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  • Bird & Bird celebrates four wins at Managing IP awards

    March 31, 2009

    Law firm Bird & Bird scooped four awards at last night’s Managing IP Global Awards ceremony, while Baker & McKenzie and Rouse both took home two trophies

  • Managing IP Global Awards 2009 - Winners

    March 31, 2009

  • EPO takes action to limit divisionals

    March 30, 2009

    The EPO is to restrict the ability of patent applicants to file divisional applications

  • Kirkland, Fish and Fross triumph in North America awards

    March 30, 2009

    Kirkland & Ellis, Fish & Richardson and Fross Zelnick each won two national awards at Managing IP’s second annual North America Awards ceremony in Washington DC last week

  • Managing IP North America Awards 2009 - Winners

    March 30, 2009

  • Gary Locke confirmed as US commerce secretary

    March 27, 2009

    The US Senate has confirmed former Washington state governor Gary Locke as the new US secretary of commerce

  • An Asian perspective on the credit crunch

    March 23, 2009

    “A downtime is a great time to innovate,” according to Rembert Meyer-Rochow, a senior patent attorney for Intel in Hong Kong

  • Congress considers biosimilars

    March 23, 2009

    The US House of Representatives is considering a bill that would establish a framework for allowing generic biologics to enter the US market

  • Patent community stunned by CAFC ruling

    March 23, 2009

    In a decision said to be “creating a shockwave through the patent community”, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has reversed a lower court’s finding that the USPTO does not have the authority to promulgate its final rules package on patent claims and continuations

  • Patent community stunned by CAFC ruling (full version)

    March 23, 2009

    In a decision said to be “creating a shockwave through the patent community”, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has reversed a lower court’s finding that the USPTO does not have the authority to promulgate its final rules package on patent claims and continuations

  • TomTom strikes back at Microsoft

    March 23, 2009

    In response to Microsoft’s claims that TomTom is infringing several of its patents related to GPS technology, TomTom has filed a countersuit against Microsoft in the Eastern District of Texas

  • Fire forces court to relocate

    March 23, 2009

    The Patents County Court has been forced to move following a large fire at its premises in London last week

  • Fewer patents granted at EPO

    March 18, 2009

    The proportion of EPO patent applications granted fell below half for the first time last year

  • Microsoft sues TomTom over Linux-based products

    March 16, 2009

    In its first lawsuit to challenge Linux-based software, Microsoft has filed complaints against global positioning system (GPS) maker, TomTom, alleging infringement of eight of its patents related to GPS technology

  • US loses edge in patent dominance

    March 16, 2009

    Non-US companies captured the majority of new US patents for the first time in 2008, according to data compiled by IFI Patent Intelligence

  • Credit crunch prompts UKIPO to cut fees

    March 12, 2009

    The UK IP Office is to review its fees and services in response to a “decrease in demand for patent and trade mark applications in the UK”

  • Chile and Peru join PCT

    March 11, 2009

    Chile and Peru have officially acceded to the Patent Cooperation Treaty, WIPO announced today

  • UKIPO wins in software appeals

    March 06, 2009

    The Patents Court in London has dismissed appeals by telecoms service provider AT&T and telecoms innovation company CVON against the refusal of their patents for being computer programs and methods of doing business

  • US patent reform revived

    March 05, 2009

    The US Senate and House Judiciary Committees on Tuesday introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation in the 111th Congress seeking fundamental changes to the US patent system

  • US patent reform revived (subscriber version)

    March 05, 2009

    The US Senate and House Judiciary Committees on Tuesday have introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation in the 111th Congress seeking fundamental changes to the US patent system

  • How to protect patents in Latin America

    March 02, 2009

    Backlogs at patent offices, political unrest and unspecialised courts are some of the challenges facing IP owners in Latin America, according to participants in Managing IP’s Latin America roundtable

  • How to protect your IP rights at trade fairs

    March 01, 2009

    Organisers estimate that up to 9% of goods presented at German trade fairs infringe IP rights. Bernd Rupprecht explains how IP owners can tackle and deter the threat

  • A pan-European guide to obtaining evidence

    March 01, 2009

    Mark Marfé introduces a survey on obtaining evidence of infringement in the UK, Germany, France and the Netherlands, and looks at how US discovery can help a European case

  • How should I decide which patents not to renew?

    March 01, 2009

    Given the economic situation, my company is looking to cut costs from our IP department and one option is not to renew some of our patent portfolio. Which factors should I consider in deciding which patents not to renew?

  • Bus company drives off with design damages in China

    March 01, 2009

    German bus maker Neoplan has won a landmark case after two Chinese companies were found to have copied the design of its buses

  • FTC antitrust war wages on

    March 01, 2009

    The US Federal Trade Commission's campaign against reverse payments between innovator pharmaceutical companies and generics stepped up a gear last month

  • The expanding PPH

    March 01, 2009

  • Letter from the editor

    March 01, 2009

  • Utynam's Heirs

    March 01, 2009

    A monthly column devoted to IP curiosities and controversies, named in honour of John of Utynam - who received the world’s first recorded patent in 1449

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