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  • ISPs win reprieve from EU’s top court

    January 31, 2008

    Copyright owners must continue to deal with a patchwork of rules across the EU on the question of whether internet service providers can be forced to hand over data about alleged infringers after a ruling by EU’s top court on Tuesday

  • Honduras names its DG candidate

    January 30, 2008

    Honduras has become the fourth country to send in a nomination for the post of WIPO director-general after José Delmer Urbizo Panting, the permanent representative of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Honduras in Geneva, was confirmed as the country's candidate

  • WIPO receives two more DG applications

    January 30, 2008

    Enrique Manalo from the Philippines and James Otieno-Odek from Kenya have emerged as candidates to succeed Kamil Idris as the new WIPO director-general

  • Slovenia lists EU patent system as priority

    January 28, 2008

    Observers have reacted positively to Slovenia’s plans to push for a consensus on a European litigation and Community patent system, which were announced last week

  • UK court offers hope to software patent applicants

    January 28, 2008

    The UK Intellectual Property Office could be forced to revise a practice note it issued in November 2006 after the Patents Court last week ruled that it cannot automatically ban the patenting of all computer programs

  • India’s patent law faces new scrutiny

    January 28, 2008

    A new pharmaceutical patent controversy has erupted in India – this time over the patent for Swiss company Roche’s anti-cancer drug Tarceva

  • Patent offices pledge to pool resources

    January 28, 2008

    The USPTO on Friday hosted a meeting attended by the heads of five patent offices to discuss patent quality, transparency, e-filing, telework, and work sharing

  • Australia launches innovation review

    January 25, 2008

    Australia’s minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research says the government will review Australia’s national innovation system

  • France slashes filing fees for SMEs

    January 21, 2008

    France’s IP office is to cut the patent filing fees it charges small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) in an effort to boost IP awareness

  • Patent office leaders call for WIPO change

    January 21, 2008

    The chair of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Office believes WIPO needs to appoint someone who will restore sound operational management to the Organization

  • Microsoft accused of IP breaches in China

    January 21, 2008

    Chinese firm Zhongyi Electronic accused Microsoft Corporation of breaching its IP rights in a Beijing Court last Friday

  • Taiwan to revamp IP regime

    January 21, 2008

    IP owners in Taiwan are set for a busy 2008 after the new director-general of the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO), Wang Mei-hua, revealed plans for a series of revisions to the country’s IP laws

  • Pharma firms to face EU Commission inquiry

    January 17, 2008

    European Commission officials, along with national competition authorities, have begun a series of surprise inspections at a number of pharmaceutical companies in Europe, as part of an investigation into potential competition abuses relating to patents and litigation

  • Senate committee pushes for patent reform

    January 17, 2008

    The US Senate Committee on the Judiciary issued a report on Monday summarizing the Patent Reform Act of 2007 (S1145) and urging the Senate to pass the bill

  • WIPO staff set out criteria for next DG

    January 17, 2008

    A group of WIPO employees has urged the Organization’s member states not to choose its next director-general based on political and geographical considerations

  • Supreme Court wrestles with patent exhaustion

    January 16, 2008

    The US Supreme Court today heard oral arguments in the closely watched patent exhaustion case Quanta Computer v LG Electronics, which could affect the right of patent owners to place restrictions on patent licensees

  • Yet another blow for Qualcomm

    January 11, 2008

    A US federal magistrate judge on Monday granted in part Broadcom’s motion for sanctions relating to Qualcomm’s failure to produce crucial emails and documents in the two wireless communications companies’ long-running court battle

  • Race to succeed Idris underway

    January 11, 2008

    The process for appointing a new WIPO director-general is underway

  • JPO bucks trend by cutting filing fees

    January 10, 2008

    The Japan Patent Office says it will cut patent fees by an average of 12% and lower trade mark fees by 43% in the first half of this year

  • UK prepares to liberalize format-shifting

    January 08, 2008

    Consumers in the UK could get the right to transfer music or films between CDs and MP3 players without fear of breaking the law, under new proposals outlined by the government today

  • Japan and US map out New Route for patents

    January 08, 2008

    The JPO and USPTO will launch a pilot work-sharing project known as the New Route on January 28

  • Qualcomm slapped with injunction

    January 07, 2008

    Communications company Broadcom last week won an important victory in its protracted patent infringement dispute with Qualcomm

  • Japan’s Supreme Court rules on 1953 films

    January 04, 2008

    Fans of films made in 1953 should not have to pay so much for their DVDs, thanks to a ruling by Japan’s Supreme Court in December

  • Record industry beats Yahoo! China, but loses to Baidu

    January 04, 2008

    A Beijing appeal court has upheld a lower court’s decision to find Yahoo! China, the search engine owned by online commerce group Alibaba, liable for copyright infringement

  • Patents judge dies suddenly

    January 02, 2008

    Lord Justice Nicholas Pumfrey, the patent specialist judge who was recently appointed to the Court of Appeal in London, died of a stroke on December 24

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