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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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