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  • Stalemate over EPO president

    October 30, 2009

    The election of a new EPO president has been postponed until at least December after EPC member states failed to agree on appointing one of the four candidates

  • Blog round-up: From China to Washington DC via Upper Class

    October 26, 2009

    Bloggers this week have been debating piracy in China, SPCs in Europe, disputes over airline seats and litigation trends in the US

  • EPO presidency: users make their voice heard

    October 26, 2009

    Managing IP readers have given a clear indication of who they would like to lead the European Patent Office for the next five years

  • India and Brazil to file WTO case over generic drugs

    October 26, 2009

    India and Brazil are to launch WTO cases against the EU as part of a dispute over the seizure of Indian generic drugs at European ports

  • Dow and Fuji Xerox join Eco-Patent Commons

    October 21, 2009

    Dow Chemical and Fuji Xerox have become the latest companies to pledge environmentally beneficial patents to the Eco-Patent Commons

  • Patent buyers report flight to quality

    October 21, 2009

    Do you have a patent portfolio to sell? If so, better make sure it is high-quality, robust and relevant. That was the message from speakers at this week’s LES US & Canada Annual Meeting

  • Blog round-up: Transparency, openness and solving climate change

    October 19, 2009

    This week bloggers consider David Kappos’ attempts to make the USPTO more open, secret negotiations over ACTA, European trade mark decisions and talks over climate change and technology transfer

  • Beware the Skeptisaurus, says Judge Rader

    October 18, 2009

    Recounting a talk he gave in Brazil in which an audience member claimed that the patent system no longer works, Judge Randall Rader of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit yesterday dubbed such patent creatures “Skeptisauri,” whose understanding of IP is “outdated"

  • Brimelow backs PCT reform to beat backlogs

    October 18, 2009

    Reforming the Patent Cooperation Treaty is “the most important game in town” when it comes to addressing backlogs, EPO President Alison Brimelow said last week

  • Chief Judge Michel calls for inequitable conduct review

    October 18, 2009

    Chief Judge Paul Michel of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit appealed to patent practitioners to help the Court clarify the doctrine of inequitable conduct in a speech on Thursday

  • Kappos plans win warm welcome

    October 18, 2009

    USPTO Director David Kappos was met with vigorous applause during his address to AIPLA members on Thursday after mentioning his recent announcement that he will rescind the Bush administration’s claims and continuations rules package

  • FTC and Senate back reverse payment ban

    October 18, 2009

    Representatives of the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice on Thursday questioned the concept of settlement agreements between generic and brand drug companies, claiming that they eliminate the ability to evaluate the patent validity of a potentially important drug

  • Kappos scraps rules package

    October 08, 2009

    USPTO director David Kappos will rescind the hotly debated claims and continuations rules package imposed by his predecessor, Jon Dudas

  • Kappos stresses need to adjust fees to keep USPTO afloat

    October 06, 2009

    USPTO director David Kappos and Department of Commerce general counsel Cameron Kerry discussed the administration’s position on patent reform in a last-minute call with members of the press earlier today

  • WIPO acts to repair the PCT system

    October 01, 2009

    The PCT was designed to benefit patent applicants and offices. More than 30 years on, is it still up to the job? Emma Barraclough reports

  • The US and the PCT

    October 01, 2009

    Officials from the USPTO tell Eileen McDermott about PCT operations at the Office

  • Top PCT filing firms revealed

    October 01, 2009

    Managing IP lists the patent firms filing the most PCT applications in the 14 biggest markets

  • The story behind China's PCT rise

    October 01, 2009

    Chinese companies have become big users of the PCT. Peter Ollier explains why

  • Presidential candidates set out their vision for the EPO

    October 01, 2009

    The four candidates contesting the election for EPO president this month tell Emma Barraclough why they are the right person for the job

  • Why IP owners must take part in climate change talks

    October 01, 2009

    Ian Fletcher, the head of the UK’s IP Office, today warned IP practitioners that they should not ignore the discussions leading up to the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen in December

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