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What you need to know about the UP and UPC

What you need to know about the UP and UPC

Background Nine years after the signing of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court, the new Unitary Patent (UP) and single Unified Patent Court (UPC) are nearly a reality. All that is needed is for Germany to deposit its instrument of ratification of the UPC Agreement...

Genericness banned in Russia

Genericness banned in Russia

The story started back in 2019. At that time, SUGEN, INC. and PHARMACIA & UPJOHN COMPANY Pharmacia Upjohn sued Nativa, a Russian company, The Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation and Oleg Mikhaylov, the third person closely associated with Nativa against...

IP as an enabler for AI: UK government shows its hand

The recently published response of the UK government to a consultation on the interface between artificial intelligence (“AI”) and intellectual property law demonstrates the importance that is attached to this area of technology in driving innovation and economic...

The TRIPS waiver versus patents as Open Innovation enablers

The TRIPS waiver versus patents as Open Innovation enablers

On 17 June 2022, World Trade Organization members agreed on a patent waiver for developing countries (the Eligible Members)[1]. The patent waiver allows Eligible Members to waive patent rights without the patent-holder’s consent.  It applies to patents needed for the...

AI inventions and patent law

AI inventions and patent law

A worldwide agreement on protection of inventions made by Artificial Intelligence is essential to address the threats posed by AI to the patent system, argue two academics at the University of New South Wales in Australia in a recent article[1] published in Nature....

All change (but not just yet) when it comes to AI and IP

All change (but not just yet) when it comes to AI and IP

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to transform many aspects of life and the UK government has recognized that it is important to review IP laws to ensure that they evolve and promote innovation in this fast-paced area of technology. That was the...

Mewburn Ellis advises creators of Goodwood 2022 record breaker

Mewburn Ellis advises creators of Goodwood 2022 record breaker

IP firm advises the company behind the Spéirling electric hypercar which has just beaten the Goodwood Hillclimb record European IP firm Mewburn Ellis has advised British company McMurtry Automotive (“McMurtry”) on the patents behind the record-breaking Spéirling...

CWB client Calvin Cheng secures Dubai’s first NFT investment licence

CWB client Calvin Cheng secures Dubai’s first NFT investment licence

Cedar White Bradley is pleased to congratulate Calvin Cheng on establishing the first fully-regulated NFT investment holding company in Dubai. Supported by CWB Partner, Cameron Crawford, Calvin Cheng Web3 Holdings will invest in projects that integrate blockchain tech...

Lex Machina Releases 2022 Patent Litigation Report

Lex Machina Releases 2022 Patent Litigation Report

Lex Machina, a LexisNexis company, has released its annual Patent Litigation Report. The report examines patent litigation trends in federal district and appellate courts, as well as the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). It focuses on the three-year period from...

LawCare extends online chat service

LawCare extends online chat service

Legal mental health charity LawCare has extended its online chat service for legal professionals from one to four days a week. The charity, which offers free, confidential, emotional support to anyone working in the law, has been operating a helpline and peer support...

The value of peer support

The value of peer support

We all know the phrases ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ or ‘it’s good to talk’ but the benefits in talking about how you are feeling go far beyond this. When we are in a difficult situation we lose our problem-solving abilities, it can be impossible to focus...

Mental Health Awareness Week – Loneliness

Mental Health Awareness Week – Loneliness

Humans are hard-wired to connect - we are tribal and social animals. We are biologically programmed to need other humans, and a feeling of belonging and connection drives our happiness. Despite this many of us will know what it’s like to be lonely, especially after...

World IP Day, 2022

World IP Day, 2022

This year, World IP Day focuses on “IP and Youth: Innovation for a Better Future”. In a post-COVID-19 era driven by the growth and encompassment of technology, many aspects of innovation are changing. To mark the occasion, we asked our editorial board to reflect on...

Russian Patent Office joins the discussion

Russian Patent Office joins the discussion

The last couple of months have seen a number of publications alleging that protection of intellectual property in Russia does not exist any longer. This is not true and interested persons may be referred to several of our publications describing the real run of things...

Patent applications in Europe are growing, but not from UK

Patent applications in Europe are growing, but not from UK

The volume of patent applications filed by UK businesses in Europe fell slightly for the second year in a row in 2021, in part due to a pandemic-related hangover in R&D activity affecting some industry sectors, according to fresh data published by the European...

Maersk Joins the Open Invention Network Community

Maersk Joins the Open Invention Network Community

Open Invention Network (OIN) is the largest patent non-aggression community in history. It was formed to safeguard open source software form patent aggressors. It is financially backed by Google, IBM / Red Hat, NEC, Philips, Sony, SUSE and Toyota. A. P. Møller – Mærsk...

A call for truth – Vladimir Biriulin reports

A call for truth – Vladimir Biriulin reports

Because of the current situation with Ukraine the media publish much information regarding intellectual property that is often incorrect or outright false. This may be understood because any important event may send waves throughout the media and people may express...

