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16 August 2019

AstraZeneca faces increasingly tough evergreening battle in India

A recent Delhi court decision is a reminder of the tight restrictions around species and follow-on patents in the country

15 August 2019

Why the future of patent pools is a case of "it depends"

There are circumstances under which the model can definitely work, but these may not apply to all industries and might mean licensors having to modify their financial expectations

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

13 August 2019

China’s patent attorney profession set to grow as focus shifts to quality

The numbers sitting the annual qualification exam have been rising, but previous threshold requirements, such as foreign language proficiency and work experience, have been lowered

09 August 2019

Chinese radio firm recently hit by ITC ruling is latest Trump target

Shenzhen-based Hytera, which makes two-way radios, joins Huawei on proposed list of banned government suppliers. It is already dealing with an ITC import ban won by rival Motorola Solutions

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

05 August 2019

CAFC creates blueprint for early stage challenges to claims brought under doctrine of equivalents

Amgen’s infringement suit was barred by prosecution history estoppel as the Federal Circuit affirmed district court’s Rule 12(b)(6) dismissal

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

26 July 2019

China patent filings fell in 2019's first half

New applications for Chinese invention patents fell by more than 9% in the first six months of the year, CNIPA reports, but foreign filings are still ticking upward

26 July 2019

Australian diagnostic method judgment shows US to be the eligibility outlier

Federal court’s detailed decision emphatically upholds patentability and emphasises, once again, that the Mayo regime is the exception not the rule

25 July 2019

Rubio’s new Huawei proposal is more nuanced, but should still worry US patent owners

The measure would not stop the company from enforcing patents outright, but it would severely hamper buying and selling activity

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

15 July 2019

Huawei escalates patent fight with US defence company in new district court suit

Latest case against L3 Harris Technologies shows that the Chinese tech giant is prepared to leverage its IP rights amidst increasingly tense geopolitical climate

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