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Patent Focus 2005

  • Editorial

  • Technologies breed different strategies

    The numbers of oppositions filed per each patent granted at the EPO vary greatly according to industry. The EPO's T M Haeusser analyzes and explains the latest data

  • How to fix the US patent system

    Decreasing patent quality and the high risk and cost of patent litigation are threatening US innovation. Adam Jaffe and Josh Lerner, authors of Innovation and Its Discontents, present reform proposals that they argue can fix the system

  • Living with change

    India's patent reforms, together with changes to its tax laws, have radically altered the environment for the country's numerous makers of generic drugs. Harinder S Sikka, senior corporate president of Nicholas Piramal India, says that these companies must adapt to the new reality

  • Dealing with cross-border litigation

    When conducting patent litigation across Europe, it is essential to develop a coordinated, business-led strategy. Peter Hendrick, Bas Berghuis van Woortman and Jodie Flynn of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer discuss the best approach

  • Australia: Patent litigation in a nutshell

    Demystifying patent litigation is a highly effective way to improve client decision making. Wayne McMaster and John Swinson of Mallesons Stephen Jaques present a summary of the key issues prospective litigants need to consider in Australian patent litigation

  • Canada: The limits of application and enforcement

    There have recently been a number of developments in the legislation and case law that govern Canadian patents. Christopher Van Barr and Jay Zakaïb of Gowlings highlight the changes, and explain what they mean for rights owners

  • China: Improve your chances of success

    While many foreign companies are rushing into China to exploit the huge market, there are concerns about the level of protection available to owners of IP rights. Connie Carnabuci and Peter Yuen of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advise on the best ways to increase the likelihood of effective enforcement

  • Cyprus: How to protect IP rights in Cyprus

    Elean Papachristoforou of Andreas Neocleous in Cyprus examines the different means of protection available in the country, and explains how the law has changed following EU accession in 2004

  • Germany: Where to fight the infringers

    Globalization has increased the threat of international patent infringement. But, say Reinhardt Schuster and Moritz F Scharpenseel of Bardehle Pagenberg Dost Altenburg Geissler, for owners of German patents, the country's courts might serve as an effective enforcement mechanism

  • India: What patent owners need to know

    India's patent law has undergone a series of revisions since 1999. Archana Shanker of Anand and Anand highlights the most important changes

  • Italy: Patent reform boost for rights owners

    Italy's industrial property reform has greatly improved the patent procedures in the country. Luigi Franzolin and Robert Scotti of Studio Torta outline the key provisions of the new law

  • Mexico: What to know about patenting software

    Heriberto R Lopez of Becerril Coca & Becerril discusses the patentability of software and business methods in Europe and the US, and the situation in Mexico

  • The Netherlands: Fighting for your rights

    Bert Oosting and Klaas Bisschop of Lovells examine the litigation remedies available to patent owners in the Netherlands

  • Russia: Europe in name but not in practice

    Russia's system of post-grant opposition differs in important respects from that of the European Patent Convention. But this can be a good thing, as Katja Feiring and Petja Papula of Papula-Nevinpat explain

  • Singapore: Making the most of prosecution reform

    Changes to Singapore's patent law will greatly help companies seeking pharmaceutical patents. Kristian Robinson and Alicia Sim of Ella Cheong Spruson & Ferguson outline what the reforms will mean

  • United Kingdom: How to strengthen your software patent rights

    The UK approach to patenting software is stricter than that at the EPO. But does that mean that a patent drafted with an eye to the UK position is a safe bet for protection at the EPO? Gwilym Roberts and Peter Hale of Kilburn & Strode in London explain the legal and practical issues

  • United States: The benefits of the hard-line approach

    As the value of IP increases, there are more companies willing to take advantage of the patent system to scare others into paying alleged damages rather than face a trial. But, says Bob Cote of Orrick, fighting these so-called patent trolls will pay off in the long run


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