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23 October 2019

Word trademarks in Russia: what’s new?

Trademark filing practice is changing in Russia. The Russian Patent and Trademark Office no longer considers typographical differences (among others), in order to crack down on duplicating rights and overloading the state trademark register, as well as to discourage the regular refiling of marks that lack proper use.

23 October 2019

IBM patent transaction puts Indian IT firm on par with rivals

Around 200 patents change hands as Big Blue selloff continues and a new HCL IP executive strikes first known deal

22 October 2019

Ericsson and Xiaomi strike global licence

The parties settle after nearly five years of litigation in the Delhi High Court, but are keeping the deal and its terms quiet

22 October 2019

Trade secrets pitfalls in the life sciences – and how to avoid them

Proprietary information and data are vital sources of commercial advantage for biopharma companies, so keeping them safe is a vitally important task

21 October 2019

No merit to Philippine patent office corruption claim

Rejected application does not show examiner foul play, but does reveal how one inventor planned to obtain royalties from an auto distributor

18 October 2019

AVANCI platform covers just under 50% of 3G and 4G SEPs, research for <em>IAM</em> indicates

The platform’s long list of licensors account for a significant chunk of technologies relating to connectivity, but LG Electronics and Huawei are major omissions

18 October 2019

Huawei’s latest IP headache comes from its solar business

An Israeli firm has sued the Chinese company over inverter tech in Shenzhen and Jinan, building on German campaign

17 October 2019

Australian patent reforms survive last-ditch Senate opposition

A bid to retain the innovation patent system was defeated, but legislators agreed to a six-month extension of its phaseout and instructed the government to study SME patent issues

16 October 2019

Tencent dips back into patent market with third IBM deal

Chinese internet giant faces NPE litigation in the US and upstart Chinese rivals that are getting smart on patents

16 October 2019

WIPO report: US patent filings dip for first time since 2009

The number of grants also drops while UK sees worrying fall in applications; but study has good news for EPO President Campinos

15 October 2019

Manufacturing trends could shift patent focus from China

Samsung, Sony and Google are among the companies who are shifting smartphone production from China to Southeast Asia

14 October 2019

India's patent office appeal board paralysed again

Delhi court refuses to extend chairman’s tenure, leaving the body with just one expert on staff and a growing backlog

12 October 2019

China’s IP ascent is not written in stone

Trade war is one reason why the country may end up being less friendly to patent owners than it once promised to be - but it’s not the only one

11 October 2019

Data reveals strong growth in the number of female inventors, but there is still a long way to go

A report by the UK IP Office finds more women named on patents than ever before – but also that they remain woefully under-represented. We present the top takeaways from a very timely study

11 October 2019

Fractus expands litigation campaign to Delhi

European developer of antenna tech opened up a new front against Chinese smartphone companies in India earlier this year. Unlicensed brands have taken over a larger share of India's smartphone market in recent years