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  • Trade secrets cases escalate in US

    October 27, 2010

    A recent case involving a DuPont employee illustrates the growing risks of trade secrets theft in the US

  • Don’t become infected by trade secret theft

    October 27, 2010

    It’s not only losing trade secrets that companies need to worry about. Becoming infected with stolen secrets is equally risky

  • How to avoid losing trade secrets

    October 27, 2010

    The risk of trade secrets theft from companies is growing. But there are steps you can take to keep sensitive information secure

  • Three steps to improve patent quality

    October 27, 2010

    WIPO’s Standing Committee on Patents has agreed to investigate patent quality, following a proposal from developed countries

  • Vegetarian diet for the EPO

    October 26, 2010

    The EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal is due to rule in the next three months on two cases relating to the patenting of plants. Managing IP provides a guide to broccoli and tomatoes

  • Opinion: Why patents on seeds should not be granted

    October 26, 2010

    The EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal is due to issue its decision in a case relating to the patentability of plant breeding in broccoli before the end of the year. Christoph Then, who advises Greenpeace on biopatents, explains why he thinks the Office should say No

  • Comment: Worse than divisionals – the EPO limits extent of search

    October 25, 2010

    Nyske Blokhuis, a European patent attorney at EP&C in the Netherlands, explains how an often-overlooked aspect of the EPO’s rule changes will affect applicants

  • USPTO allowance rates up

    October 22, 2010

    Allowance rates at the USPTO have increased to nearly 46%, compared to about 41% this time last year, Director David Kappos said yesterday.

  • USPTO launches new peer-to-patent pilot

    October 22, 2010

    A new, expanded, peer-to-patent pilot programme will be launched by the USPTO and the New York Law School’s Center for Patent Innovations on October 25

  • Competition merger could harm IP owners

    October 21, 2010

    The UK’s Competition Commission and Office of Fair Trading are likely to be merged, the government has said

  • Amazon decision signals change on business methods

    October 20, 2010

    Canada’s Federal Court last week overturned a rejection of Amazon’s one-click patent application, characterising the commissioner of patents’ analysis as being “far outside [her] jurisdiction”

  • One-click ruling highlights international tensions

    October 20, 2010

    The difference between Canada’s commissioner of patents decision on Amazon’s one-click patent and that of the court reveals divergent views of precedents in England, Europe and the United States

  • Amazon one-click ruling will mean CIPO changes

    October 20, 2010

    Like the Bilski decision in the US, the Federal Court of Canada’s ruling in favour of Amazon’s one-click patent will have a big impact on the way Canadian patent examiners assess patentable subject matter

  • Gaviscon maker to pay £10 million for antitrust law breach

    October 19, 2010

    The UK competition watchdog the Office for Fair Trading has fined Reckitt Benckiser £10.2 million ($16 million) after the company admitted abusing its dominant position when supplying heartburn medicines to the National Health Service

  • Top PCT filing firms revealed

    October 15, 2010

    Marks & Clerk has topped Managing IP’s annual ranking of the biggest PCT filing firms worldwide

  • Record quarter for US clean tech patents

    October 15, 2010

    The second quarter of 2010 saw a record 437 clean tech patents granted in the US, with Honda the biggest applicant

  • China’s patent law amendments – so far so good

    October 13, 2010

    IP practitioners are pleased with the changes made to China’s patent law amendments, one year after they come into effect, but some issues still need to be clarified

  • Supreme Court to rule on induced infringement

    October 13, 2010

    The US Supreme Court yesterday agreed to hear a case seeking to clarify the legal standard for assessing whether or not a party has actively induced infringement

  • The Federal Circuit’s record at the Supreme Court

    October 13, 2010

    If its recent patent rulings are any indication, the Supreme Court’s decision to grant Global-Tech’s petition for certiorari yesterday should have SEB’s lawyers on edge. The Court has agreed with the Federal Circuit’s reasoning in just one of the seven cases it has taken since 2006 – and even then, only loosely.

  • Global-Tech v SEB: the arguments in brief

    October 13, 2010

    The Supreme Court is set to hear its eighth patent case since 2006 this year. Managing IP provides a summary of the arguments in the case, according to the opinions and briefs filed so far.

  • Call for SPCs to be longer than five years

    October 11, 2010

    The five-year limit on supplementary protection certificates in the EU needs to be extended, said André Bourgouin of Ipsen Pharma last week

  • Court provides direction on sufficiency

    October 11, 2010

    The England & Wales Court of Appeal has given guidance on the issues of sufficiency and the importance to the skilled reader of “working” examples in patents in a recent case. David Swain and Gillian Johnson explain

  • Motorola takes on Apple in smartphones war

    October 11, 2010

    Less than a week after Microsoft accused Motorola of infringing its patent rights over mobile phone technology, the phone maker has launched its own patent infringement action against Apple

  • Patents fall foul of regulatory regime in Finland

    October 11, 2010

    Finland’s generic substitution and reference price system includes some patent-protected medicinal products. Hanna Paloheimo explains why this situation arose

  • AIPPI passes wide-ranging resolutions

    October 08, 2010

    IP practitioners passed resolutions on trade mark dilution, trade secrets, contributory patent infringement and the person skilled in the art during the AIPPI Congress this week

  • Nestle's IP armoury

    October 06, 2010

    It is crucial to use different forms of IP rights during different stages of a product’s life cycle to maximise protection, said Cornelis Schueller of Nestlé at the AIPPI International Congress this week

  • Eight tips for managing an in-house team

    October 06, 2010

    After a four-year stint as chief patent counsel at GlaxoSmithKline, Sherry Knowles has eight recommendations when it comes to structuring and managing an in-house team

  • Will Dutch cross-border injunctions return?

    October 06, 2010

    Four years after Europe’s top court severely limited the potential to obtain cross-border injunctions for European patents, a Dutch decision could reopen the possibility in cases where defendants are accused of infringing patent rights in a number of countries

  • The barriers that block green innovation

    October 05, 2010

    How the patent system should deal with green technologies will be “one of the hottest IP topics for years to come”, according to Bertram Huber of IPSEVA

  • Apple brings smartphone battle to London

    October 04, 2010

    Apple and Nokia are taking their fight over wireless technology patents to the UK courts, after the US company filed a lawsuit against its Finnish rival in the High Court last week

  • Why app developers will suffer from the latest row over Android

    October 04, 2010

    Developers of smartphone applications could be big casualties in the latest patent battle over the Android platform, an industry commentator has warned

  • Gurry defends WIPO’s ability to harmonise IP laws

    October 04, 2010

    WIPO can continue to play a key role in harmonising IP laws, director-general Francis Gurry said yesterday

  • Clean tech patents soar

    October 04, 2010

    Patenting of clean energy technologies has increased by about 20% a year since the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, according to a study published on Thursday. The growth has outpaced patenting in traditional energy sources

  • How to manage a global filing budget

    October 01, 2010

    In-house counsel related their experiences of managing a global portfolio of patents at yesterday’s CIPA Congress in London

  • US government backs patent pool with first licence

    October 01, 2010

    The US government has become the first patent owner to license its rights to HIV/AIDS drugs to UNITAID in a boost to the organisation’s medicines patent pool

  • Jacob: European patent will be passed by coalition

    October 01, 2010

    Lord Justice Jacob believes the current proposals for a European patent court will fail, but that reform will soon come through a “coalition of the willing”. In-house counsel can’t wait

  • Court advisers question EU patent plans

    October 01, 2010

  • UK readies for patent litigation upswing

    October 01, 2010

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