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  • Courts differ over mobile phone patent

    December 22, 2010

    A dispute over a key mobile telecoms patent in Germany and the Netherlands is the latest to highlight divergence between Europe’s patent courts

  • Is job creation behind Detroit office?

    December 22, 2010

    The USPTO cited access to major research institutions, skilled engineers and scientists, and high volume of patenting activity as the reasons for choosing Detroit as the site of its first satellite office

  • Cases of the year reveal future of IP

    December 22, 2010

    This year’s top 10 cases, selected by Managing IP, highlight the direction of IP practice around the world

  • Patentees await more post-Bilski decisions

    December 22, 2010

    The Federal Circuit’s decision to uphold Prometheus’s diagnostic method patents despite Bilski should elicit “a sigh of relief” from clinical and research diagnostic companies

  • Prometheus reiterates broad patent eligibility standard

    December 22, 2010

    Bilski has done little to change the Federal Circuit’s approach to assessing the patent eligibility of diagnostic method claims, according to an opinion issued last week

  • IP review calls for evidence submissions

    December 21, 2010

    IP practitioners have until March 1 to submit evidence to the UK's latest IP review

  • Interview: Ian Hargreaves on the UK IP Review

    December 21, 2010

    The UK’s latest IP review will focus on how IP rights can help “drive economic growth”, according to the man tasked with leading it

  • USPTO announces first satellite office

    December 17, 2010

    The city of Detroit will host a branch of the US Patent and Trademark Office, which will open next year

  • Post-Bilski advice from Federal Circuit

    December 16, 2010

    The Federal Circuit has overturned a patent invalidity finding, citing the Bilski judgment, in an opinion authored by Chief Judge Randall Rader

  • Unilever patent management goes paperless

    December 15, 2010

    Unilever is to get rid of paper records for all its patent prosecution documents as part of the company's Sustainable Living Plan

  • EU and India resolve generics dispute

    December 15, 2010

    It has been confirmed that a WTO row over the shipment of generic drugs through Europe had been resolved following an EU-India summit last week

  • India’s Supreme Court dismisses Bayer’s linkage petition

    December 14, 2010

    The Supreme Court of India has dismissed an appeal filed by Bayer in a case that dealt with the question of whether the country’s IP office and its drug regulator should be linked

  • Enhanced cooperation for EU patent

    December 10, 2010

    Eleven member states are to press ahead with discussions that could see detailed plans for an EU patent by the end of next year

  • EPO rules out plant breeding patents

    December 10, 2010

    The EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal yesterday clearly decided that the process of crossing plants or animals cannot be patented. But questions remain over the patentability of plants themselves

  • USPTO chief economist to quantify IP value

    December 10, 2010

    Stuart Graham, the USPTO’s chief economist, has launched an economic research agenda to measure the effect of IP on the US economy

  • PCT myths exploded in Santiago

    December 07, 2010

    “It is no longer a matter of if other Latin American countries will join the Patent Cooperation Treaty, but when,” Matthew Bryan of WIPO said last week

  • WIPO plans PCT reforms

    December 07, 2010

    There is much work to be done to improve the PCT system, Matthew Bryan of WIPO told attendees at the ASIPI meeting in Santiago, Chile last week

  • Australian Bill would ban gene patents

    December 06, 2010

    A Bill introduced into the Australian Senate that would rule out patents on human genes and biological materials has been strongly criticised by patent practitioners

  • Committee slams gene patents

    December 06, 2010

    An Australian Senate Committee has published a report that criticises gene patents but stops short of recommending an outright ban

  • Barnier commits to enhanced cooperation on EU patent

    December 02, 2010

    The European Commission will respond to a request to create an EU patent based on enhanced cooperation “within a few weeks”, Internal Market Commissioner Michel Barnier said today

  • Europe issues biosimilar-friendly guidelines

    December 01, 2010

    Guidelines for the production of biosimilar antibody drugs in Europe released last week focused on safety rather than efficacy, setting a lower hurdle than had been feared

  • Google to help improve EPO translations

    November 30, 2010

    Google will work with the European Patent Office to improve machine translations, after the two organisations signed a memorandum of understanding today

  • UK’s patent incentive leads to GSK investment

    November 30, 2010

    GlaxoSmithKline will invest more than £500 million in the UK, after the government confirmed it would provide a tax incentive for patents

  • US Congress panel criticises China on IP

    November 25, 2010

    China is still failing to meet its WTO commitments, including to IP, according to a US Commission

  • First hearing at Patents County Court

    November 25, 2010

    The first case management conference in London’s Patents County Court under new rules showed how Judge Birss will apply them to minimise costs wherever possible

  • Birss pitches for work at Patents County Court

    November 25, 2010

    A packed room listened intently last night as Judge Colin Birss reflected on his first month sitting in London’s Patents County Court, which is under new rules

  • China announces 10-year patent plan

    November 25, 2010

    The Chinese government has published a 10-year patent strategy to encourage filing and commercialisation and improve coordination with national policies

