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Friday, 14 December 2018

14 December 2018

HATCH, TILLIS, AND FLORES INTRODUCE HATCH-WAXMAN INTEGRITY ACT

On Tuesday Sens. ORRIN HATCH (R-Utah) and THOM TILLIS (R-N.C.) introduced S.3738 and Rep. BILL FLORES (R-Texas) introduced H.R. 7251, the “Hatch-Waxman Integrity Act of 2018.” The bill would require a generic manufacturer wishing to challenge a brand-name drug patent to choose between Hatch-Waxman litigation and inter partes review at the USPTO. The proposal would extend to biosimilar products and post grant review as well. The bill also specifies that filing an IPR petition and subsequently short-selling the patent owner’s stock will be considered a manipulative or deceptive practice under the Securities Exchange Act.

INDIA RELEASES DRAFT AMENDMENTS TO THE PATENT RULES

India’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, recently published draft amendments to the Patent Rules in the Gazette of India. Comments are due in early January, 2019. The IPO Asian Practice Committee is studying the proposal.

IP IN THE MASS MEDIA

Thicke, Williams to Pay Almost $5 Million to Settle “Blurred Lines” Copyright Dispute

Yesterday Newsweek reported that ROBIN THICKE and PHARRELL WILLIAMS agreed to pay almost $5 million to MARVIN GAYE’s estate to settle a copyright suit brought by the estate claiming that the stars’ hit song “Blurred Lines” copied elements of Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.”

Above the Law Suggests Gifts for “IP Geeks”

Yesterday Above the Law published a “Gift Guide for the Intellectual Property Geek.”


Law & Advocacy

Friday, February 21, 2014

2014 USPTO BUDGET WILL ALLOW HIRING, SATELLITE OFFICES

During the quarterly meeting of the USPTO’s Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC), Chief Financial Officer TONY SCARDINO reported that the 2014 appropriations bill signed in January funds the USPTO at $3.024 billion – $90.8 million above the fiscal 2013 enacted level and $238.3 million above the fiscal 2013 sequestration level. The budget will allow the USPTO to hire 1,000 patent examiners and 63 administrative patent judges and provides funding related to opening satellite offices in San Jose, Denver, and Dallas. Projected 2014 spending is estimated at $2.948 billion. The White House will release its fiscal 2015 budget on March 4.


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