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17 August 2019

China’s focus on rare earth materials patents may spell trouble for the US

The country’s filings in this vital area have skyrocketed over the past decade, but analysis shows that they lack quality and international cover

13 August 2019

CAFC closes off another defence against <em>inter partes </em>review

IPR cancellations of pre-AIA rights are not unconstitutional takings under Fifth Amendment, Federal Circuit rules

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

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

29 July 2019

South Korean court asked to sell off IP portfolio seized from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Lawyers have requested that patents and trademarks seized from the Japanese company in March be put on the market after it failed to comply with an order to pay compensation to Korean citizens subjected to forced labour during WW2

22 July 2019

Brazilian patent office announces measures to tackle massive backlog

Much greater use of foreign search reports is probably the biggest change - but there are doubts as to how effective the measures will be

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

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

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

02 July 2019

Japanese aircon giant latest to pledge patent non-aggression

Ten years ago, the company bet big on sharing technology with Chinese upstarts. Now Daikin is opening up a portfolio of refrigerant patents

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

21 June 2019

SK Innovation fights US trade secrets suit with Korean defamation case

Battery maker will argue that LG Chem’s US trade secret litigation is against the national interest

20 June 2019

Another year, another benchmarking survey and the EPO is top once more

Boost for António Campinos as he ends the first year of his presidency; and good news, too, for USPTO head Andrei Iancu

14 June 2019

Toyota’s new IP chief explains ‘open patent’ hybrid strategy

In an exclusive sit-down with IAM at the automaker’s headquarters, Yosuke Iida says that its latest royalty-free licence scheme can help transform the company’s business – and the environment