in Mannheim, and states Apple didn't infringe...

Appeals court rules Apple must pay $440 million for patent infringement

Appeals court rules Apple must pay $440 million for patent infringement

Apple are ordered to pay VirnetX $440 million after a court of appeals upheld an earlier judgement in favor of the patent holding tech company. The U.S. Court of Appeals denied Apple's appeal on a 2016 verdict that awarded VirnetX $302 million. This amount increased...

Nichia starts to enforce PSS technology-related patents

Nichia starts to enforce PSS technology-related patents

Nichia Corporation filed a patent infringement lawsuit with the Tokyo District Court against Corlant Inc. (“Corlant”), a distributor of automotive aftermarket parts under the brand of Valenti, seeking an injunction and compensation for damages. The accused product,...

Qualcomm claim Apple’s iOS 12.1.2 still violates iPhone ban

Qualcomm claim Apple’s iOS 12.1.2 still violates iPhone ban

Apple today released iOS 12.1.2 which carries software changes to address the contentious patent which is involved with their ongoing legal battle with Qualcomm. The iOS update reportedly fixes issues addressed with the patent, however, Qualcomm says it violates the...

Nichia begins proceedings in Germany against Everlight subsidiary

Nichia begins proceedings in Germany against Everlight subsidiary

After the final judgment of the Düsseldorf District Court (docket number 4b O 132/16) finding for infringement of YAG patent EP 936 682 (DE 697 02 929) of Nichia Corporation (“Nichia“) by WOFI Leuchten Wortmann & Filz GmbH (“WOFI”), Nichia recently requested WOFI...

Silence Therapeutics settles dispute with Alnylam

Silence Therapeutics settles dispute with Alnylam

Silence Therapeutics stated its ongoing patent dispute with Alnylam Pharmaceutics Inc has ended after they issued a license to the US-listed company to sell the Onpattro drug. The company, which develops technology to silence defective genes, alleged that the Onpattro...

Chinese court order imports and sales ban on collection of Apple phones

Chinese court order imports and sales ban on collection of Apple phones

A Chinese court has banned the import and sale of the majority of iPhone models due to the company's alleged infringements on patents held by chip supplier Qualcomm. The Court in east China’s Fujian Province granted the two preliminary injunctions at the requested of...

Apple and Qualcomm set court date for April

Apple and Qualcomm set court date for April

The increasingly lengthy saga between tech giant Apple and mobile chip maker Qualcomm seems to have an end in sight as a date is now set for a courtroom battle in April. The ongoing case is fought over multiple patents and royalties lawsuits between the two companies...

Neal Gerber Eisenberg gains former Kirkland & Ellis partner

Neal Gerber Eisenberg gains former Kirkland & Ellis partner

Neal Gerber Eisenberg today announced the addition of Ian J. Block as a partner in the Intellectual Property practice group. Block recently joined Neal Gerber Eisenberg from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he was a partner. Block has extensive experience representing...

UK Supreme Court delivers verdict for second medical use patents

UK Supreme Court delivers verdict for second medical use patents

The UK Supreme Court has today handed down its highly-anticipated decision in a patent dispute between Pfizer and two generic pharmaceutical manufacturers, Actavis and Mylan, relating to Pfizer’s blockbuster pregabalin product, which it sells under the trade name...

IBM files Blockchain patent for scientific research

IBM files Blockchain patent for scientific research

IT giant IBM filed a new patent that indicates interest in using blockchain technology to support scientific research and reporting. The filing - initially submitted in December - surfaced last week, and shows IBM continuing to pursue the use of blockchain technology...

Study shows number of UK companies not utilizing Patent Box tax relief

Study shows number of UK companies not utilizing Patent Box tax relief

A quarter of businesses who have applied for patents have no idea they could claim a valuable form of tax relief on profits known as Patent Box, research by tax specialist Catax reveals today. Censuswide survey of 1,000 senior and middle managers nationwide showed...

Dennemeyer acquire AI patent search start-up Octimine

Dennemeyer acquire AI patent search start-up Octimine

The Dennemeyer Group has purchased Munich-based start-up patent search service provider Octimine Technologies. Founded in 2015 founded by former LMU Munich and Max Planck Institute scientists Michael Natterer, Matthias Pötzl and Dietmar Harhoff, Octimine provides...

Qualcomm claim Apple Owes $7bn In Royalties

Qualcomm claim Apple Owes $7bn In Royalties

The Legal battle between Qualcomm and Apple continues, as the Telecomms company now claims the tech giant owes it $7bn in overdue royalty payments. Qualcomm reportedly discussed Apple’s unpaid royalties in a hearing in one of the cases in federal court in San Diego....

Final victory of Nichia in infringement proceeding in Germany

Final victory of Nichia in infringement proceeding in Germany

On October 1, 2018, only a few weeks prior to the oral hearing at the Düsseldorf Court of Appeal in Germany scheduled for 18 October 2018, WOFI Leuchten Wortmann & Filz GmbH (“WOFI”) has completely withdrawn its appeal (docket number I-2 U 33/17) against the...

Tax and IP firms team up to help UK businesses

Tax and IP firms team up to help UK businesses

Manchester, 30 October 2018 - Specialist tax relief consultancy, Catax, has announced a collaboration with leading intellectual property firm Keltie LLP (‘Keltie’) to help UK businesses get the most out of innovation. Catax assists businesses with the complex process...

Espacenet: 20 years of free access to patent information in Europe

Espacenet: 20 years of free access to patent information in Europe

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of the EPO’s free online patent search tool, Espacenet. This service was the result of a pioneering step of the European Patent Office (EPO), the European Commission and the EPO’s member states to integrate their online...

