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

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

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 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

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 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

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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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

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

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 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...

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 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

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

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...

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

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

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

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

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

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 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”

“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

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

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 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

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 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

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 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

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

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

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

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 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

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 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

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

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....

Judge dismisses patent trial against Facebook timeline

A summary judgment was released by Judge John Koetl this week dismissing an allegation that the Facebook timeline violated Mirror World's patents. The patents in question are linked to the organization of messages and news items. "After considering the parties...

US Patent and Trademark Office database down

The Patent Application Locating and Monitoring (PALM) database at the USPTO forms the backbone of an extensive number of USPTO systems. During some planned maintenance on the 15th August they "experienced an issue" that, five days later, doesn't seem to have been...

Nokia to charge for access to its 5G patents

Tech giant Nokia has released information that it intends to charge smartphone vendors to use their 5G patents. The figure could be as much as $3 per device to gain access to the patents for the 5G technology. Nokia are expected to hold a majority of the 5G patents by...

Qualcomm settle $93 million litigation

An antitrust case between Qualcomm and Taiwanese regulators has been settled this week, with the mobile chipmaker agreeing to pay $93 million and to invest $700 million to the country in the next five years.  The settlement replaces a fine of roughly $778 million...

India rejects sex toy application

According to the BBC, India's patent office has rejected a patent application from Canadian company Standard Innovation Corp for a sex toy. The vibrating toy allegedly violates "public order and morality" in the country. Nonetheless, it was only 7 years ago that a...

Two Screens better than one, according to new Microsoft filing

The most recent patent unearthed by Windows Latest was submitted by Microsoft in June 2017, and published by the US Patent and Trademark Office at the beginning of July 2018, and it suggests the company is working on a multi-screen mobile device that could be used...

IBM receives $83 million decision

An $83 million judgment has been given in a patent court case between Groupon and IBM this week. The jury ruled in favor of IBM, stating that Groupon infringed on four of IBM's e-commerce patents. The win is important,  although they had originally been seeking a much...

Hologic Awarded $4.8 Million in Patent Infringement Lawsuit

It was announced this week that a jury in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware awarded Hologic $4.8 million in damages for Minerva Surgical's infringement of two Hologic patents related to endometrial ablation technology. On June 28, 2018, the Court...

Allergan faces a further setback

This week, a US Appeals Court has ruled at Allergan and St. Regis Mohawk Indian Tribe can’t use tribal sovereign immunity to shield patents on the dry-eye drug Restasis from challenges at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The decision comes after the controversial...

Qualcomm files 135% more patents in India than all top labs together 

The number of patents filed by Qualcomm Inc. in India 2016-2017 accounted for more than double the combined number of all the other major labs in the country. Information has been released stating that 781 filings were made from the top labs (including 50 labs under...

Black women less likely to be granted patents, report shows

Despite being the leading growth of new female-owned businesses over the last 20 years, women of color - specifically Black and Hispanic women - are less likely to be granted a U.S patent than White women and men. This information comes from a new study from...

Pierre Fabre Selects ANAQUA for IP Management

French multinational pharmaceutical and dermo-cosmetic group Pierre Fabre has entered into a multi-year agreement with Anaqua, Inc., to use the ANAQUA software to accelerate its patent, trademark, and design management processes. The company’s IP department was...

Mast-Jägermeister’s European design application rejected

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) recently rejected an appeal by the well-known liquor producer Mast-Jägermeister related to a European registered design application directed to shot glasses. In 2015, Mast-Jägermeister filed a registered design...

IBM sues Groupon for $167 million

Tech giant IBM is suing Groupon this week over the unauthorized use of its patented technology. IBM are seeking $167 million in compensation from the e-commerce marketplace. The case will be held in District Court in Delaware, where a jury will decide whether they...

China closes gap with the US in Cybersecurity patent filings

China has recently caught up and overtaken the US in the Cybersecurity technology field, according to a new report from Minesoft and Patinformatics. The report, which covers cybersecurity patenting trends from the US, China, Europe, Japan, South Korea and WIPO,...

DNP+ files patent opposition against Gilead’s Hepatitis C drug

Delhi Network of Positive People (DNP+) has filed two patent oppositions before the Indian patent office, challenging additional patent claims by US pharmaceutical corporation-Gilead Sciences for the hepatitis C medicines sofosbuvir and velpatasvir. These oppositions...

Micron Inc.’s products halted in China

A Chinese court decision has placed a temporary injunction on some of Micron Technology Inc.'s products in the country. Micron released a statement that claimed that a Chinese court in the Fujian Province temporarily stopped the sale of certain Crucial and...

Uber files patent application for avoidance of unsafe areas

Uber filed a patent on January 26th with the USPTO that would allow users to select a route that would 'take safety considerations into account.' This was updated on June 28th 2018, hence the limelight in the news this week. The 'safe routing' option has been classed...

Apple and Samsung settle their 7-year dispute

In the District Court of Northern California in San Jose this week, Apple and Samsung ended their seven-year litigation battle over smartphone design and utlity patents. Both Samsung and Apple will be keeping the terms of the agreement quiet and, despite Samsung...

