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  • New Bilski guidelines issued

    July 30, 2010

    One month after the Supreme Court’s Bilski decision, the USPTO has issued a second version of its interim guidance to examiners for determining subject matter eligibility

  • New Zealand plans for software patents create confusion

    July 30, 2010

    The New Zealand government is set to refuse to grant patents for computer programs but will use IP office regulations to allow patents for software embedded in hardware

  • IBM faces EU antitrust probe

    July 27, 2010

    IBM has become the latest company to face an antitrust investigation in Europe over allegations that it may have abused a dominant position

  • Belgians issue warning over EU patent

    July 26, 2010

    “In a meeting chaired by the Belgian presidency of the EU, member states have clashed on the languages to be used to file the proposed Community patent,” reported Managing IP in 2001. Nine years on, can the Belgians break the latest impasse?

  • GSK expands royalty-free licence to HIV drugs

    July 26, 2010

    An HIV drugs company set up by GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer is to offer generic drugs manufacturers a royalty-free voluntary licence to all its healthcare products

  • Senate blocks bid to end reverse payment deals

    July 26, 2010

    The Senate has blocked an amendment that would have given the Federal Trade Commission power to intervene in so-called reverse payment agreements

  • USPTO three-track plan criticised

    July 21, 2010

    Microsoft, BIO, 3M, AIPLA and IPO voiced their concerns about the USPTO’s proposed three-track patent examination system during a public roundtable held yesterday

  • USPTO funding plans under scrutiny

    July 20, 2010

    A bid for additional funding, a lofty long-term strategic plan and a proposal for a new patent examination system all highlight the USPTO’s claim that change is critical to the Office’s future economic health

  • SABIP axed in UK government efficiency drive

    July 19, 2010

    The UK government is to close down its Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property policy as part of a quango-cutting exercise

  • Why Monsanto raises important issues for biotech industry

    July 19, 2010

    It will remain difficult to get protection for recombinant products purely on the basis of a patent to the gene, following the Court of Justice’s recent decision in the Monsanto case – according to the UK’s BioIndustry Association

  • Senate bid to pass patent reform blocked

    July 16, 2010

    An attempt to add patent reform bill S515 to legislation concerning small business loan funding in the US has been barred

  • Commission notes fall in problematic pharma deals

    July 12, 2010

    Just 10% of patent settlements in the pharmaceutical sector were problematic in the period July 2008 to December 2009, according to a report adopted by the European Commission

  • NTP’s diet changes from BlackBerry to Apple

    July 09, 2010

    Patent-holding company NTP has sued Apple, Google, Microsoft, HTC, LG and Motorola in a move the company’s licensing counsel described as “putting your marker on the table”

  • Monsanto: our focus is on Argentina

    July 07, 2010

    After the Court of Justice of the EU ruled against Monsanto in a dispute over the import of soybean meal from Argentina, Managing IP asked the company to respond to the ruling

  • Court of Justice limits DNA protection in Monsanto case

    July 06, 2010

    In its first foray into substantive patent law, the Court of Justice of the EU has said that DNA sequences can only be protected when they perform the function specified in the patent

  • Chinese companies learn to protect IP abroad

    July 02, 2010

    More than 300 delegates attended a two-day event in Beijing this week to help Chinese companies to register, protect and enforce their IP abroad

  • The China-International IP Forum in quotes

    July 02, 2010

    The PCT, Section 337, Bilski, the rise of China, the EPO, litigation in Europe and strategies in southeast Asia – speakers at the China-International IP Forum covered a wide range of topics. Here’s a selection of their comments

  • USPTO expands cooperation with SIPO

    July 02, 2010

    The USPTO has increased cooperation with SIPO and launched plans for a pilot patent prosecution highway (PPH) between the two offices

  • AstraZeneca ruling could mean more competition cases

    July 01, 2010

    The European Commission could be more likely to take action against IP owners for blocking competition, after a court today endorsed its AstraZeneca decision

  • Canada’s business method battle

    July 01, 2010

    Scott Davidson contrasts approaches to patent subject matter eligibility and business method patents in Canada and the US, highlighting some key Canadian developments

  • Incoming EPO president to meet staff today

    July 01, 2010

    Benoît Battistelli, who has taken over as president of the EPO, is to convene a meeting with all the Munich office’s staff later today

  • Interview: David Perdue, CEO, Asentinel

    July 01, 2010

    David Perdue is the CEO of Asentinel, a telecom expense management software company. He told Eileen McDermott why the Bilski opinion is “a major step forward” for software companies

  • EU patent proposal backs machine translations

    July 01, 2010

    Applicants for the proposed EU patent will be able to file in just one language, under a proposal published by the European Commission today

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