There are a handful of pointers for anyone affected by real party in interest issues in inter partes reviews, as Amanda Tessar, Bing Ai and Elizabeth Banzhoff of Perkins Coie explain in the second part of their article.
A number of major IP-related developments are affecting Mexico, from the Trans-Pacific Partnership to the trademark opposition system. WIPR assesses what these changes mean for rights owners.
Introduced in September 2012, the inter partes review provided a new forum for challenging the validity of US patents, and soon attracted criticism. WIPR investigates how life sciences companies have fared in the forum’s first four years.
The Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property is due to enact a number of important legislative changes in 2017 and is committed to fighting counterfeit goods. WIPR spoke to its director general Catherine Chammartin about life at the office.
In 2016 the European Council approved a new trade secrets directive, while the European Commission made a number of proposals to modernise copyright law, as WIPR reports.
Will Brexit force US patent owners to shun the UK and seek protection in other countries and, if yes, who would take its place? WIPR investigates.
In October, beer producer BrewDog went public with an IP complaint filed by Elvis Presley’s estate, and its owners even legally changed their names to incorporate ‘Elvis’. Was this a smart move, and should it be replicated by others? WIPR investigates.
Donald Trump, the shock winner in the US presidential election, must appoint a ninth justice at the Supreme Court, currently split between four Democrat and four Republican-nominated judges. WIPR looks at the possible contenders and resulting impact on IP.
Across the US and Europe, there have been several updates to the law governing intellectual property and industry standards over the last three years, as David Healey and Raisa Ahmad of Fish & Richardson report.
Depending on where you sit, inter partes review purges bad patents and stops ‘trolls’, or discards good patents by testing them not for what they are, but what they are not. Charles Shifley of Banner & Witcoff sheds some light on the controversy.
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