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  • IP offices say PPH to become permanent

    December 27, 2007

    The USPTO and the JPO have announced that they will permanently implement the patent prosecution highway (PPH) as of January 4 2008

  • Pillsbury granted outsourcing patent

    December 27, 2007

    International law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has been granted a business method patent for a process relating to the firm’s outsourcing methodology, which it has dubbed ValueChain

  • EPO raises punitive fees

    December 21, 2007

    European patent applicants will have to pay higher fees for filing more than 15 claims or writing applications with more than 35 pages under changes announced by the EPO

  • UK to seek new IP minister

    December 21, 2007

    Lord Triesman, the UK’s first minister for intellectual property, is to leave the post less than six months after taking it up

  • AIDS patent first in India

    December 19, 2007

    India’s Patent Office has granted its first patent to an overseas company for an anti-AIDS drug, it was revealed last week

  • 2007 in review – from A to Z

    December 17, 2007

    2007 has been an eventful year for IP practitioners. In our annual review of the past 12 months, MIP Week provides an A-Z guide to some of the most important developments worldwide

  • District court orders eBay to pay $30 million

    December 17, 2007

    A district court in Virginia last week found that eBay’s popular “buy it now” feature had infringed a business method patent owned by MercExchange, ordering the online marketplace to pay $30 million in damages

  • Rejected petition cites failure to apply KSR

    December 17, 2007

    The US Supreme Court has decided not to hear a dispute between Capital Machine and Miller Veneers, two Indianapolis-based veneer companies, in which the Federal Circuit failed to apply KSR v Teleflex in its judgment in an interference matter

  • US Senate approves two more IP treaties

    December 14, 2007

    The US Senate has approved the Patent Law Treaty and the Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks, according to a USPTO source

  • Qualcomm fails first hurdle in ITC Nokia dispute

    December 13, 2007

    Chip maker Qualcomm has suffered a new setback in its long-running battle with Nokia after a judge at the International Trade Commission (ITC) said that the Finnish telecoms company had not infringed three of Qualcomm’s patents

  • Breaking news: US Senate approves Hague Agreement

    December 13, 2007

    A spokesperson for the USPTO has confirmed to MIP Week that the US Senate voted on December 7 to ratify the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs.

  • Fish attorneys jump to Massachusetts boutique

    December 13, 2007

    Three former Fish & Richardson partners have joined the newly launched biotechnology and pharmaceutical practice of IP firm Lowrie, Lando & Anastasi in Massachusetts

  • KSR cited as court backs $226.3 million award

    December 12, 2007

    Biedermann Motech and its licensee DePuy Spine yesterday won what is believed to be the second-largest US patent infringement award of 2007 in a decision that marks one of the first few cases to apply the Supreme Court’s directives in KSR v Teleflex

  • Erbitux patent dispute ends in $120 million deal

    December 10, 2007

    The worldwide Erbitux patent dispute reached the end of the road with a settlement between the parties last week

  • North Face decision blows cold message to landlords

    December 10, 2007

    A recently published decision by a court in Beijing against the landlord of the city’s Silk Market has piled pressure on Chinese landlords who are reluctant to stop tenants from selling fakes in their markets

  • US bill would bolster IP enforcement efforts

    December 10, 2007

    House Judiciary Committee chairman John Conyers introduced a bipartisan bill last week which would strengthen civil and criminal laws related to trade mark and copyright infringement

  • FTAs win support in Latin America

    December 07, 2007

    Controversial free trade agreements (FTAs) between English-speaking and Latin American nations may offer opportunities to harmonize and stabilize IP rights in Latin America

  • New Zealand set to reform Trade Marks Act

    December 07, 2007

    The New Zealand government plans to amend its IP laws to increase Customs’ powers to deal with counterfeits and to join the Madrid Protocol, but a general election next year could delay the passing of the law until 2009

  • Canada’s judges talk tough to counterfeiters

    December 03, 2007

    Judges at Canada’s Federal Court are taking a tough stance against repeat counterfeiters who refuse to observe legal orders, after two famous IP owners scored victories and won substantial damages

  • Déjà vu for Microsoft as Z4 sues again

    December 03, 2007

    Microsoft has again been sued by Z4 for patent infringement less than three weeks after the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld an award of $140 million against the Seattle company

  • Discovery denied in continuations litigation

    December 03, 2007

    A court in the Eastern District of Virginia has denied a request from GlaxoSmithKline and Triantafyllos Tafas for discovery in their case against the USPTO

  • Whisky trade mark case finally matures

    December 03, 2007

    While a good single malt can take more than 20 years to mature, IP holders usually hope trade mark litigation is a less time consuming business

  • The brand reality of the virtual world

    December 01, 2007

    IP owners risk jeopardizing their rights if they fail to protect their copyright and trade mark rights in online worlds such as Second Life

  • China's controversial amendment plans

    December 01, 2007

    Proposed amendments to China's patent and trade mark laws have caused much debate over the past month. Peter Ollier analyzes what is at stake

  • Open a new front in the war on fakes

    December 01, 2007

    Can IP owners take action against landlords who allow counterfeits to be sold on their premises? Reports from seven jurisdictions

  • When can you call a product Swiss-made?

