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Farewell to SCiFi Foods: IP, insolvency, and opportunity

Farewell to SCiFi Foods: IP, insolvency, and opportunity

Cultivated meat – growing animal cells in culture and harvesting the results as food – has exploded over the last 10 years. However, between technical hurdles and a challenging funding landscape, many commentators have suggested that the fragmented sector will see a...

Divisional applications in Russia: does the story continue?

Divisional applications in Russia: does the story continue?

On June 4, 2024, the Russian Supreme Court issued a decision that finalized the litigation between KRKA, d.d., Novo mesto (Slovenia), and AstraZeneca AB (Sweden) on invention patent 2643764. About half a year earlier, on January 2, 2024, the Italian Supreme Court...

Stuff You Should Know About IP podcast: new episode out now!

Stuff You Should Know About IP podcast: new episode out now!

CTC Legal Media is very excited to announce that, after a long hiatus, the Stuff You Should Know About IP podcast is back with a brand new episode! Hosted by Ray Guarnieri and Thomas J. Colson, episode 50 focuses on eight intellectual property challenges startups must...

USPTO on trial: patent office sued for patent infringement

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been sued for allegedly infringing on six patents it previously granted. The patents involved are two-factor authentication systems belonging to two individual inventors and are now being contested by Factor2 Multimedia....

Pfizer triumphs over AstraZeneca in cancer drug patent dispute

In a landmark ruling, the US District Court for the District of Delaware has ordered AstraZeneca to pay Pfizer $107.5 million in damages for infringing on patents related to the lung cancer drug 'Tagrisso.' This case marks a significant victory for Pfizer in the...

ERS Genomics and IRBM sign CRISPR/Cas9 license agreement

ERS Genomics and IRBM sign CRISPR/Cas9 license agreement

The license agreement provides IRBM access to CRISPR gene editing technology to be applied across its drug discovery services offering. Dublin, Ireland, and Rome, Italy, 20 May 2024 — ERS Genomics Limited (‘ERS’), the CRISPR licensing Company, and IRBM, a leader in...

UPC referendum in Ireland postponed

UPC referendum in Ireland postponed

The Irish Government has confirmed its decision to defer the date for the referendum for the ratification of the agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPC), which was due to be held on 7 June 2024 to coincide with the European and Local elections. No alternative date...

Number of drone patents filed worldwide jumps 16% in past year

Number of drone patents filed worldwide jumps 16% in past year

R&D in defense driving innovation in drone technology, alongside agriculture and logistics Russia filing significant number of patents as drones used in conflict AI is also a key part of the increase in drone patent filings. The number of global patents filed for...

EUIPO’s 5th IP Case Law Conference: an inside look

EUIPO’s 5th IP Case Law Conference: an inside look

We were delighted to attend the EUIPO’s 5th IP Case Law Conference held in Alicante on the 29-30 of April 2024 – special thanks to EUIPO for the invitation and exceptional hospitality throughout the conference. Following a warm welcome from Master of Ceremony Thomas...

Delhi High Court awards Ericsson $29 million in SEP case

Delhi High Court awards Ericsson $29 million in SEP case

On 28 March 2024, the Delhi High Court concluded a decade-long litigation between Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (Ericsson) and Lava Intl. Ltd (Lava) by delivering a landmark judgment that Lava infringed Ericsson’s eight Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) relating to...

Celebrating World IP Day: thoughts from our Editorial Board

Celebrating World IP Day: thoughts from our Editorial Board

As World Intellectual Property Day approaches on 26 April, we asked our Editorial Board their thoughts on this year's focus: 'IP and the SDGs: Building our common future with innovation and creativity.' Established by the United Nations in 2015, the Sustainable...

USPTO set for new fee structure for 2025

USPTO set for new fee structure for 2025

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is poised for a pivotal transformation in its fee structure, slated for fiscal year 2025. This overhaul, far from being a mere procedural update, represents a fundamental shift poised to redefine the landscape of...

The largest patent prosecution firms in Mexico

The largest patent prosecution firms in Mexico

The intellectual property scene in Mexico experienced significant growth from 2018 to 2022. According to data from IP Pilot, a total of 89 patent prosecution firms in Mexico handled 72,632 patent filings during this period. Following the pandemic, the market quickly...

