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22 January 2020

Advocacy fight in Europe points to new battleground over patent litigation

Big Tech letter to EU commissioner highlighting danger of "trolls", and the response to it, demonstrate ongoing friction between SEP owners and implementers

11 January 2020

The EU should not contemplate abandoning the Unified Patent Court system

Ratification delay in Germany and the spectre of UK non-participation mean many believe the project will quietly be dropped - but to do so would be a serious mistake 

23 December 2019

EPO says no to patent applications for inventions made by machines

In landmark decision, the agency states that "an inventor designated in the application has to be a human being". This, though, is only the start

19 December 2019

TCS: Current IP paradigm inadequate for the age of AI

IT giant Tata Consultancy Services urges policymakers around the world to clarify and harmonise IP policies in new report

18 December 2019

US lawmakers sound alarm on China’s WIPO ambitions

China has nominated agency insider Wang Binying for the director general post, but the US is said to favour Singapore's candidate

05 December 2019

Auto IP stakeholders in Asia call for peace, prepare for war

Huawei, Nokia and top Japanese brands discussed the licensing conflicts confronting the industry in front of a packed room in Shanghai

05 December 2019

The search for the world's leading IP strategists is on

IAM is currently seeking nominations for individuals to be considered for the 2020 edition of the Strategy 300 - our unique guide to the men and women who excel in the creation of IP value

29 November 2019

IP market news highlights

IAM’s biggest autumn reads

29 November 2019

The state of play for SEPs in Europe's major jurisdictions

A country-by-country analysis warns of uneven ground in the standards landscape

29 November 2019

All eyes turn to London as UK Supreme Court mulls SEP FRAND cases

How the appeals brought by Huawei and ZTE could upend the licensing market

29 November 2019

UK general election could lead to paradigm shift in pharma patents

With the two main parties split over patents, could consumer concerns finally be heard?

22 November 2019

Despite possible German Constitutional Court breakthrough, don't bet on the UPC's fate becoming clearer any time soon

In controversial interview, wrongly labelled by some as "fake news", judge says a decision on legality of Germany's ratification could be handed down early next year - but even if it happens many issues remain to be resolved, notably the role the UK might play

19 November 2019

Shorter EPO opposition process requires new approaches from life sciences patentees

Strategies employed not only by rights owners but also by those opposing their grants will need to be recalibrated to reflect the new realities

16 November 2019

Patents are politics, as an eagerly awaited UK Supreme Court FRAND licensing ruling may soon show

A judgment that upholds the Unwired Planet and Conversant decisions could well leave British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a difficult position

13 November 2019

EPO agreement to boost Chinese companies' Europe push

Foreign companies with R&D in China may also benefit from deal opening up PCT search options