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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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Gilead shakes hands with generics to make the most of tough Indian IP market

US biotechnology company Gilead Sciences has announced licence deals with Indian drugmakers that will see generic versions of one of its headline products sold at lower prices in emerging markets. The arrangement between Gilead and the generic producers marks the latest example of how IP owners in the life sciences industries are trying to overcome the difficult political, judicial and regulatory environments they have faced in India and other developing countries of late. Gilead ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 16 September 2014 @ 2:09PM
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New white paper provides further information on IP market best practice standards initiative

The LES (USA and Canada) has published a white paper which sets out some of the issues around the potential for creating best practice standards for IP licensing and other marketplace activities. It follows up on a focus group meeting in Chicago in late July organised by LES and attended largely by senior representatives from operating companies, NPEs and intermediaries at which the idea was first discussed in-depth. Written by Bill Elkington of Rockwell Collins, who is co-chair of ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 12 September 2014 @ 6:20PM
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China’s anti-trust regime poses serious challenges for foreign IP owners

China premier Li Keqiang has indicated that his country’s authorities are to step up efforts to address the perceived intellectual property abuses of both domestic and foreign entities. But while IP owners will be pleased to hear that infringers could face tougher penalties, they should also be aware that their own activities may come under far closer antitrust scrutiny than was previously the case. Speaking at a World Economic Forum meeting in Tianjin earlier this week, ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 11 September 2014 @ 10:09AM
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Trade secrets in Congress; AST update; an IP marriage; Lustig leaves IV - Day 3 at the IPO

The 42nd annual IPO meeting drew to a close in Vancouver today with more than 900 delegates enjoying a varied programme of panel sessions and the keynote lunchtime address from Hon Mr Justice Marshall Rothstein of Canada’s Supreme Court. As the IAM blog often does at conferences, here’s a short round-up of some of the highlights. Congressional action: Given the current paralysis around most pieces of legislation in the US Congress, any bill that might actually pass this ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 10 September 2014 @ 4:57AM
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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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As the IPO meets in Vancouver, patent reform will be on delegates’ minds

The 42nd annual Intellectual Property Owners conference gets under way in Vancouver on Sunday, the first time the event has been held outside of the US. Well over 900 delegates are expected to be in town, the second largest attendance ever (only last year’s event in Boston has attracted more). In the lead-up to the conference the IAM blog took the opportunity to catch up with IPO executive director Herb Wamsley to discuss what will be on attendees’ minds. Wamsley was ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 05 September 2014 @ 4:37AM
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A network of specialist IP courts for China gets government go-ahead

China’s legislature has approved a proposal for an IP specialist court with pilot venues in the municipalities of Beijing and Shanghai, and the province of Guangdong. This comes after the ruling Communist Party suggested that it would explore options for establishing such courts back in November last year. The Beijing News – in a story later quoted here by China IP Magazine (in Chinese) – reports that the country’s Supreme People’s Court last week ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 02 September 2014 @ 11:38AM
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Alice decision makes software innovation landscape bleaker, Rader claims

Former Federal Circuit chief judge Randall Rader has claimed that the prospects for software patent protection have fundamentally shifted following the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice v CLS Bank. In an exclusive interview with IAM, Rader, who stood down as the head of the CAFC in May and then left the court in June, admitted that he had hoped for more clarity. When asked how he would feel if he were a software developer, he commented: “I find the landscape for ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 01 September 2014 @ 2:30PM
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Another hit to the USPTO

This is clearly not a great time for the USPTO. Earlier this week we reported on a Washington Post article that detailed evidence of an alleged cover-up of patent examiner abuse of home-working practices at the patent office. Now new research from the University of Illinois College of Law and Northwestern University has shown that as USPTO examiners become more senior, they have less time to review patent applications and tend to approve those of more questionable merit due to time ...

Posted by Richard Lloyd, Intellectual Asset Management on 15 August 2014 @ 4:00PM
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