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China: Are you up-to-date on SPC draft guidelines on patent examination and administrative cases concerning patent rights?

China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) recently circulated its Draft “Provisions on Several Issues concerning the Adjudication of Administrative Cases on Granting and Affirming Patent Rights (I)” (最高人民法院关于审理专利授权确权行政案件若干问题的规定(一)). This Draft aims to address issues concerning administrative court adjudication and Patent Review Board (“PRB”) decisions regarding both patent examination and patent validity. The Provisions apply to: patent grant

3D printing: Opportunities & risks for the pharma industry

3D printing is transforming certain industries – so why hasn’t it been widely adopted in the pharma sector? There are likely to be a number of barriers to entry for 3D printing in this field, including identifying how to make it economically viable. Whilst a number of the key patents relating to 3D printing have

Wearable technology: IP opportunities and risks – LimeGreen Live webinar

Join us on 16 or 21 August for the fourth in our LimeGreen Live webinar series in conjunction with the Hogan Lovells Consumer Industry Sector Group. This webinar will explore the IP opportunities and risks for businesses operating in, or looking to enter the wearable technology market. Our presenters will discuss the lifecycle of a wearable technology product, from building or

A problem in 3D – Opportunities and IP risks for businesses

“The UK Intellectual Property Office is wary, designers are worried, and the EU is embracing the tech.” In this Intellectual Property Magazine July/August article, Stella Wong examines the awkward relationship between 3D printing and IP. Issues discussed include: Opportunities in the consumer and life sciences industries (such as customised toys, or better tolerated medicines) Infringement challenges

U.S. + Germany Patent Update – July 2018

The U.S. and Germany are two of the most key fora in the world for patent litigation. The U.S. has long been one of the largest markets for patent litigation, and Germany has constantly attracted more than 50% of all European patent litigation. Hogan Lovells offers its multi-lingual update, dated July 2018, on notable recent

A changing competitive landscape: the role of the ITC in the biosimilars space

As biosimilar competition from companies outside the United States continues, innovator companies are increasingly likely to turn to the International Trade Commission as a first line of defense for protecting critical IP. Competition for innovator biologics companies has traditionally been relatively low, but since the FDA’s first biosimilar approval in 2015, the U.S. marketplace is

The EU Commission is set to address the challenges of three-dimensional printing

Additive manufacturing, more commonly called “three-dimensional printing” or simply “3D printing“, is a truly fascinating technology. Whilst the first experiments date back to the 1960s, with the first meaningful industrial applications following in the 1980s, only throughout the last couple of years has the technology really gained momentum. Meanwhile, the market is growing rapidly. The

Hogan Lovells Standard Essential Patent Update – June 2018

In the June 2018 edition of Hogan Lovells’ Standard Essential Patent (SEP) Update, we report on recent news and case decisions from China, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States. This bi-monthly newsletter summarizes the more notable SEP developments from key litigation arenas for owners and prospective licensees. Spotlight This issue’s Spotlight article addresses the dismissal

Standard essential patents in the automotive industry – Webinar recording

Earlier this month we held the third in our LimeGreen Live webinar series, in conjunction with Hogan Lovells Automotive and Mobility Industry Sector Group This webinar explored recent SEP case developments in three key jurisdictions—the U.S., Germany, and China. The speakers were three members of our global patent team handling automotive patent litigation and SEP disputes: Katie Feng (China), Joe Raffetto

France – Rejection of a second SPC for a biological medicinal product

Cour de cassation, Commercial Chamber, 16 May 2018, No. 16-21638 The French Cour de cassation upholds the Paris Court of Appeal’s decision to reject an SPC application for a biological medicinal product which was based on the same patent as a first SPC but on a different market authorization. The Government of the United-States of

Huawei v. Samsung — A new benchmark for standard essential patent litigation in China?

