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Patent owners will welcome parts of USPTO’s PTAB reform proposal

Director Kathi Vidal’s proposed rules would expand discretionary denial into new categories, but heightened disclosure requirements might pain patentees and petitioners alike

21 April 2023

IP could deliver a very rare Brexit dividend

With the European Commission increasingly ambivalent about patents, the UK has an opportunity to take leadership in areas such as SEP licensing and the life sciences

20 April 2023

Five key takeaways from Senator Chris Coons’ first IP subcommittee hearing

His political savvy was on display as he leveraged a hot-button bipartisan issue – US competition with China – to highlight needed repairs to the US system

19 April 2023

On both sides of the Atlantic, patent policy is dictated by deep pockets not evidence

In the US and Europe, immensely wealthy businesses that use technology created by others to drive their profits have succeeded in tilting the playing field in their favour

13 April 2023

The EU is worryingly ambivalent about IP

SEP/FRAND is not the only area where the European Commission is set to propose changes that weaken the rights of innovators

08 April 2023

SEP/FRAND policy is about finding the middle ground, says UKIPO CEO

Adam Williams talks to IAM about the risk of chilling innovation, patent licensing, AI and more

07 April 2023

How the EC’s SEP licensing regulation will harm SMEs

As things stand, the only winners from the proposals will be deep pocket implementers – but there may be a way out of the mess

06 April 2023

DG GROW seeks to replace established FRAND valuation and licensing practices with top-down rate setting

Plans for patent essentiality checking, patent counting and aggregate royalty apportionments at EUIPO disregard prevailing valuation benchmarks in numerous long-established comparable licences

05 April 2023

SEP owners have a big fight on their hands to evade radical new EU regulation

Following the leak of draft rules, IAM travelled to Brussels to gauge the reaction of industry, lobbyists and lawmakers

01 April 2023

The European Commission’s SEP licensing plans are terrible on every level

Reported DG Grow proposals designed to make FRAND dealmaking in Europe more transparent, predictable and efficient are one-sided and poorly thought-through, so will do much more harm than good

30 March 2023

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