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  • Breakthrough in Google Book Search case

    October 31, 2008

    Google has reached a settlement agreement with numerous authors and publishers worldwide who brought a class action suit against the internet company’s proposed Google Book Search engine

  • Federal Circuit clarifies test for business method patents

    October 31, 2008

    In its eagerly awaited decision in In re Bilski, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit last month reaffirmed its finding in State Street that business methods are patentable in the same way as any other process or method, but rejected the “useful, concrete, tangible” test set forth in previous opinions

  • Federal Circuit affirms patentability of business methods

    October 30, 2008

    In its eagerly awaited decision in In re Bilski, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has reaffirmed its finding in State St that business methods are patentable in the same way as any other process or method

  • Australia’s High Court rules on contributory patent infringement

    October 27, 2008

    An Australian businessman has lost his long-running battle against the government of the Northern Territories in Australia over contributory patent infringement

  • Aventis wins trade mark appeal

    October 27, 2008

    The Court of First Instance of the European Communities (CFI) has annulled an OHIM Board of Appeal ruling, finding that the trade marks Prazol and Prezal “are visually and phonetically very similar”

  • Copyright owners suffer file sharing setback

    October 27, 2008

    A Belgian internet service provider has successfully overturned a court order requiring it to use a filter to stop file sharing

  • Write better patents, Federal Circuit judge tells attorneys

    October 27, 2008

    “Patentees continue to suffer needlessly from self-inflicted wounds,” Judge Richard Linn of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit told patent practitioners last week

  • Write better patents, Federal Circuit judge tells attorneys (full version)

    October 27, 2008

    “Patentees continue to suffer needlessly from self-inflicted wounds,” Judge Richard Linn of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit told patent practitioners last week

  • AIPLA speakers stress importance of stable patents

    October 24, 2008

    Panellists yesterday discussed how to navigate a “patent system in flux and under attack” at the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s annual meeting in Washington DC

  • Federal circuit curbs ITC jurisdiction

    October 20, 2008

    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled on Tuesday that the International Trade Commission could not extend a limited exclusion order (LEO) barring the import of Qualcomm chips found to infringe Broadcom’s patent to downstream products

  • Federal circuit curbs ITC jurisdiction (subscribers only)

    October 20, 2008

    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled on Tuesday that the International Trade Commission could not extend a limited exclusion order (LEO) barring the import of Qualcomm chips found to infringe Broadcom’s patent to downstream products

  • Final brief filed in Tafas v Dudas

    October 20, 2008

    The USPTO has filed its final brief with the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in its appeal of the consolidated suits filed by Triantafyllos Tafas and GlaxoSmithKline permanently enjoining the Office from promulgating its final rules package on claims and continuations

  • Salvatore Ferragamo celebrates landmark Korean ruling

    October 20, 2008

    Italian luxury goods maker Salvatore Ferragamo has won a key judgment from Korea’s Supreme Court, in the latest in a series of rulings in favour of trade mark owners

  • Salvatore Ferragamo celebrates landmark Korean ruling (subscribers only)

    October 20, 2008

    Italian luxury goods maker Salvatore Ferragamo has won a key judgment from Korea’s Supreme Court, in the latest in a series of rulings in favour of trade mark owners

  • Supreme Court to hear patent case

    October 20, 2008

    The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a patent case between pharmaceutical companies Carlsbad Technology and HIF Bio, Inc, to decide whether the Federal Circuit has jurisdiction to review an appeal of a US district court’s decision to remand a case to a state court

  • Survey reveals first 400-IP practitioner firm

    October 20, 2008

    Fish & Richardson has become the first firm to have more than 400 IP practitioners in the US, according to figures published in the October issue of Managing IP

  • ECJ backs database owners

    October 13, 2008

    The European Court of Justice has ruled that database owners can prevent material from being transferred from their database even if there is no technical process of copying

  • Big Five offices to discuss patent harmonisation

    October 10, 2008

    The leaders of the world’s five biggest patent offices will meet in Korea at the end of this month to discuss patent quality and how to make systems more efficient

  • Broadcom invokes Quanta in suit against Qualcomm

    October 10, 2008

    In the latest battle between wireless communications companies Broadcom and Qualcomm, Broadcom has charged its rival with engaging in practices resulting in patent misuse, exhaustion and unenforceability

  • US-China draft WTO resolution leaked (subscribers only)

    October 10, 2008

    The USTR has won two parts of its IP case against China at the WTO, but is said to have lost on a key point dealing with criminal enforcement of trade mark infringement

  • USPTO official recommends examiner interviews

    October 10, 2008

    USPTO Commissioner for Patents John Doll has urged patent applicants to request interviews with examiners to resolve prosecution problems

  • Verizon delivered blow in VoIP case

    October 09, 2008

    Verizon’s latest attempt to assert its patents for VoIP technology was rejected on Tuesday, when a Virginia jury found that Cox Communications’ digital telephone service did not infringe the patents at issue in the case

