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  • RIAA’s new piracy plan criticised

    December 24, 2008

    The Recording Industry Association of America last week told The Wall Street Journal that it plans to halt its massive campaign against peer-to-peer file sharers in favour of a new and perhaps equally controversial tactic

  • RIAA’s new piracy plan criticised (full version)

    December 24, 2008

    The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) last week told The Wall Street Journal that it plans to halt its massive campaign against peer-to-peer file sharers in favour of a new and perhaps equally controversial tactic

  • Anheuser-Busch suffers Bud setback

    December 22, 2008

    The owner of the Budweiser beer brand has lost the latest leg of its battle over trade mark rights in Europe

  • The 50 most popular stories of 2008

    December 22, 2008

    In its annual review of the year’s news, Managing IP reveals the 50 most read stories on managingip.com from 2008 and provides a recap of the year’s awards and survey winners

  • French court rules on iPod levy

    December 15, 2008

    France’s Court of Cassation has ruled that French consumers must pay the so-called iPod tax when buying MP3 players online from other countries

  • Open source community launches peer-to-patent project

    December 15, 2008

    A new effort to make prior art for software inventions more accessible to USPTO examiners highlights a growing trend towards so-called crowdsourcing in the patent community

  • UK changes mind on copyright extension

    December 15, 2008

    UK Culture Secretary Andy Burnham has announced a U-turn in the government’s policy on extending the copyright term for sound recordings

  • Tian Lipu explains China’s National IP Strategy

    December 12, 2008

    SIPO commissioner Tian Lipu used the iPod as an example of why China’s companies need to move up the technology value chain at a presentation in Hong Kong yesterday

  • UKIPO publishes "fudged" software notice

    December 12, 2008

    The UKIPO’s long-awaited practice notice explaining how patent examiners will assess software inventions following the Court of Appeal decision in the Symbian case has been described as “fudged” by a UK patent practitioner

  • UKIPO publishes “fudged” software notice (full version)

    December 12, 2008

    The UKIPO’s long-awaited practice notice explaining how patent examiners will assess software inventions following the Court of Appeal decision in the Symbian case has been described as “fudged” by a UK patent practitioner

  • US Chamber of Commerce sets 2009 IP goals

    December 12, 2008

    The US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) held a press conference on Thursday outlining its goals for 2009, which include obtaining full funding for the 2008 PRO-IP Act

  • Consumers to be targeted in anti-counterfeiting campaigns

    December 08, 2008

    The director general of the European Commissions’ taxation and customs directorate yesterday said “we have not been aggressive enough” in alerting consumers to the dangers of counterfeiting

  • MGA ordered to stop selling Bratz dolls

    December 08, 2008

    MGA Entertainment has been ordered to stop selling its popular Bratz line of dolls after a judge granted Mattel’s request for a permanent injunction last week

  • What Bilski means for you

    December 01, 2008

    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in late October changed the test for determining patentable subject matter in the US. IP experts from four industries explain how the decision will affect your patents

  • Monitor your IP rights

    December 01, 2008

    Effective supervision and management is crucial for any successful IP owner. Managing IP's third annual software survey analyses which tools will work best for you

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of locating IP offshore?

    December 01, 2008

    My company is keen to save money by moving our IP portfolio to maximise tax efficiencies - what are the advantages and disadvantages?

  • How to prove dilution after Intel

    December 01, 2008

    The ECJ recently raised the bar for showing dilution, saying that famous mark owners will have to prove that the detriment to their distinctive character has changed consumers' behaviour.

  • Obama: boon or doom for IP?

    December 01, 2008

    Barack Obama will be sworn in as the next US president on January 20: what will his administration mean for IP?

