New Program May Provide Patent Relief for Software

In 2014, the US Supreme Court announced its decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International. [link]

China Trademark And Brand Development Index 2021: Which Are China’s Top Provinces?

The China Trademark Association (CTA) on December 24 released the 2021 edition of the China Trademark and Brand Development Index (CTBDI) to evaluate China's development status of trademarks and brands by province in 2020. [link]

’Pirate Queen’ for Scientific Publications on Trial in Key Copyright Case in India

Sci-Hub is a pirate website which aims to "remove all barriers in the way of science".[link]

Inventor Argues USPTO Officials’ Motion to Dismiss Due Process Violations Case Based on Immunity Defense Fails

On January 21, inventor Martin David Hoyle and his company B.E. Technology filed a response in opposition to a consolidated motion to dismiss that was filed last November by defendants Michelle K. Lee, former Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), [link]

Patent Filings Roundup: Seven New Discretionary Denials; Magnetar Capital’s Next Big Thing

It was a light week at the Board and in the courts (relatively speaking), with 49 new district court patent filings and 19 inter partes reviews (IPRs), both a bit less than recent averages.[link]

PTAB Issues Rulings in ParkerVision IPRs Filed by Intel

JACKSONVILLE, FL announced yesterday that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) issued its final written decisions in Inter-Partes Review proceedings that Intel Corporation (“Intel”) had filed against two ParkerVision patents.[link]

Music Archive Wolfgang’s Vault Resolves Copyright Fight Over Concert Recordings

Online concert archive Wolfgang's Vault has reached an agreement to end a dispute with a musician who accused it of violating his copyrights by posting his band's concerts without permission, according to a California federal court filing.[link]

European Patent Troll Files Lawsuit against Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics has been facing a lawsuit from a European patent troll.[link]

Senate Judiciary Advances American Innovation and Choice Online Act to Ramp Up Antitrust Efforts Against Big Tech

On January 20, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary voted 16-6 to advance S. 2992, the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, out of committee and toward a full vote on the floor of the U.S. Senate. [link]

Qualcomm SCOTUS Brief Charges Apple Has No Legal Leg to Stand On

On January 19, Qualcomm filed a brief in opposition to Apple’s petition for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing Apple failed to make the requisite evidentiary showing to obtain Article III standing.[link]

Indian Patent Office Grants Patent for Coating That Extends Shelf Life of Fruits * Vegetables

The Indian Patent Office recently granted a patent to Assam-based scientist Sanjib Kumar Paul, who developed a health and environment friendly edible coating for prolonged shelf life of fruits and vegetables. [link]

Chong Kun Dang Files Patent of Low-dose Overactive Bladder Drug

Chong Kun Dang, which released overactive bladder treatment Selebeta SR Tab. 25mg (mirabegron) last year, recently registered a drug patent to the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety.[link]

Billion Dollar Code Brings to Life the Nasty Patent Battle Over Google Earth

A new crime drama, The Billion Dollar Code, is a fascinating breakthrough mini-series that illustrates the legal challenges of inventions and inventors in a world where technology giants can refuse to acknowledge the source of ideas they do not control.[link]

Federal Circuit Finds ‘Lifter Member’ Invokes Means-Plus-Function

On January 21, 2022, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that the term “lifter member” invokes means plus function (MPF) claiming.[link]

Use of Research Tools May Expose Companies to Patent Infringement Claims

The safe harbor provision set forth in 35 U.S.C. § 271(e)(1) immunizes many types of activities in pursuit of a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) submission from patent infringement claims.[link]

ABBA Reaches Settlement with Abba Mania over Name, Dismisses Trademark Lawsuit

The Swedish pop super group ABBA has settled its lawsuit accusing a British cover band of using the name Abba Mania without permission.[link]

The Right to Repair of Medical Equipment is Not an IP Issue

How does it make any sense that fixing something, which you bought and paid for, is a violation of the manufacturer’s copyright? It’s not, and here’s why.[link]

Government Pauses Plans to Rewrite UK Copyright Laws after Authors Protest

After authors including Kate Mosse and Philip Pullman warned that proposals to change the UK’s copyright laws could be “devastating” for writers, the government has paused its plans.[link]

Patents Filed a Decade Post Originator Approval Account for Most Biosimilar Patent Lawsuits

Researchers have found that most US patent infringement cases against biosimilar manufacturers cover patents filed over a decade after the originator product's FDA approval, leading to limits on competition among biologic drugs.[link]

Coming to You Soon from Beijing: Misuse of The Digital Millennium Copyright Act

The 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing begin on February 4, and one can anticipate a copyright-related cycle of outrage and misinformation.[link]