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  • EPO and Google launch machine translation service

    February 29, 2012

    The European Patent Office and Google have launched a new six-language machine translation service to improve access to patent documents a year after they embarked on the joint project

  • The patents in the Yahoo!-Facebook patent war

    February 28, 2012

    Yahoo! has reportedly demanded licensing fees from Facebook for technology relating to advertising, the personalisation of Web sites, social networking and messaging

  • Tobacco packaging back on the TRIPs agenda

    February 28, 2012

    The TRIPs Council – the WTO body that administers the TRIPs Agreement – has chosen a new chairman today who must guide it through debates on tobacco packaging and IP enforcement

  • Indian IP office gets a new head

    February 28, 2012

    The head of India’s IP Office, PH Kurian, is to step down in less than a fortnight and will be succeeded by Chaitanya Prasad

  • What’s on next week

    February 24, 2012

    Managing IP lists IP events and meetings scheduled for the week beginning February 27

  • This week’s IP news quiz – February 20-24

    February 24, 2012

    Test your knowledge of the week’s IP news with our quick, five-question quiz. Answers next week

  • The lawyers who win from the smartphone wars

    February 24, 2012

    Apple and Samsung are pouring millions of dollars into litigation over the IP rights behind their smartphones and tablet computers. Managing IP considers which firms are benefitting

  • USPTO execs address America Invents Act concerns

    February 22, 2012

    Small entity discounts, overall fee increases and the feasibility of 12-month invalidity trials topped the agenda at yesterday’s virtual town hall meeting held by the USPTO

  • EU leaders call for copyright reform

    February 22, 2012

    Twelve heads of government have called for urgent action to reform copyright in a letter to EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso

  • Why the CJEU is getting busier and busier

    February 21, 2012

    More cases than ever were brought before Europe’s Court of Justice last year. Does that signal confidence of users or the over-complication of European law? Managing IP reports

  • Third-party art, supplemental exam debated at USPTO roadshow

    February 17, 2012

    Attendees of the USPTO’s first roadshow on implementation of the America Invents Act expressed concerns about supplemental examination and pre-issuance submissions of prior art, among other topics

  • This week’s IP news quiz – February 13-17

    February 17, 2012

    How closely have you been following this week’s IP news? Test your knowledge with five, quick questions

  • Stoll warns over USPTO funding

    February 17, 2012

    Former USPTO commissioner for patents Bob Stoll told patent practitioners Thursday that “we’re taking a calculated risk” implementing the America Invents Act provisions without a guarantee of full funding for the Office

  • Behind the scenes at the Patents Court

    February 16, 2012

    An electric car, lunch at the Inn and excitement at the Applications Court - a day in the life of England & Wales High Court judge Mr Justice Arnold

  • What would an independent Scotland mean for IP?

    February 16, 2012

    The people of Scotland could vote to become independent in 2014. Managing IP investigates what such a move mean for IP owners

  • USPTO fields criticism on proposed fee increases

    February 15, 2012

    A week after announcing a broad array of increased fees for virtually every USPTO service, the agency experienced resistance from the patent community at a hearing it conducted at its headquarters

  • Google gets Motorola go-ahead, plus a warning

    February 15, 2012

    The EU’s antitrust regulator has told Google it can go ahead with its plan to buy Motorola Mobility, which develops smartphones and tablet computers, saying it would not “significantly modify” the market for operating systems and patents for these devices

  • The US approach to biosimilars explained

    February 15, 2012

    The FDA’s draft guidance for biosimilars has provided some clarity for biosimilar applicants and innovator biologic companies. But lawyers say many questions remain

  • Innovation patents – enjoy them while they last

    February 15, 2012

    An attorney who drafted two innovation patents that his client last week successfully defended in the Australian High Court has urged IP owners to make more use of the system – before it is too late

  • Kenyan IP lawyer killed in her home

    February 13, 2012

    Kenyan police are investigating whether the murder of an IP lawyer on Friday evening is linked to any of the cases that she was working on