    December 01, 2007

    Using country names or emblems can lend authority to a marketing strategy. Jean-Michel Jost examines what is permitted in Switzerland, the UK and EU

  • Mixed signals from Indonesia

    December 01, 2007

    Indonesia's Supreme Court decided three much-anticipated IP cases in 2007. Lisa Yong and Zain Adnan explain what the decisions mean for rights holders in the country

  • This season's must-have IP rights

    December 01, 2007

    Copyright has not always proven an effective tool for fashion designers in the US. But, explain Peter Fields and Kristen McCallion, design patents and trade marks are viable alternatives

  • Develop your China enforcement strategy

    December 01, 2007

    Managing IP and Finnegan Henderson jointly hosted a roundtable in Beijing to discuss how to develop an enforcement strategy in China

  • Your guide to IP software

    December 01, 2007

    The growth of IP rights makes effective management more important than ever. Lynann Butkiewicz introduces a comparison of IP software and services providers

  • Under pressure Idris to step down early

    December 01, 2007

    WIPO director-general Kamil Idris will step down in September 2008, a year early

  • Japan's Supreme Court affirms patent exhaustion rule

    December 01, 2007

    Japan's highest court has handed down its first ruling on the issue of patent exhaustion

  • EU patent court back on the agenda

    December 01, 2007

    A Europe-wide patent litigation system could be agreed by the end of 2008

  • Brand owners protest CTM search subsidy

    December 01, 2007

  • Finding a friend in FTAs

    December 01, 2007

  • ECJ clarifies well-known definition

    December 01, 2007

    A trade mark that is well known merely in a city and its surrounding area cannot block another from being registered, the ECJ has indicated

  • Trilateral offices commit to cooperate

    December 01, 2007

    Users have emphasized the need for global harmonization of the patent application process

  • Blow to Louis Vuitton in US dilution case

    December 01, 2007

    A US appeal court has ruled that a range of dog toys called Chewy Vuiton does not dilute LVMH's famous Louis Vuitton mark

  • The terrifying prospect of new gTLDs

    December 01, 2007

    The head of ICANN said that plans for new generic top-level domain names "terrified" him

  • CAFC affirms jury verdict against Microsoft

    December 01, 2007

    Microsoft has failed to overturn a decision in which it was found to have infringed patents belonging to z4 Technologies

  • The woman who took on the USPTO

    December 01, 2007

    Interview: Sherry Knowles heads the IP team at GSK, which recently persuaded a judge to block the USPTO's plans to introduce rules on claims and continuations

  • Blow to LVMH in US dilution case

    November 26, 2007

    In a key case dealing with new rules on trade mark dilution, a US appeal court has ruled that a range of dog toys called Chewy Vuiton does not dilute fashion house LVMH’s famous Louis Vuitton trade mark

  • CAFC affirms Texan jury verdict against Microsoft

    November 26, 2007

    Michigan-based digital rights management company z4 Technologies has received an affirmation by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit of a $140 million jury verdict against Microsoft

  • EU patent court comes closer

    November 26, 2007

    A Europe-wide patent litigation system is firmly back on the EU agenda following a meeting of the Competitiveness Council last week – and the elusive Community patent is also up for discussion again

  • How well known do well-known marks have to be?

    November 26, 2007

    A trade mark that is well known merely in a city and its surrounding area cannot block another from being registered, the European Court of Justice indicated last week

  • First overseas TM victory for Chinese company

    November 23, 2007

    Beijing-based bean curd maker Wangzhihe has won a trade mark infringement lawsuit against a German company – a rare example of a Chinese company resorting to litigation abroad to protect its brand

  • PTO report claims record-breaking figures

    November 22, 2007

    The USPTO has revealed its 2007 fiscal year findings, which it claims demonstrate a trend of improved quality and productivity for both patent and trade mark examinations

  • Yahoo! China mp3 appeal heard

    November 22, 2007

    The Beijing High Court heard Yahoo! China’s appeal against a landmark conviction for copyright infringement on November 12

  • IP heads urge reform

    November 20, 2007

    Calls for reform of the patent system were made at the fourth Heads of IP Offices Conference (HIPOC) on November 13 and 14, which was hosted by IP Philippines

  • Boost for IP rights in Kosovo

    November 19, 2007

    The Kosovo Intellectual Property Office opened today in Priština signalling the start of an IP regime in the province, which is technically part of Serbia but has been administered by the UN since 1999

  • Merger gives Lovells local Japanese practice

    November 19, 2007

    The Japan office of UK full-service law firm Lovells has merged with a local IP boutique, enabling the firm to do domestic IP work in the country

