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April 26, 2018 is a remarkable date: first it’s World IP Day celebrating IP around the world. Second, and this is unique, the British IP Minister Sam Gyimah MP announced that the UK ratified the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPC Agreement). By doing so the UK agreed to be bound to both the UPC agreement and the UPC’s Protocol on Privileges and Immunities (PPI). The UPC will be a court common to the contracting member states within the EU having exclusive competence in respect of European Patents and European Patents with unitary effect. More on UPC Here >
Addressing for the first time the issue of whether the US Copyright Act governs a performance that originated abroad but is accessible by viewers in the United States, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia held that it does, affirming the district court’s liability finding and its damages award of more than $3 million. Spanski Enterprises v. Telewizja Polska, S.A., Case No. 17-7051 (DC Cir., Mar. 2, 2018) (Tatel, J).  Read More About Patent Decisions Here>
On April 26, 2018, in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision SAS Institute Inc. v. Iancu, 2018 WL 1914661 (U.S. Apr. 24, 2018), the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) provided guidance as to the impact of the SAS decision on AIA trial proceedings.  See Guidance On The Impact Of SAS On AIA Trial Proceedings (“Guidance”).  Starting now, the PTAB will proceed as follows for cases in the various stages:    More on PTAB Here >
Three important decisions were issued in the past week relating to inter partes review (IPR) proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The U.S. Supreme Court issued two decisions on April 24. In Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, the Court upheld the constitutionality of the IPR process. In SAS Institute, Inc. v. Iancu, the Court held that the PTAB is required to decide the patentability of all claims challenged in an IPR petition. And on April 20, in a matter of first impression, the Federal Circuit addressed the “privity” requirement of the one-year statutory bar under 35 U.S.C. § 315(b) in Wi-Fi One, LLC v. Broadcom Corp.    More on IP Litigation Here >
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