Posts Tagged: "IP News"

Other Barks & Bites for Friday, September 18: USPTO Announces COVID-19 Provisional Patent Pilot, Copyright Office Issues MMA Ruling and China Issues Draft Patent Linkage Measures

This week in Other Barks & Bites: China’s IP agency announces that registered trademarks have increased past 28 million and also releases draft patent linkage measures in conjunction with China’s pharmaceutical regulator; the EU’s highest court upholds football star Lionel Messi’s right to trademark his name and tells EU member states that third country performers outside the EEA cannot be excluded from rights payments for music recordings; the USPTO announces a pilot program allowing patent applicants to defer fees on certain provisional applications covering inventions related to COVID-19; rapper Nicki Minaj wins a copyright suit filed by singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman on a fair use defense; the Copyright Office issues interim rules and a notice of proposed rulemaking related to several areas of the agency’s rulemaking authority under the Music Modernization Act; and the USPTO establishes a Performance Review Board for reviewing performance appraisal and bonus programs for agency employees.

Other Barks & Bites for Friday, September 11: DOJ Says 2015 Letter on IEEE Policy Misinterpreted, Trademark Modernization Act Moves Forward, EU Creative Industries Decry Copyright Directive Implementation

This week in Other Barks & Bites: Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim tells the IEEE that an Obama-era letter from the Department of Justice on the standard setting organization’s patent policies has been misinterpreted to the detriment of innovation; a California entertainment lawyers group asks the Supreme Court to solve a circuit split on the copyrightability of fictional characters; the Patent Trial and Appeal Board denies an inter partes review petition from Apple under the NHK-Fintiv discretionary denial factors being challenged by Apple and Google in a district court case; the Trademark Modernization Act moves out of the House Judiciary Committee by a voice vote; a collection of trade associations representing creative industries across the EU criticize the European Commission’s implementation of last year’s Copyright Directive; and the Ninth Circuit affirms a district court ruling that the Broadway musical Jersey Boys didn’t copy any protectable elements from a biography of The Four Seasons.

Other Barks & Bites for Friday, September 4: CAFC Issues Modified Opinion in Facebook v. Windy City, USIJ Letter to Senate Supports PTAB Reforms, and United States Holds Third in WIPO Global Innovation Index

This week in Other Barks & Bites: Modified Opinion issued in Facebook v. Windy City at CAFC; the Alliance for U.S. Startups and Inventors for Jobs (USIJ) tells Senate not to fall for high-tech attempts to block PTAB reforms; a Chinese court issues jail sentences to several individuals found guilty of infringing upon Lego copyrights; the Copyright Office extends certain filing deadlines to November 9 due to the COVID-19 pandemic; major tech firms sue the USPTO under the Administrative Procedures Act over the NHK-Fintiv discretionary denial factors for inter partes review (IPR) petitions; the Federal Circuit says that an inventorship petition at the USPTO doesn’t create judicial estoppel on inventorship in district court proceedings; Advocate General Hogan tells the CJEU that the submission of copyright-protected content as evidence in court proceedings doesn’t infringe copyright; the United States retains the #3 position in WIPO’s Global Innovation Index 2020; the heads of IP offices from each of the BRICS nations agree to a digital cooperation roadmap; and the U.S. Department of Justice plans to file antitrust charges against Google in September despite concerns that AG William Barr is rushing the case.

Other Barks & Bites for Friday, August 28: House Bill Seeks to Limit Patent Abuse at ITC, UK Supreme Court Upholds FRAND Jurisdiction, and CAFC Precedential Decisions on Claim Construction

This week in Other Barks & Bites: Representatives DelBene and Schweikert introduce bill to curb abuse at the International Trade Commission; the Federal Circuit issues a pair of precedential decisions regarding proper claim construction in patent cases; India’s Supreme Court upholds “Coronil” trademark over COVID-19 concerns; UK’s Supreme Court affirms the jurisdiction of English courts in setting global FRAND rates for SEP licensing; Commerce Department’s revised second quarter GDP figures still mark the worst economic contraction for the U.S. in history; activist research group KEI asks the DoD to investigate Moderna’s nondisclosure of DARPA funding for mRNA technology; Kanye West faces lawsuit for misappropriating e-commerce technology platform; and Judge Connolly finds that Fish & Richardson’s representation of a client suing a former Fish client does not pose a conflict of interest.

