IBM #1 patent filer in 2020, Samsung at #2, Court rules in favor of Garmin in patent suit involving Philips and more

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In this week’s Patent News – Court rules in favor of Garmin in patent suit involving Philips; USITC steps into the Ericsson versus Samsung dispute; EPO and CIPO make their PPH fast-track programme permanent; EU Parliamentarians back India – South Africa proposal on patent waivers for COVID-Vaccine; IPO’s Top 300 listing ranks International Business Machines (IBM) #1 and Samsung at #2; EPO publishes study on economic benefits of owning intellectual property rights – especially for small businesses;

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Court rules in favor of Garmin in patent suit involving Philips

An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) at the International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled in favor of Garmin, the famous wearable devices manufacturer after the company was accused of infringing some of Philips’ patents on wearable devices. In the initial determination issued on the 4th of February 2021, the Judge found that Philips’ asserted patents were invalid and did not cover Garmin’s popular wearable devices.        

USITC steps into the Ericsson versus Samsung dispute

The US International Trade Commission (USITC) has launched an investigation into the suit involving Ericsson and Samsung Electronics. The investigation has been launched after Ericsson filed a complaint with the ITC earlier in January this year accusing Samsung Electronics of illegally using its wireless communication patents for its mobile phones, tablet PCs and smart TVs. The complaint filed with the USITC reportedly seeks a limited exclusion order and cease and desist order against the South Korean electronics major. Ericsson is reportedly suing Samsung in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands over similar patent infringement issues.

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EPO and CIPO make their PPH fast-track programme permanent

The EPO and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) have announced that the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) programme between the two offices has become permanent from the 6th of January 2021. The offices have agreed to extend the agreement, following the completion of a pilot programme, which started in January 2015.

The PPH enables applicants filing a patent at either the EPO and CIPO to have their application processed faster at the other office.

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EU Parliamentarians back India – South Africa proposal on patent waivers for COVID-Vaccine

14 members of the European Parliament have backed a joint proposal by India and South Africa for waiver on intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccine patents. The proposal jointly oved by India and South Africa requests a waiver to be granted to WTO members so that they do not have to implement, apply or enforce certain obligations related to COVID-19 products and technologies.

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