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Federal Circuit steers patent case back to court
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ordered part of a quarrel centring on steering systems for personal watercraft back to a lower court

UPC legislation takes step closer to approval in the UK
The UK took one step closer to ratifying the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement this week, after the draft legislation was heard in the House of Lords

Patent Reform: U.S. Inventor Act goes to Congress
This week US Inventor, an inventor organization working in Washington DC and around the US to advocate for strong patent protection for inventors and startups, rolled out the U.S. Inventor Act in the House of Representatives

Patent Drafting: The most valuable patent focuses on structural uniqueness of an invention
From a conceptual standpoint is would seem logical to assume that writing text to describe an invention ought to be easy for the inventor of the invention

Federal Circuit refuses to rehear patent claim construction case
In a 9–3 decision issued on Friday, December 8, the court rejected a motion filed by NobelBiz, a company that provides carrier services to contact centres, for rehearing en banc of a Federal Circuit decision from July

Bed Bath & Beyond secures attorneys’ fees win at Federal Circuit
Handed down on Friday, December 8, the ruling affirmed a finding by the US District Court for the District of Delaware that Inventor Holdings’ claims were “objectively without merit” following the Alice v CLS Bank decision

UN agency reinstates suspended EPO judge
On Wednesday, December 6, the UN agency set aside decisions made by the EPO in three of the cases, while dismissing the complainant’s applications for further interpretation in the other two

Patent Owners Faring Better in PTAB Proceedings
A new study of proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) shows that patent owners are prevailing with respect to the survival of claims at a higher rate than previously seen

Apple hits back at Native American tribes with PTAB filing
Apple has hit back at a company owned by three Native American tribes by filing an application for inter partes review (IPR) at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)

Patent applications show dawn of fourth industrial revolution: EPO
“Patents and the Fourth Industrial Revolution”, which was conducted in co-operation with Handelsblatt Research Institute, identified over 48,000 patent applications filed until the end of 2016

2016 best year ever for patent owners in IPRs: report
A study conducted by law firm Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto has shown that patent owners are “winning more cases than ever” before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)

WIPO Stats on Patent Application Filings Shows China Continuing to Lead the World
On Wednesday, December 6th, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) released statistics on worldwide filing activities for patent, trademark and industrial design applications for 2016

EPO staff demonstrate in Munich following UN agency decisions
Staff members at the European Patent Office (EPO) are holding a demonstration at the EPO’s Munich office today

Did Alice v CLS Bank affect reduced venture capital tech funding?
The number of venture capital (VC) investment rounds in technology companies has nearly halved, according to merchant bank Magister Advisors, sparking debate about the causes behind the decline

Thousands of patent appeals still in limbo as India’s leaderless Intellectual Property Appellate Board remains mired in constitutional controversy
In the patent world, all eyes are on the US Supreme Court as it weighs the future of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)

The Good, Bad and Ugly of Cross-Licensing Your Technology Patents
A cross-licensing patent agreement is a contract between at least two parties that grants mutual rights to both parties’ intellectual property



Man behind ‘Street Fighter’ game suffers blow in wine trademark bid
The CEO of the company behind the popular video game franchises “Street Fighter”, “Mega Man” and “Resident Evil” has received bad news from an EU advocate general (AG) regarding a wine-related trademark

Colgate’s ‘360°’ trademark brushed aside by General Court
The EU General Court has backed the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in dismissing a trademark application from toothpaste manufacturer Colgate-Palmolive

Sony triumphant at EU General Court
Germany-based Vitakraft-Werke Wührmann & Sohn filed an application to register ‘Vita’ as an EU trademark in 2001 for class 9, which includes computer software and videotapes

German court annuls Nespresso shape mark
On Friday, December 8, the Bundespatentgericht announced that it had annulled a shape mark for the Nespresso coffee capsule covering coffee in mid-November

BitTorrent in trademark win at EU General Court
The company behind the BitTorrent peer-to-peer file-sharing protocol was handed a win by the EU General Court after it refused an application to annul a contested decision

Bet365 gamble pays off at EU General Court
The EU General Court has partly backed British online gambling company Bet365 in its battle to trademark its name in the EU

Facebook takes on ‘Faithbook’ mark at TTAB
On Monday, December 11, Facebook filed its opposition to the mark ‘FAITHBOOK1 DSS TTH WOG’

EU General Court rejects Polish company’s trademark appeal
On Tuesday, December 12, the court affirmed the European Union Intellectual Property Office’s (EUIPO) decision to refuse registration of a mark that publishing company For Tune had applied for



Lego secures copyright win in China
Denmark-based Lego has secured a copyright victory in China against two companies that had been manufacturing and selling toys that were “almost identical” to Lego’s products

Judge refuses to throw out Dr Seuss estate’s battle with Star Trek writer
District Judge Janis Sammartino at the US District Court for the Southern District of California rejected Gerrold’s motion for dismissal of the clash over a comic book described as a mashup of Star Trek and works by Dr Seuss, on Thursday, December 7

UK police seize illegal streaming devices
Detectives from the criminal investigation branch in Belfast, carried out 18 searches on Wednesday, December 6

Architect settles design dispute with Dubai
On Monday, December 13, a notice of dismissal was signed without prejudice by attorneys on both sides, but no further details were provided

Indie band and Demi Lovato sign truce in song dispute
Singer Demi Lovato has settled a clash with a US-based indie band that accused her of copying their song



Man who sold $120,000 worth of fake airbags pleads guilty
A Missouri-based man who sold more than $120,000 worth of counterfeit Toyota, Chevrolet and Ford airbags has pleaded guilty to selling the goods online

16-year-old arrested in France over TV piracy claims
In a statement released on Monday, December 11, the Association against Audiovisual Piracy (ALPA) announced that in a joint operation with Bordeaux police it shut down the ‘’ website and arrested its owner

ICE operation leads to guilty plea in counterfeit Louis Vuitton scheme
A Missouri-based woman has pleaded guilty to one count of smuggling goods into the US, after a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigation uncovered a counterfeit scheme

Birkenstock ends Amazon relationship because of counterfeit goods
The creator of a German brand of sandals has issued a statement declaring it is terminating its business relations with Amazon because of counterfeit goods allegedly being sold on the platform

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