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Australia – No extensions for Swiss style Pharma Patents

A Full Court of the Federal Court has confirmed that patents containing “Swiss-style” claims are outside the scope of the Australian patent term extension regime in its recent judgment of Commissioner of Patents v AbbVie Biotechnology Ltd [2017] FCAFC 129. What it means: Patents which claim methods or processes involving pharmaceutical substances cannot be extended … Continue reading

Top 10 reasons to read the new and improved Brand Protection Blog

For more than two years, the Brand Protection Blog has posted timely information to help you promote and safeguard your brands in today’s increasingly competitive marketplace. Today we re-launch the Brand Protection Blog with a new look and tools to help you get the information you need more even more efficiently. If that wasn’t reason … Continue reading

UPDATE | Reps Propose “Loser Pays” for Long-Shot Patent Suits

On August 23, we reported on the recently proposed SHIELD Act which targets patent assertion entities (PAEs) by permitting courts to award attorney fees in some cases involving “computer patents.” A recent report by the Congressional Research Service cautions that the SHIELD Act may run afoul of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property … Continue reading

Reps propose “loser pays” for long-shot patent suits

Congressmen Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon) and Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) have introduced the SHIELD Act (Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes, H.R. 6245) to combat the perceived threat of non-practicing entities (NPEs) to American innovation. Specifically, the Act would allow a court to award attorneys’ fees to a prevailing party in cases involving computer patents without … Continue reading