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  • Federal Circuit rejects bio patent citing Bilski

    December 22, 2008

    A patent covering diagnostic method claims was rejected by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Friday based on the Court’s controversial decision in In re Bilski, which changed the test for determining patent-eligible subject matter in the US

  • Plavix patent upheld by Federal Circuit

    December 22, 2008

    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has upheld a US patent for the popular blood clot-inhibitor Plavix in another victory for branded pharmaceutical companies

  • 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

  • IP practitioners back Community patent

    December 19, 2008

    An overwhelming 82% of IP practitioners favour the rapid implementation of a European Community patent

  • IP practitioners back Community patent (subscribers only)

    December 19, 2008

    An overwhelming 82% of IP practitioners favour the rapid implementation of a European Community patent

  • 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

  • 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 (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

  • Indian court sets aside Roche’s patent

    December 08, 2008

    The Madras High Court last week set aside a patent granted to Swiss pharmaceutical company F Hoffman La Roche for its blockbuster anti-infection medicine valganciclovir because a pre-grant opposition by two NGOs was not heard

  • Indian court sets aside Roche’s patent (full version)

    December 08, 2008

    The Madras High Court last week set aside a patent granted to Swiss pharmaceutical company F Hoffman La Roche for its blockbuster anti-infection medicine valganciclovir because a pre-grant opposition by two NGOs was not heard.

  • USPTO makes its case in continuations appeal

    December 08, 2008

    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Friday heard the USPTO’s appeal against a district court’s decision to grant a permanent injunction against the Office’s patent claims and continuing applications rules package

  • USPTO makes its case in continuations appeal (full version)

    December 08, 2008

    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Friday heard the USPTO’s appeal against a district court’s decision to grant a permanent injunction against the Office’s patent claims and continuing applications rules package

  • EU patent offices sceptical over fee cuts

    December 05, 2008

    Patent office heads in Europe have greeted with scepticism European Commission plans to cut patent costs by 75%

  • The IP world goes flat

    December 01, 2008

    Companies can save a lot of money by outsourcing their IP work, but it takes time and effort to get the process right. Peter Ollier assesses the options

  • Patent reexaminations in the spotlight

    December 01, 2008

    Robert Abrahamsen explores the perks of the patent reexamination process

  • Smaller IP owners seek better management and returns

    December 01, 2008

    Large businesses have grasped the need for IP management, but SMEs are only beginning to do so.

  • 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

  • Pharmaceutical patents need a new lease of life

    December 01, 2008

    Patrick Duxbury and Emma Tuck ask whether the increasing cost of drug development, and the declining numbers of drugs being approved, mean that IP protection for life science products should be reevaluated

  • Innovation on the auction floor

    December 01, 2008

    Eileen McDermott asks James Malackowski, founder and CEO of patent auction company, Ocean Tomo, how he got here, what's in store for the future and what the new US president should do for innovation

  • 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

  • IP enforcement in China debated

    December 01, 2008

    At the November Asia-Pacific IP Forum in Hong Kong, experts discussed strategies for protecting IP in China

  • 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?

  • Patent granted in 17 days in Japan

    December 01, 2008

  • Canadian High Court weighs in on obviousness

    December 01, 2008

  • 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

  • Bilski cited in BPAI rejection

    December 01, 2008

    The USPTO Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences last week rejected a business method patent based on the recent ruling by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in In re Bilski

  • 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

  • EPO rejects WARF stem cell patent

    November 28, 2008

    The European Patent Office will not grant patents on human stem cells that involve the destruction of a human embryo, it confirmed yesterday

  • Australia to review gene patents

    November 24, 2008

    Australia’s Senate launched an enquiry into the impact of granting gene patents in the country on November 19

  • Australia to review gene patents (full version)

    November 24, 2008

    Australia’s Senate launched an enquiry into the impact of granting gene patents in the country on November 19

  • 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

  • Gurry urges Latin American countries to join PCT (full version)

    November 21, 2008

    WIPO director general Francis Gurry said on Tuesday that the Organisation would like to see more participation by Latin American countries in the PCT

  • Gurry urges Latin American countries to take part in PCT

    November 21, 2008

    WIPO director general Francis Gurry said on Tuesday that the Organisation would like to see more participation by Latin American countries in the PCT

  • Controversial cancer patent upheld by EPO

    November 20, 2008

    An EPO Technical Board of Appeal has maintained a controversial patent for diagnosing a predisposition for breast and ovarian cancer in amended form

  • USPTO claims success despite backlog

    November 19, 2008

    The USPTO has revealed its 2008 fiscal year findings, which it touts as evidence that the Office is “sustaining high performance in the quality and timely examination of patent and trademark applications”

  • Bilski to raise questions for different industries

    November 17, 2008

    Patent practitioners highlighted the looming questions facing various industries as a result of the US Federal Circuit decision in In re Bilski in a web seminar held last week

  • Patent granted in 17 days in Japan

    November 17, 2008

    The Japan Patent Office has granted a patent to a university just 17 days after the examination request was made

  • USPTO transition team appointed

    November 17, 2008

    USPTO commissioner for patents John Doll and deputy commissioner for patents Margaret (Peggy) Focarino will take over the roles of deputy director and commissioner for patents, respectively, during the transition period between presidential administrations

  • Tips on IP litigation in China

    November 17, 2008

    Getting experience on the ground is crucial to successfully enforcing your IP rights in China, according to Rembert Meyer-Rochow, senior patent attorney for Intel

  • Canada High Court delivers good news to patent owners

    November 10, 2008

    The Supreme Court has clarified the tests for anticipation and obviousness and reaffirmed the patentability of selection patents in a ruling that could be a boon for Canadian pharmaceutical companies, as well as patentees in general

  • Canada High Court delivers good news to patent owners (full version)

    November 10, 2008

    The Supreme Court of Canada has clarified the tests for anticipation and obviousness and reaffirmed the patentability of so-called selection patents in a ruling that could amount to a major boon for Canadian pharmaceutical companies, as well as patentees in general

  • 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

  • Improved TM protection in China predicted

    November 07, 2008

    “Trade mark holders in China will get better protection in the future, with better enforcement and higher damages,” according to Thomas Pattloch, IP Officer in the EU Delegation in Beijin

  • Biggest patent offices in work-sharing drive

    November 03, 2008

    The world’s five largest patent offices have revealed a plan to cut patent pendency by increasing work sharing

  • 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

  • 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

  • Mediation spells trade dress success

    November 01, 2008

    Richard Posell explains why mediation may be a particularly attractive option for resolving trade dress disputes

  • 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

  • Federal Circuit curbs ITC jurisdiction

    November 01, 2008

    The Federal Circuit last month ruled that the ITC could not extend a limited exclusion order barring the import of Qualcomm chips found to infringe Broadcom's patent to downstream products

  • Birth of a rocket-docket

    November 01, 2008

    US Magistrate Judge Stephen Crocker has recently taken on a bigger role at the nation's latest patent rocket-docket. Eileen McDermott spoke to him about how the Court will continue to handle the heavy patent caseload minus one judge, as well as what the future holds

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