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  • Australian court overturns Apple’s Galaxy ban

    November 30, 2011

    The Full Federal Court of Australia has today overturned an interim injunction banning the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer

  • Patent applicants to get access to Chinese patent translations

    November 29, 2011

    Inventors and patent applicants will be able to use a free automatic translation service to access patents filed at the Chinese patent office as a result of a deal between the EPO and SIPO

  • China plans new office to enforce IP rights

    November 29, 2011

    China’s decision to make its recent campaign against counterfeiting permanent and set up a new structure to oversee IP enforcement has received a cautious welcome from US officials

  • No clear winner in Canadian one-click case

    November 29, 2011

    The ruling of Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal on the Amazon one-click case last week has clarified that business methods are patentable, but questions remain and the case could still be appealed to the Supreme Court

  • Gene patents safe down under

    November 25, 2011

    The Australian government has rejected a ban on gene patents but proposed adding an ethical test to the Patents Act that could cause IP owners some headaches

  • MEPs and Council to discuss unitary patent next week

    November 25, 2011

    MEPs have been given a mandate by Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee to negotiate an EU patent package made up of three proposals (unitary patent, language regime and unified patent court) on November 30.

  • Analysis: Medeva ruling disappoints in the details

    November 24, 2011

    Medeva and Georgetown could suffer from this morning’s ruling from the Court of Justice of the EU (CJ), despite being likely to win their cases

  • How US patent reform could benefit Chinese companies

    November 24, 2011

    While the benefits of patent reform for US businesses are still being debated, the benefits for Chinese patent owners looking to expand in the world’s largest economy are clear

  • Medeva and Georgetown win in SPC rulings

    November 24, 2011

    The Court of Justice of the EU clarified the law on SPCs for combination drugs this morning, but included a sting in the tail for pharma companies

  • Federal Circuit reconsiders joint infringement standard

    November 24, 2011

    An en banc Federal Circuit posed some hard-hitting questions last week about whether the standard for determining direct, indirect and joint infringement should be changed

  • Free access: Patents to be thankful for

    November 23, 2011

    During this season of thankfulness in the US, Managing IP thought it was time to remind its readers of some patents of yesteryear, without which life might be a much more thankless experience

  • Interview: Carsten Fink of WIPO on the World IP Report

    November 18, 2011

    Carsten Fink, WIPO’s chief economist, explains the difficulties of collecting data and what surprised him most in the new World IP Report in an interview with Simon Crompton

  • Event report: Communicate to keep your clients

    November 18, 2011

    Finding the right mix of quality, cost-effectiveness and communication skills in outside counsel in the US is not easy, said in-house panellists last week, but they gave some good advice on where to look

  • Samsung switches strategy in Asia against Apple

    November 17, 2011

    Samsung has abandoned attempts to win preliminary injunctions blocking the sale of Apple’s new iPhone 4S models in Asia and is now pushing for early trials

  • Free access: How to win work from Chinese in-house counsel

    November 17, 2011

    A Managing IP survey of over 100 in-house lawyers and businessmen has revealed some interesting tips on how foreign law firms can win work out of China

  • Event report: why due diligence matters in Asia

    November 16, 2011

    Getting IP due diligence right is vital for helping to improve the market for technology transfer in Asia, said speakers at an LES event in Singapore last week

  • Interview: from the army to IPOS – Singapore’s new IP head

    November 16, 2011

    Tan Yih San, who took over as chief executive of the IP Office of Singapore in June, tells Peter Ollier about his plans for the office and how his time in the army has helped him prepare

  • Are you ready for 3D printing?

    November 16, 2011

    IP owners need to rethink the way that they exploit and enforce their IP rights if they want to meet the challenges of a technology that could revolutionise manufacturing

  • UK SMEs given litigation boost

    November 15, 2011

    The UK is introducing a small claims service at the Patents County Court designed to make it easier for small and medium-sized companies to sue IP infringers

  • False marking ban challenged

    November 15, 2011

    The Public Patent Foundation is fighting the retroactive effect of the America Invents Act provision banning third parties with no competitive interest from bringing false patent marking suits

  • Corporate-structure firm sees jump in profits

    November 14, 2011

    Prosecution firm Avidity IP - recently rebranded from HLBBShaw and one of the few UK firms to be a limited company - announced an 89% increase in profits last month

  • Interview: Christoph Then on the Brüstle stem cell ruling

    November 11, 2011

    Following the European Court of Justice ruling on stem cell patents last month, Christoph Then, who helped Greenpeace to challenge the Brüstle patent, tells Managing IP why stem cell research will continue unscathed in Europe

