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December 12

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December 11

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December 11

The DoJ is no longer going to favour IP users over IP owners, says former head of the USPTO. https://t.co/5eTwpOgNUi

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12 Dec 2017
Three new trade secret complaints show China is still very much in the semiconductor industry's crosshairs

Micron, Applied Materials and Taiwanese chipmaker Nanya are among the plaintiffs alleging trade secret misappropriation in new suits filed over the last week in the US and Taiwan. All complaints allege China to be the ultimate destination for stolen information related to various semiconductor technologies. The cases suggest that it is not just the US where we can expect to see an...

11 Dec 2017
Raising sovereign immunity stakes, Apple files an IPR against Native American owned company

The debate over the use of sovereign immunity to protect patents from post-issuance reviews at the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has taken another turn. Late last week Apple filed an IPR against a patent held by MEC Resources, an entity owned by the Native American Three Affiliated Tribes, which had previously filed an infringement suit against the iPhone maker in a...

11 Dec 2017
Delrahim speech shows Trump administration DoJ will no longer favour IP users over owners, says Kappos

November was a big month in the SEP world. On the 29th, the European Commission issued its long-awaited Communication on SEP licensing, which – it seems to the relief of most – confirmed Europe’s status quo, which favours neither creators nor implementers. Meanwhile, at the start of the month over in the US, the new head of the Department of Justice’s anti-trust...

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