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A Seismic Shift in UK Patent Infringement Law - Actavis v. Eli Lilly

In a decision that appears to have introduced a doctrine of equivalents for the first time, the UK Supreme Court has shifted the laws on patent infringement in Actavis v. Eli Lilly UK [2017] UKSC 48. While this case...more

Global Patent Prosecution Newsletter - September 2017

Worldwide Doctrine of Equivalents and Prosecution History Estoppel - The doctrine of equivalents (DOE) arises in the context of a patent infringement action where the accused product or process does not literally infringe...more

At The Bench: 2017 Mid-Year Case Review

Impression Prods. v. Lexmark Int’l, 137 S. Ct. 1523, 581 U.S. ___ (2017) The Supreme Court held that all patent rights are exhausted upon the first sale of a patented product, regardless of where the sale is made or...more

Updated: President Trump Turns to the U.S. Trade Representative for China IP Investigation

From the earliest days of his campaign, President Trump has spoken out on alleged intellectual property misconduct by China. He is now turning to the U.S. Trade Representative for a formal investigation of China in this...more

Pharma and Biologic Disputes in Canada – New Regulations Take Effect September 21, 2017

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Pharma and biologics manufacturers will soon have big decisions to make regarding their pharmaceutical and biological product strategy in Canada. On September 6, 2017, the Governor General in Council, on recommendation of the...more

At the ITC, It’s Always “Standing” Room Only

Intellectual Ventures Refiles Against Auto Makers After Patent Assignment Fails ITC Scrutiny - The U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) terminated an investigation because standing did not exist as of the date the...more

UPC ratification process in Germany put on hold following constitutional complaint

by Allen & Overy LLP on

In March 2017, a constitutional complaint was filed against both the German bill for ratifying the UPC Agreement and the UPC Agreement itself with the German Federal Constitutional Court (“Bundesverfassungsgericht”). Many...more

What Happens in the ITC Stays in the ITC – Except for Related District Court Cases

by Fish & Richardson on

The ITC has always viewed its ability to gather and protect confidential business information as crucial to its ability to perform its mission. See Akzo N.V. v. U.S. Int’l Trade Comm’n, 808 F.2d 1471, 1482-85 (Fed. Cir....more

European Commission’s 6 Proposals for Post-Brexit Intellectual Property Rights

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The European Commission (EC) has released a position paper on its objectives for the Article 50 Brexit negotiations with the UK regarding Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs). The EC has effectively set out six key principles...more

Final changes to EUTM Regulation in force from 1 October 2017: No requirement for graphical representation and EU Certification...

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Further changes to the EU Trade Mark (“EUTM”) system come into effect on 1 October 2017. These are the next step in the EU’s trade mark reforms, which are aimed at modernising the system to make it technologically up-to-date...more

News from Abroad -- Mexican Antitrust Authority Study on Generic Drug Entry – Recommendations on Changes to Public Policy -- Part...

In the first three installments of this series, we've explained the general purpose of the study, and gone through the sections of patents, marketing authorizations and strategic behavior of the study published on August 9,...more

SSAC gives the thumbs down to the use of emoji in domain names

by Hogan Lovells on

Emoji, the pictorial symbols typically presented in a colourful cartoon form, are nowadays being widely used on smartphones, in chat, in email applications and in social media. Their increasing popularity has prompted the...more

News from Abroad -- No Pharmaceutical Extension of Patent Term for Swiss Type Claims in Australia

The Australian Full Federal Court's recent decision in Commissioner of Patents v AbbVie Biotechnology Ltd [2017] FCAFC 129 confirms that an extension of patent term for pharmaceutical substances does not extend to Swiss type...more

USTR Publishes Initiation of Section 301 Investigation into China's Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual...

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

On Thursday, August 24, the United States Trade Representative published formal initiation of the awaited Section 301 investigation under the Trade Act of 1974 to determine whether acts, policies and practices of the...more

News from Abroad -- Mexican Antitrust Authority Study on Generic Drug Entry -- On Patents and Marketing Authorizations -- Part III

In the first and second installments of this series, we've explained the general purpose and the patents and marketing authorizations sections of the study published on August 9, 2017 by the Federal Commission for Economic...more

Key Takeaways: Patent Prosecution: Latest Trends and Best Practices in Asia

Kilpatrick Townsend partners Hitoshi Akiba, Charles Gray, and Kris Reed recently presented on the latest trends and best practices in Asia patent prosecution. Key takeaways concerning patent prosecution in China,...more

Sandoz Announces Erelzi Launch in Canada

by Goodwin on

Yesterday, Sandoz announced the launch of its etanercept product, Erelzi®, in Canada. Erelzi is a biosimilar to Amgen’s Enbrel®, and is approved for the treatment of moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis in...more

News from Abroad -- Mexican Antitrust Authority Study on Generic Drug Entry -- On Patents and Marketing Authorizations -- Part II

In the first installment of this series, we outlined the general contents of the study published on August 9, 2017 by the Federal Commission for Economic Competition, highlighting that the Antitrust authority is calling for...more

Latest Developments in European Patent Law: How to Apply Them in Both the United States and Europe

by Knobbe Martens on

Agenda: • UK Supreme Court Decision on Infringement – “Equivalents” – Use of the prosecution history • Doctrine of Equivalents in the United States • Plausibility before the EPO and UK courts – Inventive step of...more

News from Abroad -- Mexican Antitrust Authority Issues Broad Study on Generic Drug Entry into Mexican Market -- Part I

Study Suggests Several Changes to Legislation on Patents, Marketing Authorizations, and Government Procurement - In July of 2016, the Federal Commission for Economic Competition announced a broad ranging study on the entry...more

The enforcement of standard essential patents in Germany – a stocktaking

by DLA Piper on

In July 2015, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) issued a long-awaited judgment answering questions as to the requirements an owner of a standard essential patent (SEP) is able to enforce its SEP without a breach of...more

Biocon Requests Withdrawal and Re-Submission of EMA Applications for it's Trastuzumab and Pegfilgrastim Biosimilars

by Goodwin on

As we’ve posted here, Biocon and Mylan are jointly developing a portfolio of biosimilars, including Fulphila (Pegfilgrastim) and Ogivri (Trastuzumab), and have filed applications for marketing authorization in the European...more

Considerations for Developing a Global Patent Term Extension Strategy

Many jurisdictions provide for the extension of the term of the patents that cover a regulated product. Patent term extension (PTE) is particularly important in the bio/pharma industry given that development of an innovative...more

U.S. International Trade Commission Persists with Remedy for PTAB-Invalidated Patent

The U.S. International Trade Commission has declined to rescind remedial orders blocking importation of products found to infringe two patents that were recently found invalid by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S....more

Global Patent Prosecution Newsletter - August 2017

Worldwide Patent Term Extension Provisions - Mechanisms to recover patent term lost during regulatory approval are available in many countries throughout the world. The August 2017 issue of Sterne Kessler’s Global Patent...more

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