Green Light for UPC

UPC – And it got up again Having been sent down for the count by constitutional complaints in Germany, the road finally seems paved for the Unified Patent Court. On July 9, 2021, the German Federal Constitutional Court (GFCC) announced that it had dismissed …›

Huawei v. ZTE revisited – German automotive patent wars to reshape SEP litigation in Europe

I. Introduction On November 26, the Dusseldorf Regional Court handed down a long awaited decision in the so-called automotive patent wars (case ID 4c O 17/19). The court referred heatedly debated questions in connection with the enforcement of standard essential patents (“SEPs”) to the Court …›

May 1, 2020 - Intellectual Property

Landmark Trademark Protection Case Before Supreme Court

This Monday, May 4, 2020, the United States Supreme Court will hear its first-ever telephonic oral arguments in a trademark case regarding the nature of the boundary between “descriptive” and “generic” terms. While the question presented is narrow—whether the addition of a generic …›

New USPTO Rule Likely to Increase Spam

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) just issued new rules that directly affect trademark owners. Going forward, trademark applicants, registrants, and parties to a proceeding before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board will need to provide their email address in USPTO …›

January 21, 2020 - Financings, Intellectual Property

SEC Staff Issues Guidance on Technology, Data and Intellectual Property Risks in International Operations

On December 19, 2019, the Staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance issued guidance outlining the Staff’s views about disclosure obligations that companies should consider with respect to technology, data and intellectual property risks that could arise when operations …›

December 12, 2019 - Asia, Intellectual Property

Crossing Borders

Partner Janet Xiao, who leads the firm’s China Life Sciences Group, co-authored an article with associate Can Cui for Intellectual Property Magazine, titled “Crossing Borders,” which explores technology transfer opportunities emerging from import rules in China. The authors note that Chinese companies are eager …›