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Japan passes sweeping economic security law including patent secrecy system

Major companies must now figure out how to maintain compliance with the new measures in IP and other areas

13 May 2022

Legal confusion on essentially derived varieties must be cleared up for the sake of innovation

As gene editing techniques come to the fore in the UK and elsewhere, Joel Smith of Hogan Lovells argues that industry needs clarity on the breeder's exception to plant variety rights

12 May 2022

Japan Patent Office updates SEP licensing negotiation handbook

Comments sought on draft changes to resource, which come just weeks after parent ministry METI issued FRAND guidelines of its own

11 May 2022

Indian patenting milestone should prompt IP policy re-think

Domestic filings outnumbered foreign ones for the first time in 11 years last quarter, in the latest indication that India’s companies are coming to the patent party

07 May 2022

WTO to push for greater covid-19 compulsory licensing flexibilities

Compromise agreed by the US, India, the EU and South Africa leaves trade secrets alone but approves measures that would make it faster and easier to bypass vaccine patents

05 May 2022

What the CJEU’s landmark injunction decision means for German patent litigation

The EU court’s ruling may drive more lawsuits to Munich

03 May 2022

Columbia University scores $185 million jury verdict on back of anti virus patents

NortonLifeLock has pledged to appeal the jury verdict, which could balloon to $550 million with enhanced damages for wilful infringement

03 May 2022

Vidal confirmation calms market outlook on Biden patent policy

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After getting a chance to hear from the US president’s pick to lead the USPTO, respondents to IAM’s insight panel swung from negative to neutral

02 May 2022

Pharma, not high-tech, concerns now dominate US patent politics

The first pronouncements from new USPTO Director Kathi Vidal are the latest indication that the centre of gravity in IP debate and policy-making has shifted significantly

30 April 2022

Delaware Judge’s litigation finance disclosure may harm plaintiffs, lead to defence settlements

Patent litigators who represent plaintiffs and defendants agree the new standing order favours the defence, but one litigation financier predicts well-financed patentees backed by reputable lenders will get the upper hand

29 April 2022

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