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  • The most successful states for innovation

    June 30, 2011

    Switzerland, Sweden and Singapore have been rated the most innovative in an index of 125 economies

  • Supreme Court patent spree is “here to stay”

    June 30, 2011

    The Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in two more patent cases, and some of the most well-known High Court lawyers say they are not surprised

  • Stakeholders brace for first biosimilar application

    June 30, 2011

    Innovator companies and potential biosimilar applicants have expressed reservations about the new US scheme for biosimilar approval, which became law in March last year

  • Patents in Singapore

    June 29, 2011

    ATMD Bird & Bird provide an overview of how to file and protect your patents in Singapore

  • Learning to license in China

    June 29, 2011

    Licensing is an effective way to maximise IP cash flow, as long as you get the structure right, said speakers at Managing IP’s China International IP Forum in Beijing last week

  • Lawyers’ four demands for an EU patent court system

    June 28, 2011

    Europe’s patent lawyers have welcomed yesterday’s decision to proceed with an EU unitary patent, but warned that its success depends on a satisfactory litigation system

  • Bilski one year on: still waiting for clarity

    June 28, 2011

    One year after the Bilski decision, claims geared to manipulating and processing data are at risk, according to panellists at a conference last week

  • What makes a good IP manager

    June 28, 2011

    Knowing your business, hiring dedicated professionals and understanding your employees and the market were the most crucial aspects of IP management, according to speakers at a Managing IP event last week

  • EU members agree unitary patent regulations

    June 27, 2011

    An EU unitary patent could exist within two years, after member states today agreed two regulations implementing enhanced cooperation

  • Stakeholder perspectives on patent reform

    June 23, 2011

    US patent reform is for the first time ever on its way to becoming law. Below, Managing IP compiles views from various stakeholders on patent reform – both before and after its historic passage by the House of Representatives today.

  • House approves patent reform bill

    June 23, 2011

    The US House Thursday passed a patent reform bill six years in the making, joining the Senate in passing legislation shifting the US to a first-to-file system

  • Patent reform splits down party lines

    June 23, 2011

    The US House of Representatives today approved an amendment that includes compromise language on patent fee diversion, but some former supporters of the legislation now oppose its final passage

  • Navigate Europe's complex patent landscape

    June 23, 2011

    IP owners frequently fail to master the patent system in Europe, putting them at a competitive disadvantage, Robin Cefai of Sisvel said today

  • Fifteen amendments approved by House on patent reform

    June 22, 2011

    Fifteen amendments were approved last night for consideration during a House floor vote on patent reform today, with the most focus on patent fee diversion and the shift to first-to-file

  • Tian responds to critics of China's IP system

    June 22, 2011

    The head of China's State Intellectual Property Office hit back at critics of China's record on protecting IP rights yesterday, saying that the way foreign media portrays the country's IP efforts is often inaccurate

  • Why Chinese companies should trust the ITC

    June 22, 2011

    As the largest group to be targeted by ITC Section 337 investigations, Chinese companies should trust rather than doubt the way the system works, according to speakers at Managing IP’s China International IP Forum in Beijing

  • Tips on buying IP in Asia

    June 22, 2011

    Foreign companies looking to buy IP assets in Asia need to bear in mind a few differences, said speakers at this year’s China-International IP Forum in Beijing

  • How Lenovo changed its IP culture

    June 21, 2011

    IP managers who want their bosses to treat them as the professionals that they are need to rethink the way that they manage their departments, Yan An of Lenovo said today.

  • Round two for Mayo v Prometheus at Supreme Court

    June 21, 2011

    The Supreme Court has agreed for a second time to hear Mayo v Prometheus, a case that tests the application of the Bilski ruling to diagnostic methods

  • Stakeholders livid over removal of fee diversion language

    June 21, 2011

    Industry stakeholders across the IP landscape have spent the last week urging Congress not to strike fee diversion language from the House patent reform bill

  • Patent reform in jeopardy after section 22 gutted

    June 21, 2011

    The one patent-reform provision almost universally supported by stakeholders – allowing the USPTO to keep all of its user fees - is not likely to be in the bill if it comes up for a House floor vote later this week, sources told Managing IP

  • Head of India’s IP office resigns

    June 20, 2011

    P H Kurian, the reforming head of India’s IP office, has resigned after completing less than half of his five-year term

  • Robert Miller of Spruson & Ferguson provides a guide to patent protection and enforcement in Australia

    June 16, 2011

  • Patent box raises questions for business

    June 15, 2011

    The UK government wants to hear what businesses think about its patent box taxation regime, a senior official said today.