PUMA v. EUIPO: Rihanna’s Instagram post invalidates shoe design

PUMA v. EUIPO: Rihanna’s Instagram post invalidates shoe design

Patents are a golden shield not only for the inventors but also for the ever-growing corporate world. However, there is one mistake that many inventors make that could risk their chances of securing a patent. In this article, let's analyze anticipation laws of patents...

PTAB upholds validity of all claims of OpenSesame’s patent

PTAB upholds validity of all claims of OpenSesame’s patent

OpenSesame is a leading-edge technology company located in Portland, Oregon. In 2010, it invented and filed a patent application for an unconventional remote learning system titled “Open and Interactive E-Learning System and Method.” After a thorough examination, that...

Report launched into UK’s IP-backed finance landscape

Report launched into UK’s IP-backed finance landscape

Greater access to IP-backed finance could help firms, especially SMEs, leverage their IP to scale and grow A new report launched in London today finds the UK meets the right conditions to make IP-backed lending to SMEs viable  The report – produced by the World...

USPTO issues inventorship guidance on AI-assisted inventions

USPTO issues inventorship guidance on AI-assisted inventions

The USPTO recently issued inventorship guidance for inventions assisted by artificial intelligence (AI). The guidance explains that “AI-assisted inventions are not categorically unpatentable.” However, a natural person must have provided a “significant contribution”...

UK IPO publishes update and forward look on SEPs work

UK IPO publishes update and forward look on SEPs work

Standards and standard essential patents (SEPs) are of growing importance to the UK economy and the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is committed to ensuring the current SEPs framework functions effectively to encourage innovation and promote competition. In the...

EPO updates guidelines for examining AI inventions

EPO updates guidelines for examining AI inventions

The European Patent Office (EPO) has released a draft of its new Guidelines for Examination, which will come into effect on 1 March 2024. The new guidelines include some important updates to the EPO’s practice for examining inventions in the fields of artificial...

Another milestone in China’s implementing regulations of patent law

Another milestone in China’s implementing regulations of patent law

The Implementing Regulations and Examination Guidelines came into force in January this year. The new regulations have optimized the previous version in aspects such as application, examination, enforcement, and protection. These optimizations should make applying for...

Google settles lawsuit over computer chips that power AI

Google settles lawsuit over computer chips that power AI

On January 24, 2024, Google LLC settled a patent infringement lawsuit over computer chips that power its artificial intelligence (AI) technology. The settlement comes the same day that closing arguments were scheduled to begin in a trial on the lawsuit by Singular...

China’s revised Seed Law allows breeders to bet the farm

China’s revised Seed Law allows breeders to bet the farm

From knock-off luxury clothing to replica iPads, trademark and copyright infringement come in many forms. More recently, copycats are turning to plant breeders' highly crafted innovations: fruits and vegetables.  Specifically, in China, there are a growing number of...

The Irish Government announces referendum on joining the UPC

The Irish Government announces referendum on joining the UPC

The Irish Government has announced that it will hold a referendum on joining the Unified Patent Court (UPC) in June 2024. This news moves Ireland closer to becoming the 18th EU country to join the UPC and unitary patent (UP) system. The news was widely welcomed by the...

Chips and justice: PepsiCo’s battle over potato variety in India

Chips and justice: PepsiCo’s battle over potato variety in India

PepsiCo, the world's second-largest food and beverage corporation, has finally won the long-term court battle against a group of Indian farmers concerning IP rights over its registered potato variety.  Recently, the Hon’ble Delhi High Court Division Bench set aside a...

New ECTA Patent Committee: mission, vision, and destiny

New ECTA Patent Committee: mission, vision, and destiny

ECTA has created a Patent Committee. This is quite a surprising move considering that ECTA has the reputation of being an association specialized in other IP rights, particularly trademarks. At first glance, it is surprising that a reputed trademark association like...

