On World IP Day, we celebrate the innovators who are improving people’s lives across the globe.
In the fields of health and nutrition, energy, engineering, telecommunications, transportation and many other technology sectors, we applaud those individuals and organisations who are making a difference – from developing new ways to enhance our daily lives to finding solutions to the world’s greatest challenges.
Supreme Court rulings can alter the landscape of a market and restructure the way corporations do business. In a 7-1 landslide last week, the Supreme Court struck down the Federal Circuit’s decision permitting laches as a defense to patent infringement cases in SCA Hygiene v. First Quality Baby Products (“SCA Hygiene”). My last article discussed the merits of this case, its potential downstream effect on IP stakeholders, and acknowledged the Court’s ongoing evaluation of numerous Federal Circuit patent cases that are reshaping the way corporations and IP law practices do business.
2016 marks a pivotal year for Anaqua, and the Anaqua User Conference (AUC) was our biggest to date! The AUC took place from September 20th-23rd at the Boston Seaport Hotel. We had a great turnout this year with our largest client attendance to date including Corporate clients Honda, Tokyo Electron, Becton Dickinson, ARM, ABB, and HP as well as Law Firm clients Garlick & Markison, Thompson Coburn, Marshall Gerstein, and Michael Best just to name a few.
United States Supreme Court rulings can alter the landscape of a market or legal practice and restructure the way corporations do business. In the last decade, the Court began evaluating a record number of patent cases that are reshaping the way IP stakeholders obtain, protect, and monetize their portfolios. SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC (“SCA Hygiene”) is no exception; the time-honored, equitable defense of laches is on the Court’s proverbial chopping block for patent infringement cases. This paper provides a high-level review of the parties’ positions, identifies ambiguities the Court will likely address, and offers commentary on the potential downstream effects of the decision.
Patent law should promote innovation, but as recent research has uncovered, there can be unintended consequences to these regulations that stymie creation. The biomedical field is rife with examples of the conflict between the two, and can serve as a lesson to other industries.
3D printing promises more efficient mass customization and rapid prototyping. It also has the potential to expose manufacturers to the large scale of intellectual property infringement akin to that experienced by media companies as consumers adopted digital music technologies.
Getting inventors, corporate R&D and Business Development on the same page can be tough. Without a single system in place, it can be easy for the right hand to lose track of what the left hand is doing, resulting in lost time, missed deadlines and even security lapses.
By now, casual observers may have numbed to the steady stream of leaked-email and compromised-financial-record scandals. Anyone with access to Wikileaks can view more than 30,000 documents and 170,000 emails from Sony Corporation. The U.S. Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin have suffered multiple breaches of systems supporting the Joint Strike Fighter Project. Even computer security firm RSA was compromised to the point of losing intellectual property about its two-factor authentication security technology.
The move to a digitized workplace has been the catalyst for immense industry change. The ability to store and retrieve large amounts of information on computers, rather than on paper, is driving lower costs and increased productivity gains. And in the legal industry, scanning services have played a large role in this digital revolution.
Workflow automation, a term which generally means leveraging computer processes to accomplish a firm's most repetitive and time-consuming tasks, can be an intimidating prospect—to such a degree, in fact, that many firms have opted to forgo it altogether. It's true that successful workflow automation can be tricky to implement. After all, if you automate the wrong process, you can end up wasting time or, even worse, making a mistake.
Anaqua has had incredible growth and changes this year and another has come about, Anaqua Cares, the community service initiative. It was started with the mission, to get more involved with our community as well as get to know each other better. July 11th-14th, Anaqua Cares had their three days of giving kick-off.
INTA (The International Trademark Association) held their 138th Annual Meeting last week in Orlando, FL. The 5 day conference is held for trademark practitioners, the Intellectual Property space at large, and is an opportunity to network, interact, and discuss current industry topics with today’s leading IP minds. Each day consisted of a variety of different sessions on various IP related topics like litigation, mediation, and anti-counterfeiting. Over 10,000 practitioners and exhibitors flew in from all over the world to attend INTA’s annual meeting. Some notable exhibitors in attendance included WIPO, Managing IP, IAM, Wolters Kluwer, and a host of software companies and law firms. Notable sponsors included Intellectual Property Management, IAM, Velcro, and more.