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EIP announces hire of new CEO from AWA

EIP, the leading international IP firm, have announced the appointment of Magnus Hallin as Chief Executive. He joins from AWA, an eminent European IP firm. Magnus is a lawyer who spent 10 years practicing IP law and litigation before moving into management at AWA...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Barclays and ByteDance join LOT Network

Barclays joins LOT Network and Open Invention Network Community Barclays takes action against attacks from patent trolls Barclays is the first major European headquartered bank to join LOT Network and Open Invention Network Community to oppose the abuse of...

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Sonal Mishra reports: Draft Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2021

The Government of India through its Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), a wing of Ministry of Commerce and Industry has circulated the draft patents (amendment) rules, 2021 dated 9th Feb, 2021 proposing to amend the patent rules, 2003. The...

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Priggya Arora reports: Patent trolls: ICT vs. Pharmaceuticals

Patent trolls have been an element of the intellectual property regime almost since the beginning- although they were known as “patent sharks” during Edison’s time. This is in itself not surprising- any new form of legal system is going to have those who seek to...

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New COO for leading intellectual property firm Appleyard Lees

(Manchester – 4 Feb 2021) Appleyard Lees are delighted to announce the appointment of John Kushnick as their Chief Operating Officer (COO). John is based in Manchester. John, who is also a qualified solicitor, joined the leading intellectual property firm on 1...

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Augmenting your IP portfolio is virtually the only way to compete in AR/VR

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP attorneys Christopher Howes, Zachery Olah, Forrest Jones, and Karthik Kumar, discuss the developments in the augmented and virtual reality sphere with advice for protecting innovation.

An interview with Ismat Levin, Senior Vice President, Commercial and Group General Counsel at Synamedia

Ismat talks to The Patent Lawyer about her experiences as in-house counsel,
Synamedia’s current developments, and her inspirations.

A quantitative approach to overcoming § 101 rejections

Patent eligibility rejections under 35 U.S.C. § 101 remain a significant issue for the United States Patent Office (USPTO). The USPTO has issued multiple updates to provide guidance for Examiners on how and when to issue § 101 rejections, and there have been some improvements in the proper use of such rejections. However, the large volume of rejections under § 101 certainly exceeds the narrow “exception” envisioned by the Supreme Court. Without clear policy guidance for § 101 rejections, the rejections are often
inconsistent, unclear, and subjective. This poses a substantial obstacle to efficient and effective patent prosecution.

Why the USPTO does not receive Chevron deference

David L. McCombs, Joseph Matal & Eugene Goryunov of Haynes & Boone explain the difficulties surrounding Chevron deference and why the USPTO is reluctant to take it into account.

A new dress code for patent validity in Brazil: the practical effects of the Supreme Court decision

The Brazilian attorney José Carlos Vaz e Dias of the IP law firm VAZ E DIAS ADVOGADOS addresses the main aspects of the Brazilian Supreme Court decision that challenged the sole paragraph of Art. 40 and how it affected the patent owners of the pharma business on the ability to exploit, license, and enforce the patents.

Why automated patent analysis can be wrong, even when it’s right

Axel Contreras-Alvarez, former IPR Commercialization Manager at Ericsson, evaluates the reliability of software and automated analysis for patent valuation, considering the factors used by algorithms, and with an action plan for those wishing to use such platforms.

Women in IP Leadership

Kristyn Huffman: Paralegal, The Dow Chemical Company
An interview: inspirations, experiences, and ideas for equality.

Women in IP Leadership

Ai-Leen Lim: CEO and Principal Counsel, AWA Asia

Law firm rankings: South America

A comprehensive list of the 10 most well-respected law firms from the South America region.

Compulsory Licensing during COVID-19 – a potentiality in India?

Manisha Singh & Varun Sharma, of LexOrbis, review the potential requirement for compulsory licensing given the devastating effects of COVID-19 in India; how such licensing can be implemented; and the likelihood of government enforcement.

Does a third party infringe a patent right by conducting clinical trials on an original drug?

Osamu Yammomoto explains the impact of the recent Intellectual Property High Court decision, as well as the necessity for reforming the patent system relating to drug marketing approval in Japan.

Unleashing the full potential of innovation data

Ed White, Head of Analytics, IP Group, Clarivate, explains the importance of looking beyond patent volumes and how to extract richer insights from innovation data.

Intellectual Property and sports

Sports are an integral part of everyone’s life. Some people watch athletes, and some are athletes themselves. At the same time, sports life is becoming more comfortable every day thanks to innovation and creativity in the field. Kristina Mulina, of Zuykov and Partners, reports.

The U.S. Patent Office’s guidance on indefiniteness in AIA post-grant proceedings

Haynes and Boone’s experts Eugene Goryunov, David McCombs, Clint Wilkins and Kristina Smith explain the latest USPTO guidance on indefiniteness.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion with Suzanne Wertheim. Chapter 1: an anti-bias vision

In this six-part series Dr. Suzanne Wertheim, of Worthwhile Research & Consulting, talks to The Patent Lawyer about diversity, equity, and inclusion: what it means; the current challenges; DEI in law; gender bias; and what we can all do to improve.

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