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US legislators call for screws to be tightened on pharma patent strategies

New report issued by Democrats in the House of Representatives indicates a change of tack in approaching potential reforms may be on the cards

17 December 2021

CJEU to tackle SPC uncertainties over combination products

Finnish court makes new referral for the justices on the Luxembourg-based tribunal to consider

16 December 2021

Google and Samsung top the list of applicants for AI-related patents at the EPO

Co-published – In-depth analysis of the data undertaken by Frances Wilding of Haseltine Lake Kempner, shows that applications and grants are on the rise, and that inventions cover a wide range of technologies

16 December 2021

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

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