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Bruno Nunes of BN IP explains how patent prosecution and licensing works in Macau, a market dominated by gaming and pharma
Tran Viet Phuong of Duong Tran offers a handy guide to patent prosecution
The Andean Community has stood firm in the defence of its owns interests, says Jesús Cuba and Kelly Sánchez of OMC Abogados & Consultores
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EU Commission should prohibit use-based SEP licensing, says ACT
19 October 2017 | Brussels | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The App Association has called on the European Commission to prohibit any form of use-based pricing of technology essential to the internet of things
SUEPO confirms position on Campinos election
19 October 2017 | The Hague | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The Staff Union of the European Patent Office has confirmed its official position on the election of António Campinos as president of the European Patent Office
Withers & Rogers adds ten trainee attorneys
19 October 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
International law firm Withers & Rogers has added ten new trainee attorneys covering both patents and trademarks
Apple to pay $439 million for FaceTime infringement
18 October 2017 | Texas | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Apple must pay VirnetX $439 million for infringing VirnetX patents with its FaceTime application
Restasis patents invalidated at Texas court
17 October 2017 | Texas | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Four patents relating to Allergan’s Restasis dry eye treatment have been invalidated by a US court, despite the pharmaceutical company’s patent transfer agreement with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe
Businesses should prepare for UPC, despite uncertainty
17 October 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Businesses should make preparations for the Unified Patent Court and unitary patent, despite mounting uncertainty surrounding when, if at all, the court will come into effect
Patent ‘irrationality’ causes a negative image of patents
16 October 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Spectators are far more accepting of copyright and trademarks than they are of patents because of “irrationality”, according to Sir Robin Jacob
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While uncertainty persists, plant breeders may need to double down to secure their rights, says Penny Maplestone of the British Society of Plant Breeders
Least developed countries can now more easily obtain compulsory licences during public health emergencies, but some have been slow to take advantage. Vítor Palmela Fidalgo of Inventa International explains why
Diana Portna of D&L IP Group explains how Ukraine’s compulsory licensing laws could be opened up for the public interest, and how rights owners could react
Facing unacceptable pendencies in 2003, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office dug deep to make the patent prosecution service more efficient
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It is incumbent on practitioners and applicants to take care in drafting and prosecuting applications, says Bea Koempel-Thomas of Lee & Hayes
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