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  • Courts differ over mobile phone patent

    December 22, 2010

    A dispute over a key mobile telecoms patent in Germany and the Netherlands is the latest to highlight divergence between Europe’s patent courts

  • Is job creation behind Detroit office?

    December 22, 2010

    The USPTO cited access to major research institutions, skilled engineers and scientists, and high volume of patenting activity as the reasons for choosing Detroit as the site of its first satellite office

  • Cases of the year reveal future of IP

    December 22, 2010

    This year’s top 10 cases, selected by Managing IP, highlight the direction of IP practice around the world

  • Patentees await more post-Bilski decisions

    December 22, 2010

    The Federal Circuit’s decision to uphold Prometheus’s diagnostic method patents despite Bilski should elicit “a sigh of relief” from clinical and research diagnostic companies

  • Prometheus reiterates broad patent eligibility standard

    December 22, 2010

    Bilski has done little to change the Federal Circuit’s approach to assessing the patent eligibility of diagnostic method claims, according to an opinion issued last week

  • IP review calls for evidence submissions

    December 21, 2010

    IP practitioners have until March 1 to submit evidence to the UK's latest IP review

  • Interview: Ian Hargreaves on the UK IP Review

    December 21, 2010

    The UK’s latest IP review will focus on how IP rights can help “drive economic growth”, according to the man tasked with leading it

  • USPTO announces first satellite office

    December 17, 2010

    The city of Detroit will host a branch of the US Patent and Trademark Office, which will open next year

  • Post-Bilski advice from Federal Circuit

    December 16, 2010

    The Federal Circuit has overturned a patent invalidity finding, citing the Bilski judgment, in an opinion authored by Chief Judge Randall Rader

  • Unilever patent management goes paperless

    December 15, 2010

    Unilever is to get rid of paper records for all its patent prosecution documents as part of the company's Sustainable Living Plan

  • EU and India resolve generics dispute

    December 15, 2010

    It has been confirmed that a WTO row over the shipment of generic drugs through Europe had been resolved following an EU-India summit last week

  • India’s Supreme Court dismisses Bayer’s linkage petition

    December 14, 2010

    The Supreme Court of India has dismissed an appeal filed by Bayer in a case that dealt with the question of whether the country’s IP office and its drug regulator should be linked

  • Enhanced cooperation for EU patent

    December 10, 2010

    Eleven member states are to press ahead with discussions that could see detailed plans for an EU patent by the end of next year

  • EPO rules out plant breeding patents

    December 10, 2010

    The EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal yesterday clearly decided that the process of crossing plants or animals cannot be patented. But questions remain over the patentability of plants themselves

  • USPTO chief economist to quantify IP value

    December 10, 2010

    Stuart Graham, the USPTO’s chief economist, has launched an economic research agenda to measure the effect of IP on the US economy

  • PCT myths exploded in Santiago

    December 07, 2010

    “It is no longer a matter of if other Latin American countries will join the Patent Cooperation Treaty, but when,” Matthew Bryan of WIPO said last week

  • WIPO plans PCT reforms

    December 07, 2010

    There is much work to be done to improve the PCT system, Matthew Bryan of WIPO told attendees at the ASIPI meeting in Santiago, Chile last week

  • Australian Bill would ban gene patents

    December 06, 2010

    A Bill introduced into the Australian Senate that would rule out patents on human genes and biological materials has been strongly criticised by patent practitioners

  • Committee slams gene patents

    December 06, 2010

    An Australian Senate Committee has published a report that criticises gene patents but stops short of recommending an outright ban

  • Barnier commits to enhanced cooperation on EU patent

    December 02, 2010

    The European Commission will respond to a request to create an EU patent based on enhanced cooperation “within a few weeks”, Internal Market Commissioner Michel Barnier said today

  • Europe issues biosimilar-friendly guidelines

    December 01, 2010

    Guidelines for the production of biosimilar antibody drugs in Europe released last week focused on safety rather than efficacy, setting a lower hurdle than had been feared

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