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  • 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

  • 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

  • EPO to address software patentability

    October 24, 2008

    EPO President Alison Brimelow has asked the Enlarged Board of Appeal to address four questions about the patentability of computer programs in Europe

  • EPO to address software patentability (full version)

    October 24, 2008

    EPO President Alison Brimelow has asked the Enlarged Board of Appeal to address four questions about the patentability of computer programs in Europe

  • 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

  • Make or break for Community patent

    October 20, 2008

    European Commissioner Charlie McCreevy said last week that progress on patent reform “requires the acceptance of political realities and pragmatic solutions”

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 (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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Home truths about the EPO

    October 01, 2008

    The European Patent Office has talked about raising the bar, and its allowance rate has fallen in recent years. Hugh Dunlop asks: what’s really going on at the Office?

  • 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

  • China's patent amendments uncovered

    October 01, 2008

    China's National People's Congress has published the latest draft of amendments to its patent law. Managing IP provides a guide to what may change

  • 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

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