Australian ear implants manufacturer Cochlear must pay $268 million for infringing a patent owned by a US medical research organisation.
The US has joined consensus on a World Health Organization resolution on the global handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, but disassociated itself from the IP and reproductive health services wording within the resolution.
The World Health Organization and Costa Rica will launch a technology pooling initiative to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
The US Supreme Court should not take up a petition asking whether it’s a violation of the Fifth Amendment for patents issued before the enactment of the American Invents Act to be subjected to inter partes reviews, according to the US government.
A trademark infringement complaint filed by 3M is “short on ultimate facts and long on inflammatory, derogatory, and conclusory assertions”, according to the company accused of price-gouging in the suit.
A California spacecraft laboratory has made its respirator designs available for free and signed up to the IP sharing scheme, Open COVID Pledge.
IP firm HGF has appointed two patent attorneys to partner, increasing the partner group to 63 partners.
Criminal investigators in the US Homeland Security Investigations’ National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center have partnered with Pfizer, 3M, Citi, Alibaba, Amazon and Merck & Co to combat fraud and other illegal activity related to COVID-19.
3M has filed four more trademark lawsuits against companies accused of reselling N95 masks at inflated prices amid the COVID-19 pandemic, while also securing a preliminary injunction in another suit.
Once a genuine vaccine against COVID-19 has been announced, counterfeiters and fraudsters are likely to invest heavily in offering ineffective counterfeit versions of the vaccine online, according to Europol.