  • Mayo: Supreme Court case is about how far patents can go

    November 11, 2011

    Mayo Clinic is not asking the US Supreme Court for an “exotic” application of Section 101, and the personalised medicine industry will be fine without patents like that owned by Prometheus, the company’s counsel told Managing IP on Thursday

  • Arguments take shape in Mayo v Prometheus

    November 11, 2011

    With just one month to go before they present their arguments to the judges of the highest US court, the parties in Mayo v Prometheus have filed their briefs and interested parties are also making their views known

  • Judges’ concerns cast doubt on unitary patent

    November 10, 2011

    A group of 27 European judges has unanimously voiced concern over the inclusion of provisions on substantive patent law in the proposal for an EU unitary patent

  • Trilateral offices set six-month target for first office action

    November 09, 2011

    The EU, Japanese and US patent offices are aiming to issue first office actions within six months, the head of the EPO said at the meeting of the Trilateral offices

  • EU design owners get enforcement boost

    November 08, 2011

    An opinion from the Advocate General of the EU Court of Justice today provides one more small boost to Community designs, saying that owners should not have to prove a similar design invalid before infringement proceedings

  • French company prepares to battle US NPE

    November 08, 2011

    A French company hit by a demand for a patent licence from a Texas-based non-practising entity has adopted an unusual litigation strategy

  • Interview: Dickel Sooriah, co-founder GroupCamp

    November 07, 2011

    At the end of September French software developer GroupCamp received a letter from Texas-based non-practising entity Lodsys accusing it of infringing its patents and inviting it to negotiate a licence. Now its founders have launched a website asking companies in the same situation to pool their knowledge and share prior art to defeat Lodsys’s patents. Managing IP spoke to Dickel Sooriah about GroupCamp’s unusual tactics

  • Conference report: The IP counsel/ investor divide

    November 07, 2011

    “Despite the fact that we may have the utmost confidence in your patent estate, just settle.” That was how one investor advised IP counsel in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries

  • Conference report: US and Japanese push for harmonisation

    November 07, 2011

    David Makman saw signs of a desire for greater harmonisation at the US-Japan joint judicial conference that took place in Tokyo at the end of October

  • Analysis: AMSC’s trade secrets challenge in China

    November 07, 2011

    US energy technology company AMSC is making progress in its trade secrets battle with a former Chinese client, but will find it difficult to prove infringement in a jurisdiction without discovery

  • Interview: José Rodrigo Roque Díaz on IP challenges in Mexico

    November 07, 2011

    With a new president likely to oust him as director-general of IMPI, José Rodrigo Roque Díaz is in a race against time to improve IP awareness in Mexico. Refusing to play the part of lame duck, Roque spoke with Managing IP about his ambitious plans for the Office

  • Samsung’s Frand tactics under scrutiny in EU

    November 04, 2011

    Europe’s antitrust watchdog has asked Samsung and Apple to explain how they enforce standards-essential patents, putting the spotlight on tactics used by the Korean company

  • Stoll faces reality about USPTO funding

    November 04, 2011

    “Honestly, the answer is no.” That was USPTO commissioner for patents Bob Stoll’s frank assessment yesterday about whether the Office will be able to retain all of its fees

  • The Philippines to launch rocket docket

    November 03, 2011

    The Supreme Court of the Philippines has released a set of rules designed to make IP litigation cheaper and quicker in a jurisdiction that is notorious for its inefficient enforcement

  • In depth: Why HGS ruling will benefit biotech investment

    November 03, 2011

    Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in HGS v Eli Lilly gives applicants more certainty by bringing UK law on industrial applicability into line with that applied in the EPO

  • Patent offices to revise stem cell guidance post-Brüstle

    November 02, 2011

    Patent offices in Europe are considering whether to change their approach to the patenting of stem cell-related inventions following a Court of Justice ruling last month

  • Palestine membership would not affect WIPO

    November 02, 2011

    Despite speculation, figures show that if the US withdraws funding from WIPO in response to Palestine membership it will have little impact

  • Analysis: why the Supreme Court overturned two patent specialists

    November 02, 2011

    Mr Justice Kitchin and Lord Justice Jacob were clear that HGS’s patent for the Neutrokine-a protein was invalid for lacking industrial application. But five Supreme Court judges today disagreed. Why?

  • Supreme Court drops bombshell on English judges

    November 02, 2011

    The UK’s Supreme Court has overturned the lower courts’ interpretation of industrial application in its first ruling in a patent case

  • South Africa passes “useless” traditional knowledge law

    November 01, 2011

    Last week the South African parliament passed a law to protect traditional knowledge that most observers consider to be an expensive waste of time

  • Federal Circuit dissents highlight claim construction chaos

    November 01, 2011

    Two Federal Circuit judges who dissented yesterday from a majority decision to deny review in a case about claim construction have revealed the seriousness of the problem with interpreting claims in US courts

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