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  • EPO rethinks divisional rules

    August 31, 2010

    The European Patent Office is to clarify its rules for filing divisional applications

  • Australian IP inquiries on hold

    August 31, 2010

    Australia has halted inquiries into the controversial topics of gene patents and plain packaging for cigarettes because of the indecisive general election

  • Inventor wins in PlayStation patent dispute

    August 31, 2010

    Japan’s IP High Court has ordered Sony to pay ¥5.1 million ($60,000) to a former employee who invented a technology that was used in its PlayStation games consoles

  • Microsoft co-founder launches patent attack

    August 31, 2010

    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has sued 11 internet companies for infringing technology he claims was developed by his defunct patent research company

  • Minorities less likely to seek IP rights

    August 31, 2010

    USPTO director David Kappos told a group of minority business owners and enterprise developers last week that recent data shows minorities are less likely to use the US IP system

  • Examiners' union criticises Lemley study

    August 27, 2010

    A study claiming that USPTO examiners ignore prior art submitted by applicants has earned the wrath of the head of the patent examiners' union

  • South Korea launches competition crackdown

    August 26, 2010

    The Korean Fair Trade Commission has launched an investigation into possible patent abuse by 59 IT companies

  • Court setback for Europe’s patent plans

    August 24, 2010

    Plans for a single European patent litigation system and an EU patent have been dealt a serious blow by legal advisers at Europe’s top court

  • Study says USPTO ignores applicants' prior art

    August 24, 2010

    A study suggesting that examiners may be ignoring prior art submitted by applicants has intensified the US debate about inequitable conduct laws

  • Asia-Pacific IP Forum to focus on Customs

    August 23, 2010

    Managing IP magazine has attracted some of the biggest regional names to speak at the seventh annual Asia-Pacific IP Forum

  • Comment: Bifurcation in the English patents courts

    August 16, 2010

    Rebecca Halford-Harrison examines the lessons from two recent cases where the Court of Appeal followed a German-style approach by separating infringement and validity

  • ACTA: take 10

    August 16, 2010

    The tenth round of Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) negotiations this week in Washington DC will be attended by all negotiating partners, according to the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR)

  • Malaysian firm expands to Indonesia

    August 16, 2010

  • Senators ask DOJ to expedite Monsanto

    August 13, 2010

    Four US Senators are urging the Department of Justice to "swiftly resolve" its investigation into possible antitrust issues in the US seed market

  • Monsanto's out of luck, say Argentine lawyers

    August 13, 2010

    Monsanto's push to get protection for its Roundup Ready soybean technology in Argentina is not likely to succeed anytime soon

  • ABA attendees lament Bilski

    August 09, 2010

    Participants in a roundtable discussion on the Supreme Court’s In re Bilski ruling agreed that retired justice John Paul Stevens’ concurring opinion was nearly the majority opinion, until Justice Scalia changed his vote

  • Bilski cited in Australian patent rejection

    August 09, 2010

    Australia’s Patent Office has become one of the first to cite the Bilski decision when rejecting a business method patent for not being patentable subject matter

  • Federal Circuit asked to revamp inequitable conduct standard

    August 05, 2010

    Pharmaceutical and technology companies have urged the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to raise the threshold for proving inequitable conduct in patent cases

  • What the skilled man decision means for applicants

    August 02, 2010

    Mark Marfe explains what impact the UK Court of Appeal decision in Schlumberger will have for IP owners and litigants

  • UK court clarifies skilled man test

    August 02, 2010

    Patent applicants in the UK have been given more guidance on what kind of knowledge a person must have before they will be deemed to be “skilled in the art”

  • US-China row over indigenous innovation heats up

    August 02, 2010

    A US Chamber of Commerce report has reignited tensions between the US and China over China’s push to develop home-grown technology by placing strict restrictions on what government procurement contracts it offers foreign IP owners

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