Patent war looms as cannabis legalisation spreads

Patent war looms as cannabis legalisation spreads

The recent legalization of recreational marijuana use in Canada indicates a broader trend of a move towards legalization, opening up a brand new multi-billion dollar market. Currently, 22 states in the USA have legalized marijuana for medicinal use, with nine states...

Microsoft ends patent battle against Linux System

Microsoft ends patent battle against Linux System

Microsoft has joined patent pool OIN and therefore given up its ability to sue users of Linux for infringing any of 90,000 or so patents it holds - 60,000 of which have been determined as a potential threat to Linux. OIN, a defensive patent platform with over 2,000...

China calls out US IP criticisms as “groundless”

China calls out US IP criticisms as “groundless”

“groundless and untenable,” He Hua, deputy commissioner of the China National Intellectual Property Administration said of the US government’s criticism of China’s intellectual property protection. Hua, along with China’s International Trade Representative and deputy...

EPO gets three new vice-presidents

EPO gets three new vice-presidents

Munich, 11 October 2018 – The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation has appointed Stephen Rowan (UK), Christoph Ernst (Germany) and Nellie Simon (Austria) as the next vice-presidents of the European Patent Office (EPO). The appointments were made...

Facebook and Instagram sued over GPS patents

Facebook and Instagram sued over GPS patents

Social media giants Facebook and Instagram are accused of infringing several GPS technologies related patents belonging to Corrino Holdings. Facebook stands accused of infringing four US patents, and Instagram, a subsidiary of the company, was accused of infringing...

Microsoft joins LOT Network in an effort against patent trolls

Microsoft joins LOT Network in an effort against patent trolls

Microsoft announced their joining of the LOT Network - the nonprofit organisation used to fight against patent trolls. Corporate vice president and deputy general counsel Erich Andersen Andersen stated the tech company was joining the network to aid the fight against...

Drooms switches to Blockchain

Drooms switches to Blockchain

London, 04 October 2018 – Drooms is moving its virtual data room (VDR) offering into the Blockchain age. As Europe’s leading VDR provider for the UK, Drooms is using this modern technology to enhance the security of transaction data archives. Until now, all data has...

Toyota file patent for flying car

Toyota file patent for flying car

Toyota filed an application at the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a car that can transition from a road-legal passenger car to a light aircraft. The vehicle Toyota has thought of is a “dual-mode” vehicle with vertical take-off and landing capabilities...

Federal appeals court overturns $234m suit against Apple

Federal appeals court overturns $234m suit against Apple

A federal appeals court has ruled in Apple’s favor in a $234 million patent dispute with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A 3-0 decision handed down by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the verdict. An additional $272 million which was added to...

Groupon settles IBM patent dispute for $57m

Groupon settles IBM patent dispute for $57m

Groupon will pay IBM $57 million to drop a long-running patent dispute between the two companies. The initial lawsuit in 2016 had IBM claiming that e-commerce marketplace Groupon willfully infringed upon their patents and continually refused to enter any licensing...

Court strips Gilead of hepatitis C drug patent in Brazil

Court strips Gilead of hepatitis C drug patent in Brazil

A Brazilian court has stripped the patent protection of a company selling hepatitis C treatment in the country. A presidential candidate pushed for the move against Gilead Sciences Inc to pave the way for cheaper generics. The ruling invalidates the exclusivity patent...

Pharma Industry join WIPO to launch medicines patent database

Pharma Industry join WIPO to launch medicines patent database

WIPO and the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations launched a new online tool to help procurement agencies understand the global patent status of medicines. Dubbed Pat-INFORMED, The Patent Information Initiative allows patent...

Qualcomm launch second trial seeking iPhone ban

Qualcomm launch second trial seeking iPhone ban

The second trial between Apple and Qualcomm began today before the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C.. The iPhone company is being contested by the world’s biggest mobile chipmaker over whether several recent models of iPhones should be banned in...

Amazon received patent to put workers in cages

Amazon received patent to put workers in cages

2016 saw Amazon granted a patent for cages which could transport humans around their warehouses. Workers would sit in box-like enclosures on top of a claw-arm device and could navigate the work floor alongside the company's robots. The patent surfaced after a recent...

South Korea threatens to ban iPhone and iPad over patent infringement

South Korea threatens to ban iPhone and iPad over patent infringement

South Korea is threatening to ban Apple’s iPhones and iPads over infringement of a key chip patent. The ban could affect models such as the iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPad, and iPad Pro, and other devices using patented FinFET chip technology. The country’s...

ResMed claim patent infringement on Fisher & Paykel sleep masks

ResMed claim patent infringement on Fisher & Paykel sleep masks

Medical device company Fisher & Paykel is facing a patent infringement case from rival ResMed over its sleep apnea face masks. The company seeks a ban on import and sale of Fisher & Paykel’s Simplus full face, Eson nasal and Eson 2 nasal masks in the US. The...

Huawei fined $10.5 million for alleged violation of 4G LTE patents

Huawei fined $10.5 million for alleged violation of 4G LTE patents

Huawei has been ordered to pay $10.5 million to Panoptis after a Texas jury found the company and its U.S. subsidiary guilty of infringing upon five 4G LTE patents. PanOptis filed its complaint against Huawei in October of 2017, claiming the company had infringed on...

IBM apply for patent that predicts demand for coffee

IBM apply for patent that predicts demand for coffee

It's safe to say that around the world, there is an excess of coffee being drank every day. The USA being the largest consumer with 400 million cups of coffee consumed per day.  Business proprietors around the world have been trying to fund new and unique ways o...

First-ever patent related cannabis trial in USA

First-ever patent related cannabis trial in USA

An important patent infringement case is pending at the District Court of Colorado in the United States of America. The case is United Cannabis Corporation v. Pure Hemp Collective, Inc., and it is the first ever patent related infringement case for cannabis products....

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