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USPTO director nominee Vidal hints at support for some Iancu reforms

In written responses to US senator questions, the Biden Administration’s pick to head the agency gave further detail on how she views changes introduced by the last postholder and addressed the importance of standards

15 December 2021

The EU's Unified Patent Court is set to open in 2022 -  this is what you need to know

Recent developments mean that the long-awaited body is on course to open for business some time next year, while it should also be possible to apply for unitary patents. However, there are still some hurdles to get over before lift-off

15 December 2021

Key US FRAND/SEP consultation deadline extended, but concerns remain

After pushback from a leading lawmaker the deadline has been moved from 5 January to 5 February, though input from the USPTO still seems to be lacking

14 December 2021

US, China bring down hammer on low-quality IP filings

USPTO termination of 15,000 trademark applications and latest CNIPA numbers on patent crackdown illustrate growing pressure on unscrupulous actors in China

13 December 2021

The challenges keeping patent owners awake at night as they look ahead to 2022

IAM’s Global Leaders provide the inside scoop on some of the biggest difficulties they are helping their clients navigate, from patent eligibility to labour shortages

13 December 2021

Put patent policy to work to achieve climate goals

Saturday Opinion: Fabrice Mattei of Rouse says two measures that emerged from last month's COP26 climate summit can reshape the future of the patent system

11 December 2021

PepsiCo suffers big loss following David-vs-Goliath battle with Indian farmers

India revokes company’s exclusive right to potato variety used in Lay’s chips, in case that illustrates limits of country’s agricultural IP protections

10 December 2021

IAM insight panel analysis Q4 2021

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The president’s choice for director of the agency sees uptick in positive sentiment towards the administration’s policies in the survey findings for IAM’s Q4 Panel Report

09 December 2021

JPO to update SEP negotiation guide in 2022, commissioner says

Commissioner Kiyoshi Mori highlights 2018 document’s balance and the open, transparent process that went into its creation

09 December 2021

Germany’s new government is the last hope for covid IP waiver advocates

A post-Merkel change of approach by the country’s recently agreed traffic light coalition government could change the momentum of TRIPS suspension talks – but don’t bet on it

07 December 2021

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