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In its early years the unitary patent system will be an option in the EU, but not the only one

The European unitary patent and the unified patent court system through which it will be enforced are well on the road to creation. In a series of articles running through June and July Alan Johnson, a partner at UK law firm Bristows, discussed a number of issues that actual and potential patentees in Europe must consider when developing strategies for the new regime. And as those who read them will know, it’s all rather complicated – tp say the least (links to all the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 30 September 2014 @ 12:00PM
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Big US tech companies face major patent losses in the post-Alice world, IAM research reveals

The potentially catastrophic effects of the Alice v CLS Supreme Court decision on the patent holdings of the US’s biggest technology companies are laid bare by the IAM blog today. Research undertaken by IP data company ktMINE on behalf of the blog reveals that tens of thousands of assets owned by the likes of IBM, Microsoft, Apple, Oracle, Google and Cisco could be threatened by the judgment, which was handed down in June and has since led to a series of software patent rights ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 27 September 2014 @ 11:24AM
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Headline patent litigation figures in Japan may not tell the full story

Everyone knows that patent litigation in Japan is unusual and that when a dispute does end up in court the chances are that the plaintiff is not going to come out of it feeling very good about life, right? In fact, it was an issue that was discussed by Terry Ludlow of Chipworks in a presentation that he gave during the recent IPBC Japan in Tokyo. This, he suggested, might reflect many Japanese companies' unwillingness to be as aggressive as they could be in seeking to ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 21 September 2014 @ 11:26AM
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Don’t be surprised to see a new patent war break-out in 3D printing space

Although it is new and relatively untested, don’t be surprised if further down the line there is patent litigation in the 3D printing space akin to what has been seen in the mobile devices sector over recent years. This was one of the key takeaways at a conference held yesterday in Washington DC that focused on the IP issues being posed by this rapidly evolving technology. According to Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner partner John Hornick most people are yet ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 18 September 2014 @ 5:09PM
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The AIA is 3 today and there’s only one winner for what has been its biggest impact

Three years ago today President Obama signed the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act into law, heralding the first major shake-up of US patent law in over 50 years. To mark the occasion we thought we would ask a range of people in the market what the AIA's biggest impact has been. The result was unanimous - the new post-grant proceedings at the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has been the gamechanger. Given that almost 2000 post-AIA petitions have been filed with ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 16 September 2014 @ 7:53PM
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If Alice v CLS is the game-changer some believe, software patent values may be about to collapse

When the Supreme Court issued its decision in Alice v CLS  back in June it would be fair to say that many of the initial reactions canvassed by IAM were generally pretty muted and along the lines of not a huge amount has happened. Now, however, it looks like a strain of thought is emerging in the US that, in fact, the decision was a game-changer and that software patent protection in the country has been seriously eroded. Certainly, that is the view of Gene Quinn over on the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 14 September 2014 @ 3:42PM
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Not so deadly? PTAB judge provides more stats on re-exams

In one of this morning’s sessions at this year’s IPO annual meeting, a judge from theUSPTO's Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) threw further light onto how America Invents Act (AIA) trial proceedings are changing the patent litigation landscape. Speaking on a panel moderated by former USPTO director David Kappos, PTAB acting vice chief judge Scott Boalick revealed that as of early September just under 2,000 post-AIA petitions had been filed with the office.

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 09 September 2014 @ 6:33AM
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Myhrvold – IV model no crazier than funding a start-up

Nathan Myhrvold, the CEO and co-founder of Intellectual Ventures, has defended the company’s business model, insisting that it was “no crazier than investing in real estate or a start-up”. Delivering the keynote address on day one of the IPO annual meeting in Vancouver, Myhrvold gave a wide-ranging speech titled ‘The economy of invention’, touching on areas including the typical evolution of tech companies’ attitude to patents and what he sees ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 09 September 2014 @ 12:47AM
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London to play host to debate on patent value and valuations

If you are in London on 16th September you should come along to a discussion on the subject of "Patents and Value" which will see lawyer Neil Wilkof, a regular contributor to the IP Finance and IPKat blogs, swap views and perspectives with myself, IAM editor Joff Wild. The event is being hosted in the centre of town (Holborn) by patent and trademark attorney firm EIP. It will run from 5.30 pm to 6.45 pm, and will be followed by refreshments.  Among other things we ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 07 September 2014 @ 3:37PM
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Rader, rebirth and RAND licensing at IPBC Japan

Following on from our editor’s report from IPBC Japan on Thursday, I have summed up a few of the key themes that emerged from the event’s afternoon sessions, which focused on the many ways in which IP assets can be used to create corporate value. FRAND-tastic – an issue that came up time and again at IPBC Japan was standards-essential patents (SEPs) and the fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing of those assets to industry. Japanese companies ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 06 September 2014 @ 8:50AM
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