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Behind the scenes: Potter Clarkson’s IP Summer School

Behind the scenes: Potter Clarkson’s IP Summer School

Our Editor-in-Chief, Faye Waterford, had the unique opportunity to attend Potter Clarkson’s residential IP Summer School, an exclusive event that took place on June 25-26 at the University of Nottingham. After a very warm welcome and humorous icebreaker conducted by...

Samsung’s preemptive strike: precedent or predictable?

Samsung’s preemptive strike: precedent or predictable?

Consumers are very familiar with tech product launches. Years of research, speculation, tech blog rumors, and even legal filings all build anticipation for the long-awaited official announcement. The dramatization of the process is, of course, all part of the...

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

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

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...

BCLP expands IP and corporate practices with high-profile group hire

BCLP expands IP and corporate practices with high-profile group hire

Following Seattle Office Launch, Firm Announces Latest Major Move with Group of 15 from Dentons Song Jung to Lead Prominent six-Partner IP Team and Jeff Haidet to Boost Transactional Capability Globally for BCLP WASHINGTON, DC and ATLANTA (June 20, 2023) –...

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....

The Supreme Court takes enablement law back to basics

The Supreme Court takes enablement law back to basics

On May 18, 2023, the US Supreme Court issued its opinion in Amgen v. Sanofi, which concerns patent law’s enablement requirement. Under that requirement, codified at 35 U.S.C. § 112(a), a patent specification must describe “the invention” and “the manner and process of...

US Supreme Court: the more one claims, the more one must enable

US Supreme Court: the more one claims, the more one must enable

On May 18, 2023, a unanimous US Supreme Court in Amgen Inc. v. Sanofi[1] affirmed a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that found Amgen’s patents invalid for lack of enablement. The Court held that the methods recited in Amgen’s patents did...

Proposal for a regulation on standard essential patents

Proposal for a regulation on standard essential patents

On 27 April 2023 the European Commission presented its proposal for a new regulatory framework for the licensing of standard essential patents (SEPs) in the EU. The draft regulation seeks to '(i) make available detailed information on SEPs and existing FRAND terms and...

Gilead wins: high-stakes battle over HIV drug patents

Gilead wins: high-stakes battle over HIV drug patents

In the hallowed halls of intellectual property (IP) and the pharmaceutical industry, Gilead Sciences' recent victory over the US government is a game changer, folks. This isn't just about Gilead shaking off the government's patent claims like a dog shaking off water;...

Unified Patent Court: continued preparations for its imminent launch

Unified Patent Court: continued preparations for its imminent launch

The implementation roadmap for the Unified Patent Court (UPC) was released in October 2022 by the UPC Preparatory team. The roadmap displays the key activities and milestones for the UPC in the lead up to its scheduled launch on June 1, 2023. One of those major...

Evergreening of patents: an elixir of life for pharmaceutical companies

Evergreening of patents: an elixir of life for pharmaceutical companies

“Mindless habitual behaviour is the enemy of innovation.”- Rosabeth Moss Kanter Grant of a patent is a monopoly right given exclusively to an inventor for a limited period of time. Such an invention should be new, non- obvious, and a useful product or process. In the...

Mental Health Awareness Week: get help!

Mental Health Awareness Week: get help!

Angus Lyon, LawCare volunteer and former solicitor who now works counselling lawyers online, writes about anxiety in the legal profession for Mental Health Awareness Week. There’s an old New Yorker cartoon by Danny Shanahan. Panel 1 shows Timmy floundering in a fast...

The three fallacies in modern patent translation 2.0

The three fallacies in modern patent translation 2.0

I am reading a book entitled "Translation Accuracy and Dissemination of Disclosure of Patent Information: An Analysis of Translation and its Influence on Patent Law" by Dr. Aline Larroyed. It is a highly recommended book for patent professionals who must deal with...

Non-compete agreements: shielding or shackling innovation?

Non-compete agreements: shielding or shackling innovation?

Introduction In recent years, former employees of Companies have launched innovative solutions to meet the needs of the public, such as the recent launch of Bluesky, a social media platform by Jack Dorsey, the former CEO of Twitter. These recent events have sparked...

Celebrating World IP Day: thoughts from our Editorial Board

Celebrating World IP Day: thoughts from our Editorial Board

Each year, on April 26, World Intellectual Property Day is celebrated in a continued effort to raise awareness and understanding of the value IP offers. This year’s focus is ‘Women in IP: Accelerating innovation and creativity’, intended to highlight the incredible...

IP Norge: a new cluster promoting Norway’s IP ecosystem

IP Norge: a new cluster promoting Norway’s IP ecosystem

IP Norge is a recently founded intellectual property cluster based in Norway. The cluster was established by 17 founding members with the aim of bringing together Norwegian companies, organizations and individuals who are involved in the management, protection and...

