Swiss lead on patent applications in Europe

Switzerland remains a comparative front-runner of European ingenuity, according to the European Patent Office. As a measure of what it calls “the inventiveness of Europe’s leading economies”, the patent office reported on Thursday that the Swiss have the highest ratio of European patent applications to population. In 2015, Switzerland had 873 applications per million inhabitants, … Read more

Qualcomm Signs New Patent Agreement With Lenovo

Qualcomm Inc. said it reached a new patent-licensing deal with Lenovo Group Ltd., the last remaining holdout among China’s five largest smartphone makers. The companies didn’t disclose financial terms of the deal. But they said Lenovo will pay unspecified royalties to Qualcomm for sales in China of handsets based on both 3G and 4G cellular … Read more

Attorney General targeting ‘patent trolls’

RICHMOND – Matthew Osenga, an attorney who specializes in intellectual property and patent prosecution, said that in all his years of practicing law, he has had only one case in which somebody came to him fearing a lawsuit about a fraudulent patent claim. What happened? “We chose to not do anything, and nothing came of … Read more

The suicide of the Constitutional Court

Last week, the Constitutional Court of Turkey declared an important decision on two basic points that have not received enough attention in the media. These points are closely related to the basic rights and freedoms that have been prescribed by the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and that the European Court of Human Rights … Read more

Legal Threats to Strong Returns on Pharmaceutical Patents Grow, Threatening Innovation

Pharmaceuticals is the industry sector where a strong patent system, promising substantial returns to successful innovation, is of paramount importance. A large proportion of R&D in pharmaceuticals fails to yield new approved drugs, so pharmaceutical companies must earn substantial profits on the drugs that are successful to support their continuing drug development efforts. Legal rules … Read more

Recent patents awarded in New Hampshire

Parallel Wireless, Nashua, has been assigned a patent (9,232,547) developed by five co-inventors for “methods of incorporating an ad hoc cellular network into a fixed cellular network.” The co-inventors are Rajesh Kumar Mishra, Westford, Mass., Steven Paul Papa, Windham, Kaitki Agarwal, Westford, Mass., Sridhar Donepudi, Nashua, and Kartik Shashikant Raval, Pune, India. The patent application … Read more

DLA Piper’s profits per partner rise despite currency shifts denting revenues

Partners at one of the world’s biggest law firms have enjoyed a pay rise despite currency movements taking the shine off revenues. Although total profits available for partners at DLA Piper International, fell 2.4pc to £264m, with the number of partners falling to 682, the sum for each lawyer improved by more than £8,000 to … Read more

Developer of biometric wearable technology sues Apple, Fitbit for patent infringement

On Monday, January 4, 2016, Valencell, an innovator in wearable biometric data sensor technology, filed patent infringement lawsuits in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina against both Apple, Inc. and Fitbit, Inc. Valencell, a Delaware corporation, has its principle place of business in Raleigh, North Carolina. “Valencell has repeatedly … Read more

Turkey: A “pharmerging” country

Ersin Dereligil reviews the current position for patent protection and enforcement in the country and looks to the future. Despite the recent global financial recession and the economic problems in neighboring Europe, Turkey’s economy was the second fastest rising economy in the G20 major economies with an increase of 8.5% in 2011, following an increase … Read more

Turkey: A Comparison Of Trademark Laws In European Union And Turkey On Protection Against Dilution Of Trademarks

INTRODUCTION The main function of a trademark is showing the commercial origin of the product; however with the expansion of the transportation, communication and high amount of investments in trademark images in global dimension, this aim becomes inadequate for the new coming functions. Anti-dilution protection aims to protect the marketing power of the trademark which … Read more

Changes to Requirements for Turkish Translations of European Patent Documents

The information required when submitting Turkish translations of European Patent Application claims and fascicule to the Turkish Patent Institute (“TPI”) has changed. A new regulation was published in Official Gazette numbered 29544 on 26 November 2015 (“Amendment Regulation”). The Amendment Regulation narrows the scope of Articles 9 and 12 of the Regulation On The Application … Read more

Turkish lawyer questions the effectiveness of IPC

A Turkish Cypriot lawyer, Murat Hakki in statements to CNA has expressed his readiness to file an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) against the “committee of immovable property”, set up in Cyprus` occupied areas to deal with Greek Cypriot claims for compensation for their occupied properties, aiming at forming an internal-law … Read more

Celgene shares surge 7% after resolution of patent infringement suit — Shares in Celgene Corporation (O:CELG) surged 7% in after-hours trading after the New Jersey-based biotech company announced it reached an agreement with Natco Pharma Ltd. of India, Natco’s U.S. partner, Arrow International Limited, and Arrow’s parent company, Watson Laboratories, Inc. on a patent infringement settlement related to its top-selling blood cancer drug. In … Read more

Trademark Lawsuit to Continue

This Tuesday, a California federal court in Los Angeles refused to dismiss DC Comics Inc.’s (“DC”) trademark lawsuit against Mad Engine, Inc. (“Mad Engine”) in connection with the business’ humorous take on DC’s iconic Superman shield logo. Can a business use someone else’s design or logo in jest? DC’s Trademark Lawsuit Mad Engine is a … Read more

Chinese Court Rules Volfoni’s Triple-Beam Utility Model Patent Valid

Volfoni, the inventor of the compact triple-beam technology, has had its utility model patent validated by the Patent Re-examination Board, State Intellectual Property Office of the P.R.C. A challenge had been filed against Volfoni’s utility model patent in China (No.201320848220.0) which protects Volfoni’s award winning compact triple-beam technology. The petitioner attempted to invalidate Volfoni’s Utility … Read more

American Standard opens industrial design center at its research center

In the past year, American Standard has tripled the size of its design department. With an eye toward fueling inspiration and supporting its commitment as an innovative design leader in the industry, American Standard Brands announced the opening of a new industrial design studio at its Piscataway, N.J. research facility. This state-of-the-art studio will further … Read more

Samsung appeals in smartphone patent fight with Apple

Samsung is appealing to the US Supreme Court to take on its legal fight with Apple over smartphone designs, where more than half a billion dollars is at stake. The South Korean electronics company is making a last-ditch effort to overturn a ruling that it says applies patent law too broadly and could impede competition … Read more