Region: North America

Crucial clauses in global IP transactions and the importance of local law advice

In this Q&A, three Gowlings WLG professionals provide practical advice from a local law perspective for IP transactions in three jurisdictions: Canada, China and the United Kingdom.

15 December 2021

Trademark Modernisation Act rules usher in big changes for brand owners

US trademark owners will have fresh options for expunging, re-examining and cancelling trademarks once key provisions of the Trademark Modernisation Act come into effect later this week. While the changes are designed to encourage a more efficient registration process, they are a significant shake up to the existing regime.

15 December 2021

Generics win battle in war against tough Californian patent settlement rules

A preliminary injunction has been issued against the state’s strict reverse payment law, but antitrust considerations are here to stay in IP litigation settlements

14 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

Apple joins Uniloc in opposing court-mandated release of details of the NPE's patent licensing deals

If the CAFC upholds a lower court’s refusal to redact licensees’ identities and information on how much they paid, it could prejudice the interests of both sides in future negotiations, dealmakers say

13 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

How JUUL’s ITC patent enforcement campaign advances the company’s broader business goals

“It really was an opportunity to use IP for exactly what its purpose is,” says Wayne Sobon,  vice president of intellectual property

09 December 2021

Vidal pick for USPTO provides IP boost for Biden

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

Five winning ways to break down patent jargon for judges and juries

Those in the know share their top tips for how to translate highly technical concepts so that they can be easily understood by non-experts

09 December 2021

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