IAM Issue 96

May/June 2019

Benevolent despot or tyrant? Alice v CLS Bank five years on

In the five years since the US Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp v CLS Bank International, patent owners, their advisers, the judiciary and legislators have all struggled to come to terms with its impact. With policymakers currently eyeing possible legislation on Section 101 of the US Patent Statute, the case continues to cast a long shadow on the IP market.

Robert R Sachs, Greg Hopewell and Christopher King

Features

What do recent SPC decisions mean for life sciences companies?

Supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) play an important role in the patent strategies of many companies in the life sciences sector, but a series of European court decisions has given IP in-housers food for thought when looking to obtain SPCs.

The rise of ADR in India

The use of alternative dispute resolution by some SEP owners is growing in India and offers firms an increasingly attractive method of settling IP conflicts in the country.

Benevolent despot or tyrant? Alice v CLS Bank five years on

In the five years since the US Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp v CLS Bank International, patent owners, their advisers, the judiciary and legislators have all struggled to come to terms with its impact. With policymakers currently eyeing possible legislation on Section 101 of the US Patent Statute, the case continues to cast a long shadow on the IP market.

Determining which companies are leading the 5G race

A growing number of studies are attempting to lift the lid on which companies own the most 5G patents, but such reports do not always reveal the full picture.

A value-based approach

Generating value from a portfolio does not mean revenue on the balance sheet for the vast majority of patent-owning businesses, so IP leaders must look for other ways to show the value that intellectual property brings to a company.

The 1,000 Club: lifting the lid on the IP-owning elite

The IAM/ktMINE US Patent 1,000 counts down every entity that owns at least 1,000 US grants, with breakdowns by country and industry, to reveal the biggest movers.

The surprising impact of Alice on the patent markets

The Supreme Court’s judgment in Alice has had a huge impact on case law governing patent-eligible subject matter in the United States, but it has not had the effect on the secondary deals market that might have been expected.

Southeast Asia – navigating the innovation landscape

Southeast Asia is home to a thriving high-tech sector, but the patent systems in many of the region’s economies remain in their infancy.

Plausibility after pregabalin – how much information must a patent disclose?

Having been the subject of a key decision from the UK Supreme Court, plausibility has been an increasingly important topic for life sciences rights holders to consider in both patent prosecution and litigation.

Columns

Mind the gap – the high cost of low credibility

IP stakeholders need to do a better job of educating business leaders, investors and the wider public on the importance of IP rights.

AI and machine-learning patentability: a strategic perspective

Recent guidance from the EPO and USPTO gives IP owners more clarity over what can be considered patentable in AI and machine learning.

New options for enforcing trade secrets in China

New reforms have significantly strengthened trade secret protection in China, providing rights holders with a welcome boost.

Insights

Toyota showcases the dynamism of IP strategy in the auto sector

The giant Japanese car company has opened up a significant portion of its patent portfolio for royalty-free use as it looks to push the adoption of hybrid engine technology.

IP market news highlights

Some of the major news stories carried on the IAM platform from March to mid-May.

Data Centre

IP-related statistics from the recent past

A selection of recently reported facts and figures.