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Actavis v Eli Lilly: a new era for UK patent law

UK28-11-2017Douglas Drysdale

In July, the UK Supreme Court issued an important ruling that fundamentally changed areas of patent law, as Douglas Drysdale of HGF explains.

Are antibody inventions patent-eligible?

US27-11-2017Gerald Murphy and John Heithaus

Antibody products, compositions and methods are patent-eligible in the US, as long as applicants follow some clear guidelines, say Gerald Murphy and John Heithaus of Birch Stewart Kolasch Birch.

Italy jurisdiction report: Calculating reasonable royalties

Italy24-11-2017Valentina Gazzarri

When judges rule on patent infringement, they usually also rule on compensation.

Romania jurisdiction report: Keeping judges on the straight and narrow

Romania22-11-2017Raluca Vasilescu

I once had the opportunity to read documents from a very old trial, before World War 1. It was just like reading a mysterious foreign language, with so many expressions that are forgotten today. One of them, however, impressed me very much: a fairly accurate translation would be “in the light of the wisdom of the judge”. All the context suggested that the judge was seen somehow as a source providing wisdom.

China jurisdiction report: The golden age of patent wars

China22-11-2017Hui Wang and Xu Li

Once upon a time, ‘patent’ was an unfamiliar word to the Chinese people, and a patent war was an alien concept. However, with millions of patent applications and trademark registrations having been filed year after year in China, a patent war has become another method of commercial competition in this country.

IP Summit 2017 conference preview: How to secure your IP future

EU, International21-11-2017

Speakers from Microsoft, Cisco and the European Commission make up a distinguished line-up at the IP Summit 2017, which will be held on December 7 and 8 in Brussels, as WIPR finds out

US jurisdiction report: Patent clash of the titans continues

US21-11-2017Paul J Sutton

Apple must have celebrated for days after a federal court jury on November 6, 2012 awarded it nearly $400 million in damages against its arch enemy Samsung in the ongoing smartphone wars.

Brazil jurisdiction report: Can the patent backlog be beaten?

Brazil03-11-2017Maria Alice Calliari and Vinícius Loureiro Casciano

The Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office has built up a tremendous patent backlog that is hampering the functioning of the patent system. Recent official data shows that a patent application would take 11 years before reaching a final decision. The prospect is bleak: IT inventions may take more than 14 years to get examined. In a rapidly changing field such as this, protracted examination renders most patents unusable.

US jurisdiction report: The benefits of the provisional patent application

US01-11-2017

With the enactment of the America Invents Act (AIA), signed into law on September 16, 2011 and effective as of March 16, 2013, there are radically new criteria governing who will be awarded a US patent, writes Paul Sutton of Sutton Magidoff.

Alive and well: the doctrine of equivalents in the US

US01-11-2017John Pegram

Decisions restating the doctrine of equivalents by English and German courts within the past year, especially in the Eli Lilly v Actavis litigations, suggest a review of how the DOE is applied in the US, writes John Pegram of Fish & Richardson.

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