  • Nokia’s smartphone struggles underscored by Apple licence

    June 15, 2011

    Apple has agreed to make a one-time payment and continuing royalty payments to Nokia in a licence agreement that settles all outstanding patent litigation between the two companies

  • Practitioners back utility model patents for India

    June 14, 2011

    A government consultation paper on introducing a system of utility model patents in India has been welcomed by patent practitioners, who believe it will help to stimulate domestic innovation

  • Government will respond to Hargreaves next month

    June 14, 2011

    The UK government is to publish its response to the Hargreaves Review by July 19, when Parliament breaks for the summer

  • Supreme Court vacates pharma ruling

    June 14, 2011

    The Supreme Court yesterday simultaneously granted cert and vacated the Federal Circuit’s decision in Eisai v Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, remanding it back to the appeals court to dismiss the case as moot

  • Patent reform bill faces House obstacles

    June 14, 2011

    The House patent reform bill was stalled today on its way to a House floor vote, but its sponsor is rallying industry support to move it forward

  • Patent specialist courts announced

    June 14, 2011

    Fourteen district courts have been selected to participate in a pilot programme meant to enhance expertise in patent litigation

  • Industry groups rally to end to fee diversion

    June 13, 2011

    150 companies across a range of industries have signed a letter sent to House of Representatives leaders supporting a patent reform provision that would end the practice of fee diversion

  • UK Court introduces damages cap

    June 13, 2011

    From tomorrow, parties bringing patent and designs disputes in the Patents County Court will ordinarily only be able to receive up to £500,000 ($800,000) in damages

  • British business welcomes patent box changes

    June 13, 2011

    Business has responded favourably to consultation documents published by the UK government on plans to introduce a patent box and reform R&D tax credits

  • Advocate General backs negative SPCs

    June 10, 2011

    The Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the EU has recommended that the Court should rule that supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) can be granted where the delay from patent filing to first marketing authorisation is less than five years

  • Interview: Loudon Owen, i4i chairman

    June 10, 2011

    Eileen McDermott spoke with i4i chairman Loudon Owen about the company's victory over Microsoft yesterday in the Supreme Court

  • i4i ruling could prompt jury instructions

    June 10, 2011

    While the Supreme Court’s ruling in Microsoft v i4i has maintained the status quo, the Court’s guidance on providing jury instructions in patent invalidity cases may provide a glimmer of hope to accused infringers

  • i4i prevails over Microsoft in Supreme Court

    June 09, 2011

    The Supreme Court today affirmed the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s decision in Microsoft v i4i, upholding the clear and convincing standard of proof in asserting patent invalidity

  • IP Australia speaks out in patent analytics controversy

    June 08, 2011

    IP Australia is promoting awareness and not competing against private firms by offering patent analytics services, its director-general has told Managing IP

  • Stanford v Roche likely to spur tighter contracts

    June 07, 2011

    The Supreme Court decision in Stanford v Roche will have little effect overall, but may result in more stringent monitoring of employees and tighter contract drafting at universities, commentators told Managing IP

  • Life sciences projects win licensing awards

    June 06, 2011

    Teams of graduate students from Lund University in Sweden and Washington University-St Louis in the USA have won this year’s LES Foundation International Business Plan Competition

  • Supreme Court: patent law trumps Bayh-Dole

    June 06, 2011

    The Supreme Court has affirmed the Federal Circuit’s decision in Stanford v Roche, finding that the Bayh-Dole Act does not automatically vest title to federally funded inventions in federal contractors

  • IP Australia and law firms clash over patent services

    June 06, 2011

    IP Australia’s recent proposal for a national patent analytics pilot programme has worried some private practitioners, who think the organisation may be overstepping its remit

  • Analysis: ingenious solution on European patent court

    June 02, 2011

    The European Commission’s latest proposal for a European patent court suggests there is a way round the Court of Justice’s negative opinion – by making the court less European

  • Trans-Tasman patent system causes concern

    June 02, 2011

    A discussion paper proposing a single patent attorney system in Australia and New Zealand has worried practitioners on both sides of the Tasman sea

  • IBM prominent in peer-to-patent pilot

    June 01, 2011

    The first 20 patent applications in the UK IPO’s peer-to-patent pilot have been posted online

  • G8 stresses patent quality and WIPO’s role

    June 01, 2011

    The G8 included two paragraphs asserting support for IP rights in its declaration last week. Though abstract, they highlight the areas most likely to be targeted by future legislation

  • US Supreme Court changes induced infringement standard

    June 01, 2011

    In an uncharacteristic ruling, the Supreme Court has said that so-called wilful blindness is the proper standard for determining induced patent infringement

  • Global-Tech: wilful blindness standard explained

    June 01, 2011

    The US Supreme Court’s ruling in Global Tech v SEB has allowed plaintiffs more flexibility in proving inducement in infringement suits, said lawyers

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