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  • UK Court rules on non-essentiality of patents

    December 28, 2007

    The UK High Court has made its first declaration of non-essentiality (DONE) in a patent dispute between two telecoms companies

  • IP offices say PPH to become permanent

    December 27, 2007

    The USPTO and the JPO have announced that they will permanently implement the patent prosecution highway (PPH) as of January 4 2008

  • Pillsbury granted outsourcing patent

    December 27, 2007

    International law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has been granted a business method patent for a process relating to the firm’s outsourcing methodology, which it has dubbed ValueChain

  • EPO raises punitive fees

    December 21, 2007

    European patent applicants will have to pay higher fees for filing more than 15 claims or writing applications with more than 35 pages under changes announced by the EPO

  • AIDS patent first in India

    December 19, 2007

    India’s Patent Office has granted its first patent to an overseas company for an anti-AIDS drug, it was revealed last week

  • 2007 in review – from A to Z

    December 17, 2007

    2007 has been an eventful year for IP practitioners. In our annual review of the past 12 months, MIP Week provides an A-Z guide to some of the most important developments worldwide

  • District court orders eBay to pay $30 million

    December 17, 2007

    A district court in Virginia last week found that eBay’s popular “buy it now” feature had infringed a business method patent owned by MercExchange, ordering the online marketplace to pay $30 million in damages

  • Rejected petition cites failure to apply KSR

    December 17, 2007

    The US Supreme Court has decided not to hear a dispute between Capital Machine and Miller Veneers, two Indianapolis-based veneer companies, in which the Federal Circuit failed to apply KSR v Teleflex in its judgment in an interference matter

  • Qualcomm fails first hurdle in ITC Nokia dispute

    December 13, 2007

    Chip maker Qualcomm has suffered a new setback in its long-running battle with Nokia after a judge at the International Trade Commission (ITC) said that the Finnish telecoms company had not infringed three of Qualcomm’s patents

  • Amazon loses gift-giving patent

    December 10, 2007

    Just as internet shopping sites in many parts of the world gear up for record online sales in the run-up to the holiday season, the EPO has revoked internet retailer Amazon’s so-called gift order patent

  • Erbitux patent dispute ends in $120 million deal

    December 10, 2007

    The worldwide Erbitux patent dispute reached the end of the road with a settlement between the parties last week

  • Danone loses Wahaha trade mark arbitration

    December 10, 2007

    The Wahaha trade mark belongs to Chinese drinks maker Wahaha Group and not to French food maker Danone, according to the Hangzhou Arbitration Commission

  • Edinburgh patent owner withdraws appeal

    December 03, 2007

    A long-running appeal over one of the world’s most closely watched biotechnology patents has been withdrawn, nearly 14 years after the patent was filed

  • China's controversial amendment plans

    December 01, 2007

    Proposed amendments to China's patent and trade mark laws have caused much debate over the past month. Peter Ollier analyzes what is at stake

  • Mixed signals from Indonesia

    December 01, 2007

    Indonesia's Supreme Court decided three much-anticipated IP cases in 2007. Lisa Yong and Zain Adnan explain what the decisions mean for rights holders in the country

  • Develop your China enforcement strategy

    December 01, 2007

    Managing IP and Finnegan Henderson jointly hosted a roundtable in Beijing to discuss how to develop an enforcement strategy in China

  • Your guide to IP software

    December 01, 2007

    The growth of IP rights makes effective management more important than ever. Lynann Butkiewicz introduces a comparison of IP software and services providers

  • Japan's Supreme Court affirms patent exhaustion rule

    December 01, 2007

    Japan's highest court has handed down its first ruling on the issue of patent exhaustion

  • 10 things you should know about EPC 2000

    December 01, 2007

    On December 13, the first overhaul of the European Patent Convention since it was drafted in 1973, comes into force

  • EU patent court back on the agenda

    December 01, 2007

    A Europe-wide patent litigation system could be agreed by the end of 2008

  • Trilateral offices commit to cooperate

    December 01, 2007

    Users have emphasized the need for global harmonization of the patent application process

  • CAFC affirms jury verdict against Microsoft

    December 01, 2007

    Microsoft has failed to overturn a decision in which it was found to have infringed patents belonging to z4 Technologies

  • The woman who took on the USPTO

    December 01, 2007

    Interview: Sherry Knowles heads the IP team at GSK, which recently persuaded a judge to block the USPTO's plans to introduce rules on claims and continuations

  • PTO report claims record-breaking figures

    November 22, 2007

    The USPTO has revealed its 2007 fiscal year findings, which it claims demonstrate a trend of improved quality and productivity for both patent and trade mark examinations

  • Boost for IP rights in Kosovo

    November 19, 2007

    The Kosovo Intellectual Property Office opened today in Priština signalling the start of an IP regime in the province, which is technically part of Serbia but has been administered by the UN since 1999

  • EPO users should prepare for paperless future

    November 19, 2007

    European patent applicants will be able to file applications using an internet browser from next year

  • EPLA back on the agenda

    November 18, 2007

    The reform of patent litigation in Europe will be discussed at a meeting of the EU Competitiveness Council this week, MIP Week has learned

  • Japan’s Supreme Court affirms patent exhaustion rule

    November 16, 2007

    Japan’s Supreme Court has upheld a verdict of the IP High Court in its first decision concerning patent exhaustion in recycled products

  • No expert needed to hear Novartis patent appeal

    November 15, 2007

    An Indian court has decided on the composition of the board that will hear the appeal by Swiss drug maker Novartis against the rejection of its patent application for the blockbuster anti-cancer drug Glivec

  • FICPI backs right to file divisionals

    November 12, 2007

    Intellectual property attorneys last week backed a resolution in support of their clients’ right to file divisional applications when prosecuting patents

  • No agreement for health negotiators

    November 12, 2007

    Government officials and health campaigners failed to reach a breakthrough in talks in Geneva last week aimed at finding new ways of ensuring that poor people have access to medicines

  • Trilateral offices commit to cooperate

    November 12, 2007

    Speakers at the public users conference of the 25th annual meeting of the Trilateral Patent Offices on Thursday emphasized the need for global harmonization of the patent application process

  • Peterlin says PTO teleworking improves productivity

    November 09, 2007

    USPTO deputy undersecretary Margaret Peterlin testified on Tuesday before the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in a hearing entitled “Telework: Breaking New Ground”.

  • Examining the USPTO

    November 01, 2007

    With a backlog of applications threatening to overwhelm examiners, large parts of the patent community furious about its recently implemented rules package and two lawsuits pending against it, the USPTO is facing unprecedented criticism. Eileen McDermott considers why practitioners are angry. Plus: Director Jon Dudas responds to the critics

  • Why obviousness is anything but obvious

    November 01, 2007

    A world of confusion surrounds the most difficult question in patent law: what is obvious? Gordon Harris compares courts' approaches and seeks common ground

  • Telecoms battles come to the courtroom

    November 01, 2007

    James Nurton delves into the world of telecoms standards and patents and provides a guide to the disputes and players in pending litigation

  • Now you're speaking my language!

    November 01, 2007

    Last month French politicians finally agreed to ratify the London Agreement. Gwilym Roberts and James Pitchford explain what it means for patent applicants

  • The front line of the patent battle

    November 01, 2007

    Nokia's Tim Frain brings to the presidency of TMPDF battle scars from the debate over the CII directive. James Nurton spoke to him about patent policy, phone standards and the IP triangle

  • Latest round in Thai patent battle

    November 01, 2007

  • Supreme Court to hear patent exhaustion case

    November 01, 2007

  • Broadcast patent fetches $1.75m at auction

    November 01, 2007

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