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  • Gutierrez hails Microsoft’s “proactive” approach to HTC

    April 30, 2010

    Almost two months after Apple announced its lawsuits against High Tech Corp (HTC) for infringement of 20 patents, Microsoft has struck a licensing agreement with the Taiwanese company

  • Full Federal Circuit to rule on inequitable conduct

    April 28, 2010

    A full panel of the Federal Circuit has agreed to re-hear a case regarding the US doctrine of inequitable conduct, answering Chief Judge Paul Michel’s plea to IP practitioners last year

  • European inventors celebrated

    April 28, 2010

    Inventors behind technologies including organic polymers, industrial measuring and GPS systems were recognised at today’s European Inventor Awards

  • Debate heats up over EU/India trade deal

    April 26, 2010

    The humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières has urged the European Commission and the Indian government not to include provisions in their free trade deal that could block access to medicines for people in developing countries

  • German court backs Microsoft file name patent

    April 26, 2010

    Germany’s top court has confirmed that a Microsoft patent over file names is valid, overturning a decision of the Federal Patent Court

  • Supreme Court to rule on copyright exhaustion

    April 23, 2010

    The US Supreme Court this week agreed to rule on a copyright case that asks how the so-called first sale doctrine should be applied internationally

  • Originator drugs companies hit by European ruling

    April 22, 2010

    Generic drugs companies have scored a legal victory after Europe’s top court said that governments can offer doctors financial incentives to prescribe cheaper medicines

  • China relaxes indigenous innovation rules

    April 20, 2010

    IP practitioners in China have given a cautious welcome to a new draft of rules on government procurement policies that appears to tone down the IP restrictions

  • IP5 to speed up standardisation projects

    April 20, 2010

    The heads of the world’s five largest IP offices are to accelerate work on the foundation projects designed to increase worksharing and tackle patent backlogs

  • Blog roundup: Spotting fakes, dealing Dali and IP issues in India

    April 19, 2010

    This week, bloggers report on how to spot fakes, the next potential patent case to be heard by the US Supreme Court, the latest IP action in India and the EU’s approach to resale rights for Salvador Dali

  • GSK patent head to start new IP company

    April 16, 2010

    Sherry Knowles, senior vice president of global patents at GlaxoSmithKline, is leaving the company in June to start her own IP consulting company.

  • Blog round-up: ACTA, Fordham, Lindt bunnies and iPad copies

    April 12, 2010

    This week, we review blogs and tweets on the ACTA negotiations in New Zealand and the Fordham IP Conference in New York, as well as developments in Austria, China and India

  • What the IP tsar does

    April 12, 2010

    US IP tsar Victoria Espinel said she is “taking very seriously” some 2,000 submissions received by her office on IP enforcement

  • Kappos touts US grace period as gold standard

    April 11, 2010

    USPTO director David Kappos said Thursday that the US is the “gold standard of patent systems” and that other countries should adopt a grace period for making an invention public in the interest of harmonisation

  • Kappos says bad PCT searches are “our own fault”

    April 02, 2010

    Addressing criticism about the Office’s policy of outsourcing Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) searches, USPTO director David Kappos told Managing IP that “it’s our own fault” the searches are not up to par

  • How the EPO got its president

    April 01, 2010

    It took six months and 20 rounds of voting but the Administrative Council of the EPO last month finally chose a successor to out-going president Alison Brimelow

  • Debate over false marking reforms

    April 01, 2010

    As part of the Senate's compromise on patent reform proposed last month, a new provision on false patent marking would put an end to the recent proliferation of such cases

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

    April 01, 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

  • Report points to £7.6 billion cost of patent backlogs

    April 01, 2010

    How IP offices are tackling pendency

  • Why open source makes commercial sense

    April 01, 2010

    A growing number of high-tech companies that built their businesses on the back of proprietary IP are experimenting with open-source. Mark Kenrick explains why

  • Learn the value of innovation patents

    April 01, 2010

    Wayne Condon and Eliza Saunders explain how IP owners should incorporate innovation patents into their IP strategy down under

  • Avoid the marking troll

    April 01, 2010

    The false marking troll is on the prowl following two recent court rulings. Thomas Turano advises companies how to steer clear of these clever critters

  • New rules at the EPO

    April 01, 2010

    New measures, including strict time limits on filing divisional applications, come into force at the European Patent Office (EPO) today

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