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US: Our patent lawyers speaking at 2017 Rocky Mountain IP & Tech Law Institute

We are proud to be sponsoring and speaking at the 15th Annual Rocky Mountain IP & Technology Law Institute. The June 1-2, 2017 event in Denver, Colorado brings together national practice and thought leaders, along with PTO and PTAB representatives, for special plenary sessions and networking. Two of our patent lawyers will represent the Denver

Emerging patent law issues: IoT webinar update

On 20 April, Hogan Lovells hosted the second instalment of the 2017 webinar series on emerging issues with the Internet of Things (IoT). This instalment focussed on the potential patent law issues presented by IoT technology. Dr. Chris Mammen, a partner in Hogan Lovells San Francisco office, considered how these issues can impact companies in

3D Printing: Are you 3DP Ready?

3D printing has already been around for decades and has disrupted certain industries, such as hearing aids. One likely impact is an increase in IP infringement, with Gartner predicting that this could reach $100 billion a year by 2018. Now that a number of key patents have expired, 3D printers are becoming cheaper and offer

U.S. – Sovereign immunity shields university from inventorship dispute

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled that sovereign immunity prevents a researcher from pursuing his claim of co-inventorship against a state research institution that owns the patents. The case, Ali v. Carnegie Institution of Washington, No. 2016-2320, per curiam, (Fed. Cir. April 12, 2017), holds some noteworthy lessons for state-affiliated

Protecting IP in the era of 3D printing

3D printing has emerged as a growing force in industries as diverse as retail, automotive, and food science. As the technology takes hold in the medical device market, it brings profound changes to product manufacturing — and to the pace of innovation. Arlene Chow says the rise in availability of 3D printed devices is already

Ted Mlynar speaking at ABA’s 2017 Blockchain Technology and Digital Currency conference

We are proud to contribute to the ABA’s 2017 Blockchain Technology and Digital Currency National Institute event taking place on April 10, 2017 in New York City.  The American Bar Association’s one-day conference is dedicated to analyzing emerging legal issues concerning blockchain technology and digital currencies. Hogan Lovells Partner, Ted Mlynar, will be presenting as part

IP Newsletter – French language/Français

Our Paris team is delighted to provide IP news and updates in French language. The latest edition, #14 from March 2017 can be accessed at the link below. Lettre d’actualité IPMT – Français (French language)

Brexit webinar – What’s next for Life Sciences companies?

With the UK Government having issued its Article 50 notice, we are holding a webinar to further analyse the implications for the life sciences sector of the momentous decision that the UK has made to leave the EU. On 3 April 12:00 pm BST and 5 April 4:00 pm BST, our Life Sciences lawyers Charles Brasted, Elisabethann Wright, Fabien Roy, Helen Kimberley

London: Annual Patents Conference – Developments in cross-border litigation

The Hogan Lovells IP team invites you to join us for our Annual Patents Conference on Tuesday 9 May 2017.  In light of a number of recent, high profile European cases and decisions, we will be providing you with an overview of the outcomes and what they might mean for your organisation. We will also address the

Show me the Money: New rules in Northern California call for early disclosure of damages in Patent Litigation

Recently, the District Court for the Northern District of California updated is Local Patent Rules.  Early disclosure of financial information regarding damages is one change that has attracted some attention.  Below, I outline the new rules and briefly explore their potential impact. Initial damages estimate and damages contentions added to the rules During the initial

Blockchain: Delving into smart contract practicalities

Our partners Ted Mlynar and Lewis Cohen were quoted in a Wall Street Journal article which covers Hogan Lovell’s thought leadership on blockchain technologies, specifically how to grapple with the practical issues involved in implementing a smart contract. Ted advocates an integrated approach by transactional counsel with subject matter expertise, smart contract lawyers, and programmers. To demonstrate, he and partner Ira Schaefer

Patentability of software in Italy & partial recovery of profits (infringement of patents on marginal aspects of a product)

By judgement of January 3rd, 2017, the Turin Court of Appeal delivered a monumental decision in a longstanding patent dispute concerning the validity and infringement of patents relating to an Electronic Program Guide (EPG) for digital and satellite television. The patented technology related to a system for selecting television channels, to be implemented in televisions,

The Patent Implications of Using AI in the Global Marketplace

International usage can lead to problems through data collection, disclosure and more. In addition to issues regarding inventorship and infringement, companies utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning may face obstacles when training data is obtained internationally. Many applications of machine learning continually train and update the relevant models and neural networks using data collected

Infringement by equivalence and patentability of intermediates in Italy

By decision of December 2nd, 2016, No 24658, Industriale Chimica S.r.l. vs Bayer Pharma AG, the Italian Supreme Court ruled on the infringement by equivalence and on the patentability of intermediates. Infringement by equivalence For the first time the Supreme Court has been asked to assess the infringement by equivalence under Article 52 of the

Proposed timeline for the UPC from the Preparatory Committee

After the British government gave the go-ahead for the UPC system to enter into force in November 2016 by announcing that – despite Brexit – they intend to ratify the Agreement on the Unified Patent Court (UPCA), the Preparatory Committee has again resumed its work. The Preparatory Committee announced this week a preliminary timeline for the entry into force of the new

LSIPR Video interview – The 3D printed pill: A reality with opportunities & risks

You would be wrong to think that the 3D printed pill is “the next big thing” – it already exists and the FDA has already authorised such a pill. In an interview with Life Sciences IP Review, Stella Wong outlines why pharma and medical device companies should be looking at the opportunities and risk mitigation around this disruptive

IP Newsletter – French language/Français

Our Paris team is delighted to provide IP news and updates in French language. The latest edition, #13 from December 2016 can be accessed at the link below. Lettre d’actualité IPMT – Français (French language)