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Two big Canadian cases that were good news for patent owners draw sharp contrast to the situation down south
It’s not often that Canada is put on the map in IP value creation terms. Last month’s highly successful IPBC Global in Ottawa certainly helped, as have two recent court decisions, which should catch the eye of patent owners everywhere

Parties Agreement to Settle Issues Does Not Extinguish Board’s Ability to Determine Patentability
Inter partes review (“IPR”) has been popularly adopted and used as a strategy for invalidating patent claims due to its compact and expedited process

USPTO Seeks Vice Chief Administrative Patent Judge
The Department of Commerce and the USPTO are seeking a Vice Chief Administrative Patent Judge to fill a vacancy in one of the following locations; San Jose, CA, Detroit, MI, Denver CO, or Dallas, TX

Restricting Patents on New Combinations and Uses of Medicines Makes No Sense
Amongst the G20 countries, Argentina, India and Indonesia score lowly for innovation

Under Armour sued for design patent and trade dress infringement
The case, filed on Friday, July 7, at the US District Court for the District of Delaware, centres on sports bras owned by Lululemon

TC Heartland ruling can’t help HTC dismiss patent infringement case
In July last year, software company InfoGation sued the phone manufacturer for unauthorised used of a patent in relation to navigation software on HTC’s smartphones

Latvia and Estonia make progress on UPC approvals
The Latvian parliament is looking to add to a law enabling the ratification of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) by trying to confirm the Nordic-Baltic regional division

Waymo drops three of four patent claims in its case against Uber
On Friday, June 7th, a joint stipulation and order was entered that dropped three claims of patent infringement raised in the intellectual property case being fought between San Francisco, CA-based transportation company Uber Technologies and Waymo, one of the subsidiaries of Google-owner Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL)

Is Congressman Darrell Issa a patent troll?
“Patent trolls, in my opinion, are the scourge of the patent world,” said Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) at a House IP subcommittee hearing on June 13, 2017

Google gets another chance to cancel touch screen patents
Google had sought inter partes review from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) for US patent number 6,121,960

FitBit accused of basing products on infringed patents
The complaint was filed at the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Monday, July 10

Amazon and Google join six others to create ‘balanced patent policy’
Eight technology companies including Amazon and Google have joined together to form the High Tech Inventors Alliance (HTIA), aimed at supporting a “balanced patent policy”

HTC hit with mixed verdict from Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit
In January 2016, IPCom sued HTC for patent infringement in relation to US patent number 6,879,830— which allows a mobile phone call to transfer from one base station to another

Horizon Pharma patents covering Vimovo arthritis pain relief treatment have validity upheld at district court and PTAB
On Tuesday, June 27th, Irish biopharmaceutical firm Horizon Pharma (NASDAQ:HZNP) announced that two of its patents covering Vimovo, a pain relief treatment for arthritis patients, had their validity upheld in a patent infringement case filed in the District of New Jersey

What TC Heartland v. Kraft Food Group Brands Means for Patent Infringement Suits
Just over a month ago, the Supreme Court issued its decision in TC Heartland v. Kraft Food Group Brands, and many continue to wonder what the Court’s holding means for patent infringement

Uber sued over use of location-based software
The complaint was filed by Fall Line Patents at the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division on Monday, July 10

Michelin tired of infringement, takes action against repair company
The complaint was filed on Monday, July 10, at the US District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville Division

Federal Circuit vacates PTAB final written decision that upheld some Intellectual Ventures patent claims
On Monday, July 10th, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Fed. Cir.) entered a decision in a patent case which proves that there really is no end to the nightmare that patent owners face in trying to uphold the validity of their property right which is supposedly protected by the U.S. Constitution

Qualcomm ramps up its patent battle against Apple by asserting six non-SEPs in Section 337 complaint filed with ITC
On Tuesday, July 7th, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) published a notice of receipt of complaint filed by San Diego, CA-based mobile chipset developer Qualcomm, Inc.

Patent Portfolio Valuations – Importance of IP and Patents
Intellectual Property (IP) is a crucial portion of a company’s assets. Today, a great portion of the assets of fortune 500 companies consists of intangible assets including intellectual property

LinkedIn’s Patent Strategy
LinkedIn was a rapidly growing company with only 22 patents in its portfolio in 2012, putting itself at high risk for patent assertion

Apple, Google and Fitbit touted to acquire Jawbone patents
The wearable device company has reportedly entered liquidation proceedings, prompting patent research firm Envision IP to analyse the potential value of the portfolio, owned by Jawbone’s parent company AliphCom

US patent system in poor health: former Fed Circuit chief judge
Paul Michel, who served in the role from 2004 to 2010, was speaking at a House of Representatives committee hearing on the impact of bad patents on US business yesterday, July 13



How Does the UK Trade Mark Registration System operate?
The news headlines are becoming ever more populated with stories of big brands trying and failing in some instances to register a trade mark for their product

Chef Jamie Oliver sued for using gluten-free mark in recipes
Washington-based non-profit organisation Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) of North America has filed a complaint against Jamie Oliver Enterprises for trademark infringement, counterfeiting and unfair competition

Amazon wants ruling that cleared it of IP wrongdoing to be precedential
The motion was filed with the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Monday, July 11

Mother Teresa trademark to be enforced ‘severely’, says lawyer
A lawyer acting for a religious order set up by the late Mother Teresa has reportedly said a trademark granted for her famous sari will be enforced “severely”

Dirty laundry aired in public as trademark suit filed
Two US clothing companies are going head to head in a battle over laundry-related trademarks

Walmart ordered to pay $1.6m fees in TM infringement case
Walmart has been ordered to pay $1.6 million in attorneys’ fees after being successfully sued for trademark infringement by Variety Stores over its ‘Backyard Grill’ range of grills and accessories



Warner Bros. settles $80M copyright suit brought by Tolkien estate over LOTR online video and casino gambling games
On Wednesday, July 5th, a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (C.D. Cal.) entered an order granting the dismissal of a copyright case which had been filed by the estate of famed English fantasy author J. R. R. Tolkien against American entertainment company Warner Bros

Inspiration vs. Copying: Where’s the Line in Hollywood?
When it comes to television shows, it not always clear what is “copyrightable.” Sometimes, filmmakers and screen writers can get into serious trouble if they don’t follow specific television copyright laws accordingly

Monkey business in court over ‘selfie’ photograph dispute
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ (PETA) appeal against a ruling that stated monkeys cannot hold copyright is currently being heard by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Burberry seeks damages from counterfeiting network
The complaint was filed at the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on Tuesday, July 11

SnapzMarket member jailed for copyright infringement
A man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for his role in an operation that distributed more than a million pirated app



Free Webinar: Counterfeiting Battles and Combating Repeat Infringers
Mention counterfeiting and what many ordinary citizens immediately think about is counterfeit currency

Federal Circuit backs Apple, Samsung and Google over anti-piracy software
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has issued two non-precedential rulings that have cleared Apple, Samsung and Google from patent infringement

Internet access is not a constitutional right: BMG
Music company BMG Rights Management has stated that internet subscribers who are caught downloading pirated content should have no constitutional right to internet access

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