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....

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...

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...

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

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

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 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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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)...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Obvious improvements: How to protect them in Mexico?

In the course of business activities, many inventors and applicants face the need of disclosing information to third parties before completing the invention in order to raise capital for the development of the related technology. In most cases such task is not only helpful, but necessary to stimulate innovation.

The Internet of Things – patent issues to contend with

Over the last few months, 5G mobile phone networks have started to be rolled out across the world, with EE and Vodafone launching 5G services in the UK, and 5G services becoming available in South Korea and the US. 5G promises higher bandwidth and significantly lower latency than 4G, opening up new and exciting applications.

Cannabinoid patenting – a rolling stone?

Late in 2018, medicinal cannabis[1] was downgraded from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2 (medically allowed) in the Misuse of Drugs Regulations in the UK. The resulting flurry of activity in the mainstream news media about the use of cannabinoids and similar substances has been inescapable.

Exmark’s spotlight on entire product-based damages draws design patent comparisons

In Apple, Inc. v. Samsung Electronics et al., a December 2016 US Supreme Court decision allowed for design patent-related damages to be based upon smartphone components rather than the entire smartphone – reversing long-standing precedent favoring entire product-based infringement damages for designs.

FCA sends Differin pricing matter back to PMPRB

The Canadian Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) has released an important decision in Canada (Attorney General) v. Galderma Canada Inc.1 (Galderma), affirming the lower court’s approach in assessing whether the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB) has jurisdiction over a drug product sold in Canada.

Navigating the foreign patent filing process

With the rise of technology and the Internet, a company virtually anywhere can have a product marketed across the continent. This is the beauty of globalization that the Internet offers. Businesses that were once limited can now span across the world instantaneously, in literally the matter of moments. Looking back just two decades,

North & Central America rankings 2019

Introducing our brand new rankings: North & Central America. These rankings include the main jurisdictions from the USA’s East and West coast, Canada, Mexico, and other main Central American jurisdictions. As always, the next few pages will present a comprehensive list of the 10 most well respected law firms from North & Central America, in alphabetical country, state, and company order.

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