China has become a new battlefield in the global patent war amongst tech giants in the telecom industry. On 4 January 2018, the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court (“Court“) rendered a landmark judgment in the Huawei v. Samsung standard essential patent (“SEPs“) case that is expected to reshape dynamics between the SEP licensors and licensees. On

Artificial Intelligence and your business: A guide for navigating the legal, policy, commercial, and strategic challenges ahead

Virtually all industries are being reshaped with the use of Artificial Intelligence and advanced machine-learning. Everything from healthtech to self-driving vehicles, to education and smart homes, drones and space, social media, and beyond is being affected. These new technologies present a variety of commercial opportunities and the potential to change our daily lives. At the

TMT China Brief – Summer 2018

Welcome to our first issue of TMT China Brief in 2018! This edition features a total of 14 articles which capture various significant TMT developments in Greater China. These developments cover an extraordinary breadth of topics and demonstrate a strong increase in the nuance and complexity of TMT law and practice in the region. Cybersecurity

Japan: Nikkei interviews Theodore Essex – ITC puts weight on the actual situation of patentees

Last month, Nikkei interviewed Senior Counsel Theodore (Ted) Essex on the importance of The United States International Trade Commission (“ITC”) for Japanese companies. Ted first provided an overview of the function of this quasi-judicial federal agency which decides, based on patentees’ applications, whether to give an injunction on infringing products. He commented that the ITC

Standard essential patents in the automotive industry – LimeGreen Live webinar 21/26 June

Join us on 21 or 26 June for the third in our LimeGreen Live webinar series, in conjunction with Hogan Lovells Automotive and Mobility Industry Sector Group This webinar will explore recent SEP case developments in three key jurisdictions—the U.S., Germany, and China. The presenters include three members of our global patent team handling automotive patent litigation and SEP disputes:

Looking ahead at AI’s effect on IP in the pharma sector

In April’s issue of Pharma Times Magazine, partner Cullen Taylor explores how new machine learning technologies may have far-reaching, unexpected effects on IP and patent law. Cullen’s article looks at how AI is likely to accelerate the process of developing drugs and identifying patients who can benefit from them. It outlines patentability challenges for policy makers as well

Video-log – Patent law in Europe: What pharmaceutical companies need to know

With pharmaceutical competition in Europe continuing to evolve, established companies and new market entrants alike need to understand how key patent litigation tools are shaping the competitive landscape. Increasing competition within Europe’s pharmaceutical space makes knowing the market and understanding available patent protections more critical than ever for both well established and new market players.

Straight Talks podcast: New players, new rules – IP disruption in the automobile industry

Not long ago, an automotive “innovation” meant a new way of engineering a powertrain or emissions system, which would then be patented by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or supplier. A “gentlemen’s agreement” allowed competitors to maintain similar portfolios, routinely infringe on patents, and sustain relationships that were mostly devoid of litigation. But autonomous and

Introducing the U.S. + Germany Patent Update

The prominent state of patent litigation in the United States and Germany is explained not only by the size of its markets, but also by a recent increase of hearings before the U.S. International Trade Commission and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. With an aim at providing coverage for these critical jurisdictions, we are

Italy: Double score at TopLegal Industry Awards

We are excited to announce our awards in the two categories below in Tuesday’s TopLegal Industry Awards.   Best Pharmaceutical Law Firm of the Year “A team with an outstanding patent litigation track record“ Best Technology Lawyer of the Year – Marco Berliri “Among the Italian industry sector greater experts“ These awards are testament to our holistic, collaborative approach

US – Patent IPRs: Sovereign immunity defence heading on up?

In this post, we discuss the sovereign immunity defence for IPRs which has garnered much attention, with the final chapter likely ending up at SCOTUS. The article was first published in Intellectual Property Magazine, April 2018. Summary So how does the sovereign immunity saga end? The PTAB and Congress have already made their scepticism of tribal

US: PTAB – What’s in store for the rest of the year?

In this post we examine how Section 101, IPRs and sovereign immunity defences are set to shape the board’s procedures and strategies over the coming months. The article was first published in Intellectual Property Magazine, March 2018. Before projecting the future, it is important to reflect on the past. The US Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)

How to secure the right type of IP protection for wearable-technology products

From wristbands that count your steps, to skin patches that measure your sun exposure, a wide range of products are entering the wearable-technology market and raising new questions about intellectual property (IP) claims and protection. In this hoganlovells.com interview, Katie McConnell, counsel in the Hogan Lovells London office, provides an overview of the unique challenges

Hogan Lovells wins ‘TMT Team of the Year’ at the Legal Business Awards 2018

We are delighted to have been awarded TMT Team of the Year at the Legal Business Awards 2018. The award recognises the team’s victory in the landmark Actavis v Eli Lilly Supreme Court case, which found that Actavis’ products infringed Lilly’s patents in the UK, France, Italy and Spain. The award follows feedback gathered from an expert