Patent Archive


  • Blog report: No books for Google, pirates and the importance of IP

    September 28, 2009

    In addition to key developments in the Google Book settlement, policy issues are discussed on the blogosphere this week, with the German elections, internationalised domain names, Bayh-Dole in India and the importance of IP under scrutiny

  • PCT applications eligible for highways

    September 28, 2009

    Patent attorneys have welcomed plans to allow PCT applications to be fast-tracked under bilateral patent prosecution highways between the world’s three biggest IP offices

  • Australia fast tracks green patents

    September 21, 2009

    Australia is to fast track applications for green technology in a move that could cut pendency to just four weeks, the government says

  • EPO candidates confirmed

    September 17, 2009

    Four candidates will stand for the position of EPO president, after nominations closed on September 15.

  • Kappos promises patent community a new USPTO

    September 16, 2009

    New USPTO director David Kappos distinguished himself from past leaders during his first public address by pledging to share “the good, the bad and the ugly” about the agency

  • Federal Circuit overturns damages in Microsoft case

    September 14, 2009

    The US court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has affirmed a district court’s finding that Microsoft infringed Lucent’s patents, but struck down the $511 million damages award

  • Industry responds to Obama’s health care talk

    September 14, 2009

    The biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries have urged President Barack Obama not to neglect the role of innovation in his bid to ensure access to affordable and high-quality health care

  • Sisvel coordinates patent pool over digital TV

    September 11, 2009

    A group of telecoms and broadcasting companies are in talks to set up a patent pool for the IP rights in DVB-T2, a technology for broadcasting digital TV on terrestrial networks

  • Blog report: Gutierrez, Bayliss, Google and handbags

    September 07, 2009

    This week IP bloggers have assessed ambitious calls for patent reform, analysed the usefulness of Google’s design patent and questioned a WIPO domain name decision

  • CAFC stays injunction in Microsoft v i4i

    September 07, 2009

    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has granted Microsoft a stay of injunctive relief in its patent infringement suit with i4i

  • Patent defeat spells warning for Australian universities

    September 07, 2009

    Australian universities will be reviewing their IP policies after a court sided with a professor in a dispute with his former university over patent ownership

  • Doll to step down from USPTO

    September 03, 2009

    The USPTO’s commissioner for patents and former acting director of the agency, John Doll, will retire on October 2

  • How to get a green business method patent post-Bilski

    September 01, 2009

    Demand for patents over so-called green business methods is rising, just as standards of patent eligibility in the US have been significantly narrowed. Joseph Helmsen and Ritu Singh explain how to draft claims to meet the new test

  • Next steps for community patent review

    September 01, 2009

    Two years ago the USPTO, academics and some of the biggest companies in the US embraced the peer-to-patent project as a way of tackling mounting patent backlogs. In June the pilot scheme was suspended. So what happens next? Eileen McDermott investigates

  • Letter to the editor: Why India doesn't need software patents

    September 01, 2009

    From Venkatesh Hariharan, corporate affairs director, Red Hat

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