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  • We’re ready, insist EPO

    September 30, 2010

    “We are prepared.” They were the reassuring words regarding divisionals from Ingwer Koch, director patent law at the EPO, at a conference last week

  • D-day for divisionals as deadline looms

    September 30, 2010

    Patent applicants are bombarding the European Patent Office with divisional applications this week in advance of a deadline that falls on October 1

  • Divisionals: tales from the frontline

    September 30, 2010

    “I filed more divisional applications last week than I normally would in two years,” said one patent attorney. Here are some more stories from the filing frontline as applicants rush to meet the October 1 deadline

  • Australia raises patent threshold

    September 30, 2010

    IP Australia is changing its examination practice to improve patent quality and limit the use of divisional applications

  • USPTO in worksharing spree

    September 30, 2010

    The USPTO has stepped up its international patent prosecution cooperation efforts in an attempt to reach its worksharing goals

  • The risks of litigating drug patents in Canada

    September 28, 2010

    Two recent Canadian decisions have made pharmaceutical patent litigation unpredictable and costly. Nathaniel Lipkus explains

  • UK IP cases soared during the recession

    September 28, 2010

  • Patent attorneys: get out of the office!

    September 24, 2010

    Patent attorneys need to get out of their offices, and spend time with their clients in R&D, the head of patents at Unilever said this week

  • Lawyers criticise EU privilege ruling

    September 23, 2010

    Lawyers and business leaders have expressed their disappointment after Europe’s top court ruled that only communications from outside counsel should be privileged in competition cases

  • Ravicher attacks Myriad over BRCA patents

    September 23, 2010

    Dan Ravicher of the Public Patent Foundation this week claimed his actions “help the patent system maintain credibility for society” in a debate over his pending patent dispute with Myriad Genetics

  • Michel: US 101 law is a mess

    September 21, 2010

    Retired Federal Circuit chief judge Paul Michel said on Monday that US law on patentability is a mess, and his decision in Bilski was misunderstood

  • EPO and USPTO to extend pilot PPH

    September 20, 2010

    The European Patent Office and the USPTO have agreed to extend the pilot patent prosecution highway (PPH) between the two offices for another 16 months.

  • China saves world from fall in patent filings

    September 17, 2010

    A WIPO report has revealed how the economic crisis hit patent and trade marks filings in 2008 and 2009, as well as how China has maintained its astonishing growth

  • Interview: Randall Rader on the CAFC’s history

    September 15, 2010

    Chief Judge Randall Rader of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit tells Eileen McDermott why the story of his court’s creation is important and what advice he has for other specialist IP courts

  • False marking fracas at IPO Annual Meeting

    September 15, 2010

    A morning session on false patent marking led to a heated debate at the IPO Annual Meeting in Atlanta yesterday

  • Discount patent litigation comes to the UK

    September 13, 2010

    Patent practitioners in the UK have welcomed changes to the Patents County Court, due to come into effect on October 1, saying they will make it easier to bring IP cases

  • UK’s new County Court judge revealed

    September 13, 2010

    Colin Birss is set to take over as judge of the Patents County Court in London, Managing IP has learned

  • European court prepares to rule on privilege

    September 13, 2010

    In-house counsel will find out tomorrow whether their communications will be treated as privileged when Europe’s top court rules in a long-running dispute

  • Can machine translations save the EU patent?

    September 13, 2010

    Officials from EU member states last week discussed the potential to use machine translations of patent documents for the proposed European Union Patent

  • One year on, practitioners back Kappos

    September 10, 2010

    While his boss, Barack Obama, is battling record-low approval ratings for his attempts to revive the US economy, USPTO director David Kappos seems to be enjoying widespread support

  • Kappos targets backlog reduction

    September 10, 2010

    The USPTO aims to cut its patent application backlog by a further 4% to 700,000 by the end of this year, David Kappos said this week

  • Why IP outsourcing is booming

    September 06, 2010

    In-house lawyers from DuPont and Techtronic discussed the pros and cons of outsourcing IP work at the Asia-Pacific IP Forum last week

  • US examiners given new guidance on obviousness

    September 06, 2010

    The USPTO has issued updated guidelines for examiners with respect to determining whether or not an invention is obvious

  • Avoid China’s litigation time limits

    September 03, 2010

    Challenging jurisdiction could be an effective way for defendants to delay patent litigation in China, according to speakers at Managing IP’s Asia-Pacific IP Forum this week

  • Comment: Microsoft co-founder is not a troll

    September 02, 2010

    Florian Mueller, an avid anti-software patent activist, is surprisingly in favour of Paul Allen’s right to sue a number of internet companies

  • Federal Circuit declines to curb false marking cases

    September 01, 2010

    The Federal Circuit said yesterday that a district court erred in dismissing a false marking suit, to the dismay of the hundreds of plaintiffs who have been sued this year

  • EPO defends changes to rules on divisionals

    September 01, 2010

    The EPO has denied that its plan to review rules on filing divisional applications just six months after they were introduced represents a failure to consult adequately when it overhauled its regulations in April

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