  • EPLA back on the agenda

    November 18, 2007

    The reform of patent litigation in Europe will be discussed at a meeting of the EU Competitiveness Council this week, MIP Week has learned

  • Japan’s Supreme Court affirms patent exhaustion rule

    November 16, 2007

    Japan’s Supreme Court has upheld a verdict of the IP High Court in its first decision concerning patent exhaustion in recycled products

  • Venture capitals slam patent reform bill

    November 16, 2007

    A group of 30 venture capital firms representing high-tech and life sciences investors have written to Senate leaders criticizing elements of pending legislation to reform the US patent system

  • No expert needed to hear Novartis patent appeal

    November 15, 2007

    An Indian court has decided on the composition of the board that will hear the appeal by Swiss drug maker Novartis against the rejection of its patent application for the blockbuster anti-cancer drug Glivec

  • Under pressure Idris to step down next year

    November 15, 2007

    After months of pressure, including from WIPO member states and even from within the Organization, the WIPO director-general Kamil Idris has decided to resign next year, a year before his term of office was due to end

  • Five ways to cut demand for fakes

    November 14, 2007

    Brand owners need to target their anti-counterfeiting messages to five distinct types of shoppers, an academic who specializes in the law on fake fashions told an audience in Washington DC yesterday [Tuesday]

  • FICPI backs right to file divisionals

    November 12, 2007

    Intellectual property attorneys last week backed a resolution in support of their clients’ right to file divisional applications when prosecuting patents

  • No agreement for health negotiators

    November 12, 2007

    Government officials and health campaigners failed to reach a breakthrough in talks in Geneva last week aimed at finding new ways of ensuring that poor people have access to medicines

  • Trilateral offices commit to cooperate

    November 12, 2007

    Speakers at the public users conference of the 25th annual meeting of the Trilateral Patent Offices on Thursday emphasized the need for global harmonization of the patent application process

  • Peterlin says PTO teleworking improves productivity

    November 09, 2007

    USPTO deputy undersecretary Margaret Peterlin testified on Tuesday before the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in a hearing entitled “Telework: Breaking New Ground”.

  • New law firm shakes up New Zealand market

    November 02, 2007

    Three IP partners quit their full-service New Zealand law firms this week to set up a new IP and technology boutique

  • Examining the USPTO

    November 01, 2007

    With a backlog of applications threatening to overwhelm examiners, large parts of the patent community furious about its recently implemented rules package and two lawsuits pending against it, the USPTO is facing unprecedented criticism. Eileen McDermott considers why practitioners are angry. Plus: Director Jon Dudas responds to the critics

  • When sorry isn't enough

    November 01, 2007

    Recent damages awards demonstrate that Chinese courts will compensate IP owners for their losses, reports Emma Barraclough

  • Ethiopia's IP ambitions

    November 01, 2007

    The head of Ethiopia's IP Office explains why developing countries should embrace IP rights

  • Why obviousness is anything but obvious

    November 01, 2007

    A world of confusion surrounds the most difficult question in patent law: what is obvious? Gordon Harris compares courts' approaches and seeks common ground

  • Telecoms battles come to the courtroom

    November 01, 2007

    James Nurton delves into the world of telecoms standards and patents and provides a guide to the disputes and players in pending litigation

  • How to win friends and influence people

    November 01, 2007

    In the battle to cut demand for fakes, some public education campaigns are more successful that others. LiliAna Andreano assesses the results

  • CFI's Microsoft ruling may threaten R&D in Europe

    November 01, 2007

    What impact will September's Microsoft ruling have on IP owners in Europe? Helen Davison reports

  • Letter from the editor...

    November 01, 2007

  • Court clarifies key EU design terms

    November 01, 2007

    IP owners have been given more clarity about the scope of protection for design rights after a UK court ruling on air freshener cans

  • Harry Potter and the fake story

    November 01, 2007

    The Delhi High Court has prevented an Indian publisher from selling fake versions of a Harry Potter book

  • Latest round in Thai patent battle

    November 01, 2007

  • Supreme Court to hear patent exhaustion case

    November 01, 2007

  • Japan redraws the line on IP and antitrust

    November 01, 2007

  • Crisis at the top

    November 01, 2007

    WIPO's General Assemblies ended with calls for director-general Kamil Idris to resign and an unset budget. What next for the Organization?

  • National offices are stakeholders in the OHIM fee debate too

    November 01, 2007

    Mihály Ficsor, vice-president of the Hungarian Patent Office, explains why Europe needs strong national IP offices

  • National offices must adapt or close

    November 01, 2007

    From David Stone

  • US continuations rules on hold (updated)

    November 01, 2007

    GlaxoSmithKline has succeeded in persuading a court in Virginia to stop the USPTO from implementing controversial new rules on patent claims and continuations

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