This Week in Intellectual Property, April 16th

This Week in Intellectual Property, April 16th

Rent Check

Elizabeth Warren has proposed a national right to repair law for farm equipment. The New York Times editorial board argues this should be expanded to cover all third-party repair services.


News and Commentary

Wharton’s R. Polk Wagner had a conversation with Steven Wilf on the EU’s new copyright directive and some of its potential problems. They point to two specific articles, 15 and 17, as examples of the extreme complexity of the new laws.

Florian Mueller looks at an EU patent complaint against Nokia. The complaint focuses on standard-essential patent abuse by Nokia, and it could hint at broader implications for the automotive industry.

Paul Morinville argues that the current US patent system is enabling monopolies. In a functioning system, new startups can use patents to fund new inventions and disrupt industry, but under the current system, monopolies can leverage their superior tech and consumer base to ensure minimal risk.

A new startup called UpCodes is providing free access to state building codes, but is facing a lawsuit from the International Code Council, who wrote the codes adopted in all 50 states. The ICC argues that UpCodes is violating their copyright and interfering with their stream of revenue, but UpCodes believes they are protected by fair use(which makes sense considering it is simply reprinting the law).

Jared Whitley writes in the Washington Times that economic espionage and IP theft are one of the greatest economic challenges facing the US. He points to recent cases against Chinese actors as proof of the growing threat.

The U.S. Supreme denied Allergan Plc’s attempts to protect their patents from federal review. They wanted to transfer the patent ownership to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York.

The pivotal legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm is entering the next phase as their trial in San Diego started Monday. The federal jury will decide if Apple was legally allowed to stop paying royalties for Qualcomm’s technology.

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By |2019-04-16T12:30:15-07:00April 16th, 2019|Blog, Intellectual Property|