Other Barks & Bites for Friday, August 21: White House Reviews PTAB Amendments, Iancu Says IPRs Can’t Be Based on Applicant Specifications, and China Issues Second Draft of Copyright Law

This week in Other Barks & Bites: news reports indicate that the White House is currently reviewing amendments proposed by the USPTO to amend the rules of practice at the PTAB; USPTO Director Iancu issues binding guidance to the PTAB stating that applicant-admitted prior art cannot be the basis of IPR institutions; the Federal Circuit affirms the dismissal of APA claims against the PTAB for jurisdictional issues; both Lizzo and Rick Ross receive favorable rulings in copyright cases filed over their music recordings; the Second Circuit says that Costco is able under the Lanham Act to use Tiffany branding to describe a style of ring; Nvidia’s most recent earnings show that its data center business has eclipsed its gaming business for the first time ever; and China’s national legislature issues its second deliberative draft including major amendments to China’s Copyright Law.

Other Barks & Bites for Friday, August 14: Arthrex Files Reply at Supreme Court, Skidmore Appeals to SCOTUS in “Stairway to Heaven” Case, and Texas Jury Awards $506 Million Verdict Against Apple

This week in Other Barks & Bites: Arthrex files a reply in its Supreme Court case regarding the constitutionality of PTAB appointments, while another SCOTUS petition was filed to appeal the Ninth Circuit’s ruling in the “Stairway to Heaven” copyright case; the Federal Circuit affirms an examiner’s obviousness rejection of monotype printing patent claims and also upholds sanctions against a pair of doctors for procedural issues stemming from more than 300 patent complaints filed in district court; the D.C. Circuit remands part of a royalty rate setting proceeding on streaming music distribution to the Copyright Royalty Board; a jury verdict in Eastern Texas awards $506 million to PanOptis for Apple’s willful infringement of patent claims; the TTAB sustains an opposition against “gruyere” for genericness; and the Federal Reserve announces that it has undertaken several initiatives related to central bank digital currencies.

This Week in Washington IP: Injunctions for SEPs, How Innovation Flourishes in Freedom, and Reviewing SBIR/STTR at the National Science Foundation

This week in Washington IP, both houses of Congress are quiet during August recess but patent and IP policy issues are front and center at the Hudson Institute, which is hosting events to explore how light regulatory frameworks can increase innovation, as well as the importance of injunctions for standard-essential patent owners. Elsewhere, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine look at how federal R&D and commercialization funding programs for small businesses have been implemented by the National Science Foundation, and both the Urban Institute and the American Association for the Advancement of Science look at how data collection practices and technological platforms intersect with issues of racial equity.

Other Barks & Bites for Friday, August 7: USPTO Increases Fees for Patent Filings and AIA Trials, State AGs Ask HHS to March-In on Remdesivir, CAFC Denies American Axle Rehearing

This week in Other Barks & Bites: the Federal Circuit denies petitions for en banc rehearing in a pair of patent cases regarding Section 101 eligibility and holds that the essentiality of patent claims to a standard is a question of fact for the jury; a letter signed by 34 state attorneys general asks U.S. federal health agencies to exercise march-in rights under Bayh-Dole on Gilead’s remdesivir; the USPTO issues final rules for agency fee adjustments, including a $3,500 increase to IPR petitions; the release of Reels on Instagram helps Mark Zuckerberg become the world’s third-richest person; the Western Washington district court denies an interlocutory appeal on a theory of copyright infringement for Amazon “making available” copyrighted sound recordings; former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski is sentenced to 18 months in prison for trade secret theft; and a Chinese patent owner files a patent suit against Apple’s Siri voice assistant feature seeking $1.43 billion USD in damages.

