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24 Feb 2017
It’s not often Google goes on the IP attack, so its suit against Uber is a very big deal

The lawsuit filed yesterday by the self-driving business of Google parent Alphabet against Uber and its subsidiaries Ottomotto and Otto Trucking, looks set to catapult trade secret protection and patent infringement back onto the front pages. With the numbers involved — last year Uber shelled out more than $600 million for the months-old Otto — the high profile of the...

24 Feb 2017
Acacia alumni NPE acquires Chinese patents amid growing enthusiasm about country’s licensing prospects

Texas-based NPE Longhorn IP announced this week that it has acquired a patent portfolio, including several China-only patent families, from a major Chinese telecoms company. Here is the firm’s statement on the deal: Longhorn IP announced [Monday] that its wholly-owned subsidiary Ox Mobile Technologies LLC has acquired a portfolio of patents from a major Chinese telecom equipment and...

23 Feb 2017
Lack of guidance means that the Supreme Court’s latest patent decision is all too familiar

Seven US Supreme Court justices issued their latest patent ruling yesterday in a case that may not have been awaited with the same level of expectancy as next month’s oral arguments in the venue selection case TC Heartland, but which nonetheless showed them sticking to form. As ever with this court it was a case of what wasn’t said as much as what was outlined in the decision.

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The UPC springs back to life

The Unified Patent Court received an unexpected boost in November 2016, when the UK government committed to ratifying the agreement despite Brexit. Private practice experts from three leading European law firms discuss the implications

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