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  • Gurry says downturn could prompt IP reform

    July 30, 2009

    “The economic crisis gives us an opportunity to think fundamentally about the IP system and how to use it,” WIPO director general Francis Gurry said today

  • Senate committee questions Kappos

    July 30, 2009

    David Kappos yesterday faced cross-examination by the US Senate Judiciary Committee on his plans for the USPTO if confirmed as director

  • What patents mean for green technology

    July 27, 2009

    Companies can get trapped into developing technologies just because they have invested heavily in patenting them, the chief innovation officer of a solar technology company told a debate on green patents last week

  • Kappos one step closer to USPTO

    July 23, 2009

    The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing to consider the nomination of David Kappos as the new USPTO director for July 29 at 10am

  • Blog report: peer-to-peer, patent trolls and why everyone wants to be Swiss

    July 20, 2009

    Recent developments on the peer-to-patent project and biosimilars legislation exercise bloggers in the US this week, while the merits of Swiss branding and the role of IP in economic development are debated

  • Blow to biosimilars in amended US health care act

    July 16, 2009

    A US Senate committee adopted an amendment to health care legislation on Monday night that will give 12 years of data exclusivity to innovative biologics

  • EU set to debate patent litigation rules

    July 13, 2009

    EU member states will be able to discuss plans for a unified patent litigation system in greater detail after the Commission published a working paper on the draft rules of procedure last week

  • House approves USPTO funding bill

    July 13, 2009

    The US House of Representatives has approved a bill that will allow the USPTO director to use funds designated for its trade mark portfolio to address the patent backlog

  • Win for Servier in fast-tracked patent case

    July 13, 2009

    The Canadian Federal Court of Appeal has dismissed Apotex’s appeal of a lower court’s finding that Apotex infringed Servier Canada’s patent for perindopril

  • Drugs makers to be watched by European Commission

    July 08, 2009

    The European Commission will intensify scrutiny of the pharmaceutical industry under antitrust law and monitor originator-generic settlements, it said in a report published today

  • GSK and Tafas take USPTO back to court

    July 08, 2009

    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will re-hear en banc the case against the USPTO’s claims and continuations rules package

  • Glivec patent suffers another setback in India

    July 06, 2009

    Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis has suffered another setback in its attempts to obtain a patent for its blockbuster anti-cancer drug Glivec in India

  • Innovation patents too strong, say lawyers

    July 06, 2009

    A controversial court decision has put Australia’s system of innovation patents under scrutiny and led some IP practitioners to call for change

  • Meet the people shaping the future of IP

    July 01, 2009

    Managing IP publishes its seventh annual list of the 50 most influential people in IP

  • Why India needs software patents

    July 01, 2009

    Ron Fernando explains how India's lack of patent protection for software affects innovators and investors

  • Maximise value with an IP audit

    July 01, 2009

    Randy J Pritzker counsels companies and investors to maximise deal value by conducting efficient and thorough IP audits

  • How to survive global patent litigation

    July 01, 2009

    David Wilson and Duncan Ribbons explain how to develop a strategy and manage the international patent litigation process

  • Protect your rights with utility model patents

    July 01, 2009

    Utility model rights have a number of advantages over patents. Correspondents in seven jurisdictions explain the benefits

  • How Kappos emerged as Obama's USPTO choice

    July 01, 2009

    Eileen McDermott provides an insider's guide to the recruitment process

  • EPO begins search for new president

    July 01, 2009

    Alison Brimelow's decision not to seek a second term as president of the EPO has opened up a race to succeed her

  • Utynam's Heirs

    July 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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