Other Barks & Bites for Friday, July 31: Clarivate and CPA Global Announce Merger; Apple CEO Tells House Antitrust Subcommittee, ‘We Would Never Steal Somebody’s IP’; and China Issues Prison Sentences in Dyson Trademark Case

This week in Other Barks & Bites: the USPTO proposes rule changes to the agency’s professional conduct rules to align with model rules from the ABA; the Federal Circuit issues rulings affirming an obviousness determination by the PTAB over an APA challenge and vacating a Southern Texas ruling that dismissed a case for failure to join a necessary party; a Chinese court hands out prison sentences of up to six years to defendants in a case involving infringement of Dyson trademarks; the House Antitrust Subcommittee grills Google, Apple and other tech giants on antitrust issues, including copying of competitor content and IP; Clarivate and CPA Global announce a merger to create a new innovation/IP lifecycle management solution; Qualcomm stock peaks after announcing a patent licensing deal with Huawei; and the CNIPA says that China will reduce trademark application processing times to less than four months by the end of 2020.

This Week in Washington IP: Fair Use and the DMCA, the PACT Act’s Impact on Section 230 and AI Tech for National Security

This week in Washington IP news, technology and innovation hearings are in full swing on Tuesday and get started with a Senate IP Subcommittee hearing on the DMCA’s effects on the fair use regime under U.S. law, one of a series of hearings on DMCA modernization being held by that subcommittee this year. That same day, the Senate Energy Committee explores R&D in large-scale carbon management technologies and the Senate Communications Subcommittee discusses potential impacts to limited liability provisions for online service providers if the PACT Act passes into law. The House Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee will hold a hearing to review telework policies in the private sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. The week ends early on Wednesday with a pair of events hosted by the Brookings Institution which focus on national security policymaking in the AI era as well as ways that financial technology can improve payment systems for wage earners, especially low-income individuals who need those payments quickly.

Other Barks & Bites for Friday, June 24: Federal Circuit Says PTAB Can Consider 101 in IPR Motions to Amend, Senators Crack Down on COVID-19 IP Theft, and Cheetah Omni Petitions SCOTUS

This week in Other Barks & Bites: Congress passes the 2021 NDAA, including provisions of a sustainable chemistry research bill; the Federal Circuit says that the PTAB can consider Section 101 patent-eligibility issues when patent owners submit motions to amend in IPRs; Senator Thom Tillis and colleagues take steps to protect U.S. COVID-19 IP; the USPTO issues updated study figures showing slight increases for U.S. women inventors; Under Armour wins nearly $300K in a trademark case decided by China’s highest court; the Ninth Circuit vacates a substantial similarity analysis, reviving copyright claims filed against Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl; a major tech antitrust hearing at the House of Representatives will likely be postponed due to the memorial service for Representative John Lewis; and patent owner Cheetah Omni files a petition for writ of certiorari asking the Supreme Court to overturn the Federal Circuit’s ruling on an implied license stemming from a grandparent patent.

This Week in Washington IP: Innovation in a Post-COVID-19 World, Developing a Coronavirus Vaccine and Addressing Legacy IT in Government Agencies

This week in Washington IP news, the House of Representatives kicks off a series of tech-related hearings with a look at how the current pandemic has exposed issues in legacy IT systems in federal agencies. Later in the week, the House Oversight Subcommittee explores efforts to develop a COVID-19 vaccine and the House Small Business Committee dissects issues with COVID-19 relief program processing at the Small Business Administration. The week ends with a Senate Communications Subcommittee hearing on the government’s spectrum policies for supporting 5G network deployment. Elsewhere, the Center for Strategic & International Studies looks at the highlights of a clean energy innovation report from the International Energy Agency while the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation discusses a recent strategy document from the European Commission on developing a data policy among member nations of the EU. 

