Work Area: IP public policy

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2022’s pendulum oscillations at the PTAB

USPTO director’s eight-month tenure this year saw tweaks to discretionary denials and applicant-admitted prior art – to the pleasure of the anti-patent community

09 December 2022

Brazilian political about-turn could spell change for IP community

The election of Lula da Silva may have significant policy ramifications, including for patent professionals

08 December 2022

FTC ‘effort to claim broad authority’ puts SEPs in the frame

Shift away from Sherman and Clayton acts could aid application of antitrust rules to standard essential patent conduct

07 December 2022

BREAKING: UPC opening date delayed by two months

Sunrise period will now begin in March, with court set to launch in June

05 December 2022

The UPC must take action to clear up its CMS access mess

Saturday Opinion: Difficulties gaining case management system access are throwing the court’s start date into question

03 December 2022

What success for the UPC will look like

Europe’s new unitary system could be a global gamechanger but there are some key developments to look for when deciding whether it has actually become one

24 November 2022

EPO cements ‘new normal’ with permanent move to videoconferencing

Examination and opposition proceedings will continue to be held online, though the future of appeal hearings is less certain

23 November 2022

IP office hits pause to evaluate pilot programme to boost examiner expertise

Designed to help patent examiners grasp complex technical concepts, the one-year trial period for the Industry Collaborative Patent Interview pilot programme has come to an end. TIPO is now considering the first year and whether to continue with the initiative.

23 November 2022

Chinese patent activity continues to boom but change looks inevitable

China leapfrogged the US in 2021 to become the jurisdiction with largest number of patents in force

22 November 2022

Renewed US Congress should seize chance to make IP policy impact

Saturday Opinion: A decade after the AIA entered into force the IP community is calling for – and may well see – substantial change

19 November 2022

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