Along with a $900-billion COVID-19 relief package and the $1.4 trillion government funding for pandemic aid, the FY 2021 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, signed December 27, 2020, also includes two acts and two amendments relevant to intellectual property (IP) law.   CASE Act The ‘‘Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2020’’ or...

Ericsson announced in December that it filed a lawsuit against Samsung in the US for allegedly violating its contractual commitments related to patent licences and royalty payments. The patent dispute may negatively affect the Swedish company’s operating income by SEK 1- 1.5 billion ($118-$177 million) per quarter starting from 2021...

The European Commission published in late November a new Action Plan concerning patent licensing guidelines which proposes to upgrade the bloc’s patent framework to balance intellectual property (IP) policies to help companies, particularly small and medium sized enterprises, to capitalise on their inventions amid health and economic crises, as well...

On Oct. 2, India and South Africa proposed that member states of the World Trade Organization be able to waive patents and intellectual property rights to items for the “prevention, containment, or treatment of COVID-19.” Such items may include vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna, which are currently on the way...