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  • Kappos: 2011 funding is “adequate” – for now

    September 30, 2011

    The day before the USPTO entered into a new fiscal year without an increase in funding, director David Kappos insisted the agency had sufficient means to continue implementing the America Invents Act

  • EU member states push for patent agreement this year

    September 30, 2011

    EU members this week backed efforts to agree a single patent and court system by the end of this year

  • Federal Circuit invokes Therasense in Cordis ruling

    September 30, 2011

    The Federal Circuit has found that Boston Scientific did not infringe Johnson & Johnson’s heart stent patents, but also found the patents enforceable under the standard established by the Therasense ruling for findings of inequitable conduct

  • WIPO General Assemblies at-a-glance

    September 28, 2011

    More than 1,000 IP officials are gathered in Geneva this week and next to debate, argue over and rubber stamp policy-making work being carried out by the World Intellectual Property Organization

  • Microsoft and Samsung strike patent deal

    September 28, 2011

    Microsoft has struck a cross-licensing deal with Samsung, marking its eighth agreement among Android device makers

  • IP consultancy receives shot of private equity

    September 28, 2011

    A private equity company has taken a majority stake in Zacco, the northern European IP consultancy

  • Nortel, Motorola deals increase strain on in-house counsel

    September 28, 2011

    After the $4.5 billion bid for Nortel’s patent portfolio and Google’s subsequent purchase of Motorola Mobility, company executives have increased pressure on in-house counsel to monetise their IP

  • Gene patents ban rejected in Australia

    September 27, 2011

    An Australian Senate Committee had just one recommendation at the end of an exhaustive report into a Bill to ban gene patents: do not pass this Bill

  • It's the chips, not the cards

    September 26, 2011

    Google has learnt the hard way that volume matters with smartphone patents. The more you have, the more you can bet – and the longer you can stay in the game. Its aggressive moves to build its stake threaten to distort the patent market and affect more than just smartphones. By Karen Bolipata

  • Fast track launched amid possible government shutdown

    September 23, 2011

    The USPTO will launch the first part of its new three-track patent application system on Monday, as mandated by the America Invents Act

  • Google battles Congress, Oracle

    September 22, 2011

    Google’s troubles extended beyond the courtroom this week, as the Senate grilled the company in an antitrust hearing on its business practices

  • Samsung and Apple litigation latest

    September 22, 2011

    Samsung and Apple have deepened their long-running in litigation over smartphone technology in Australia and Germany

  • First compulsory licence application in India

    September 22, 2011

    Indian generic drug maker Natco has filed a compulsory licence application for the patent covering German pharma company Bayer’s anti-cancer drug Nexavar

  • False marking cases flounder

    September 20, 2011

    In the light of changes to the false marking statute following patent reform, many lawyers expect that the vast majority of pending suits will be dismissed

  • DuPont win shows importance of trade secrets strategy

    September 20, 2011

    A Virginia jury’s $920 million verdict against Kolon Industries for misappropriating DuPont’s trade secrets demonstrates the importance of having the right protection procedures in place

  • Obama seals patent reform deal; USPTO prepares

    September 16, 2011

    As US president Barack Obama signed the America Invents Act into law this morning, the USPTO has already begun hiring in preparation for the many changes imposed by the bill

  • Software needs patent/copyright compromise

    September 15, 2011

    Open software advocates and lawyers clashed over what IP protection software should have during a meeting of IP stakeholders yesterday

  • EU patent court concerns at a glance

    September 15, 2011

    A group of UK practitioners last week set out their concerns about the proposed unified patent court. Managing IP provides a guide to the substantive points raised

  • EU-China project trains more than 2,700 officials

    September 15, 2011

    A cooperation project between China and the EU has led to more than 2,700 officials working for IP agencies and institutions being trained over the past four years

  • Pooley: US changes could revive harmonisation

    September 15, 2011

    The US move to a first-to-file system “could breathe new life into efforts to harmonise patent law”, said WIPO deputy director general for patents James Pooley on Tuesday

  • Federal Circuit keeps Myriad standing question open

    September 15, 2011

    The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit yesterday denied the plaintiffs’ request for rehearing in their case against the USPTO and Myriad Genetics, but kept the diagnostic company’s petition for rehearing over standing

  • EPO to appoint Brussels lobbyist

    September 14, 2011

    If you like the idea of navigating the choppy political waters of European policy making, the EPO might have the perfect job for you

  • Google, Oracle CEOs ordered to mediate

    September 13, 2011

    The CEOs of Oracle and Google have been told to mediate their patent dispute in person in front of a magistrate judge, underscoring the billion-dollar stakes involved

  • Lawyers on life post-reform: “All your instincts are wrong”

    September 13, 2011

    “You are at serious risk of committing malpractice” following passage of the America Invents Act, one speaker joked with fellow patent practitioners yesterday

  • Practitioners demand more work on unified patent court plan

    September 12, 2011

    The latest proposals for a European patent court could impede innovation, competition and growth for years to come, according to a group of UK patent specialists

  • Complaint forces judge to withdraw from Novartis case

    September 09, 2011

    A Supreme Court judge in India has recused himself from hearing a key patent case this week after protests from healthcare activists over his attending and making comments at events sponsored by IP owners

  • Analysis: how the bill was passed

    September 09, 2011

    Patent reform legislation is on its way to the White House after the US Senate overwhelmingly approved the latest bill and rejected three amendments

  • Senate passes “momentous” patent reform

    September 09, 2011

    Patent stakeholders have hailed the Senate passage of the America Invents Act, despite the bill having been watered down over the past six years

  • Google behind latest HTC suit against Apple

    September 08, 2011

    HTC’s latest patent action against rival Apple is based on nine patents bought from Google at the end of last month

  • Interview: David Abrams on the downside of first-to file

    September 07, 2011

    As patent stakeholders brace for an overhaul of the US patent system touted by supporters as a jobs creation vehicle, a report published last week by two law professors suggests that the America Invents Act may discourage small inventors from obtaining patent protection

  • Fee diversion delays final patent reform vote

    September 07, 2011

    Less than 24 hours after the Senate voted to move toward final passage on patent reform legislation, a floor vote on the bill may not happen until next week due to one senator’s determination to end fee diversion

  • Patent reform in view of finish line

    September 06, 2011

    Comprehensive patent reform legislation could finally be sent to the White House this week, following a 93-5 Senate vote Tuesday to close debate and advance to a final vote now scheduled for Wednesday

  • US Chamber to Congress: curb rogue sites

    September 06, 2011

    In addition to passing patent reform, the US Chamber of Commerce is urging Congress to crack down on rogue websites and strengthen IP protection through free trade agreements

  • Samsung forced to withdraw tablet from trade fair

    September 05, 2011

    Samsung has removed one of its latest tablet computers from a trade fair in Germany after Apple secured an injunction from a Düsseldorf court on Friday

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