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International Women’s Day: ‘choosing to challenge’ and the fight for gender equality

International08-03-2021Muireann Bolger

For this year’s International Women’s Day, the theme is #ChooseToChallenge. Leading female attorneys share their thoughts with WIPR about what the campaign theme means to them, the issues affecting women in IP and their efforts to tackle them.

The ‘then and now’ of PTAB

24-02-2021Alex Baldwin

After the US Patent Trial and Appeal Board was first formed in 2012, it soon gained a reputation as the ‘patent killer’ for knocking out patents via inter partes review.

USPTO welcomes ‘promising’ women inventor numbers

22-07-2020Rory O'Neill

A new report from the US Patent and Trademark Office reveals that the participation of women in innovation is growing, earning the office praise from the legal industry.

Analysis: USPTO's section 101 guidance puts onus on Congress

11-05-2020Rory O'Neill

The question of what is and isn’t patentable is fundamental to the running of a functional IP system. So fundamental that, looking back on the past decade in US patent law, it’s remarkable the extent to which this has been contested and shrouded in uncertainty.

Unified Patents hires Finnegan and Amster counsels

05-04-2019Movers & Shakers

Unified Patents, an organisation that claims to fight ‘patent trolls’, has added three senior patent counsels to its team.

Wynne-Jones IP hires patent attorney from Finnegan

UK10-07-2018Movers & Shakers

Wynne-Jones IP has appointed an attorney from Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner to its head office in Cheltenham, UK.

PTAB claim rejection rate for April lower than average: Finnegan


The Patent Trial and Appeal Board cancelled a smaller proportion of patent claims in April 2018 compared to the cumulative average rate as well as to the rate for March 2018, research from law firm Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner has shown.

Federal Circuit often affirms PTAB decisions: Finnegan data


The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit typically backs decisions from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) in appeals, according to data from US law firm Finnegan.

PTAB and Federal Circuit in tune, research shows


The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed three quarters of inter partes reviews (IPR) and covered business method (CBM) decisions made by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board up to October 15, 2017.

Marques 2017: UK and US lawyers discuss comparative advertising


There are various routes and opportunities for comparative advertising in the UK, but there are reputational risks, as many have found out.

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