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  • Apple fires back at Nokia over patents

    December 15, 2009

    Apple has countersued Nokia in a Delaware court, claiming that the company is infringing 13 of Apple’s patents

  • Competition law cannot block patents, says German court

    December 14, 2009

    Germany’s top court has ruled that a plaintiff cannot use competition law to force a rival to remove disparaging comments about its own product from a granted patent

  • UK IP Office gets new chief executive

    December 14, 2009

    The UK government has appointed John Alty as the new chief executive of the IP Office

  • Rambus avoids EU antitrust fine

    December 11, 2009

    Rambus has escaped a threat of fines from the EU Commission after antitrust officials agreed to accept a pledge from the chip technology company to lower its licence rates

  • Three EPO candidates to fight again in February

    December 11, 2009

    The EPO’s Administrative Council is to convene a special meeting in February to try to elect a successor to Alison Brimelow, after it failed to agree this week on who should take over the presidency when she retires

  • USPTO pilot will expedite green patents

    December 09, 2009

    The USPTO is to begin a one-year pilot programme to speed up the examination of patents for eco-friendly inventions

  • Drugs company questions patent pool concept

    December 07, 2009

    A lawyer for one of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies has said that pooling patents over drugs will not solve the major problems of access to medicines

  • Kroes puts parallel trade in the spotlight

    December 07, 2009

    The outgoing commissioner for competition policy has said that the Commission may want to consider “revisting” the issue of parallel trade in the pharmaceutical sector

  • EU single patent deal - but language question deferred (updated)

    December 04, 2009

    EU member states today signed an agreement in principle on establishing a single patent for the EU. But discussions over the language regime and a single court will continue next year

  • Top ten trials

    December 01, 2009

    Courts around the world dealt with some cutting-edge IP cases during 2009. Managing IP's team of journalists explain how the winning side prevailed in 10 of the most important

  • Why patents matter in Chinese contracts

    December 01, 2009

    Ling Ho, Audrey Shum and Kathryn Sanger explain how China's new Patent Law has affected the way commercial contracts should be drafted

  • How to sell and license post-Quanta

    December 01, 2009

    John Rondini and David Syrowik examine how patent owners are adapting their business practices a year on from Quanta

  • Supreme Court hears business method battle

    December 01, 2009

    Eileen McDermott reports from Washington DC on the oral arguments in the Bilski case

  • China to set its own standards

    December 01, 2009

    China's government has released draft rules on national standards. Peter Ollier reports

  • A guide to the EU single patent deal

    December 01, 2009

    Q&A on what EU member states agreed in December

  • Gemstar defeated over TV patents

    November 27, 2009

    A judge in London’s Patents Court has invalidated three European patents owned by Gemstar, in a decision that could have wide-ranging implications for TV companies that use electronic programming guides (EPGs)

  • Qualcomm escapes sanctions in Europe

    November 24, 2009

    The European Commission has abandoned antitrust proceedings against US chip maker Qualcomm after its rivals dropped their complaints against the company

  • Chief judge to speak out upon leaving Federal Circuit

    November 23, 2009

    US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Chief Judge Paul Michel has said he will retire from the court at the end of May 2010

  • Swedes “optimistic” about EU patent deal

    November 23, 2009

    A senior official from the Swedish government has said he is optimistic that EU member states will back plans for a Community patent and a patent litigation deal at a meeting in December

  • Supreme Court asks tough questions in Bilski oral arguments

    November 10, 2009

    The US Supreme Court yesterday grappled with the question of what constitutes patent-eligible subject matter in one of the most high-profile patent cases in the nation’s history

  • Bilski - report from the Supreme Court

    November 09, 2009

    Justices Sotomayor and Breyer dominated the questioning during the Supreme Court’s hearing of Bilski v Kappos this afternoon

  • Philippines proposes specialist IP courts

    November 05, 2009

    The Philippines IP office has proposed revamping the country’s IP enforcement system, in part by establishing specialist IP courts

  • Paris court to hear all patent disputes in France

    November 02, 2009

    The Paris court now has exclusive jurisdiction for all patent disputes in France, effective from the beginning of this month

  • What Kappos has planned for you

    November 01, 2009

    David Kappos has taken over an IP Office under fire. What will he do to change the way the US IP Office grants intellectual property rights? Eileen McDermott spoke to the new director to find out more

  • Analyse to capitalise

    November 01, 2009

    There are many ways to exploit your IP assets. Paul Teta and Bill Cawley explain how to analyse your portfolio and maximise its commercial potential

  • Judge Rader defends the patent system

    November 01, 2009

    US judge Randall Rader says those who argue that the patent system no longer works have an "outdated" understanding of the system

  • US government says no to reverse payments

    November 01, 2009

    US antritrust watchdogs have questioned the concept of settlement agreements between generic and brand drug companies

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