The world’s biggest patent and trademark offices by annual application volume are combining. Functions should be integrated by the autumn, but similar deadlines have been pushed back already.
The sprawling patent battle that was arguably the central conflict of the smartphone wars, came to an end as the pair announced that they had reached a settlement. We re-visit all of the key events in the seven year struggle.
The annual report on IP litigation statistics from China’s top court showed that patent suits continued to increase across the board – no surprise there for IAM readers. One of the more striking findings, however, was that litigation is growing… Read more
Yesterday we ran the first part of our interview with USPTO Director Michelle Lee. Today we’re publishing part two which covers the position of America’s patent system in the world, IP relations with China and the sense that recent developments mean… Read more
Yesterday we ran the first part of an interview with Steve Borsand the EVP of IP at Trading Technologies, a company that designs financial trading software. In this second part we discuss both the ongoing debate around patent reform and the impact… Read more
It’s not often that a war is fought in which almost every side bearing arms wins; but the one that took place over patents relating to mobile devices might be a very rare example of such a phenomenon. It began way back in 2009, got extremely serious… Read more
Patent protection for software in China is fairly strong, and as this blog has chronicled over the last few years it has gotten stronger still. But when it comes to the design and look of software, and how users interact with it, a recent Beijing IP…
Apple probably has one of the busiest local IP teams in China – in addition to fending off NPE litigation there, it is preparing a validity challenge to the patent that was the subject of the country’s first SEP injunction. Now the Beijing IP Court… Read more
Last month we reported on the latest statistics coming out of China's pilot specialist IP court programme. As we stated at the time, demand from rights holders to have their disputes decided in the new fora has been close to overwhelming. A… Read more