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...

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 &...

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...

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...

“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

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

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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SPCs – what happens after Brexit?

Darren Smyth and Gareth Probert, Partners at EIP, look at where the UK’s decision to exit the EU leaves SPCs.

USPTO appeals - strategic decisions

William Smith of Adam R. Stephenson Ltd and Noel Courage of Bereskin & Parr discuss how to decide if your applicant’s case is ready for appeal.

FibroGen v Akebia

Matthew Raynor of Bristows LLP examines Lord Justice Arnold’s recent comments in FibroGen v Akebia regarding the instruction of experts in UK patent cases.

Why do "innovation partnerships" fail?

Malcolm Dowden and Moga Moodley of Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP discuss how innovation partnerships could be revitalized.

KnowIt 2020 – Editor’s report

Matt Seex, Editor of The Patent Lawyer, looks back at a thought-provoking and entertaining three-day live-stream event.

AI-related patent applications in China

Jiuliang LIU, partner at Beijing Sanyou IP Agency, discusses AI-related amendments to the Guidelines for Patent Examination in China.

Demystifying RNAi for stronger patent searches

Peter Blasi and Anne Marie Clark of CAS IP Services discuss avoiding pitfalls in patentability and freedom to operate searches.

Patent rights in the midst of COVID-19

Sérgio Braz,founding Partner at Braz & Associates, looks at the impact the current global pandemic
is having on the IP landscape in Mozambique.

Patent types explained

Josh Gerben, founder of Gerben Law Firm, PLLC, explains the three different types of patents available to inventors in the US, mand outlines how to apply for them.

Biotech patent harmonization – a Polish perspective

Aleksandra Sołyga-Żurek and Katarzyna Jedynak of Patpol look at recent moves to harmonize
Polish biotech patent protections with EU law.

WIPO consultation on AI IP policy

Saiful Khan, partner at Potter Clarkson, looks at the feedback received from the WIPO’s public consultation on AI and IP policy.

The challenges posed by nanotechnology patents

Margarita Guerrero and Manuel Lopez, Associates at Uhthoff, Gomez-Vega & Uhthoff, discuss the patent implications of this groundbreaking technology.

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