  • EPO rulings clarify biotech protection

    December 01, 2008

  • IP experts debate key issues in US and China webcasts

    December 01, 2008

    During two Managing IP-hosted webcasts last month, participants discussed the implications of the In re Bilski decision in the US and Chinese litigation tactics

  • Letters to the editor

    December 01, 2008

    The Enlarged Board decision on the patentability of computer programs will bring welcome clarity

  • Film companies test ISP liability in Australia

    December 01, 2008

    A coalition of Australian film makers has launched a case against internet service provider iiNet that will test the liability for online copyright infringement in Australia

  • FTC appeals Rambus decision to Supreme Court

    December 01, 2008

    The Federal Trade Commission has asked the Supreme Court to hear an appeal of an April ruling that found technology developer Rambus had not engaged in anticompetitive behaviour

  • Pharma industry attacked over patent strategies

    December 01, 2008

    The pharmaceutical industry has rejected criticisms, made in an EU report released last week, that it uses patents to block generic competition

  • Pharma industry attacked over patent strategies (full version)

    December 01, 2008

    The pharmaceutical industry has rejected criticisms, made in an EU report released last week, that it uses patents to block generic competition

  • ECJ deals blow to famous marks in Intel case

    November 27, 2008

    The European Court of Justice has raised the bar for famous brand owners wishing to prove dilution in Europe in a ruling today

  • ECJ deals blow to famous marks in Intel case (full version)

    November 27, 2008

    The European Court of Justice has raised the bar for famous brand owners wishing to prove dilution in Europe in a ruling today

  • EU judges keep faith in Community patent

    November 21, 2008

    European IP judges have called on those EU member states that support a Community patent and single court system to press ahead, if necessary without the support of all 27 countries

  • EU judges keep faith in Community patent (subscribers only)

    November 21, 2008

    European IP judges have called on those EU member states that support a Community patent and single court system to press ahead, if necessary without the support of all 27 countries

  • European IP forum considers standards-setting

    November 21, 2008

    Technical standards can improve efficiency and interoperability, participants at a forum in Brussels agreed yesterday

  • Credit crunch highlights need for strong IP rights

    November 17, 2008

    More than three-quarters of European companies believe that intellectual property is more important in the economic downturn, according to a survey published today by law firm Field Fisher Waterhouse

  • Webcasts on Bilski and Chinese litigation tomorrow

    November 10, 2008

    Managing IP is hosting two web seminars tomorrow on the US Federal Circuit decision in In re Bilski and litigation in China

  • NASA patent sold at Ocean Tomo Fall auction

    November 03, 2008

    A NASA patent portfolio was sold for $50,000 at the Ocean Tomo Fall 2008 Auction in Chicago last Thursday, marking the US federal government’s first foray into the realm of patent auctions

  • How you can avoid getting crunched

    November 01, 2008

    Turmoil in the financial markets over the last few months has led to plunging share prices and boardroom unrest. With IP budgets under intense pressure, Stephen Mulrenan examines what practical steps brand owners can take to negotiate the credit crunch

  • Locarno classification set to be reformed

    November 01, 2008

    As design protection becomes more common, a number of problems with the Locarno classification have become apparent. David Stone reports on an attempt to update the system

  • Time to reconsider the PHOSITA

    November 01, 2008

    Maintaining consistency and ensuring stability in the patent examination process are crucial to the issuance of quality patents. Marian Underweiser of IBM proposes one way to make the process more predictable

  • US set to lose WTO criminal thresholds case against China

    November 01, 2008

    Last month the result of the US WTO case against China for poor IP enforcement was leaked and both sides won on different points. Peter Ollier looks at the implications

  • Software patents under scrutiny in Europe

    November 01, 2008

    The EPO's Enlarged Board of Appeal is set to give a definitive ruling on the patentability of computer programs in Europe

  • Federal Circuit clarifies business method patents test

    November 01, 2008

    In the Bilski decision, the Federal Circuit last month reaffirmed that business methods are patentable in the US, but rejected the "useful, concrete, tangible" test set forth in previous opinions

  • Should I choose civil or criminal remedies to protect my trade marks in China?

    November 01, 2008

    "I work for a global company doing business in China. We have a problem with counterfeiters and I am not sure what is the best way to enforce my trade marks." Responses from a lawyer, in-house counsel and investigator

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