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  • New US patent reform bill revives debate

    September 29, 2008

    Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona last week introduced new patent reform legislation that is substantially different from the hotly debated Patent Reform Act of 2008 introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy last year

  • New Zealand allows photographers to keep rights

    September 29, 2008

    New Zealand’s government has introduced an amendment to its Copyright Act that would repeal a rule giving the commissioners of certain works the copyright, rather than the creators themselves

  • Roche takes Cipla back to court

    September 29, 2008

    Swiss drugs maker F Hoffman-La Roche has sued Cipla in the Bombay High Court claiming that the Indian generic company has infringed its patent and trade mark for the medicine Valcyte

  • EU states back three-point anti-piracy plan

    September 26, 2008

    European Union ministers have urged the adoption of a three-part anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy plan

  • Brand owners give guarded welcome to CTM initiative

    September 25, 2008

    Brand owners have given a cautious welcome to the deal struck last week by EU member states on changes to Community trade mark (CTM) fees

  • Make better use of Federal Circuit, says Chief Judge

    September 25, 2008

    Chief Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Paul Michel presented the patent community with a “call to action” during the Intellectual Property Owners Association annual meeting in San Diego this week

  • Apotex ships drug under Doha licence

    September 24, 2008

    Canadian generic drugs company Apotex yesterday shipped its own combination of three patented drugs to Rwanda, in the first export of a drug produced under a compulsory licence following the Doha Declaration

  • CTM fees set to be cut by up to 40%

    September 22, 2008

    EU member states have agreed a deal that should see the cost of protecting Community trade marks fall from €1750 to €1000

  • Federal Circuit overturns design patent test

    September 22, 2008

    In a ruling today, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit threw out the established test for design infringement in the US, the so-called point of novelty test

  • Gurry succeeds Idris as WIPO DG

    September 22, 2008

    WIPO’s 36th General Assembly got off to a smooth start today as Francis Gurry was formally appointed as the organisation’s new director-general

  • Inventive step questioned in Australia

    September 22, 2008

    A review of Australia’s innovation system has proposed making patents more difficult to obtain and making radical changes to IP litigation procedures

  • Pharma companies rejoice at GSK judgment

    September 22, 2008

    The pharmaceutical industry is celebrating a European Court of Justice (ECJ) decision that states that even dominant companies can take reasonable and proportional steps to protect their own commercial interests against parallel trade

  • Scrabble wins word game with Scrabulous

    September 22, 2008

    Toy maker Mattel has won its trade mark battle against Indian company RJ Software, makers of the online word game Scrabulous, in the Delhi High Court

  • US and China cooperate on IP issues

    September 22, 2008

    Senior members of the US and Chinese governments agreed three measures designed to amend patent protection and improve copyright and trade mark enforcement at a meeting last week

  • vitaminwater wins round 1 against rival shampoo

    September 22, 2008

    Well-known US energy drink brand vitaminwater has secured a temporary restraining order against Vogue International’s new line of hair care products, vitaminshampoo

  • Canadian Federal Court set to fast-track patent cases

    September 15, 2008

    A case between two major Canadian pharmaceutical companies could signal change for the way patent cases are tried in the country

  • Copyright levy forum to focus on grey market

    September 15, 2008

    The issue of free-riders and the menace of the grey market will be the focus of the first meeting of the copyright levy forum when it meets on Wednesday this week

  • WIPO Assembly set to appoint new head

    September 15, 2008

    WIPO member states will meet next week to appoint the new director-general of the Organisation

  • China publishes new patent law draft

    September 08, 2008

    China’s National People’s Congress has published proposed amendments to the country’s patent law on its website and is asking for comments

  • JK Rowling wins US copyright suit

    September 08, 2008

    A US judge has found that the author of The Harry Potter Lexicon and its publisher, RDR books, infringed Harry Potter author JK Rowling’s copyrighted works

  • Lawyers back limited compulsory licensing

    September 08, 2008

    Delegates at the 41st AIPPI Congress have supported a resolution on public health that provides for an experimental use exception, a broader version of the US Bolar exception and compulsory licensing “in exceptional and strictly defined circumstances”

