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08 August 2019

Key pharma and agrochemical patents under threat in Brazil after court ruling

Owners face having the terms of their so-called mailbox rights reduced after decision overturns rules designed to counter chronic applications backlog at the country’s IP office

06 August 2019

Canadian IP initiative aims to kick-start a revolution

Although it is home to many big ticket patent players, Canada has lagged in encouraging SMEs to maximise the value of the rights they own; new programme designed to reverse that trend

05 August 2019

China seeks to boost IP lending

Companies staked patents and trademarks to borrow $8.5 billion in the first half of 2019. CNIPA and China’s banking regulator want that figure to increase as SMEs face a credit squeeze

30 July 2019

Indian messaging app leads hike in domestic patent filings

Annual figures released by the country’s patent office also showed that it rapidly ramped up its ability to process examinations

30 July 2019

Audacious CRISPR interference petition complicates ongoing Cas9 dispute

Sigma-Aldrich seeks to revive its claims to patents reading on the gene technology by inserting itself into the dispute between the Broad and the University of California.

24 July 2019

The companies that lead the race for blockchain patents revealed

IBM and NChain are the only non-Chinese entities that feature in the nine-strong list of first tier applicants

24 July 2019

CRISPR patent pool will do little to quash licensing uncertainties

New initiative may help the Broad and MilliporeSigma strike more licensing deals, but is unlikely to heal the deeper fractures in the CRISPR landscape

19 July 2019

Operating company dominance of the patent deals market continues, latest data reveals

Analysis by AST shows Qualcomm, Samsung and TSMC all active, and volumes in line with recent quarterly averages; software still the leading sector in terms of number of transactions

18 July 2019

France Brevets puts pair of portfolios up for sale - including a set of 5G assets

Both packages were developed by French research institutes with close support from the sovereign patent fund

12 July 2019

Delhi judge orders IP appeal board to start hearing cases again

The body has been paralysed by vacancies for years and more than 600 appeals of patent office decisions are in limbo

11 July 2019

CAFC says Congress or SCOTUS must address diagnostics patentability controversy

Decision denying en banc rehearing of much-watched Athena case means that hopes for 101 reform now hinge on legislators and the Supreme Court

08 July 2019

Intel, Alphabet and Qualcomm among big fallers as largest US IP owners cut back on patenting

Latest ranking from IPO of top 300 companies shows an overall decline in the market as the mantra of quality over quantity continues to take effect

05 July 2019

Get ready for the first CRISPR patent pool

In an exclusive interview, MPEG LA’s Kristin Neuman says that a pool is on its way despite the UCal v Broad stand-off and talks about the future of licensing in biotech’s ‘golden age’

03 July 2019

Law firm’s patent attorney deal shows changing face of IP practice in the UK

Lewis Silkin’s acquisition of Ablett & Stebbing is a first and demonstrates just how far things have moved in a once conservative market

01 July 2019

Slump at the PTAB continues with first half numbers showing big drop in new reviews

Data suggests PTO director Iancu’s IPR reforms are continuing to bite; while despite jump in Q2, district court litigation remains broadly flat for first six months of 2019