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UPC’s final Rules of Procedure offer more data and trade secrets protection

The first batch of judges for the court are also set to be appointed shortly, while an early 2023 launch date is now forecast

19 July 2022

Spain could join the UPC during EU presidency, says top Barcelona patent judge

In an exclusive IAM interview, Judge Florencio Molina López talks about his court’s approach to the Mobile World Congress as well as the country’s potential entry into the Unified Patent Court

18 July 2022

There are dangers in excluding the unvaccinated from jury service in US patent cases

Courts striking-out those who have not had covid-19 jabs may unintentionally be eliminating people from diverse demographics holding multiple world views

16 July 2022

SEP holders targeted in proposed Chinese regulatory changes

Consultation on the new rules is open until the end of the month, with current draft seen as much more favourable to licensees than licensors

15 July 2022

EPO decision shows AI patent rift with other jurisdictions, says DABUS project leader

Professor Ryan Abbott argues that a recently published Board of Appeal ruling reveals a very different approach to inventorship than the one adopted by countries such as the US, UK and Australia

14 July 2022

US patent legislation state of play: lots of heat, little light (at the end of the tunnel)

A number of bills have been tabled in both houses of Congress, but as things stand none of them look close to getting onto the statute books

13 July 2022

Patentees must accept eligibility quagmire and plan accordingly

Since US Supreme Court justices declined to review American Axle, patent law must still share a box with Schrodinger’s Cat

09 July 2022

Lessons from China's $46 billion IP financing market

After over a decade and the involvement of various stakeholders, China achieved $46 billion in IP financing in 2021

08 July 2022

How patents facilitate market entry and promote competition

It may seem like unconventional wisdom to some, but it is more important than ever to challenge the belief that strong IP protection discourages innovation and hinders choice, argues Jonathan M Barnett

06 July 2022

The EU SPC manufacturing waiver transitional period comes to an end

Life sciences companies in Europe are now operating under a regime in which many more patent extension rights are affected by exemptions

05 July 2022

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