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23 Sep 2016

Despite the CAFC’s recent 101 decisions don’t expect a deal frenzy or rapid rises in patent values

Over the summer, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) issued three decisions in software patent cases which, collectively have resolved some of the questions hanging over just what is eligible for patent protection. The most recent decision, McRO (dba Planet) v Bandai Namco Games America which was issued last week, has made arguably the biggest impression on the patent-owning community. Microsoft’s IP head Erich Andersen declared in a blog post that the decision Read more

Richard Lloyd

23 Sep 2016

LeEco signs Rader and commandeers patent-rich Coolpad, but US GC departs after just four months - UPDATE

This blog has been updated as we have now had confirmation that Joshua McGuire has left LeEco. It’s all happening at China’s latest high-tech darling LeEco - one of the country's fastest growing brands. Recently, it has pulled off a series of apparent coups as it continues to shore up its IP credentials ahead of expansion at home and abroad. But it also seems that one high-profile name has left the company after a matter of months. Randall Rader, former chief Read more

Jack Ellis

22 Sep 2016

Chinese internet firms eyeing global expansion could turn to patent acquisition

The giants of China’s internet sector have always been overwhelmingly focused on the domestic market, and for good reason. Big winners in the space, like Tencent, Alibaba and Baidu, have emerged only after overcoming very tough local competition. With 720 million people online, the Chinese market is large enough to sustain very large businesses on its own, while the overall internet penetration rate of just 45% (compared to 84% in the US) leaves plenty of room for growth. Perhaps most Read more

Jacob Schindler

21 Sep 2016

IAM's first event for senior executives in the pharma and biotech sectors takes place in Munich this November

Senior corporate IP experts, litigation specialists and patent counsel will convene for Pharma and Biotech IP Summit in Munich on 3rd November 2016 to explore, compare and create strategies that designed to maximise the value of their intellectual property, drive growth and support innovation. This event – IAM’s first specifically designed for the life sciences industries - will provide an important opportunity to network with leading industry experts from across Read more

Joff Wild

20 Sep 2016

The UK risks losing current UPC goodwill if it dithers on ratification for much longer, warns Froehlinger

Brexit was on the menu again in Milan this morning as we saw another 8:30am start at the AIPPI. There was a big crowd in to hear a panel, including Air Liquide’s VP of IP Thierry Sueur, principal director of patent law and multilateral affairs at the EPO Margot Froehlinger, and British barrister Daniel Alexander QC, discuss how the UK’s vote to leave the EU would affect Europe’s proposed unitary patent system. Having worked enthusiastically on this for the best part of the Read more

Sara-Jayne Clover

20 Sep 2016

As questions remain over US patent quality, Europe makes its pitch to corporate America

Last week the respective heads of the USPTO and EPO were in the spotlight, but for very different reasons. On Tuesday USPTO Director Michelle Lee appeared before the House Judiciary’s subcommittee on courts, intellectual property and the internet to face questions from legislators following two recent reports on time wasting among examiners and patent quality. Both reports were highly critical of the agency and so Lee not surprisingly faced some tough questioning from the committee Read more

Richard Lloyd

20 Sep 2016

Korea may have overtaxed foreign patent licensors by billions of dollars; Microsoft pursues refund claim

Microsoft is attempting to retrieve hundreds of millions of dollars from South Korean authorities after claiming that it has been overcharged for taxes levied on patent licence fees it receives from Korean companies, according to reports. With the country’s deficit in payments for use of IP rights running into the billions, other big-time foreign patent holders may also have a case for double-checking their licensing-related tax bills. Korean newswire Pulse recently reported that Read more

Jack Ellis

19 Sep 2016

A UPC post-Brexit will take years to build and not just because of the UK - keep an eye on Germany too

IAM is currently in Milan for the AIPPI World Congress and a topic of much discussion here is the future of the unitary patent system following June’s Brexit vote.  After years of hard work and the expectation of its implementation over the coming months, the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and EU unitary patent have very uncertain futures now. Testament to the interest – and concern – of the IP community in what the future holds for the UPC and unitary patent was that the Read more

Sara-Jayne Clover

19 Sep 2016

Chinese patent owners becoming less willing to settle disputes, says new survey

China’s State IP Office (SIPO) has conducted a survey of domestic patent owners each year since 2008, polling its customers on their current practices and future plans when it comes to patent prosecution, enforcement and utilisation. This year, SIPO decided to release the results publicly for the first time. The results reveal that patent owning organisations in China are becoming more willing to enforce their patents through both administrative measures and the courts. In fact, the only Read more

Jacob Schindler

16 Sep 2016

Despite recent CAFC decisions, say some, a strong case remains for legislative action on Section 101

In his IAM guest blog in May which analysed the impact of the Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit’s (CAFC) Enfish decision, former Microsoft patent counsel Bart Eppenauer claimed that he felt that the decision “will set the stage for further positive momentum in the treatment of software patents”. The CAFC’s decision earlier this week in McRO (d.b.a Planet Blue) v Bandai Namco Games North America undoubtedly added to that momentum, but to some it still failed to Read more

Richard Lloyd

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