Law & Policy

China fast-tracks changes to trade secret law ahead of further talks with Trump administration

Although the move should be seen as a goodwill gesture, the amendments are unlikely to move the needle much in a jurisdiction where enforcement is hampered by the difficulty of collecting evidence

China fast-tracks changes to trade secret law ahead of further talks with Trump administration
24 Apr 2019

The US Supreme Court's biggest patent case this year has nothing to do with patents

A low-profile veterans dispute could shift the law on deference with major implications for all parts of the executive branch - including the USPTO

23 Apr 2019

Why Iancu has not been a cheerleader for 101 reform on the Hill

USPTO director appears to be focused on what he can control and less on a legislative fix that could be years in the making

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23 Apr 2019

US patent litigation is down, but not for Korean companies

South Korean government study also shows that NPEs continue to target foreign defendants in places like Marshall, Texas (pictured) post TC Heartland Read more

19 Apr 2019

New framework for US patent eligibility reform runs into familiar problems

At a well-attended Washington DC meeting on Wednesday, key stakeholders struggled to get past a series of issues that have consistently hampered attempts to deliver changes to Section 101 via Congress Read more

18 Apr 2019

Why Ericsson’s licensing practices are under investigation in China

Executives at some of the country's leading domestic mobile manufacturers open up about the reasons they believe an anti-trust investigation of the Swedish company is merited Read more

16 Apr 2019

How Europe and China handle blockchain patents

As this disruptive technology attracts increasing interest, key issuing authorities are developing different ways of handling applications that read on it Read more

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9 Apr 2019

'Reverse patent trolls' plague big pharma in China

The high invalidation rate for life science patents in China has created a headache for drug companies and a money-making opportunity for enterprising individuals Read more

8 Apr 2019

The current cost of transparency in IoT patent licensing

Two senior members of the Ericsson IP team argue that innovators involved in wireless standardisation currently face impossible choices that lead to over-declaration or potential loss of enforceability Read more

8 Apr 2019

Reforms seek to boost South Korea's patent market

Firms welcomed tougher measures against infringers at IPBC Korea 2019 last week, but there are concerns about a recent initiative to attract more foreign litigants through the use of English-language hearings Read more

6 Apr 2019

The big biopharma patent developments in March

Everything you need to know about the major news stories in the life sciences sector that broke last month Read more

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15 Apr 2019

China is investigating Ericsson’s patent licensing business, company confirms

A surprise inspection at the Swedish giant’s Beijing office sets the stage for the first big IP probe by China’s new super-regulator Read more

12 Apr 2019

Controversial EPO patentability intervention is unlikely to succeed, experts claim

Attorneys say agency’s president has no legal basis for asking the Enlarged Board of Appeal to review the finding that plants produced by biological processes are patentable. Read more

11 Apr 2019

One year on from the SAS decision practitioners mull its impact on the PTAB

In a period of marked change at the board, early numbers suggest the Supreme Court’s landmark decision is leading to greater discretion among petitioners Read more

8 Apr 2019

Despite Iancu message to relook at Supreme Court precedent CAFC knocks out another medical diagnostics patent on 101

With outline of proposed subject matter eligibility bill expected this month latest key Federal Circuit ruling ratchets up the pressure on Congressional action   Read more

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1 Apr 2019

Even as the storm clouds gather, Huawei’s enviable IP position means that it cannot be ignored in 5G

Storm clouds are gathering over the most talked about company in the telecoms sector but as we embark on a new era of mobile technology, Huawei still enjoys a number of notable advantages. Read more

30 Nov 2018

After years of setting the patent agenda Silicon Valley is now playing defence

The USPTO director’s explicit rejection of the ‘troll’ narrative and the departure of key Congressional backers mean that big technology companies find themselves in the unusual position of not being in control of the US IP policy-making narrative. Read more

27 Sep 2018

A Brexit IP issue with serious political consequences

The UPC and EU trademarks will not inflame any Brexit passions among those outside the IP bubble, but geographical indications are a different matter altogether Read more

1 Jun 2018

Supreme Court shakes up the PTAB, while new USPTO head sends strong pro-patent signals

No one expected the Supreme Court to turn the US patent system upside down with Oil States – and it did not. But its SAS judgment issued on the same day could mean some big post-grant changes. Meanwhile, Andrei Iancu is exhibiting pro-patent inclinations Read more

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