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Fordham Conference 2015 – Opening and IP in China

The 23rd Annual Fordham Intellectual Property Law and Policy Conference 2015 has kicked off with opening remarks from Hugh Hansen from Fordham University School of Law, New York, reminding everyone to learn, debate and have fun!

David J Kappos has started the panel debate on the state of IP in China with a story about the reality of the concerted theft of intellectual property by companies in China. He contrasted this with concerted efforts by big business in China to improve the protection of their IP and that this bodes well for an improving situation in China, which he characterised as complex.

He noted that patent applications in China now exceed all other jurisdictions. One reason given [...]

Chairman Between the Chairs -The Decision of the Enlarged Board of Appeal R0012/19-

Almost everyday someone posts something about the Unified Patent Court or a seminar is offered about the “newest” developments. In fact nobody is able to predict whether the system will “work”. It is said that in order “to be successful” the system needs to be efficient, speedy and affordable. It is also said that it will largely depend on the qualification and experience of the future UPC judges whether the UPC will be accepted by its “customers”. While this is certainly true to some extent one should keep in mind that it is up to the lawmaker to provide the rules for the proceedings balancing efficiency with justice and -at least evenly important- to provide sufficient fund [...]

Update On U.S. Patent Reform

Now that the holidays are over and the U.S. Congress has headed back to work, it is a good time to review what is happening with U.S. patent reform. The Goodlatte Innovation Act passed the House in December, so attention now turns to the Senate, where the Leahy Patent Transparency and Improvement Act may be the vehicle that moves the current round of U.S. patent reform to the next stage. 

The Goodlatte Innovation Act

I wrote about the Goodlatte Innovation Act shortly after it was introduced in the House in October 2013. Although there were some changes between the original bill and the final bill, the primary focus of the Innovation Act remains to curb “abusive patent litigation.” [...]

The Innovation Act Would Bring More U.S. Patent Reform

On October 23, 2014, U.S. Congressman Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced the “Innovation Act,” which is intended “to make improvements and technical corrections” to the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) “and for other purposes.” The bulk of the Act focuses on patent litigation, but it also includes significant changes to the new patent trial proceedings (inter partes review, post-grant review, and covered business method patent review), and several miscellaneous substantive changes to other aspects of U.S. patent law. A hearing before the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled for Tuesday, October 29, 2013. Although patent reform has been a bipartisan effort, it is not clear whet [...]

Technical Amendments To The America Invents Act Could Mean More Patent Term For U.S. National Phase Applications

The first set of “technical corrections” to the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) was enacted on January 14, 2013. While this legislation did make “technical” corrections to some of the new AIA provisions, it also made substantive changes to both the AIA and other provisions of U.S. patent law, including the Patent Term Adjustment (PTA) statute. This article provides an overview of the substantive changes to the AIA embodied in this law.

Technical Corrections To The AIA

The law at issue stemmed from HR 6621, is titled “To correct and improve certain provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act,” and also is referred to as the “Technical Corrections Act.”

Changes Relating [...]

An Update On U.S. Patent Reform

In two months, the U.S. patent system will begin its transition from the current “first to invent” system to a new “first-inventor-to-file” system. Inventors and applicants should be considering whether patent applications that may be ready for filing should be filed before or after the March 16, 2013 effective date of the U.S. first-to-file laws.  This article provides a non-comprehensive, big picture review of the changes that take effect on March 16, 2013, and discusses other changes to the America Invents Act recently passed by Congress.

Which patent applications will be governed by the first-to-file laws?

  • Applications that present even a single claim that has an effective filing date [...]
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