Joseph Sternberg: A Watershed for Chinese Patent Theft – Opinion piece describing some of the issues at stake in a patent infringement case filed against Sinopec by chemical company Ineos. The two companies are in a joint-venture. Ineos claims that Sinopec is building unauthorized factories based on Ineos technology, and that one such plant has been in operation almost a year. Sternberg observes that this is the first case where a foreign company has sued a Chinese SOE in Chinese court over an intellectual property dispute. It will be a case to be watched.

A Business Tutorial: Four Ways to Stretch Your Patent Budget – | Patents & Patent Law.

An Overview of the U.S. Patent Process – | Patents & Patent Law.

Sharp Decline in US Patent Litigation so far in 2014 – | Patents & Patent Law. Looking at the year to year figures, there’s been a significant drop in lawsuits filed. Comparing the first two months of 2013 to  2014, there has been a drop of 25% for the same period. Some speculate the threat of new patent legislation making its way through Congress is having an impact. Former PTO Director, now Executive Director of AIPLA, Q. Todd Dickenson, testified to Congress in December 2013 that the post-grant proceedings introduced in the US with enactment of the AIA may be working to reduce the number of lower quality patents through lower-cost administrative procedures for challenging issued patents. The new data from Lex Machina supports the conclusion reached by the AIPLA that it is simply too early to know what the overall impact of the AIA will be.