Avanci expands its patent license agreements with Volkswagen

Avanci expands its patent license agreements with Volkswagen

Europe’s leading car maker extends existing relationship with Avanci to cover 4G essential patents DALLAS Avanci has announced that Volkswagen AG has expanded its existing relationship with the Avanci one-stop licensing marketplace to include 4G standard essential...

PAE OSS field-of-use opportunities for Open Invention Network Community

PAE OSS field-of-use opportunities for Open Invention Network Community

Open Invention Network was a significant innovation in the intellectual property (IP) realm. It was formed to create a community where core, building block innovations in software, particularly Linux and other key projects, could be shared. The organization was also...

IP as Russia’s new economic weapon against the US and their allies

IP as Russia’s new economic weapon against the US and their allies

Sanctions. The word we hear the most these days. The target is only one: Russia. Due to the unjustified invasion of Ukraine and all the devastation caused to the country and its people. United States, Canada, the 27 European Union member states, the UK, Montenegro,...

Nike sues Lululemon for patent infringement

Nike sues Lululemon for patent infringement

The domain of intellectual property rights is dynamic and constantly changing. With respect to patents, there have been technological advancements that have led to various developments with patents acquiring their status as green tech patents, sports tech patents,...

CIPA Webinar – Career Alternatives to Private Practice

CIPA Webinar – Career Alternatives to Private Practice

A range of experts are providing their first-hand insights into a variety of career alternatives to private practice at a CIPA webinar on the 15th March. Ranging from in-house counsel to independent consultant and running your own firm, the purpose of this online...

Minesoft acquired by MLM 2 and Warburg Pincus

Minesoft acquired by MLM 2 and Warburg Pincus

Global patent search provider, Minesoft, is the first acquisition for MLM 2 in building a market-leading IP solutions platform, focused on unlocking the power of intellectual property. After over 25 years in the intellectual property industry, Minesoft has closed on a...

Solid-state battery developments – Martin Neilson reports

Solid-state battery developments – Martin Neilson reports

A new solid electrolyte could be the key to unlocking the true potential of electric vehicles and so much more. Developed at the University of Waterloo, it ticks many of the crucial boxes for battery performance and longevity. Here, battery technology patent expert Dr...

Western Union Business Solutions

Western Union Business Solutions

As the world emerges out of the COVID-19 pandemic economy, the opportunity for IP firms to help future proof their operations through streamlined Invoicing Workflow is here. Firms need to be focusing on scaling up to address the global growth in IP applications and...

Patents matter for universities – Maria Barani reports

Patents matter for universities – Maria Barani reports

While patents are often seen as a costly and long-term investment, patents in fact support academic R&D activities, bring universities closer to the market and increase their visibility. At a time where public resources are scares and the application process for...

The USPTO’s new Patent Public Search Tool and Website

The USPTO’s new Patent Public Search Tool and Website

On February 1, 2022, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced a new Patent Public Search Tool that purports to provide a “more convenient, remote, and robust full-text searching of all U.S. patents and published patent applications.” According...

Innovation at the Winter Olympics. Rebecca Oliver reports

Innovation at the Winter Olympics. Rebecca Oliver reports

It’s almost 100 years since the first Winter Olympic Games, which took place in Chamonix, France in 1924. There were around 250 athletes competing across 16 events in 1924. The past century has seen huge growth in winter sports and this year, in Beijing, almost 3,000...

IP asset deals: a blessing or a curse? Andreas Wietzke reports

IP asset deals: a blessing or a curse? Andreas Wietzke reports

Earlier this month, software company Blackberry announced it was selling its non-core (those relating to mobile devices and wireless networking) patent portfolio to Catapult IP Innovations Inc. for $600 million. While the patents included in the portfolio don’t relate...

Mewburn Ellis appoints Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer

Mewburn Ellis appoints Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer

IP firm announces new role alongside launch of Inclusion & Diversity Collaboration Group Intellectual property firm Mewburn Ellis recently announced the appointment of its Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer, Robert Andrews, as well as the launch of its...

Final preparations for Europe’s new Unified Patent Court begin

Final preparations for Europe’s new Unified Patent Court begin

  Austria deposited its instrument of ratification on the Protocol to the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court on provisional application (PAP-Protocol) on 18 January 2022.  The PAP-Protocol has now entered into force. This means that the provisional application...

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER appoints two partners and two counsel

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER appoints two partners and two counsel

Top-tier European IP boutique firm HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER has promoted Michiel de Baat (Amsterdam) and Ivan Dimitrov (Düsseldorf) to the partnership and appointed Carina Höfer (Düsseldorf) and Tim Robrechts (Brussels) as counsel with the firm. The firm now has 47...

Harter Secrest & Emery announces new Partners

Harter Secrest & Emery announces new Partners

Daniel J. Altieri and Timothy W. Menasco Elected to Harter Secrest & Emery's Partnership Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, a full-service business law firm with offices throughout New York, is pleased to announce that Daniel J. Altieri, from the firm’s Litigation...