  • Last chance for Microsoft in i4i case

    November 25, 2010

    The Supreme Court is expected to decide on Monday whether or not to hear Microsoft v i4i, a case that could change the standard for proving invalidity in certain patent infringement cases

  • Generics could be labelled counterfeiters in Kenya

    November 16, 2010

    Kenya published Anti-Counterfeit Regulations on August 27, implementing the 2008 Anti-Counterfeit Act. How they affect the debate over generic medicines, however, will have to wait for a decision from the High Court. Until then, say John Syekei and Haanee Khan, generic manufacturers should beware the risk of being labelled counterfeiters

  • Rules seek to curb BPAI backlog

    November 15, 2010

    The Hyatt v Kappos decision is particularly significant, as the number of appeals being heard by the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) has increased exponentially in recent years

  • Next steps for the EU patent

    November 15, 2010

    The creation of an EU patent covering just some of the single market is increasingly likely, after member states failed to agree on translation requirements

  • Indian manual raises patent questions

    November 15, 2010

    Practitioners in India have praised the latest draft patent manual for examiners but called for more clarity over software and pharmaceutical patents

  • New standard for civil suits against the USPTO

    November 15, 2010

    A full panel of the Federal Circuit ruled last week that patent applicants may present new evidence in civil actions challenging decisions by the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences

  • Concessions fail to solve EU patent deadlock

    November 11, 2010

    The Belgian presidency of the EU made a raft of proposals in an ultimately futile attempt to break the deadlock over translation arrangements for the EU patent yesterday

  • EU patent scrapped

    November 10, 2010

    European ministers fell just short of unanimity on a plan to create an EU patent this evening, effectively killing the decades-old project

  • Battistelli’s global vision for the EPO

    November 10, 2010

    EPO President Benoît Battistelli said the Office must be a key player at the global level in his first speech in the UK this week

  • Commission prepares for CJ opinion on patent court

    November 08, 2010

    Senior patent policy makers in Europe expressed optimism last week regarding the outcome of the referral pending before the Court of Justice of the EU

  • Patents, trolls and choosing firms – IP counsel speak out

    November 08, 2010

    In recent interviews with Managing IP, Chinese counsel discussed filing strategies, standards, litigation and choosing outside counsel

  • Chinese companies take patent plans global

    November 08, 2010

    Chinese companies are poised to start building international patent portfolios, a Managing IP survey has shown

  • Supreme Court case will clarify Bayh-Dole

    November 08, 2010

    The Supreme Court agreed last week to clarify the scope of the Bayh-Dole Act with respect to ownership of federally funded inventions

  • Four routes to Europe’s litigation future

    November 08, 2010

    Patent practitioners in Europe are eagerly awaiting the opinion of the Court of Justice of the EU on the viability of a pan-European litigation system for IP cases

  • SIPO head: how IP helped China develop

    November 08, 2010

    SIPO commissioner Tian Lipu has explained how increasing IP protection has helped China’s economic development and called for greater international cooperation

  • Analysis: Stanford v Roche and Bayh-Dole

    November 08, 2010

    Managing IP provides an at-a-glance guide to the issues in Stanford v Roche

  • What are the Stanford patents?

    November 08, 2010

    Stanford v Roche, which is heading to the US Supreme Court, is a case about patent ownership rights under the Bayh-Dole Act. Managing IP examines the patents involved

  • US elections put patent reform on shaky ground

    November 05, 2010

    In the wake of the 2010 elections, the fate of patent reform may hinge more on changes to congressional staff than on the newly elected and reelected Congress members themselves

  • Analysis: Discerning the Myriad claims

    November 04, 2010

    Professor Christopher Holman dissects the claims behind the Myriad case

  • Analysis: the Spanish obstacle explained

    November 04, 2010

    Belgium has gone a long way towards achieving consensus on a language regime for the proposed EU patent, but at least one member state still needs convincing

  • EPO ready for EU patent

    November 04, 2010

    The EPO is “ready and prepared to implement the EU patent”, a senior official at the Office said yesterday

  • US government parts with USPTO on gene patents

    November 04, 2010

    In a surprise move, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) has broken with the USPTO's view that isolated DNA sequences should be patent-eligible

  • One week to agree EU patent deal

    November 04, 2010

    Internal Market Commissioner Michel Barnier yesterday said he is “really determined” to see agreement between member states on an EU patent in the coming week

  • Supreme Court to rule on rights in federally funded inventions

    November 04, 2010

  • ICC: Businesses need certainty with Nagoya

    November 02, 2010

    The International Chamber of Commerce has called on governments to create workable, transparent structures for businesses to work within the Nagoya protocol on biodiversity

  • Landmark biodiversity deal signed in Japan

    November 02, 2010

    Biotech firms will have to get consent from indigenous communities to exploit genetic resources under a landmark agreement last week in Nagoya, Japan

  • The Nagoya Protocol: "A disagreement reduced to writing"

    November 02, 2010

    Although the protocol on biodiversity agreed last week in Nagoya, Japan was heralded as a breakthrough, many of its controversial points were fudged or excluded in a last-minute attempt to reach agreement.

  • Goodger joins EAPD

    November 01, 2010

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