Why so opaque? Transparency and the Unified Patent Court

Why so opaque? Transparency and the Unified Patent Court

The Unified Patent Court (UPC) Rules on public access were meticulously debated in the run-up to the UPC's launch. As a court, its task first and foremost should be to provide justice, and justice should be transparent. Right? This seemed to be the intention behind...

Lenovo’s Zenbook attack: valid claim or troll move?

Lenovo’s Zenbook attack: valid claim or troll move?

Lenovo has sued ASUS TeK in the Northern District of California (23-CV-5892), alleging ASUS’ Zenbook Pro laptop infringes four of Lenovo’s patents: a rotatable hinge (US Patent No. 8,687,354), diagonal touchpad scrolling (7,760,189), a wireless wake feature...

Nike defends its Flyknit technology by suing for patent infringement

Nike defends its Flyknit technology by suing for patent infringement

At the beginning of November 2023, the footwear giant Nike filed lawsuits against its competitor, New Balance, before the Federal Court of Massachusetts and against Skechers before the Federal Court of Los Angeles for infringement and non-consensual use of patented...

Designing a new patent bar

Designing a new patent bar

On November 15, 2023, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that it is creating a new patent bar specifically for design patents. Practitioners with one of the following degrees: bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate, qualify to seek admission...

Start-up to scale-up: does IP hold the key?

Start-up to scale-up: does IP hold the key?

The UK Government’s enthusiasm for technology as evidenced by the recent Autumn Statement and the AI Safety Summit is positive and recognizes the fantastic scientific resources we have in the UK (including our universities, scientists, angels, VCs, IP lawyers, and...

UK court decides AI is patentable

UK court decides AI is patentable

A recent judgment of the High Court of England and Wales has opened the door for patenting artificial intelligence (AI) in the United Kingdom. The judgment in Emotional Perception AI Ltd v. Comptroller-General of Patents, Designs, and Trade Marks [2023] EWHC 2948...

The Supreme Court denies petition on patent reissue standard

The Supreme Court denies petition on patent reissue standard

Early last month, the Supreme Court rejected a petition from inventors challenging a Federal Circuit ruling that their reissue patents were invalid. The rejection leaves in place the Federal Circuit’s standard for a reissue patent application; whether the original...

Orlando jury finds willful infringement in waterslide case

Orlando jury finds willful infringement in waterslide case

On November 9, 2023, after a nine-day jury trial in the Middle District of Florida, ProSlide Technology, Inc. prevailed in a patent infringement case related to large water slides. Patent owner, ProSlide, and defendant WhiteWater West Industries, Inc., are the two...

10-days no more – Changes to the calculation of EPO time limits

10-days no more – Changes to the calculation of EPO time limits

As of 1 November 2023, the “10-day rule” will be abolished and will no longer apply to deadlines that are triggered by communications issued by the European Patent Office (EPO) on or after that date. Background and current situation Some deadlines set by the EPO (for...

An update on claim priority and PCT applications

An update on claim priority and PCT applications

The Enlarged Board has issued its decision in consolidated cases G 1/22 and G 2/22. It concluded that the EPO is competent to assess priority entitlement and that there is a rebuttable presumption that an applicant claiming priority in accordance with the formal...

A shift in gears sees Zwift and Wahoo back in collaboration

A shift in gears sees Zwift and Wahoo back in collaboration

Following on from a lawsuit filed by Wahoo against Zwift back in October 2022, alleging that Zwift’s new Hub trainer infringed Wahoo’s patents, it has been confirmed that the lawsuit has been dropped. Zwift, a brand known for its indoor cycling equipment, had limited...

Powerful new search tool will help IPO maintain patent quality

Powerful new search tool will help IPO maintain patent quality

Office (IPO) performs patent searches. ‘SEARCH’ is based on the state-of-the art patent search tool developed and used by the European Patent Office (EPO), widely regarded as the best such tool in the world. The IPO has worked with the EPO to develop ‘SEARCH’ as the...

Protecting organoleptics in food IP: a problem to sink your teeth into!

Protecting organoleptics in food IP: a problem to sink your teeth into!

Recently, plant-based protein manufacturer “Juicy Marbles” announced their newest product: vegan pork ribs, with edible bones. The soy-based ribs will join the brand’s roster of plant-based “whole cuts”, filet steaks, and joints. The USP of the Juicy Marbles range is...