High court holds on to jurisdiction in SEP case. EIP reports

High court holds on to jurisdiction in SEP case. EIP reports

The recent decision of the UK Supreme Court in the Unwired Planet v Huawei, and Conversant v Huawei & ZTE appeals affirmed the UK court’s jurisdiction to determine global FRAND licences in Standard Essential Patent (“SEP”) disputes and to potentially injunct...

Perkins Coie adds veteran IP Partner Jim Go to Seattle office

Perkins Coie adds veteran IP Partner Jim Go to Seattle office

Perkins Coie is pleased to announce that James (Jim) Go has joined the firm’s Intellectual Property practice as a partner in its Seattle office. Jim focuses his practice on patent preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patents in the related fields of...

Consultancy division flying at Taylor Rose MW

Consultancy division flying at Taylor Rose MW

Annual consultancy revenues have more than quadrupled since pre-pandemic Taylor Rose MW, the fast-growing and innovative UK law firm, has more than doubled the number of consultant solicitors in its legal consultancy division within the past year. With over 350...

Nokia reaches 4,000 5G essential patent families milestone

Nokia reaches 4,000 5G essential patent families milestone

Nokia has reached the milestone of 4,000 patent families declared as essential to 5G with more to follow Entire industries are powered by Nokia’s inventions in the field of cellular connectivity Nokia’s industry-leading patent portfolio is built on over €130bn...

Finnegan expands in Europe with launch of Munich office

Finnegan expands in Europe with launch of Munich office

Dr Jochen Herr joins to lead new practice in Germany Finnegan, one of the world’s largest IP law firms, will open a new office in Munich, Germany in January 2022. Dr Jochen Herr – a formidable IP litigator with a significant market reputation in Germany – will be...

Budget 2021: why now is the time to innovate. Withers & Rogers report

Budget 2021: why now is the time to innovate. Withers & Rogers report

Michael Jaeger, partner and patent attorney at European intellectual property firm, Withers & Rogers The Government’s focus on investing in driving economic growth will be seen as a boon by the UK’s innovative businesses. In particular, the decision to boost...

Patents crucial to delivering green technologies: Mewburn Ellis report

Patents crucial to delivering green technologies: Mewburn Ellis report

 New Green IP report from Mewburn Ellis To coincide with the launch of COP26, forward-looking IP firm Mewburn Ellis has released a new report into Green IP. The report examines the role of patents in making innovative ‘green’ technologies into a reality as well as how...

YADRO joins the Open Invention Network community

YADRO joins the Open Invention Network community

According to IDC, YADRO is the market leader in enterprise storage and high-performance servers in Russia and Eastern Europe.  Offering a full range of high-performance servers, storage systems and industry specific services and tools, YADRO leverages open source...

Nokia achieves ISO 9001 for its high-quality patenting process

Nokia achieves ISO 9001 for its high-quality patenting process

Nokia one of the first companies to receive ISO 9001 certification for its patent portfolio management Independent certification assessed every step of Nokia’s patent portfolio process ISO 9001 is the world’s best-known standard for quality management systems Espoo,...

Is It possible to patent Bitcoin? Lyle D. Solomon reports

Is It possible to patent Bitcoin? Lyle D. Solomon reports

The hype surrounding cryptocurrencies has been growing over the past few years. Not only have they risen in terms of scope, but companies and countries have started to become more accepting of it. And with this impressive growth, various fintech companies are moving...

Xiaomi joins Open Invention Network patent peace community

Xiaomi joins Open Invention Network patent peace community

Xiaomi Corporation, the third largest global smartphone manufacturer, has joined the Open Invention Network, the largest patent non-aggression community in history. Xiaomi is a consumer electronics and smart manufacturing company with smartphones and smart hardware...

Intellectual property law firm Mathys & Squire appoints first COO

Intellectual property law firm Mathys & Squire appoints first COO

Jont Cole joins from property giant JLL COO will drive strategic development and growth Leading intellectual property law firm Mathys & Squire has appointed the first Chief Operating Officer in its 111-year history. Mathys & Squire explains that the firm’s...

Maker of TikTok joins the Open Invention Network community

Maker of TikTok joins the Open Invention Network community

ByteDance, the maker of TikTok, Helo, and Resso, as well as platforms specific to the Chinese market – Toutiao, Douyin, and Xigua – has joined Open Invention Network. As the maker of the leading global short video platform, ByteDance has joined the largest patent...

Veteran IP litigator Milton Springut Joins Moses & Singer

Veteran IP litigator Milton Springut Joins Moses & Singer

Moses & Singer LLP is pleased to announce the arrival of Milton Springut as a partner in its Intellectual Property practice. His longtime colleague Caroline Boehm also joins as special counsel. Springut brings more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of IP...

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