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  • More than 70 responses to EU pharma enquiry

    February 27, 2009

    The European Commission has received more than 70 responses to its preliminary report on the pharmaceuticals industry

  • MPs slam lack of progress over Gowers

    February 27, 2009

    A group of members of parliament has described as “unacceptable” the fact that only half the recommendations of the 2006 Gowers Review into IP in the UK have been implemented

  • House of Lords backs Lundbeck patent

    February 25, 2009

    The UK’s House of Lords has upheld a controversial second-generation patent that had been invalidated at first instance for insufficiency, in a decision that will be welcomed by the pharmaceutical industry

  • House of Lords backs Lundbeck patent (subscribers only)

    February 25, 2009

    The UK’s House of Lords has upheld a controversial second-generation patent that had been invalidated at first instance for insufficiency, in a decision that will be welcomed by the pharmaceutical industry

  • Amici weigh in on Microsoft’s damages appeal

    February 23, 2009

    Thirteen companies representing 18 industries have filed an amicus brief in the closely watched Federal Circuit case between Lucent and Microsoft, making the proper way to calculate damages in patent infringement cases once again a hot topic

  • Landmark employee invention ruling against GE Healthcare

    February 16, 2009

    GE Healthcare has been ordered to pay £1.5 million ($2.1 million) to two former employees, in the first successful inventor compensation claim in the UK

  • USPTO considers deferred examination

    February 16, 2009

    The USPTO hosted a roundtable discussion with leaders in the patent community on Thursday to discuss introducing a deferred examination system in the US

  • USPTO considers deferred examination (full version)

    February 16, 2009

    The USPTO hosted a roundtable discussion with leaders in the patent community on Thursday to discuss introducing a deferred examination system in the US

  • EPO accepts traditional knowledge database

    February 13, 2009

    Examiners at the European Patent Office can now use 500-year old traditional Indian medical texts when examining patent applications, after the Office signed a deal to use a pioneering database

  • Microsoft issued 10,000th patent

    February 11, 2009

    Microsoft has been issued its 10,000th US patent, a milestone the company said highlights its goal of obtaining enough patents to maximise the value of its massive R&D efforts, while still focussing on patent quality over quantity

  • FTC continues campaign against reverse payments

    February 09, 2009

    In its latest bid to curb reverse payments between innovator pharmaceutical companies and generics, the US Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint against Solvay Pharmaceuticals and three generic drug makers

  • FTC continues campaign against reverse payments (full version)

    February 09, 2009

    In its latest bid to curb reverse payments between innovator pharmaceutical companies and generics, the US Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint against Solvay Pharmaceuticals and three generic drug makers

  • Locke Lord moves into Morgan & Finnegan offices

    February 09, 2009

    While the firm has still made no official statement on its status, signs have emerged that IP boutique Morgan & Finnegan is close to folding

  • Microsoft tries to bridge India’s university-industry divide

    February 09, 2009

    Academics and businessmen said poor collaboration between their two sectors is a serious brake on innovation in India at a seminar last Tuesday

  • Your chance to comment on PPH

    February 09, 2009

    Managing IP wants to hear about your experiences of the patent prosecution highway (PPH) for an article to be published in the April 2009 issue

  • Brother gains access to Microsoft's patent portfolio

    February 07, 2009

    Microsoft and Brother Industries have signed a cross-licensing agreement that will allow each company to access parts of the other’s patent portfolio

  • Vote for the best and worst IP jurisdictions

    February 05, 2009

    IP practitioners worldwide can vote for the best and worst jurisdictions for IP protection and enforcement as part of the second annual Global IP Index survey

  • The tasks of Tian

    February 01, 2009

    China's developing IP system faces some big tests in 2009. Janice Qu and Peter Ollier spoke with SIPO commissioner Tian Lipu about patent amendments, the National IP Strategy and the Office's global role

  • Top patent firms revealed

    February 01, 2009

    Managing IP presents the first part of its annual survey, ranking the leading firms for patent work in 70 jurisdictions

  • Why US juries are pro-plaintiff

    February 01, 2009

    Corporate defendants face an uphill battle in patent infringement cases - but not for the reasons their lawyers usually cite. Chuck Kauffman and Casey Anderson explain

  • Protect your secrets in China

    February 01, 2009

    Companies in China often find it difficult to protect their trade secrets and know-how. Daniel Plane explains what legal means are available

  • Federal Circuit decision sparks end of rocket-docket

    February 01, 2009

    When the Federal Circuit granted TS Tech USA Corporation's petition seeking transfer of its case out of the Eastern District of Texas at the end of December, patent plaintiffs around the globe collectively gasped. Eileen McDermott reports

  • China passes patent law amendments

    February 01, 2009

    The introduction of absolute novelty and a system requiring companies in China to seek permission from SIPO before filing abroad are among patent amendments approved in China

  • Controversy over drugs patent linkage in India

    February 01, 2009

    Two disputes before the Delhi High Court have raised the issue of patent linkage between the India Patent Office and the Office of the Drug Controller General of India

  • IP practitioners back Community patent

    February 01, 2009

    An overwhelming 82% of IP practitioners favour the rapid implementation of a European Community patent, according to a poll

  • 2008 US patent leaders revealed

    February 01, 2009

    IBM has become the first company to be issued more than 4,000 US patents in one year

  • How can I best manage the e-discovery process in the US?

    February 01, 2009

    My company is facing increased litigation in the US and I am concerned about the amount of e-discovery required. How can I minimise costs while still fulfilling obligations?

  • Biggest ever IP survey published

    February 01, 2009

    The leading firms for patent work in 70 jurisdictions are ranked this month in Managing IP’s largest ever IP survey

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