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CPA Global under investigation over alleged patent overcharging
Law firms Kobre & Kim and Baker & Partners have joined forces with litigation finance company Bentham IMF to investigate and possibly sue IP management company CPA Global over the alleged overcharging for patent renewal services

House Budget Committee sets out plans for independent USPTO
The House Budget Committee released a budget blueprint for “building a better America” on Friday, proposing that the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) should become an independent agency

Patents in Asia 2017
The emerging innovation battleground

Fortress sends a big signal that it is focused squarely on getting a return on the patents it now owns
In another sign that Fortress IP Group intends to move heavily into stick-based patent licensing, it is set to announce the appointment of a new, high-profile IP litigation manager

China’s most valuable startup follows Uber in buying patents from Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Didi Chuxing, a Chinese ride-sharing service that has attracted over $10 billion in funding from some of the country’s biggest tech firms, has made its second foray into the transactions market for US patents, assignment records show

Confessions of a Frustrated Patent Attorney: The Telephone Call
One of the most enjoyable aspects of being a patent lawyer is talking to people about protecting their ideas

ITC institutes Section 337 investigation into Hisense Wi-Fi TVs infringing on Sharp patents
On Wednesday, September 27th, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) announced that it had decided to institute a patent infringement investigation against Chinese electronics manufacturer Hisense (SHA:600060)

The Impacts of the Pending Rule 11 Amendments on the Patent System
Previously I discussed the History of Rule 11 and how the proposed changes to Rule 11 will impact patent litigation.  In this article, I discuss the impacts that pending Rule 11 amendments will have on the Patent System overall

Patent settlement between AbbVie and Amgen delays Humira generic until 2023
On Thursday, September 28th, a judge in the District of Delaware entered an order stipulating dismissal in a patent infringement case brought by North Chicago-based pharmaceutical firm AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV) against Thousand Oaks, CA-based drugmaker Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN)

Senate Republicans discuss patent reform in private briefing with infringer lobby
Yesterday, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) wrote an op-ed in the Medium, which explained that he would convene a meeting of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force in order to hear from patent experts on the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in TC Heartland, and to discuss what Congress can do in terms of additional patent reform in order to improve the U.S. patent system

Patent Review in an Article I Tribunal is Unconstitutional Under the Public Rights Doctrine
In 2011, Congress passed legislation authorizing the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) to institute an inter partes review (IPR) of issued patents

International report – Patent of addition: to apply or not to apply?
Often, after filing a patent application, improvements, additional uses and refinements surface. To ensure patent protection, the applicant can file for either a new application or a patent of addition

Federal Circuit decides Aqua Products, says patentability burden of amended claims on Petitioner
Moments ago the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued its much anticipated decision in Aqua Products, Inc. v. Matal, addressing en banc whether the patent owner has the burden of proving patentability with respect to submitted amended claims during an inter partes review (IPR) proceeding

Petitioners must prove unpatentability of amended claims in IPR
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has set aside Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) rules that had required patent owners to show the patentability of their amended claims in an inter partes review (IPR)

SCOTUS should deny Samsung v Apple, claims DoJ
In February this year, WIPR reported that Samsung was gearing up to brawl again with Apple at the US Supreme Court after it ruled on another IP dispute between the pair in December 2016

Former Cisco IP executive gets top patent role at Google
Google has a new head of patents. Michael Lee, who joined the company from Cisco in January, has been appointed to the role following Allen Lo’s exit in August

Patentee Fails to Prove Equivalents did not Ensnare the Prior Art
In a 2002 agreement, Dr. Jang’s ‘021 Patent was assigned to Boston Scientific Corporation (“BSC”). Dr. Jang was to collect royalties if BSC developed and sold a coronary stent covered by his patented technology



2017 Beijing International Book Fair sees an increase in copyright deals since last year’s event
The Beijing International Book Fair is one of the largest and fastest growing trade shows for the book publishing industry across the globe and 2017 marked the 24th annual version of the event

Korean band grant Coldplay copyright to avoid ‘great stress’
A Korean band have granted copyright to Coldplay and The Chainsmokers, a DJ production duo, after criticism that the band’s “Don’t Wanna Cry” song is too similar to a track made by the parties