SCOTUS rule in favor of Schlumberger

According to Reuters, Schlumberger won a ruling this week stating they can recover profits for "unauthorized use of its patented technology" in foreign countries. Schlumberger is the world's largest oilfield services provider and the case in question was over patents...

Eli Lilly win US District Court Ruling

Eli Lilly and Company have announced that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana ruled in favor of Lilly that the Alimta® (pemetrexed for injection) vitamin regimen patent would be infringed by a competitor that had stated its intent to market...

Apple and Qualcomm battle continues

According to a report from Bloomberg, Apple has filed petitions with the USPTO to challenge four of Qualcomm's patents in their ongoing bitter patent battle. Apple are hoping to have the patents in question canceled to help with their ongoing infringement lawsuit that...

The Rachel Krevans Scholarship

ChIPs announced today the launch of the Rachel Krevans Scholarship for women law students interested in a career in intellectual property. ChIPs established the scholarship in 2018 to honor the memory of Rachel Krevans, a renowned intellectual property litigator at...

Walmart receive blockchain focused patent

Walmart have received a patent for a system designed to store patients medical records in a blockchain database that could be accessed in case of emergency. Radio frequency identification (RFID) scanners will be used to scan a wearable device and, in addition, a...

Samsung’s latest $400 million lawsuit

Samsung, one of the leading chip manufacturers int he world, has been given a guilty verdict by a jury in South Korea. The case began over patents on Finbased field-effect transistor (FinTET) technology that are owned by South Korean university, the Korea Advanced...

Uber applies for patent to detect drunk-ness!

Uber's popularity has been growing enormously since it began, as a safe way for people to get around. It is often used post-night out by people as a safe way of getting home and not drink-driving. Their growing interest in drunk passengers has been broadcast this week...

Samsung reject $533 million decision

It was ruled last month by a US federal court that Samsung should pay Apple more than $533 million in damages for infringing on their patents linked to iPhones. The trial was a result of the US Supreme Court decision that kicked back the case to a lower court to...

L’Oreal lose High Court battle with start-up company

A beauty start-up called Olapex has sued L'Oreal for infringing on a patent used in its hair lightening product. The product has been used by high-profile celebrities like Drew Barrymore, Kim Kardashian, and Chrissy Tiegen. The lawsuit is being represented by Hogan...

Deere takes legal action to protect product patents

Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) today took legal action against Precision Planting LLC and AGCO Corporation, claiming that the companies have infringed on 12 John Deere patents. The Deere patents relate to several of the unique and inventive aspects of John Deere...

The European patent office has approved LIDDS’ patent

The European patent office has approved LIDDS' patent related to devices and methods of injection. The patent is now approved in all major markets and provides protection for all drug formulations based on the NanoZolid® technology. The patent describes devices and...

Apple head back to court over touchscreen patents

Apple will have to resume a patent infringement lawsuit in North America over its iPhone touchscreens. The decision comes after an Appeals Court overturned the previous ruling dismissing the case, and commented on the "sloppy analysis" that led to the decision being...

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Xiaomi sued for alleged patent infringement

Chinese smartphone maker Coolpad Group said its unit has sued three group firms of Xiaomi, which last week filed for a Hong Kong IPO that could be worth up to $10 billion, for patent infringement. Coolpad said in a statement late on Thursday its subsidiary, Yulong...

Apple and Samsung head back to court

BACK IN 2011, Apple sues Samsung for copying its iPhone designs. Now, a jury in San Jose, California, will once again review the arguments to make a decision on the final damages costs to be paid by Samsung. This is the third time the five patents in question have...

Only 9% of UK patents are filed by women

Only 9% of patents filed in the UK are by women, research from WISE has revealed. This is compared to a global average of 30%. Encouragingly though, the research also found a 9% increase in the number of patents filed by women by publicly listed companies. This was...

Project Jengo Celebrates One Year Anniversary by Releasing Prior Art

by Alex Krivit from Cloudflare Today marks the one year anniversary of Project Jengo, a crowdsourced search for prior art that Cloudflare created and funded in response to the actions of Blackbird Technologies, a notorious patent troll. Blackbird has filed more than...

Monsanto appeals to India’s Supreme Court

Monsanto Co has appealed to India’s Supreme Court against a ruling by the Delhi High Court which decreed last month that the world’s biggest seed maker cannot claim patents on its GM cotton seeds, a company spokesman said on Friday. The Delhi High Court last month...

Apple awarded ‘circular display’ patent

Apple has today been awarded a patent for technology intended for use in a ‘circular display.’ The patent text specifically references a wristwatch as one application, and one of the illustrations looks very much like a watch. The patent itself is for a particular...

Changes in fees at the Mexican Patent Office

Dumont Bergman Bider & Co., S.C, have informed the Patent Lawyer Magazine that there have been changes in the official fees for patents, utility models and industrial designs. The changes were published on April 26, 2018 and came into force on April 27, 2018....

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