Ford seeks patent for autonomous repossession

Ford seeks patent for autonomous repossession

“The rise of AV technology presents a range of opportunities for companies interested in leveraging this technology for their own use. While there are certainly concerns about the potential for increased surveillance and control, the reality is that this technology...

Guess who? Controversy over deepfake technology

Guess who? Controversy over deepfake technology

ITV’s new show ‘Deep Fake Neighbour Wars’ has recently received a lot of media attention due to its use of deepfake technology. The show uses images of celebrities and superimposes those images onto the faces of the UKs best impressionists. The impressionists then act...

Evolving scope of patent claim amendment

Evolving scope of patent claim amendment

The recent orders from the Delhi High court clarify that the claims can be amended by including the features from the description, thus redefining the permissibility of the claim amendments by the Indian Patent Act. The Delhi High Court, Intellectual Property Division...

Is ChatGPT for patent lawyers?

Is ChatGPT for patent lawyers?

When I was young, Steve Jobs famously called computers “bicycles for the mind,” and the metaphor helped explain why computers are so useful to human beings. Bicycles help humans conserve energy from one step to the next, which is why they are the best walkers in the...

The wonder materials driving battery innovation

The wonder materials driving battery innovation

Every aspect of the battery lifecycle is experiencing innovation which is pushing batteries towards being arguably the most important technology of the 21st century.  For this reason, our recently published Battery Insights & IP Trends special report analyses...

A killer comma (,) that crashed Boeings’ patent

A killer comma (,) that crashed Boeings’ patent

Boeing the US aerospace giant ended up losing a very crucial patent due to a misplaced comma in the patent claim. Background: The patent under question was EP1798 872 dealing with the method of handling aircraft communication. The method discloses the use of different...

Turbulent times: Nike v Lululemon over FlyKnit patent portfolio

Turbulent times: Nike v Lululemon over FlyKnit patent portfolio

While trademark/trade dress and design patents are often used by sneaker brands to protect against similar sneaker designs released by competitors, utility patents have also been used to protect features of sneakers for over a hundred years. From Reebok’s patent for...

Semiconductor patents rise by 59% in five years to reach to record high

Semiconductor patents rise by 59% in five years to reach to record high

69,000 patents related to semiconductors were filed in the 2021/22 55% of global patents in 2021/22 were Chinese in origin  UK lags behind other nations with just 0.26% of patents filed in the last year There have been a record 69,190 global patents for semiconductors...

Is ChatGPT for Patent Lawyers?

Is ChatGPT for Patent Lawyers?

When I was young, Steve Jobs famously called computers “bicycles for the mind,” and the metaphor helped explain why computers are so useful to human beings. Bicycles help humans conserve energy from one step to the next, which is why they are the best walkers in the...

Updated guidelines for examination in the European Patent Office

Updated guidelines for examination in the European Patent Office

As a European Patent Attorney, one of my go-to texts is the Guidelines for Examination in the European Patent Office (EPO), known to many as simply the “Guidelines”.  The Guidelines are prepared by the EPO to direct the work of their employees, but they also provide...

Who owns the IP in ChatGPT?

Who owns the IP in ChatGPT?

Ever since the printing press was invented, tools have empowered the innovation and  creativity of humans to earn a pecuniary right from the things that they create. ChatGPT  is no less than the most advanced typewriter made freely available to us. It should be used...

Wait for it: New UP system will bring opportunities for SME innovators

Wait for it: New UP system will bring opportunities for SME innovators

After much inter-jurisdictional wrangling and several administrative false starts, we now have legal certainty that the new Unitary Patent (UP) and Unified Patent Court (UPC) regime will take effect on 1 June 2023. This has been caused by ratification by the German...

Novartis v Nacto : a testament to evolution of Indian Patent Law

Novartis v Nacto : a testament to evolution of Indian Patent Law

Patents are advanced intellectual property that establish the abilities and prospective future of a nation. The evolution of the Patent Law regime in India has been driven by a number of factors, including changes in technology, economic developments, and the global...

Amazon, Twitch hit with its first patent lawsuit of the year

Amazon, Twitch hit with its first patent lawsuit of the year

On 5th January 2023, Amazon was hit with its first patent lawsuit (3:23-cv-00057) of this year by BSD Crown Ltd., formerly known as Emblaze (2001-2014) and GEO Interactive Media Group (1995-2001). Currently, BSD Crown is involved in Food Retail Industry, but the...

Nokia and Samsung sign 5G patent license agreement

Nokia and Samsung sign 5G patent license agreement

Agreement covers Nokia’s fundamental inventions in 5G and other technologies Samsung to make royalty payments to Nokia for a multi-year period Previous agreement expired at the end of 2022 Espoo, Finland – Nokia announced last month it has signed a new cross-license...

Is OpenAI’s ChatGPT threatening privacy?