  • EU-India negotiations prompt patent protests

    February 13, 2012

    The latest round of negotations between the EU and India over a free-trade agreement was disrupted by protests over the way the IP clauses in the deal could affect access to medicines in developing countries

  • UK patent box consultation closes

    February 10, 2012

    The UK government has concluded its consultation on a proposed patent box, which it hopes will encourage investment and economic growth and prevent innovative businesses moving intellectual property offshore

  • This week’s IP quiz – February 6-10

    February 10, 2012

    Test your knowledge of the week’s IP news with our quick, five-question quiz. Answers next week

  • How the EU could make it easier to enforce IP rights

    February 10, 2012

    The European Commission has outlined how it might reform its enforcement directive to make it easier for IP owners to take action against infringers

  • All you need to know about the new USPTO procedures

    February 09, 2012

    Fees are too high, page limits are prohibitive and litigators will be more in demand – these are some initial reactions to the USPTO’s proposed rules on various proceedings mandated by the America Invents Act

  • The road to the rules: a conversation with Janet Gongola of the USPTO

    February 09, 2012

    USPTO Patent Reform Coordinator Janet Gongola gave Eileen McDermott a sneak peek into the months leading up to Tuesday night’s rules package implementing the contested cases provisions of the America Invents Act

  • Apotex paid Sanofi and Bristol-Myers $445 million

    February 08, 2012

    Sanofi’s annual results have revealed that generic rival Apotex paid it and partner Bristol-Myers Squibb over $445 million to settle a dispute over blockbuster drug Plavix

  • The rules are out: key provisions of new USPTO procedures

    February 08, 2012

    The USPTO’s proposed rules for post grant review, inter partes review, transitional covered business methods programme and derivation proceedings have been posted on the Office’s website

  • Red bags and chambers tea: a day in the life of a barristers’ clerk

    February 06, 2012

    Sue Harding is the senior clerk at Hogarth Chambers, a set of barristers in London that specialises in IP and chancery work. She tells Emma Barraclough what it’s like to help a group of self-employed advocates manage their business

  • Workflow and production: daily life at the USPTO

    February 06, 2012

    James Kramer is a patent examiner at the USPTO in a team that deals with applications related to finance: from trading and portfolio management to banking. He tells Emma Barraclough about working life in Alexandria, Virginia

  • Apple loses to Motorola over email patent

    February 03, 2012

    Motorola has won a permanent injunction against Apple over the latter’s iCloud service, just as a previous win forces Apple to remove its iPads from the shelves

  • Quiz of the week – January 30 to February 3

    February 03, 2012

    Test your knowledge of the week’s IP news in Managing IP’s new weekly quiz

  • USPTO tacks hefty fees on new patent procedures

    February 03, 2012

    Independent inventors and SMEs may be out of luck if they want their patents reviewed by the USPTO

  • Managing IP North America Awards 2012 – shortlists revealed

    February 02, 2012

    Free access: The nominations for Managing IP’s North America Awards 2012 have been announced

  • Indian firms fight for share of patent work

    February 01, 2012

    New firms are emerging, and Mumbai is catching up with Delhi, in the highly competitive Indian patent market

  • New leading firms emerge in China

    February 01, 2012

    A new name in the top tier for patent prosecution is the most notable of a number of changes in this year’s IP survey in China

  • Litigation and mergers shake up Australian market

    February 01, 2012

    Blake Dawson’s work for Samsung in smartphone patent litigation has propelled it to the top tier in Australia in this year’s IP survey

  • New names feature in Americas survey

    February 01, 2012

    In Canada, Mexico and Chile lateral moves and mergers in the past year have led to changes in the rankings of the leading patent firms

  • Litigation trends lead to US changes

    February 01, 2012

    Smartphone patent battles and the growing prominence of the ITC, as well as lateral moves, have led to changes in the US rankings in this year’s IP survey

  • All change in France as patent rankings published

    February 01, 2012

    The annual ranking of the leading patent law firms and attorneys across Europe has been published, with changes to watch out for in France, Spain and Germany

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