Big changes to Saudi IP hearings

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...

Phillips bid to block US Fitbit sales

Phillips 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...

Airbnb using patented tech to identify “psychopaths”

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...

Masimo alleges Apple Watch infringement

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...

EPO rejects applications from AI inventor

EPO rejects applications from AI inventor

The European Patent Office (EPO) has, in a landmark decision, rejected two patent applications designating an artificial intelligence, rather than a human being, as the inventor. Both applications named the neural-net AI “DABUS” as the creator of, respectively, an...

Nokia calls ceasefire with Daimler

Earlier this year, a group of companies, including Daimler, Continental, and Valeo, complained to the European Commission over Nokia’s licensing fees for technology patents for smart car navigation and autonomous cars. Nokia, meanwhile, currently finds itself pursuing...

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

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...

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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...

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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....

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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”...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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”...

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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....

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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...

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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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Why an effective patent licensing environment is essential for Europe’s technological sovereignty in 5G

Kerry Miller, Head of IP Policy and Advocacy at Nokia, sets out the conditions required to ensure that Europe maintains its position as strategic leader in 5G technology.

Not my jurisdiction – or is it?

Luke Maunder, Senior Associate at Bristows, looks at the rise of jurisdictional issues in patent cases.

Canadian patent law – adjusting to new practice

Janice Kelland of Moffat & Co. explains recent developments in Canadian patent law.

Developing a successful licensing program

Martin Bijman, Director of IP Products at TechInsights, explains how formalized assertion programs can benefit rights holders.

Disputing the current patent as a method for preventing the illegal actions of unfair competitors

Sergey Zuykov of Zuykov and partners looks at ways of combating “patent trolling” in Russia.

IP Trend Monitor Survey 2019 - AI and IP

Dennemeyer Group and CTC Legal Media present the 2019 IP Trend Monitor Survey: “How will AI transform the management of Intellectual Property?”

Neural networks: rethinking IP in the auto industry

Rajvinder Jagdev and Lin Liu of IP law firm Powell Gilbert examine the role of IP in autonomous vehicle AI.

Swedish small and medium-sized enterprises are increasingly active in protecting their IP rights

Maria Zamkova, CEO of Fenix Legal, discusses the importance of IP protection to those small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) driving technological innovation in Sweden.

Time is of the essence as the EPO opposition timeline tightens

Katherine Green, Ph.D., Partner and European Patent Attorney, and Emily Hayes, Ph.D., Partner and European Patent Attorney, Mewburn Ellis LLP, discuss Mewburn Ellis’ recent EPO streamlining research, and explain why patentees need to act fast.

The role of purpose characteristics in inventions relating to alloys

Mikhail Samsonov of Gorodissky & Partners discusses alloy patents in Russia.

Patent citations - extracting valuable insights from an often-overlooked complex data source

Jason Resnick, Patent Agent, Minesoft, discusses and defines patent citations and their many uses.

Are partial designs protected in China?

Wang Tongdong & Zhang Yuanyuan of Lifang & Partners discuss methods for protecting partial designs in China.

The curious case of patent term extension

DPS Parmar, Special Counsel at LexOrbis, looks at why certain industries may intrinsically and routinely require an extended patent term.

Conference Season – Editor’s report

Matt Seex, Editor of The Patent Lawyer Magazine, looks back at the 2019 AIPPI World Congress in London and the 47th Annual Meeting of the IPO in Washington DC.

An overview of the current Mexican patent system

Victor Garrido, Head of the Patent Department at Dumont, outlines how patents are filed and protected in Mexico.

No risk for “launch at risk”

Mattias Malmstedt and Magnus Dahlman, Partners at Gulliksson, and Jessika Skargren, Associate at Gulliksson, comment on the recent judgment from the CJEU (C-688/17) and its implication for “launch at risk”.

Boilerplate text in patent specifications: a Brazilian point of view

Patrícia Franco and Felipe Barros Oquendo of Di Blasi, Parente & Associados look at the issues that can arise when Brazilian patent applications include boilerplate text.

New examination guidelines on inventive step of patent and new guidelines on hearing system for patent invalidity cases in Taiwan

Lewis C. Y. HO, President of Lewis & Davis Patent Attorneys Office, Taiwan, looks in detail at recent developments in Taiwan’s patent law.

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