Germany’s Supreme Court backs Google over thumbnail images
Germany’s Federal Court of Justice has backed search engine Google in a dispute over whether the use of thumbnail images constitutes copyright infringement

Pokémon settles differences with apparel seller Tee Turtle
Pokémon Company International, the US-based entity which manages the brand’s IP, has settled its copyright quarrel with apparel seller Tee Turtle

Dad who live-streamed son’s birth ordered to pay $120k
A California-based father who live-streamed his son’s birth and sued a string of media companies for using the footage has been ordered to pay over $120,000 in attorneys’ fees to four organisations



Trademark clash between Premier League and UKIP ruled out
After resolving a leadership contest this afternoon, it looked as if political outfit the UK Independence Party (UKIP) may have had another battle on its hands in the form of a trademark infringement lawsuit

Coachella settles trademark clash with Urban Outfitters
Coachella accused Urban Outfitters and its subsidiary Free People of selling ‘Coachella’-branded apparel in March this year

Levi Strauss sues company over ‘tabs’ on back pocket of trousers
The case was filed at the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Friday, September 30

Apple failed to block Swatch’s attempt to acquire the trademark for Steve Jobs’ catchphrase ‘one more thing’
The Swiss watchmaker Swatch’s effort to acquire the trademark for “SWATCH ONE MORE THING” has run in to opposition from Apple, which argues the phrase ‘one more thing’ is closely associated with the software giant’s founder Steve Jobs

2nd Circuit upholds most of district court judgment in trademark case brought by Swiss army knife maker Victorinox
On Tuesday, September 19th, Victorinox AG, the manufacturer of the well-known Swiss army knife, saw a successful outcome of an appeal decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, which affirmed in part a judgment in a trademark case filed in the Southern District of New York

Apple failed to block Swatch’s attempt to acquire the trademark for Steve Jobs’ catchphrase ‘one more thing’
The Swiss watchmaker Swatch’s effort to acquire the trademark for “SWATCH ONE MORE THING” has run in to opposition from Apple, which argues the phrase ‘one more thing’ is closely associated with the software giant’s founder Steve Jobs

Beyoncé defends confidentiality request in ‘Blue Ivy’ TM case
Beyoncé has defended her request to keep parts of a dispute over the ‘Blue Ivy’ trademark confidential in order to ensure the “privacy and safety” of her and her family

No hard feelings as hotel chain and Hard Rock Café settle dispute
Signed by Judge Lewis Kaplan on Monday, October 2, the stipulation and order for dismissal was issued with prejudice and with both sides to bear their own costs and attorneys’ fees

The smell of success? Coty and Burberry licensing deal
On Monday, October 2, the long-term deal between the two commenced with Burberry confirming it received £130 million that day, with a further £40 million ($52 million) expected for assets transferring

Trademark Food Fight: Did In-N-Out Burger Abandon the Triple Triple?
If I am ordering a Double Double, I am ordering a hamburger from In-N-Out Burger, which is probably pretty obvious for anyone from the West Coast



WIPO should tentatively engage with AI, says Gurry
Speaking at the opening of the 57th Series of Assemblies of WIPO member states, Gurry outlined new challenges stemming from an accelerating rate of innovation

Brazil and Argentina partner for IP assets development
The Brazilian Innovation Agency has entered into a partnership with the Ministry of Science, Technology and the Productive Innovation in Argentina to offer mutual support to research scientific, technological and innovation development projects


Domain Name

Facebook wins transfer of domain after two offers to sell
Social media website Facebook has won the transfer of a “confusingly similar” domain name registered in India



PIPCU reveals link between identity theft and counterfeits
The City of London’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has revealed that since 2014, more than 4,000 websites set up with stolen identities in order to sell counterfeit goods have been shut down in the UK


Intellectual Property

Protecting Your Intellectual Property in the Internet of Things
The Internet of Things (IoT) has been upon us for some time now, though many are just beginning to see it — the interconnected network of devices that increasingly surrounds us


Image Rights

Audrey Hepburn’s son hits back in image brawl with charity
Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund, which raises money for children’s charities through exhibits of Hepburn memorabilia, sued Sean Ferrer in February this year, accusing him of interfering with the charity’s work for his own benefit

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