Louis Vuitton parody appeal rejected by Second Circuit

Court rejects French brand’s petition against MOB’s caricature bags but leaves standing an earlier ‘fair use’ ruling

Trademark, Copyright, US & Canada

CRISPR: blow to UC Berkeley in gene ruling

Broad Institute et al wins ownership in heated dispute over ground-breaking tech; UC Berkeley considering ‘legal options’

Patent, Licensing, US & Canada

Italy ratifies UPC; Germany hears draft legislation

Mediterranean country becomes 12th member to sign agreement; German council expected to pass ratification tool with no objections

Patent, Licensing, Europe

IP crime unit helps UK rank second in global IP Index

Japan moves into top five in US Chamber of Commerce’s report; global enforcement of plain packaging legislation attacked

Trademark, Copyright, Patent, Licensing

Apple; Dior urge intermediaries to take ‘active’ part in addressing fakes

Group of 70 brand owners take aim at EU Commission to urgently address ‘ambitious legislative response’ to tackle counterfeiting


Brexit white paper and IP

There is now an atmosphere of uncertainty pervading the important field of IP protection and enforcement says Gordon Harris, after reviewing the long awaited Brexit White Paper

Patent, UK, Europe

What’s next following decision to ratify UPC Agreement?

A A Thornton & Co’s Nick South reflects on the UK government’s surprise announcement to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement towards the end of 2016 and what might unfold in the coming months

Patent, UK, Europe

Big data and trade secrets: part 2

Concluding a two-part series, David A Prange discusses how to protect big data IP and the coming shortage of data scientists

Patent, Licensing

Federal Circuit pushes back on procedural issues

The Federal Circuit is not afraid to call to task the Patent Trial and Appeal Board when it comes to potential procedural breaches. Justin Oliver and Kathryn Easterling review relevant cases

Patent, Licensing, US & Canada

The ‘Trump effect’ on IP

James D Ryndak and Roger M Masson predict the new president’s impact on IP protection

Trademark, Copyright, Patent, Licensing, US & Canada

Alibaba takes aim at Taobao counterfeiters

Chinese e-commerce site steps up fight against illicit sellers after its Taobao platform was added to ‘notorious markets’ list in late December


What to look out for in 2017

The board is set to answer long-standing practice questions this year. Eleanor M Yost and April B Weisbruch explain

Patent, Licensing, US & Canada

US cases to watch in 2017

Akin Gump’s Steven Zager and John Wittenzellner review the most eagerly awaited decisions in patent law for the coming year

Patent, US & Canada

Selecting the best invalidity ground in an inter partes review

Perkins Coie’s Amy Simpson, Kevin Patariu and Babak Tehranchi examine the best approach to take when preparing a petition for inter partes review

Patent, Licensing, US & Canada

Pfizer fined £84m for excessively high drug pricing

UK competition watchdog, the Competition and Markets Authority, has imposed its highest ever fine on Pfizer and Flynn Pharma for hiking up the price of their anti-epilepsy drug phenytoin sodium

Patent, Licensing, UK

Judge ‘torpedoes’ fair use defence in Star Trek suit

US District Court of California rejects summary judgment but confirms ‘objective substantial similarity’ claims in fanfiction litigation. Catherine White explores

Copyright, Licensing, US & Canada

Value of IP in takeovers

Last year saw billions raised in company takeovers. Daniel Domberger discusses the key steps to effective IP evaluation

Trademark, Copyright, Patent, Licensing, Strategy