Opinion

Reform of Section 101 should be part of US government technology policy

Saturday Opinion: Without a coherent approach to capturing domestic value from R&D including greater clarity on subject matter patentability, the positive consequences of higher US government funding will be felt as much in Berlin, Bangalore and Beijing as Boston

24 September 2022

Driving ICT innovation and development with standards and IP rights

Saturday opinion: Choices made by mobile network operators will continue to be pivotal in shaping the future of connectivity standards-setting and IP, argue Xiaohui Jia from China Mobile and Chunli Bi of CAICT

17 September 2022

Vidal’s take on discretionary denials breathes fresh air into PTAB

Saturday Opinion: The new USPTO director is doing what Congress intended the America Invents Act to do with the post-grant invalidity challenge system it created

10 September 2022

Moderna is likely regretting its covid-19 patent pledge

The company’s October 2020 non-enforcement promise may be a roadblock for its legal action against Pfizer/BioNTech

03 September 2022

Tell Judge Connolly about litigation finance and ownership structures – or else

The chief judge of the US District Court for the District of Delaware has taken action against two patent plaintiffs who did not comply with recent standing orders

27 August 2022

A message from IAM’s new editor

Rachel Mountain sets out her vision for the platform’s future at a time when interest in IP as a business asset has never been greater

20 August 2022

Musk v Twitter is a reminder that brands must be prepared for targeting by passionate fan bases

The unfolding legal dispute between the ubiquitous social media giant and the billionaire with 100 million followers is set to become the legal battle of the year when it hits court in October

13 August 2022

Tillis’s 101 bill will rev the US innovation engine once again

Paul Michel, former Chief Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and ex-USPTO Director David Kappos urge Congress to embrace legislation designed to repair patent eligibility law which they believe the US Supreme Court has distorted

06 August 2022

Developments at the EPO on patenting AI-assisted inventions require close scrutiny

A recent decision handed down by the Boards of Appeal may mean greater patenting opportunities for innovators using AI to help create their inventions

30 July 2022

Innovative deal and pricing structures show that licensors are listening

Sisvel, Via and Avanci are among those demonstrating that patent holders have thought deeply about how best to meet the needs of those who want to access their technology

23 July 2022

The US leaves it to Europe to build the global framework for SEPs

With no concrete American policy, the door is now open for the European Union to decide the future of FRAND licensing

20 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

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

Covid-19 has exposed the limits of compulsory licensing

The pandemic has brought the difficulties of bypassing life sciences IP into plain view

02 July 2022

Engaging with CFOs is a challenge but by working together patent and trademark professionals can do it

Optimising relationships with company finance functions was a key talking point at this year’s IPBC Global. Success can be found if different parts of the IP ecosystem tear down their silos and collaborate

25 June 2022

First, do no harm must be the guiding principle of patent system reform

Recent comments by USPTO Director Kathi Vidal on rethinking everything are not unreasonable, but must be followed by the gathering of hard evidence that any changes will make things better

18 June 2022

The benefits of standards have never been more evident and the dangers they face more ominous

Outgoing IAM editor Jacob Schindler reflects on how Asia has become more central to the great SEP debate over the eight years he covered the IP market's ups and downs from Hong Kong

11 June 2022

Words and resources are nice, but the USPTO needs more concrete measures on innovator diversity

Kathi Vidal’s passion for inclusion can’t be questioned, but her agency’s first priority – a new webpage – isn’t as impactful as we might have hoped for

04 June 2022

Betting on diversity in innovation

Not only will Lenovo’s inventor diversity efforts pay off in the form of a stronger patent portfolio, argues senior counsel Jason Friday in this month's Inclusivity Insights, but they’ll be able to prove it using data

28 May 2022

Stop blaming China for everything and start looking closer to home

Saturday Opinion: Chinese IP theft is an undoubted problem - and one that needs to be tackled head on - but poor, disjointed decision-making in the US and Europe has also created space for the country’s tech titans to move into

21 May 2022

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