Other Barks & Bites for Friday, July 17: CAFC Says Invalidity Challenge Can’t Rescind ITC Exclusion Order, 83% of PTAB Motions to Amend in Pilot Program Seek Board Guidance

This week in Other Barks & Bites: the Federal Circuit holds that obviousness and anticipation invalidity contentions are not “changed conditions” for rescinding an exclusion order entered by the International Trade Commission; Google becomes the latest American tech company to make a major investment in India’s Jio Platforms; the European General Court rescinds tax rulings against Apple for Irish state aid related to IP licensing practices; the USPTO issues an update to PTAB motion to amend statistics showing that 83% of pilot program-eligible motions have sought Board guidance; the Copyright Office issues a proposed rule on royalty reporting obligations for digital music providers during the Music Modernization Act’s transition period; the D.C. Circuit vacates the denial of a Rule 26(d)(1) motion to subpoena info because of erroneous analysis regarding the salacious nature of the plaintiff’s copyrighted adult films; and Drew Hirshfeld is appointed to serve a second five-year term as the USPTO’s Commissioner of Patents.

Other Barks & Bites for Friday, July 10: China Patent Filings Increase Despite COVID-19, CJEU Says Government Committees Subject to GDPR and CAFC Revives Part of Uniloc Motion to Seal in Apple Patent Case

This week in Other Barks & Bites: the Federal Circuit extends Arthrex to ex parte appeals and vacates part of a denial of a motion to seal filed by Uniloc related to third-party licensee information; the CJEU says that copyright owners can only request postal addresses of people posting infringing content online, and that government committees are subject to personal data access provisions of the EU General Data Protection Regulation; the CNIPA releases statistics showing that, despite a slowdown during COVID-19, Chinese patent application filings during 2020’s first half have increased by about 5% relative to the same period last year; the USPTO extends its pilot program for faster processing of patent applications related to cancer immunotherapies; Intel fails to axe Qualcomm patent claims in a trio of IPRs decided by the PTAB this week; and Gartner reports that global PC shipments are up by about 2.8% thanks to increased mobile demand.This week in Other Barks & Bites: the Federal Circuit extends Arthrex to ex parte appeals and vacates part of a denial of a motion to seal filed by Uniloc related to third-party licensee information; the CJEU says that copyright owners can only request postal addresses of people posting infringing content online, and that government committees are subject to personal data access provisions of the EU General Data Protection Regulation; the CNIPA releases statistics showing that, despite a slowdown during COVID-19, Chinese patent application filings during 2020’s first half have increased by about 5% relative to the same period last year; the USPTO extends its pilot program for faster processing of patent applications related to cancer immunotherapies; Intel fails to axe Qualcomm patent claims in a trio of IPRs decided by the PTAB this week; and Gartner reports that global PC shipments are up by about 2.8% thanks to increased mobile demand.

Other Barks & Bites for Friday, July 3: Busy Week for USPTO Announcements, New Vision Gaming Says PTAB Institution Process is Unconstitutional, Federal Circuit Affirms Invalidity of Enbrel Patent Claims

This week in Other Barks & Bites: the Federal Circuit affirms the invalidation of patent claims covering the rheumatoid arthritis treatment Enbrel using a novel argument on obviousness-type double patenting, and vacates a denial of attorney’s fees in a Southern Florida case which invalidated an asserted patent claim under Alice; the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office again extends relief on patent filing deadlines to small and micro entities under the CARES Act, launches a fast-track program to expedite ex parte appeals, and makes several other announcements; the U.S. Supreme Court denies cert to Chrimar v. ALE USA and issues a ruling finding that “generic.com” terms are not generic per se if consumers perceive them as a brand; an appeal to the Federal Circuit is alleging that PTAB judges are financially incentivized to grant validity reviews; and BIC wins a general exclusion order from the ITC preventing the importation of knock-off pocket lighters.