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  • Gene patent ruling rocks biotech community

    March 31, 2010

    A US district court has invalidated seven patents on human genes in part based on the Federal Circuit’s ruling in In re Bilski

  • ICAP Ocean Tomo auction generates $14.3 million

    March 29, 2010

    The ICAP Ocean Tomo patent auction held Thursday in San Francisco sold 46 lots for a total of $14.3 million, the event’s second highest sales ever

  • A new troll in town: false marking mania

    March 18, 2010

    In the latest of more than 100 false patent marking lawsuits filed so far this year, People Protecting Patents on Tuesday accused Clorox, Glad Products and Glad Manufacturing of falsely marking certain products as patented

  • Analysis: False marking and patent reform

    March 18, 2010

    As part of the Senate’s compromise on patent reform proposed earlier this month, a new provision on false patent marking would put an end to the recent proliferation of such cases. Managing IP’s Americas editor reports

  • Patent team joins Fish from defunct Darby & Darby

    March 17, 2010

    S Peter Ludwig and Robert C Sullivan have joined Fish & Richardson’s New York office from the recently dissolved law firm Darby & Darby

  • Comment: Should marking requirement apply to method claims?

    March 16, 2010

    Brian L Klock of Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto asks: post-Quanta, should the marking requirement of 35 USC § 287 be applied to method claims?

  • Obama nominates IP-savvy judge to Federal Circuit

    March 15, 2010

    President Obama has nominated Kathleen O’Malley, a district court judge from Ohio, to fill the vacancy on the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

  • PCT is the answer to USPTO backlog – Stoll

    March 12, 2010

    USPTO commissioner for patents, Robert Stoll, told representatives of patent offices and IP associations from around the world yesterday that “the Patent Cooperation Treaty is the way” to reduce the backlog

  • Federal Circuit invalidates Ajinomoto lysine patents

    March 11, 2010

    A group of five Chinese agrichemical companies did not infringe Ajinomoto’s patents for lysine biofeed because the company failed to meet the best mode requirement, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled

  • Patent delays cost £7.6 billion every year

    March 11, 2010

    Every extra year of pendency at the three biggest patent offices costs the global economy £7.6 billion ($11.4 billion), according to a study commissioned by the UK IP Office that was published yesterday

  • Patent offices declare war on backlogs

    March 11, 2010

    In a series of articles, Managing IP examines what patent offices are doing to cut backlogs and pendency. Click on the headings to read the full articles

  • Analysis: How the USPTO is tackling the backlog

    March 10, 2010

    There are 735,961 patent applications awaiting first action by an examiner at the USPTO. Managing IP’s Americas editor looks at what director David Kappos is doing to reduce that number

  • Background: PPH yet to convince applicants

    March 10, 2010

    Patent filers are still cautious about the patent prosecution highway between the USPTO and JPO, which will mark its fourth anniversary this year. Managing IP’s Asia editor reports

  • Interview: UK minister sets out IP priorities

    March 10, 2010

    In an interview with Managing IP, David Lammy, the UK’s minister for intellectual property, addressed his policy priorities, weaknesses in the IP system and how the UK IPO will respond to the challenges of harmonisation

  • US and UK to cooperate on patent applications

    March 10, 2010

    The UK and US patent offices will reuse each other’s work “to the maximum extent possible” under a plan announced today

  • Why PPHs are key to tackling backlogs

    March 10, 2010

    The patent prosecution highway between the UK and Japan patent offices became permanent yesterday, as heads of national offices emphasised that PPHs will be key to tackling backlogs in the global patent system

  • EU court adviser urges limits to bio-patent protection

    March 09, 2010

    A senior legal adviser to Europe’s highest court says that protection for patents over a DNA sequence should be limited to situations where the genetic information is performing the functions described in the patent

  • Bayer takes patent linkage case to India’s Supreme Court

    March 08, 2010

    India’s Supreme Court will hear an appeal by German drug maker Bayer in a case that aims to link the country’s IP office and its drug regulator

  • Senate revives US patent reform

    March 08, 2010

    The US Senate Judiciary Committee has revealed details of an agreement that may move patent reform forward this year

  • Apple sues HTC over 20 US patents

    March 05, 2010

    Apple has sued Taiwanese company High Tech Computer Corp (HTC), the maker of Google’s Nexus One phone, in both the International Trade Commission (ITC) and the US District Court of Delaware, claiming infringement of a total of 20 patents

  • Battistelli “the best we can get”

    March 03, 2010

    IP owners and practitioners have welcomed EPO member states’ decision to appoint Benoît Battistelli as president for a five-year term, saying it will provide certainty and clarity for the organisation

  • Battistelli sets out his priorities

    March 03, 2010

    Benoît Battistelli’s first task when he takes over the EPO’s top job will be to hold discussions with the Office’s employees, the president-elect has told Managing IP

  • How the EPO race was won

    March 03, 2010

    EPO member states were close to postponing the election of a president for a fourth time, before Benoît Battistelli finally and narrowly won the support of three-quarters of member states in the middle of Monday afternoon

  • Who is Benoît Battistelli?

    March 03, 2010

    Benoît Battistelli will take up the post of EPO president 11 days before his 60th birthday and is due to leave it 11 days before his 65th

  • Candidates pledge to support president-elect

    March 03, 2010

    Benoît Battistelli's two rivals for the role of EPO president congratulated him in speeches delivered after his election on Monday afternoon

  • Council to discuss new chair later this month

    March 03, 2010

    Benoît Battistelli’s appointment is set to be confirmed by the EPO’s Administrative Council when it meets on March 16 and 17

  • Get your green technology to the head of the line

    March 01, 2010

    A growing number of IP offices are offering to speed up the granting of patents over so-called green, clean technology. This is what the rules mean in practice in five key markets

  • Three cases reshaping patent licensing practice

    March 01, 2010

    US judges have recently set higher standards for calculating royalties in patent infringement cases. Elizabeth Bailey, Alan Cox and Gregory Leonard explain what the decisions mean

  • China defies patent downturn

    March 01, 2010

    Chinese companies filed more patent applications in China and overseas last year than ever before, despite a slump in global patenting activity

  • Uncertainty over Chinese Patent Law changes

    March 01, 2010

    New Implementing Regulations include rules on filing patents outside China and rewarding employees for inventions

  • EPO election result: France's Battistelli next EPO president

    March 01, 2010

    Benoît Battistelli of France will be the next EPO president, after winning an election of EPO member states today

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