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  • PTO report claims record-breaking figures

    November 22, 2007

    The USPTO has revealed its 2007 fiscal year findings, which it claims demonstrate a trend of improved quality and productivity for both patent and trade mark examinations

  • Boost for IP rights in Kosovo

    November 19, 2007

    The Kosovo Intellectual Property Office opened today in Priština signalling the start of an IP regime in the province, which is technically part of Serbia but has been administered by the UN since 1999

  • EPO users should prepare for paperless future

    November 19, 2007

    European patent applicants will be able to file applications using an internet browser from next year

  • EPLA back on the agenda

    November 18, 2007

    The reform of patent litigation in Europe will be discussed at a meeting of the EU Competitiveness Council this week, MIP Week has learned

  • Japan’s Supreme Court affirms patent exhaustion rule

    November 16, 2007

    Japan’s Supreme Court has upheld a verdict of the IP High Court in its first decision concerning patent exhaustion in recycled products

  • No expert needed to hear Novartis patent appeal

    November 15, 2007

    An Indian court has decided on the composition of the board that will hear the appeal by Swiss drug maker Novartis against the rejection of its patent application for the blockbuster anti-cancer drug Glivec

  • FICPI backs right to file divisionals

    November 12, 2007

    Intellectual property attorneys last week backed a resolution in support of their clients’ right to file divisional applications when prosecuting patents

  • No agreement for health negotiators

    November 12, 2007

    Government officials and health campaigners failed to reach a breakthrough in talks in Geneva last week aimed at finding new ways of ensuring that poor people have access to medicines

  • Trilateral offices commit to cooperate

    November 12, 2007

    Speakers at the public users conference of the 25th annual meeting of the Trilateral Patent Offices on Thursday emphasized the need for global harmonization of the patent application process

  • Peterlin says PTO teleworking improves productivity

    November 09, 2007

    USPTO deputy undersecretary Margaret Peterlin testified on Tuesday before the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in a hearing entitled “Telework: Breaking New Ground”.

  • Examining the USPTO

    November 01, 2007

    With a backlog of applications threatening to overwhelm examiners, large parts of the patent community furious about its recently implemented rules package and two lawsuits pending against it, the USPTO is facing unprecedented criticism. Eileen McDermott considers why practitioners are angry. Plus: Director Jon Dudas responds to the critics

  • Why obviousness is anything but obvious

    November 01, 2007

    A world of confusion surrounds the most difficult question in patent law: what is obvious? Gordon Harris compares courts' approaches and seeks common ground

  • Telecoms battles come to the courtroom

    November 01, 2007

    James Nurton delves into the world of telecoms standards and patents and provides a guide to the disputes and players in pending litigation

  • Now you're speaking my language!

    November 01, 2007

    Last month French politicians finally agreed to ratify the London Agreement. Gwilym Roberts and James Pitchford explain what it means for patent applicants

  • The front line of the patent battle

    November 01, 2007

    Nokia's Tim Frain brings to the presidency of TMPDF battle scars from the debate over the CII directive. James Nurton spoke to him about patent policy, phone standards and the IP triangle

  • Latest round in Thai patent battle

    November 01, 2007

  • Supreme Court to hear patent exhaustion case

    November 01, 2007

  • Broadcast patent fetches $1.75m at auction

    November 01, 2007

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