On 10 July 2012 Singapore passed the Patent (Amendment) Bill and the Intellectual Property (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill.
One of the biggest changes is that Singapore has moved away from a self-assessment system to a...more
This article series is focusing on subject matter conflict of interest issues are a significant concern for attorneys. Patent practitioners have an additional layer of concern with respect to subject matter conflicts of...more
Addressing for the first time the applicability of prosecution history estoppel in design patent cases, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the lower court, holding that while prosecution history...more
As discussed in the introductory article of this series, conflict of interest issues are a significant concern for attorneys. Patent practitioners have an additional layer of concern with respect to subject matter conflicts...more
The Australian Patent Office is one of 13 patent offices from around the globe that have joined forces to create a Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) pilot program, which commenced on 6 January 2014.
On December 11, 2013, Judge Susan Illston of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California found the asserted claims of Ho Keung Tse's U.S. Patent No. 6,665,797 (the "'797 patent") invalid for lack...more
Clearly, client-driven litigation and malpractice complaints against patent practitioners are not decreasing any time soon. During the investigation surrounding the suit or complaint, the actions or inactions of the patent...more
Amidst the commotion of the recently-enacted America Invents Act (which resulted in the most substantial overhaul of our patent laws since the Patent Act of 1952), and the flurry of patent legislation directed to the problem...more
The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) gives applicants the opportunity to accelerate the examination of their patent applications in multiple countries once they have received a favourable report in one country. This is...more
U.S. design patents and their international counterparts (generally termed “industrial designs”) protect the ornamental appearance of an article of manufacture. Design protection has been the subject of increased attention...more
A white paper authored by two members of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) U.S. Patent Office Practice Committee argues that the current patent examination system "has run its course," and needs to be...more
Companies victimized by intellectual property theft may have a new weapon: asking state attorneys general for civil prosecution under unfair competition laws. ...more
In Uship Intellectual Properties, LLC v. United States, the Federal Circuit upheld the claim construction applied by the Court of Federal Claims when it held that the United States and IBM Corporation did not infringe the...more
April 15, 2013 is an important date insofar as Australian patent prosecution is concerned. On this date ‘new law’ will come into force that will apply to patent applications for which examination has not been requested by...more
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