  • Verizon delivered blow in VoIP case (subscribers only)

    October 09, 2008

    Verizon’s latest attempt to assert its patents for VoIP technology was rejected on Tuesday, when a Virginia jury found that Cox Communications’ digital telephone service did not infringe the patents at issue in the case

  • Court of Appeal confirms software can be patented

    October 08, 2008

    The Court of Appeal in London today confirmed that software can be patented if it provides a technical contribution to the state of the art

  • Court of Appeal confirms software can be patented (subscriber version)

    October 08, 2008

    The Court of Appeal in London today confirmed that software can be patented if it provides a technical contribution to the state of the art

  • Covington gains from Heller collapse

    October 06, 2008

    Covington & Burling has hired 50 IP attorneys from Heller Ehrman, considerably boosting the firm’s US IP practice

  • Elvis spotted at European licensing event

    October 06, 2008

    Licensors, licensees, retailers and promoters came together last week for the 10th annual exhibition Brand Licensing Europe

  • India trade secrets law dubbed “absurd”

    October 06, 2008

    Parts of a statutory law on trade secrets proposed in a draft bill by an Indian ministry have been described as “absolutely absurd” by an IP lawyer

  • India trade secrets law dubbed “absurd” (subscribers only)

    October 06, 2008

    Parts of a statutory law on trade secrets proposed in a draft bill by an Indian ministry have been described as “absolutely absurd” by an IP lawyer in the country

  • New rules to curb UK company name grabbers

    October 06, 2008

    New legislation enters into force in the UK today designed to provide brand owners with an extra weapon against opportunistic company name registrants

  • Technical member to hear Novartis appeal

    October 06, 2008

    India’s Supreme Court on October 1 appointed PC Chakraborti to hear the appeal of Swiss drug maker Novartis against the rejection of its patent for its best-selling anti-cancer drug Glivec

  • US judge promises Amgen permanent injunction

    October 06, 2008

    A district court in Boston has ruled that human therapeutics company Amgen is entitled to a permanent injunction against rival Roche, just one week before Roche’s appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is scheduled to be heard

  • ICANN cracks down on Whois abuse

    October 03, 2008

    ICANN, the body that regulates the domain name system, has sent final warnings to two registrars after they failed to investigate and correct Whois data

  • The most important man in IP

    October 01, 2008

    This month, Francis Gurry takes over the role of WIPO director general, as the world's only international organisation dedicated to intellectual property begins its recovery from a period of criticism and stagnation. In an exclusive interview, he discusses the challenges WIPO faces, the changes he will make and why he is the right man for the most important job in IP

  • Politics and IP in China explained

    October 01, 2008

    IP protection in China remains a controversial and politicised issue. Mark Cohen looks back at his four years working as IP attaché at the US Embassy in Beijing

  • How trolls can circumvent eBay

    October 01, 2008

    The Supreme Court's eBay decision made it harder for patent trolls to obtain injunctions. Bas de Blank and Fabio Marino explain why the ITC may give them an escape route

  • How pharma companies can leverage their IP rights

    October 01, 2008

    Pharmaceutical companies are adopting new IP strategies to stay competitive. Rakesh Mishra and GVS Sesha Kumar review some of the most successful examples

  • Your guide to oppositions worldwide

    October 01, 2008

    Managing IP asked correspondents in six jurisdictions that either have, or are considering introducing, pre- or post-grant opposition to address the key questions for patent owners

  • Federal Circuit sets new test for design patents

    October 01, 2008

    The Federal Circuit last month threw out the established test for design patent infringement in the US in what many are heralding as a long overdue shift in the design patent landscape

  • CTM fee deadlock broken

    October 01, 2008

    EU member states last month agreed a deal that would cut the cost of Community trade marks by up to 40%

  • Yahoo yodels into India's TM registry

    October 01, 2008

    Yahoo!'s yodel has become the first sound mark to be granted by India's trade mark registry, in a breakthrough for Asia

  • Duffy predicts patent changes

    October 01, 2008

    Professor John Duffy made three predictions about the patent system in Managing IP's first e-symposium last month

  • Interview: Trade mark priorities for Europe

    October 01, 2008

    Simon Reeves, director of trade marks at AstraZeneca, has just taken over as ECTA president. He talks about pharmaceuticals, outsourcing and OHIM fee proposals

  • Record year as IP firms expand

    October 01, 2008

    Managing IP's sixth annual review of the largest IP firms shows further growth - but also reveals some new names at the top of the rankings

  • Letter from the editor

    October 01, 2008

    A new start for WIPO and EU member states demonstrate the value of compromise. By James Nurton

  • New rules to curb UK company name grabbers (subscribers only)

    October 01, 2008

    New legislation enters into force in the UK today designed to provide brand owners with an extra weapon against opportunistic company name registrants

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