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  • Microsoft hit by €899 million antitrust fine

    February 27, 2008

    Microsoft has been hit by the European Commission with another record penalty, this time for failing to comply with the March 2004 decision that found the software company guilty of breaching EU antitrust rules

  • CAFC considers whether to revisit State Street

    February 18, 2008

    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) could reconsider its own landmark decision on business method patents after ordering an en banc hearing in an appeal from the USPTO

  • WIPO receives first female DG application

    February 11, 2008

    WIPO could have its first woman director-general later this year after Poland nominated Alicja Adamczak, president of the country’s patent office, as its candidate

  • UK IP office in software patent u-turn

    February 08, 2008

    The UK Intellectual Property Office has changed its official policy on the patenting of software, two weeks after a High Court judge said that the Office was wrong to reject all patent claims to computer program products

  • Bush administration speaks out on patent reform

    February 05, 2008

    The Department of Commerce released a letter yesterday voicing the Bush administration’s views on the pending Senate version of The Patent Reform Act of 2007 (S1145), which has caused a recent flurry of activity within the patent community

  • As patent reform heats up, two reports urge compromise

    February 04, 2008

    Two reports released last week stress the need for extensive amendments to the US Patent Reform Act of 2007 and urge Congress to work toward a consensus on the proposed legislation

  • EU threatens Taiwan with WTO action

    February 04, 2008

    The European Commission has issued a report strongly condemning the compulsory licensing system in Taiwan and threatening to start a case at the WTO within two months if no action is taken

  • How London Agreement will save money

    February 04, 2008

    Patent owners from both large and small companies have welcomed France’s decision to take the final steps needed to implement the London Agreement, which will cut the translation costs involved in obtaining a European patent

  • Revealed: 2008 patent survey results

    February 04, 2008

    Finnegan Henderson and Fish & Richardson are the big winners in this year’s Managing IP survey of the leading patent firms in the US

  • Patent firms of the year

    February 01, 2008

    This month Managing IP reveals the results of part one of the world's most detailed and authoritative survey of the IP market. Following five months' research, in this issue we list the leading firms in patent prosecution and contentious work in 65 jurisdictions

  • Survey results: Africa and Middle East

    February 01, 2008

    Leading patent firms in Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and UAE

  • Survey results: Americas

    February 01, 2008

    Top-rated firms in Argentina, Brazil, the Caribbean, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela and all the US categories

  • Survey results: Asia

    February 01, 2008

    Firms ranked in tiers for Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, The Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam

  • Survey results: Europe

    February 01, 2008

    Most highly rated firms in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and UK

  • Africa turns to IP for development

    February 01, 2008

    The lack of IP protection in Africa deters investors, while inventors in the continent barely register internationally. But, asks James Nurton, is that about to change?

  • How Seagate has reshaped patent litigation practices

    February 01, 2008

    The CAFC's decision In re Seagate reshaped the rules on wilful infringement and the use of opinions. Eileen McDermott asseses the impact so far

  • Asia's patent quality leaders

    February 01, 2008

    The rate of patenting in Asian countries has increased dramatically over the past decade. But what about the quality? Peter Ollier considers the evidence

  • Adiós language woes, bonjour automatic translations?

    February 01, 2008

    Rows about language regimes have stymied attempts to lower the cost of patenting in Europe. Emma Barraclough asks whether automatic translations could be the solution

  • Why patent life expectancy matters

    February 01, 2008

    Peter Ollier looks at a range of statistics at the EPO, USPTO and JPO to see if patent renewal rates are decreasing and analyzes the implications

  • Fees may rise as EPO stresses quality

    February 01, 2008

    Interview: Roland Grossenbacher, director of Switzerland's Federal Institute of Intellectual Property and chair of the EPO's Administrative Council talks about patents, EPO challenges and patent policy in Europe

  • Letter from the editor...

    February 01, 2008

    Introducing this year's world IP survey

  • Court rules on non-essentiality of patents

    February 01, 2008

    The UK High Court has made its first declaration of non-essentiality (DONE) in a patent dispute between two telecoms companies

  • UK loses leading patent judge

    February 01, 2008

    Lord Justice Nicholas Pumfrey, a patent specialist judge in London, has died of a stroke

  • KSR cited as court backs $226.3 million award

    February 01, 2008

    Biedermann Motech and its licensee DePuy Spine won a patent infringement case in one of the first decisions to apply the US Supreme Court's directives in KSR v Teleflex

  • Continuations rules promote the public interest

    February 01, 2008

    The USPTO's new rules on claims and continuations will overwhelmingly benefit the public interest and should be supported, argues Daniel Ravicher

  • JPO bucks trend by cutting filing fees

    February 01, 2008

    The Japan Patent Office says it will cut patent fees by an average of 12% and lower trade mark fees by 43% in the first half of this year

  • Japan and US map new route for patents

    February 01, 2008

    The JPO and USPTO will launch a pilot work-sharing project known as the New Route on January 28

  • Supreme Court tackles patent exhaustion

    February 01, 2008

    The US Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in the closely watched patent exhaustion case Quanta Computer v LG Electronics

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