Delhi High Court quashes competition inquiry against Ericsson

Delhi High Court quashes competition inquiry against Ericsson

The Delhi High Court, in a judgment dated 13.07.2023, has quashed the investigations being conducted by the Competition Commission of India (“CCI”), the market regulator in India, into allegations of abuse of dominant position against Ericsson for exercise of its...

Government proposes amendments to Indian Patent Rules

Government proposes amendments to Indian Patent Rules

The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, the body responsible for administering Indian IP laws has, on August 22, 2023, published the Draft Patents (Amendment), Rules, 2023 (Draft Rules). The Draft Rules...

Room temperature superconductivity in sight

Room temperature superconductivity in sight

Room temperature superconductivity has been a dream for researchers and industry alike for many years, and a new paper released by South Korean scientists suggests that it may have been discovered. The ability to conduct electricity without loss of energy has the...

USPTO updates drawing figures selection process for efficiency

USPTO updates drawing figures selection process for efficiency

In a recent communication, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced an improved and more efficient process for choosing drawing figures to be featured on the front page of pre-grant patent publications. The new development, which will take...

Exercising judicious use: AI tools for legal professionals

Exercising judicious use: AI tools for legal professionals

In recent years, the advancement of artificial intelligence (AI) tools has brought about significant changes in how various industries engage with technology. From sophisticated machine learning algorithms to natural language processing and computer vision systems, AI...

The importance of Bayh-Dole Act compliance for patent holders

The importance of Bayh-Dole Act compliance for patent holders

In the realms of technology and innovation, patents offer the lifeblood that propels forward progress.  Patent holders are granted an exclusive right to their invention, providing them with a distinct market advantage.  However, when these inventions are borne out of...

UK Government publishes transformation consultation response

UK Government publishes transformation consultation response

The UK government has published its response to the transformation consultation which ran in late 2022 and ended on 6 January this year. The government sought views on a number of changes related to the Intellectual Property Office’s (IPO) new digital services, and...

Why abuse in the EU SPC Waiver Regulation needs to be eliminated

Why abuse in the EU SPC Waiver Regulation needs to be eliminated

At first glance, the patent system may seem like a peculiar exception within the context of a free-market economy. After all, patents confer monopolistic rights — something that is usually anathema in free-market ideology. Yet patents represent a rational tradeoff to...

Clarivate releases Innovators to Watch 2023 Report

Clarivate releases Innovators to Watch 2023 Report

Identifies 36 companies and organizations on the cusp of Top 100 Global Innovators status London, U.K., July 25, 2023 – Clarivate Plc (NYSE: CLVT), a global leader in connecting people and organizations to intelligence they can trust to transform their world, today...

EPO releases a Unitary Patent dashboard

EPO releases a Unitary Patent dashboard

Real-time data confirms confidence in new system Munich, 24 July 2023 –The EPO has published today a dashboard which offers a timely snapshot of applicants’ eagerness to opt for the Unitary Patent. The interactive display breaks down requests for Unitary Patents by...

The Supreme Court leaves patent eligibility in flux

The Supreme Court leaves patent eligibility in flux

In May 2023, the US Supreme Court declined to hear three cases concerning patent eligibility: Interactive Wearables LLC v. Polar Electro OY[1], Tropp v. Travel Sentry Inc.[2], and Avery Dennison Corp. v. ADASA Inc.[3] This is despite the US solicitor general, the US...

Google v. Sonos hearing… or not!

Google v. Sonos hearing… or not!

Have you wondered why the option of Google Assistant voice control, used to manage speakers, has disappeared from the Sonos app? The answer is straightforward: the long-standing dispute between the two companies. Last time, Google and Sonos confronted each other in...

Fake it till you make it: horizons in plant-based meat analogues

Fake it till you make it: horizons in plant-based meat analogues

Shifting consumer attitudes, an uptake of plant-based and flexitarian diets, and a growing global demand for food are driving rapid expansion in the plant-based meat sector. In fact, sales of meat-free products are expected to exceed £1.1 billion in the UK by 2024....

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