Preliminary Injunctions in China: the Pendulum Has Swung Back! | Kluwer Patent Blog. Author Benjamin Bai, head of Allen & Overy’s China IP practice and a member of the US CERC’s IP Experts Group recently succeeded in obtaining a patent-based preliminary injunction in China, his third in the last year. Here he describes two of the patent PIs and two trade-secret PIs – observing that Chinese courts have changed their posture in a significant and very positive way with regard to preliminary injunctions.

The George Washington Law Symposium on IP. May 6, 2014, Washington, D.C. I would encourage those interested in a good overview of the state of patent law in the US to attend. It’s a low-cost (US$75 registration) opportunity to learn more about, as the site describes:

  • Beginning of a New Era: Post Issuance PTO Proceedings

  • Tips and Trends: Litigating Patent Cases in the Federal Courts

  • ITC: Recent Developments and Current Trends

  • Defensive Strategies: Patent Litigation

 

Sharp Decline in US Patent Litigation so far in 2014 – IPWatchdog.com | 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.

Supreme People’s Court Attempting to Reinvigorate China IP Enforcement : China Law Vision. Anjie Law’s He Jing (and member of the CERC IP Experts Group) summarizes the key points of the  press conference held by the Supreme People’s Court in Beijing in October 2013. In the press conference, the court highlighted key cases decided by different courts in cities across China. The cases involved the granting of preliminary injunctive relief, a reduced burden of proof for IP owners, an increase in the level of compensation in civil cases and increased criminal penalties.

RPX takes bite of burgeoning insurance market – Blog – IAM Magazine.

China’s Judiciary Publishes Its Views on Trade Secret Protection | China IPR – Intellectual Property Developments in China. Mark Cohen calls out an important book on how the Chinese courts address Trade Secret. Mark views this as required reading for those considering trade secret litigation.

Make Patent Trolls Pay in Court – NYTimes.com.

Defending Chief Judge Rader: Judges Can Make Patent Trolls Pay | IPWatchdog.com | Patents & Patent Law.

Nation-states enter contentious patent-buying business | Reuters.

DOJ and USPTO look to limit standards-based patents | Ars Technica.