Is OpenAI’s ChatGPT threatening privacy?

There has been a rush of excitement in recent weeks for OpenAI’s chatbot, ChatGPT. It’s hard not to share in the excitement, when one can ask a question as unusual as “write me a poem about patents in the style of Shakespeare” and receive a coherent and original reply...

Mobile money: need to incentivize cellular standards

Mobile money: need to incentivize cellular standards

Savings accounts, payments and loans play a key role in the economic and social welfare of individuals and countries. Amongst other things, they provide financial inclusion, higher chances of overcoming financial challenges, an opportunity to create a business or to...

Huge leap in number of legal professionals with career concerns

Huge leap in number of legal professionals with career concerns

LawCare, the mental health charity for legal professionals in the UK, today released new support statistics and its impact report LawCare's 2022 impact report shows that nearly a quarter (22%) of people contacting LawCare for support were primarily concerned about...

The future for graphene innovation

The future for graphene innovation

Since its discovery in 2004, and the subsequent Nobel Prize in 2010, graphene has been one of this generation’s most talked-about advances in the material sciences.  It has been touted as a ‘cure all’ for problems in nearly every technological sector, and (perhaps...

AIPEX announces new member firm in the Czech Republic, HARBER IP.

AIPEX announces new member firm in the Czech Republic, HARBER IP.

ROTTERDAM & PRAGUE, December 12th, 2022 -- AIPEX, the leader in providing cost and time efficient pan-European IP portfolio management solutions announces expansion to the Czech Republic. AIPEX is proud to welcome its tenth member firm, HARBER IP, expanding its...

The perils of ChatGPT for inventors

The perils of ChatGPT for inventors

OpenAI’s latest chatbot, ChatGPT, undoubtedly produces some seriously impressive results. Indeed, it’s often difficult to tell, at first glance, that the text was generated using a chatbot. However, the internet (and particularly my LinkedIn feed) has been awash over...

Less than 5% of patent claims filed reach court says new report

Less than 5% of patent claims filed reach court says new report

New report from Mewburn Ellis A report released by IP firm Mewburn Ellis on patent litigation trends in England and Wales, has found that less than five percent of patent claims filed in court reach trial. The report examines data collected between 1 January 2020 and...

Ukrainian IP system is under reform

Ukrainian IP system is under reform

Legal news The reform of the intellectual property industry in Ukraine has reached its final stage. The Government of Ukraine continues the implementation of new requirements of Ukrainian legislation in the field of intellectual property to harmonize national...

Gender bias in patent prosecution

Gender bias in patent prosecution

There is a gender gap in patent law.  We’ve known for a long time that women are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and medicine (STEM).  In the USA over half of PhDs are awarded to women, and yet STEM remains male-dominated. Women for only 30% of...

UKIPO published its 2021-2022 Innovation & Growth Report

UKIPO published its 2021-2022 Innovation & Growth Report

The UK government has published its annual report on the work of the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and the role it plays in driving innovation and growth in the UK. In particular, the report identifies the UK as a leading innovator in key areas of green...

World Mental Health day, 10/10/22/:10 reasons to contact LawCare

World Mental Health day, 10/10/22/:10 reasons to contact LawCare

As World Mental Health Day falls on the 10th day of the 10th month here are 10 reasons why you might consider reaching out to legal mental health charity LawCare for support. Everyone you'll speak to on the phone, email or online chat either works in, or has worked in...

Patent applicants dash to avoid costly new Canadian rules

Patent applicants dash to avoid costly new Canadian rules

This article will look at a couple of key aspects of the newest Canadian Patent Rules that have caught the attention of patent filers. Many applicants are currently taking immediate action to avoid the new rules and get grandfathered under the current rules.  As...

Could machines take over the world of patent translations?

Could machines take over the world of patent translations?

Under EPO practice, an application is most often filed in one of its official languages – English, French and German.  If filed in another language of an EPC-contracting state, a translation of the specification into one of the three EPO official languages must be...

Almost 5,000 drone patents granted last year – a 39% increase

Almost 5,000 drone patents granted last year – a 39% increase

China leads global efforts to dominate drone market, accounting for two-thirds of patents Patents granted for drones worldwide have increased by 39% to 4,876 in the past year*, shows new research by leading intellectual property law firm Mathys & Squire. The...

Full programme announced for Lawcare’s inaugural conference

Full programme announced for Lawcare’s inaugural conference

Learn more about how to improve the culture in the law and how to make your legal organisation a happy and healthy place to work Legal mental health charity LawCare has announced the full line up of speakers for its online conference ‘Building a Better Life in the...

US Federal Circuit upholds restriction on AI inventorship

US Federal Circuit upholds restriction on AI inventorship

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has backed the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia's finding that an artificial intelligence (AI) system cannot be named as the inventor of a patent. The Federal Circuit decision follows a growing consensus...

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

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...

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