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European Patent Office to Make Pan-European Revocation Proceedings Faster, More Efficient as of July 1

European Patent Office oppositions are a very powerful way of litigating newly granted patents. In reality these are pan-European revocation proceedings, with profound strategic significance for life sciences companies – this...more

Impact of Brexit for Intellectual Property Rights

A British vote to leave the European Union (EU)—the Brexit referendum issue scheduled for a vote June 23, 2016 — would have a significant effect on intellectual property right-holders, such as manufacturers doing business in...more

The European Patent Office introduces a “go-faster” opposition process

The European Patent Office (EPO) has announced that from 1 July 2016, post-grant oppositions will be reformed so that they become significantly faster and more efficient. The effect of these changes is that in straightforward...more

Colombian Organizations Send Letter to CEWG Regarding Imatinib Compulsory License

In letter from three Colombian organizations to the Chairman of the World Health Organization (WHO) 2016 Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination (CEWG) (posted on the...more

Court Considers Defenses Under Both New York Convention And The FAA In Confirming Domestic Arbitration Award Against Foreign Party

Immersion Corporation, a U.S. company, had previously entered into a settlement with Sony, a Japanese company, regarding the latter’s alleged patent infringement. Subsequently, a dispute arose surrounding whether Sony was...more

District Court May Preclude Evidence from Parent Company Where Parent Company Was Dismissed from Case and Then Refused to Provide...

When this patent infringement action began, the plaintiff explained that it was concerned that it would not be able to obtain important discovery if Ricoh Company Ltd. ("RCL"), which is the parent company of the defendants,...more

German Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) releases operators of Wi-Fi networks from liability for copyright infringements committed...

On 2 June, the German Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) passed a bill (2. Gesetz zur Änderung des Telemediengesetzes – 2nd Amending Law to the Federal Telemedia Act; “New Law”). The New Law limits the scope of potential...more

Operators of WiFi Access Points not Liable for Rights Infringements by Users

In a decision dated 12 May 2016, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof – BGH) narrowed the scope of liability of WiFi access operators for rights infringements of users of WiFi access points. The court ruled...more

MBHB Snippets: A review of developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 14, Issue 2 (Spring 2016)

Pre-AIA and Post-AIA Issues Presented by the On-Sale Bar - The “on-sale” bar to patentability refers to a sale or offer for sale of an invention that can invalidate the patent for that invention. The...more

The Future European Patent System: Update on the Latest News - Spring 2016

With the ninth Contracting State having ratified the EU Unified Patent Court Agreement, the commencement of the Unified Patent Court is approaching. We report on the latest news, including an announcement about opt-outs, and...more

EU Parliament Takes Steps to Increase Manufacture and Export of European Generics and Biosimilars During Protected Period

The Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection of the European Parliament has adopted its report on the “Single Market Strategy” – a strategy that aims to consolidate industries in European countries under one...more

New Changes to European Trademark Prosecution

As of March 23, 2016, the “Community Trade Mark” (CTM) is going by a new name: the “European Union Trade Mark” (EUTM), reflecting the evolution of the European Community into the European Union. By force of Regulation No....more

Designs law reform in Australia: Prior art base, Grace periods, Screen displays and other changes

May 2016 - The Australian Government has responded to a series of recommendations for reform of Industrial Designs Law by the Advisory Council in Intellectual Property (ACIP). ACIP made 23 recommendations in its final report,...more

English High Court considers co-existence provisions under German and English law

In two recent IP decisions in the English High Court, the interpretation of a settlement agreement and a co-existence agreement have been carefully considered. In DKH Retail and Others v SRG Apparel Plc and Others, English...more

The New European Unitary Patent System

The new Unitary Patent System is expected to go into effect in the spring of 2017. This system will bring a groundbreaking change to the European patent landscape as it allows patentees to apply for a European Patent with...more

U.S. Trade Representative Issues 2016 Special 301 Report

On April 27th, Ambassador Michael B.G. Froman, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), issued the 2016 Special 301 Report. According to the USTR website, "[i]ntellectual property is a critical source of economic growth and...more

In re Certain Activity Tracking Devices, Systems, and Components Thereof

Pepys (17th century) recorded his sleep patterns, so wearable devices that record sleep patterns unpatentable? On April 27, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) issued an Order indicating that two patents...more

IP Infringement Claim Against Canadian Company Stays in U.S.

Where should a lawsuit be heard? Canada? The US? In other posts we discuss the idea of a “choice of law” and “forum selection” clauses in contracts. In those cases, the parties agree to a particular forum in...more

SEP-Based Injunctions: Down But Not Out

One important question for standard essential patent (“SEP”) holders is whether they can still seek and enforce injunctions. Some take the view that the act of seeking injunctive relief is inherently inconsistent with an SEP...more

The right policy prescription for pharmaceutical patents? The Australian Productivity Commission proposes a new formula

As mentioned in our earlier article Australia’s Productivity Commission has released a draft report (Report) regarding intellectual property (IP) in Australia. The Report covers various IP rights and provides the Commission’s...more

SanDisk defeats Walker Process Claim

The District Court for the Northern District of California granted defendant SanDisk’s motion for summary judgment in Giuliano, et al v. SanDisk Corp., et al, 4:10-cv-02787 (N.D. Cal. April 29, 2016). The plaintiffs had...more

IP World Tour: Snapshots of Overseas IP Protection

No matter where you look in the world, it’s a certainty that a dispute is ongoing over someone’s intellectual property (IP). The theft of ideas is nothing new, but just as important to those investing abroad is knowledge of...more

"Brexit Bites": Intellectual Property

This is the fifth in our series of "Brexit Bites" which focuses on Intellectual Property. A Brexit would in all likelihood have a significant impact upon intellectual property legislation, much of which derives from...more

News of Note for the Internet-Minded – 4/28/16

Several companies cast an eye toward the Internet of Things, Twitter’s AI gets pretty good at live video, some industry giants get behind the driverless car, and more … Samsung launches a place in the cloud just for...more

Biotech Industry Supports Cert in Sequenom to Avert “Crisis of Patent Law and Medical Innovation”

The biotechnology and life sciences community has voiced broad support for Sequenom’s recent request that the Supreme Court review the Federal Circuit’s decision holding Sequenom’s diagnostic fetal DNA patent ineligible under...more

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