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  • Drugs company denies abusing dominant position

    February 23, 2010

    The UK competition watchdog the Office for Fair Trading has accused Reckitt Benckiser of abusing its dominant position by making it harder for doctors to prescribe generic versions of its heartburn medicine

  • Australia’s highest court turns down patent ownership dispute

    February 22, 2010

    Australia’s top court has turned down the University of Western Australia’s request for leave to appeal a closely watched patent ownership dispute

  • Blog roundup: ACTA action, number one brand and Bollywood battle

    February 22, 2010

    This week, IP blogs contemplate proposals in a newly-leaked chapter of ACTA; assess a UK court’s approach to damages; reveal the surprising global brand leader, according to one survey; provide tips for outsourcing work to China and recap copyright conflicts in Bollywood

  • EPO bans Swiss claims

    February 22, 2010

    The EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal has ruled that Swiss-type claims are no longer permissible

  • Taiwan speeds up patent examination

    February 22, 2010

    The Taiwan IP Office has introduced an accelerated examination programme to reduce its growing patent backlog

  • EPO presidential decision likely next week

    February 22, 2010

    The EPO’s Administrative Council will hold an extraordinary meeting next week, with France’s Benoît Battistelli in pole position to be elected the Organisation’s new president

  • Kappos count system takes effect

    February 22, 2010

    The USPTO’s new examiner count system – part of an effort to reduce the patent backlog – was implemented last week

  • Biotech case highlights European patenting split

    February 15, 2010

    UK judges have issued a decision in a biotech case that has again highlighted differences between the approaches of the English courts and the EPO’s Boards of Appeal

  • Blog round-up: Fraud-o-meter, Coyote fight, Silk Market squabble and more

    February 15, 2010

    How to avoid fraud in the US; what constitutes fame in Spain; why a prosecution in China raises questions; and how agrochemical companies extend patent terms. These are some of the reports from around the web included in this week’s IP blog report

  • Vote now in Managing IP's Bilski ballot

    February 09, 2010

    While patent practitioners wait for the Supreme Court ruling in Bilski v Kappos - which could come as early as next week - you can choose sides in the business method battle right now

  • Blog round up: pirate king, samba registry, clog designs and more

    February 08, 2010

    Copyright issues are under extensive scrutiny in the blogosphere this week, from anti-piracy in Nigeria to registering musical works in Brazil and infringement disputes in Australia. This week’s blog round up also includes litigation over clog designs in the US, AP taking on Yahoo over online content and an enforcement initiative in Europe

  • Leader emerges in EPO presidential battle

    February 04, 2010

    EPO member states are getting nearer to electing a new president, with one of the three candidates close to reaching the required number of votes

  • Obama budget calls for increase in patent fees

    February 03, 2010

    US President Barack Obama asked Congress on Monday to approve a fiscal year 2011 budget of $2.322 billion for the USPTO, including a 15% increase in patent fees

  • EPO election procedure suspended

    February 03, 2010

    The EPO's Administrative Council has again failed to agree on appointing a new president. It will meet again on March 1 to reconsider the same three candidates. More soon

  • Patent firms of the year

    February 01, 2010

    Managing IP reveals the results of part one of the world's most detailed and authoritative survey of the IP market

  • EPO leads debate on patents and climate change

    February 01, 2010

    After the confusion in Copenhagen, the EPO is injecting hard facts about the role of patents in fighting climate change. Emma Barraclough reports

  • Prosecute with candour in Canada

    February 01, 2010

    Canada's Federal Court has imposed higher standards of candour on the country's patent applicants. Shonagh McVean and Nathaniel Lipkus explain more

  • US grants more patent term for your money

    February 01, 2010

    A Federal Circuit decision last month will be a boon to patent holders affected by USPTO delays. Eileen McDermott considers who will benefit

  • Drug settlement deals under attack

    February 01, 2010

    US and EU antitrust regulators have toughened their stance against deals between generic and originator drugs companies

  • China's top court interprets rules on patent damages

    February 01, 2010

    The Supreme People's Court issues its latest IP Interpretation

  • Blog round-up: endangered species, design appeals and CPA pay day

    February 01, 2010

    Managing IP’s weekly round up of IP blogs considers news from India, Australia, Europe and the US

  • Business calls for clarity in EPO election

    February 01, 2010

    Industry association BusinessEurope has urged European governments to decide who will lead the EPO when the Office’s Administrative Council votes again this week

  • USPTO backs down on Wyeth v Kappos

    February 01, 2010

    The USPTO has published interim guidelines for patentees to request patent term adjustment in light of the recent Wyeth v Kappos decision

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