UPC fees threaten EU competitiveness, commissioner warns

Criticism over patent system’s renewal fees mounts; SMEs should be ‘overarching objective’ says EU’s small business chief

Patent, Europe

Tech groups rally to oppose TPP fast track

Letter to Congress claims agreement does nothing to balance copyright law and could harm fair use

Copyright, Licensing

Voltage Pictures hit with Godzilla-sized infringement suit

Japanese rights owners claims US production company ‘brazenly’ copied monster film with 2014 box office hit

Copyright, Licensing, US & Canada

‘Free speech victory’ in civil rights parody case

Limits of trademark law set as court reverses ruling that Radiance Foundation article infringed and diluted civil rights organisation’s trademark

Trademark, US & Canada

‘I won’t be a party to it’ says dissenting Innocence of Muslims judge

Hollywood studios relieved as actress told she is not entitled to copyright protection for role in YouTube film; decision ‘makes a total mess of copyright law’ says en banc rebel.

Copyright, Licensing, US & Canada

Blurring the lines between infringement and influence

Following the US Blurred Lines $7.4m copyright win by the Gaye estate, Bond Dickinson’s Sam Lucas and Amy Galloway warn musicians to be aware of crossing the line between influence and infringement

Copyright

Smartflash v Apple

Jennings, Strouss & Salmon’s Michael K Kelly explains that there are several lessons the tech community can take from the Smartflash jury ruling

Patent

Give it some gas

There is a growing recognition of the importance of IP in the oil and gas industry Mayer Brown’s Mark Prinsley says, but exposure to litigation is also on the increase

Patent

Trade secrets: EU must vote ‘yes’

It may not be perfect, but critics of The Trade Secrets Directive are missing the bigger picture, argues Jan-Diederik Lindemans

Trademark, Copyright, Patent

Michelle Lee zeros in on patent quality

The new USPTO director has shaken up the office’s structure and won the patent community’s support in the process, says Joseph Mallon

Patent, US & Canada

Preparing for future licensing or sale

Approaching a sale or licensing deal can be a huge task. Chipworks’ Julia Elvidge offers a guide to making those hard decisions

Patent, Licensing, Strategy

The Unified Patent Court concerns

In principle, the advantages of the UPC and unitary patent are clear, Alex Robinson says, but patentees should consider carefully whether ‘one shot’ revocation is a risk worth taking

Patent

Healthcare apps: part 2

In the second part of their focus on mobile health applications, Mark Heaney, Michael Short and Tyler Beas reveal what is really happening in this growing sector

Patent

Covered business method review

Michael Lavine, Stephen Ball, and Robert Keeler take a look at the PTAB’s evolving scope of subject matter jurisdiction

Patent

Protecting IP in a collaborative world

In an increasingly cooperative environment, protecting your company’s IP has to take centre stage, argues Mark Edge

Strategy

Strategies and best practices for patent litigation budgeting

Managing litigation costs is often critical for a successful outcome. Quarles & Brady’s Johanna M Wilbert provides pointers

Strategy

Reincarnation of reasonable royalty damages

Examining VirnetX and Ericsson, Ryan M Sullivan and John B Scherling explain why the Federal Circuit is relying on 19th Century cases to resolve today’s complex reasonable royalty issues

Patent, Licensing