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  • EPO rejects WARF stem cell patent

    November 28, 2008

    The European Patent Office will not grant patents on human stem cells that involve the destruction of a human embryo, it confirmed yesterday

  • Australia to review gene patents

    November 24, 2008

    Australia’s Senate launched an enquiry into the impact of granting gene patents in the country on November 19

  • Australia to review gene patents (full version)

    November 24, 2008

    Australia’s Senate launched an enquiry into the impact of granting gene patents in the country on November 19

  • EU judges keep faith in Community patent

    November 21, 2008

    European IP judges have called on those EU member states that support a Community patent and single court system to press ahead, if necessary without the support of all 27 countries

  • EU judges keep faith in Community patent (subscribers only)

    November 21, 2008

    European IP judges have called on those EU member states that support a Community patent and single court system to press ahead, if necessary without the support of all 27 countries

  • European IP forum considers standards-setting

    November 21, 2008

    Technical standards can improve efficiency and interoperability, participants at a forum in Brussels agreed yesterday

  • Gurry urges Latin American countries to join PCT (full version)

    November 21, 2008

    WIPO director general Francis Gurry said on Tuesday that the Organisation would like to see more participation by Latin American countries in the PCT

  • Gurry urges Latin American countries to take part in PCT

    November 21, 2008

    WIPO director general Francis Gurry said on Tuesday that the Organisation would like to see more participation by Latin American countries in the PCT

  • Controversial cancer patent upheld by EPO

    November 20, 2008

    An EPO Technical Board of Appeal has maintained a controversial patent for diagnosing a predisposition for breast and ovarian cancer in amended form

  • USPTO claims success despite backlog

    November 19, 2008

    The USPTO has revealed its 2008 fiscal year findings, which it touts as evidence that the Office is “sustaining high performance in the quality and timely examination of patent and trademark applications”

  • Bilski to raise questions for different industries

    November 17, 2008

    Patent practitioners highlighted the looming questions facing various industries as a result of the US Federal Circuit decision in In re Bilski in a web seminar held last week

  • Patent granted in 17 days in Japan

    November 17, 2008

    The Japan Patent Office has granted a patent to a university just 17 days after the examination request was made

  • USPTO transition team appointed

    November 17, 2008

    USPTO commissioner for patents John Doll and deputy commissioner for patents Margaret (Peggy) Focarino will take over the roles of deputy director and commissioner for patents, respectively, during the transition period between presidential administrations

  • Tips on IP litigation in China

    November 17, 2008

    Getting experience on the ground is crucial to successfully enforcing your IP rights in China, according to Rembert Meyer-Rochow, senior patent attorney for Intel

  • Canada High Court delivers good news to patent owners

    November 10, 2008

    The Supreme Court has clarified the tests for anticipation and obviousness and reaffirmed the patentability of selection patents in a ruling that could be a boon for Canadian pharmaceutical companies, as well as patentees in general

  • Canada High Court delivers good news to patent owners (full version)

    November 10, 2008

    The Supreme Court of Canada has clarified the tests for anticipation and obviousness and reaffirmed the patentability of so-called selection patents in a ruling that could amount to a major boon for Canadian pharmaceutical companies, as well as patentees in general

  • Webcasts on Bilski and Chinese litigation tomorrow

    November 10, 2008

    Managing IP is hosting two web seminars tomorrow on the US Federal Circuit decision in In re Bilski and litigation in China

  • Improved TM protection in China predicted

    November 07, 2008

    “Trade mark holders in China will get better protection in the future, with better enforcement and higher damages,” according to Thomas Pattloch, IP Officer in the EU Delegation in Beijin

  • Biggest patent offices in work-sharing drive

    November 03, 2008

    The world’s five largest patent offices have revealed a plan to cut patent pendency by increasing work sharing

  • NASA patent sold at Ocean Tomo Fall auction

    November 03, 2008

    A NASA patent portfolio was sold for $50,000 at the Ocean Tomo Fall 2008 Auction in Chicago last Thursday, marking the US federal government’s first foray into the realm of patent auctions

  • Time to reconsider the PHOSITA

    November 01, 2008

    Maintaining consistency and ensuring stability in the patent examination process are crucial to the issuance of quality patents. Marian Underweiser of IBM proposes one way to make the process more predictable

  • Mediation spells trade dress success

    November 01, 2008

    Richard Posell explains why mediation may be a particularly attractive option for resolving trade dress disputes

  • Software patents under scrutiny in Europe

    November 01, 2008

    The EPO's Enlarged Board of Appeal is set to give a definitive ruling on the patentability of computer programs in Europe

  • Federal Circuit clarifies business method patents test

    November 01, 2008

    In the Bilski decision, the Federal Circuit last month reaffirmed that business methods are patentable in the US, but rejected the "useful, concrete, tangible" test set forth in previous opinions

  • Federal Circuit curbs ITC jurisdiction

    November 01, 2008

    The Federal Circuit last month ruled that the ITC could not extend a limited exclusion order barring the import of Qualcomm chips found to infringe Broadcom's patent to downstream products

  • Birth of a rocket-docket

    November 01, 2008

    US Magistrate Judge Stephen Crocker has recently taken on a bigger role at the nation's latest patent rocket-docket. Eileen McDermott spoke to him about how the Court will continue to handle the heavy patent caseload minus one judge, as well as what the future holds

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