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Hong Kong & cross-border IP disputes: Practical tips on arbitrating

While traditionally resolved through litigation, parties are now increasingly referring their intellectual property right (IPR) disputes to arbitration, especially in cases where there is a cross-border element. Building upon our earlier guide to arbitration agreements for IP, this post provides an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of arbitrating IP disputes, addresses two main concerns (Arbitrability of the

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

Client Choice Awards 2018: Our IP partners also join the podium

We are pleased to announce that Imogen Fowler, Natalia Gulyaeva, Ruud van der Velden, Fred Ch’en and Marco Berliri  (TMT) were selected as recipients of Client Choice Awards for 2018. “Client Choice recognizes those law firms and partners around the world that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service.

IP Newsletter- French language / Français

Our Paris team is delighted to provide IP news and updates in French language. The latest edition, #17 from January 2018 can be accessed at the link below. Lettre d’actualité IPMT – Français (French language)

Two steps forward and a look back – Global IP Outlook 2018

2017 was a year of widespread political, technological and legal changes; leading to lack of certainty and creating both challenges and opportunities for businesses in 2018 and beyond. We’re here to help: we have published our second annual Global IP Outlook. The Outlook reflects on some of the major developments in intellectual property law and

Generic drugs taking hold in the Asian marketplace: STAT News interview

Aging populations and rising healthcare costs across Asia — particularly in Japan — have created new market opportunities for generic drug makers operating in the region. For originator drug manufacturers, that means increased competitive pressures, and a new urgency to protect patents. In this interview with STAT News, Tokyo partner Dr. Fred Ch’en explains the political

Advances in Polish IP law, part 1: Patents – Indirect infringement, limitation of scope & state of the art searches

The bill amending the Industrial Property Law, published on 14 November 2017, introduces important changes with respect to patent protection. The bill adapts the Polish provisions to the European Patent Convention, as well as the Patent Cooperation Treaty of 1970. The bill is presently being discussed within the Council of Ministers. The bill stipulates, among

Hague Judgments Convention: IP judgments still hang in the balance

Last month the November 2017 draft Hague Judgments Convention was published by the Hague Conference Special Commission following the third meeting of the Special Commission in the Hague between the 13th and 17th of November. The draft Convention is part of the Hague Conference on Private International Law “Judgments Project” which is aimed at developing

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

Every cent counts – Chinese authorities reduce or eliminate certain IP application fees

The National Development and Reform Commission and Ministry of Finance have jointly issued “Notice 2136” (发改价格 [2015] 2136 号) and the Ministry of Finance has issued “Notice 102” (财税[2015]102 号). These two notices affect IP fees as follows: Trademarks, Copyright and Patents Notice 2136 reduces certain administrative fees for trademark and copyright registration applications with effect

France – SEP cases begin by evidencing essentiality

First Instance Court of Paris, 17 April 2015, Core Wireless Licensing SARL v. LG Electronics Inc. and LG Electronics France The First Instance Court of Paris holds that when asserting alleged Standard Essential Patents (SEPs), a patent holder cannot just state and presume the essentiality of said patents. Core Wireless Licensing SARL (“Core”) purchased roughly

United Arab Emirates – Artificial intelligence and robotics competition offers 1 million dollar prize: But will IP rights be secure?

The government of the United Arab Emirates is offering a US$1 million prize to the international winner and a 1 million UAE dirham prize to the national winner of its “AI and Robotics Award for Good” competition. The objective of the award is to encourage “innovation that benefits humanity”. The submissions must therefore relate to

CJEU Judgment on Merck Canada Inc. & Merck Sharp & Dohme Ltd v Sigma Pharmaceuticals plc, Case C-539/13, 12 February 2015

Luxembourg: CJEU decision delivered on the Specific Mechanism (C-539/13) Summary of Decision The CJEU has recently clarified when patent and SPC rights can be relied on under the Specific Mechanism to prevent parallel imports within the EU. The holder or beneficiary of the patent/SPC is free to rely on such rights to prevent importation and

U.S. – Claim construction at the PTAB is under review

Claim construction is at the heart of nearly every patent litigation and the new post-grant procedures at the U.S.P.T.O. are no different.  The claim construction standard used by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) at the PTO during an inter partes review (“IPR”) is currently being challenged before the United States Court of Appeals