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2017 in Review: Part Two

With less than 24 hours to go to the new year, we're counting down to 2018 with a look back on all that happened this year
With less than 24 hours to go, we're counting down to 2018 with a look back on all that happened this year.  In our last entry, we mentioned catching up with the CRISPR-Cas9 … https://www.globalpatentsolutions.com/blog/2017/12/2017-review-part-two/

2017 in Review: Part One

2018 is just days away, and as we count down to the end of the year, we thought it would be fun to look back at all that's happened this past year.
2018 is just days away, and as we count down to the end of the year, we thought it would be fun to look back at all that's happened this past year.     In January, CES celeb… https://www.globalpatentsolutions.com/blog/2017/12/2017-review-part-one/

Apple Vs. Samsung: Round Two Slated for 2018

Apple first accused Samsung of "copying the aesthetics of the iPhone" back in 2011, now both will head back to district court in May for a new trial to determine the cost of damages.  
Late last month, word spread of a potential rematch between Apple and Samsung following a long-winded patent battle related to the iPhone maker’s slide-to-unlock technology.  Howe… https://www.globalpatentsolutions.com/blog/2017/11/apple-vs-samsunground-two-slated-2018/

WIPO & Pharma Team-Up with Pat-INFORMED Program

The Patent Information Initiative for Medicines (Pat-INFORMED) aims to create a common platform or database of key medicine patents & information, accessible to health professionals worldwide. 
Earlier this month, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in partnership with the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA), s… https://www.globalpatentsolutions.com/blog/2017/10/wipo-pharma-team-pat-informed-program/

Allergan Strikes Unconventional Deal to Protect Patents

Allergan, Plc has struck a deal with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe that will protect its patents.
Allergan, Plc has struck a deal with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe that will protect its patents on the popular eye medication, Restasis.  “The Tribe, a recognized sovereign tribal… https://www.globalpatentsolutions.com/blog/2017/09/allergan-strikes-unconventional-deal-protect-patents/

Controversy Brews Over EPO-Issued Plant & Animal Patents

Just last month, members of the European Patent Office met to discuss how to better strengthen restrictions when it comes to patents covering the breeding of plants and animals. 
German brewers and agriculturalists are up in arms after the European Patent Office granted big brewing companies Carlsberg and Heineken two new patents related to barley.  The tw… https://www.globalpatentsolutions.com/blog/2017/07/controversy-brews-over-epo-issued-plant-animal-patents/

Canadian Supreme Court Stands Firm in “Bombshell” Decisions

Canada’s Supreme Court is attracting a lot of attention in recent months, following a couple of “bombshell” decisions related to intellectual property and other rights.
Canada’s Supreme Court is attracting a lot of attention in recent months, following a couple of “bombshell” decisions related to intellectual property and other rights. Last week… https://www.globalpatentsolutions.com/blog/2017/07/canadian-supreme-court-stands-firm-bombshell-decisions/

Silicon Valley Accused of Lifting Patent Troll Plot from Austin Filmmaker

Two years ago, indie filmmaker Lex Lybrand set out to make a movie that “explores the pitfalls of start-up culture."
Two years ago, indie filmmaker Lex Lybrand set out to make a movie that “explores the pitfalls of start-up culture” and draws attention to the non-practicing entities “using decad… https://www.globalpatentsolutions.com/blog/2017/06/silicon-valley-accused-lifting-patent-troll-plot-austin-filmmaker/

Supreme Court Unanimous in Patent Venue Decision

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court ruled that patent owners can only bring lawsuits in states where the companies they are suing are incorporated. 
Tech companies, especially, are rejoicing after a Supreme Court ruling on Monday placed strict limitations on where patent lawsuits can be filed.  TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Food… https://www.globalpatentsolutions.com/blog/2017/05/supreme-court-unanimous-patent-venue-decision/

Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Patent Venue Case

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Monday in what is arguably one of the most highly anticipated patent lawsuits of the year.
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Monday in what is arguably one of the most highly anticipated patent lawsuits of the year, TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Food Group Brands LL… https://www.globalpatentsolutions.com/blog/2017/03/supreme-court-hears-arguments-patent-venue-case/

China Accelerates Growth in International Patents

A recent WIPO report shows that China is on track to surpass the U.S. and Japan in applications overseas.
Last year, in its annual World Intellectual Property Indicators report, WIPO ranked China number one in patent applications for 2015 with a record-breaking 1,101,864 invention pat… https://www.globalpatentsolutions.com/blog/2017/03/china-accelerates-growth-international-patents/

Choosing A Patent Search Firm: Best Practices

Is it prudent or legal to use Indian search firms? What are the best practices when selecting a patent search firm? These questions are highly relevant to patent prosecution—and they may have consequences as to the validity of issued patents as well.
Online access to electronic databases is greatly expanding the variety of patentability searches available to inventors and patent prosecutors. This growth is fueling service mode… https://www.globalpatentsolutions.com/blog/2017/03/choosing-patent-search-firm-best-practices/

Unified Patents & RPX Weigh in: 2016 Patent Litigation Down

U.S. patent litigation decreased in 2016, with district court cases down by 24.8%
According to the most recent numbers from Unified Patents, U.S. patent litigation decreased in 2016, with district court cases allegedly dropping by 24.8% from 2015.  In its 2016 … https://www.globalpatentsolutions.com/blog/2017/01/2016-patent-litigation-numbers-trends/

USPTO Publishes Success with PAR for FY 2016

The USPTO recently published its Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) for fiscal year 2016.
The USPTO recently published its Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) for fiscal year 2016, an annual report designed to share information on the USPTO's programs and their… https://www.globalpatentsolutions.com/blog/2017/01/uspto-publishes-success-par-fy-2016/

China Sets Global Record in Patent Filings

China has set a new world record in patents, according to a recent report by the World Intellectual Property Office. 
China has set a new world record in patents, according to a recent report by the World Intellectual Property Office.  In its annual World Intellectual Property Indicators report, … https://www.globalpatentsolutions.com/blog/2016/12/china-sets-global-record-patent-filings/

FTC Takes on Trolls with New Patent Study

The Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on patent trolls.
The Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on patent trolls with its most recent report titled, “Patent Assertion Entity Activity: An FTC Study.”  The 269-page document, publi… https://www.globalpatentsolutions.com/blog/2016/10/ftc-takes-trolls-new-patent-study/

European Patents, IP & the UK's Big Break

Post-Brexit changes in the UK's intellectual property laws seem unavoidable.
Prime Minister Theresa May is standing strong behind the UK's most recent decision to exit the European Union, stating that "There will be no attempts to remain inside the EU... N… https://www.globalpatentsolutions.com/blog/2016/10/european-patents-ip-uks-big-break/

Patent Litigation: Out with the Old, In with the New

Patent litigation may be on the decline, but it certainly hasn't disappeared.
Patent litigation may be on the decline, but it certainly hasn't disappeared.  According to Unified Patents' 1st Half 2016 Patent Dispute Report,  the number of patent cases has d… https://www.globalpatentsolutions.com/blog/2016/09/patent-litigation-out-old-new/

Supreme Court Backs USPTO in Patent Case

On Monday, the Supreme Court announced its ruling in the case Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee.
On Monday, the Supreme Court announced its ruling in the case Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the Unit… https://www.globalpatentsolutions.com/blog/2016/06/supreme-court-backs-uspto-patent-case/

Patents for Sale: New IP3 Marketplace Open for Business

"Welcome to IP3 - the very first Industry Patent Purchase Program."
"Welcome to IP3 - the very first Industry Patent Purchase Program."  Modeled after Google's Patent Purchase Promotion of 2015, the new project offers patent owners the opportunity… https://www.globalpatentsolutions.com/blog/2016/05/patents-sale-new-ip3-marketplace-open-business/

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