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...

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

         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...

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

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

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 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...

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