  • Qualcomm hit with contempt ruling

    September 08, 2008

    A US judge has found Qualcomm in contempt of certain aspects of a December 2007 injunction ruling barring the telecommunications company from continued use of chips found to infringe three Broadcom patents

  • John Duffy predicts more limited role for Federal Circuit

    September 05, 2008

    Managing IP’s first e-symposium, held last week, featured discussions on topics including US patent reform, international litigation strategies, monetising IP rights and how to navigate the patent troll problem

  • SMEs fret over Portuguese Code update

    September 05, 2008

    Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are likely to be most affected by the fifth round of amendments to the Portuguese Industrial Property Code, which are due to come into force on October 1

  • Get ready for the clean tech IP boom

    September 01, 2008

    The world is beginning to face up to the threat of climate change. But meeting the climate challenge will above all require the development of new technologies. James Nurton asks: can patents save the planet? Plus: clean tech case studies, green branding and the Green IP Award

  • Your guide to US patent venues

    September 01, 2008

    As more and more US courts become patent-savvy, it is important to understand the procedural differences between the main venues. Authors in five districts and the ITC answer your questions

  • Avoid the risks of using foreign manufacturers

    September 01, 2008

    Brands such as Wal-Mart and Mattel have suffered from problems caused by foreign manufacturers. Oliver Herzfeld and Richard Bergovoy provide some guidance on how to minimise the risks

  • How to achieve success at Markman

    September 01, 2008

    The pre-trial Markman hearing that is standard in US patent infringement cases can provide parties the opportunity to bypass expensive litigation. Andrew Piatnicia explains how to maximise the possibilities

  • EU Bolar exemption is not so simple

    September 01, 2008

    The EU directive to introduce a US-style Bolar provision promised to harmonise the law on clinical trials. But, says Marina Barnden, inconsistent application has led to uncertainty

  • Meet China's litigation pioneer

    September 01, 2008

    Peter Ollier talks to Vincent Zhong, vice president of Netac Technology, the first Chinese company to sue an American rival in the US for patent infringement

  • Web seminars: report

    September 01, 2008

    Tips on tackling trans-shipment; Prepare for the new gTLDs

  • Should we apply to obtain a new gTLD?

    September 01, 2008

    I'm an in-house trade mark counsel for a famous brand and we are thinking about applying for a new gTLD. What issues do we need to consider and should we make an application?

  • Letter from the editor

    September 01, 2008

    Everyone likes to win prizes – especially when they are worth $300 million. That is the amount that US presidential candidate John McCain has proposed offering as an award to the inventor of a cheap, powerful car battery that will "leapfrog" existing commercial products

  • eBay under fire from brand owners

    September 01, 2008

    Trade mark enforcement on the internet remains a muddy issue, as demonstrated by four cases involving the online auction site eBay in three different jurisdictions

  • Taiwan to change compulsory licensing rules

    September 01, 2008

    Taiwan's Intellectual Property Office is to amend the compulsory licensing provisions of its Patent Law after a long-running dispute between a local CD maker and Philips finally ended

  • USPTO prepares for Federal Circuit

    September 01, 2008

    The Federal Circuit will hear one of its most controversial cases before the end of 2008, as the USPTO appeals a lower district court ruling that its rule changes were unlawful

  • Lords add to obviousness debate

    September 01, 2008

    The House of Lords made its most important patent ruling in recent times when it clarified the test for obviousness in the UK. How have other courts dealt with this issue?

  • Action urged to reform patent system

    September 01, 2008

    Problems with patent pendency worldwide are now so serious that “we’ve moved to the end of the era when ‘oh dear’ is an adequate response,” said EPO head Alison Brimelow yesterday at a session at the AIPPI Congress in Boston

  • E-symposium: last chance to register!

    September 01, 2008

    Topics including US patent reform, international litigation strategies, monetising IP rights and the rise of patent trolls will be discussed in Managing IP’s first e-symposium

  • High Court to hear copyright case

    September 01, 2008

    A compiler of an electronic programme guide has been granted leave to appeal to Australia’s highest court in a groundbreaking Australian case

  • Yahoo! yodels into India’s trade mark registry

    September 01, 2008

    Yahoo!’s yodel became the first sound mark to be granted by India’s trade mark registry on August 18

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