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  • EU Commission prioritizes CTM fee reduction

    June 30, 2008

    The European Commission has made reducing the fee for Community trade marks one of its 10 principles to address the needs of small and medium-sized businesses

  • Korea introduces three-speed patent system

    June 30, 2008

    The Korea Patent Office (KIPO) is to amend its patent system to create three different application speeds: fast track, normal and more flexible deferred examination

  • Peer-to-patent increases prior art submissions

    June 23, 2008

    The USPTO’s peer-to-patent project has led to a big increase in prior art submissions but has failed to bring in fresh patent applications in its first year, according to a report

  • Pfizer-Ranbaxy deal might signal trend

    June 20, 2008

    This week’s settlement of the Lipitor patent litigation suggests that branded and generic drugs companies are more willing to compromise on IP rights, according to lawyers spoken to by Managing IP

  • Biotech industry growth to slow

    June 19, 2008

    The biotech industry is set to slow down because of funding pressures and competition from biosimilars, according to two reports launched this week

  • SIPO denies probe into Microsoft monopoly

    June 19, 2008

    China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) has denied rumours that it started an investigation into Microsoft for anti-monopoly activities

  • Biosimilar debate heats up at BIO

    June 18, 2008

    Speakers at the 2008 BIO International Convention in San Diego yesterday discussed the regulatory and scientific issues created by generic biological drugs, commonly known as biosimilars or follow-on biologics

  • Japanese pharma company buys Ranbaxy

    June 17, 2008

    Japanese research based pharmaceutical company Daiichi-Sankyo has shaken up India’s domestic pharmaceutical industry by buying a controlling stake in Indian generic company Ranbaxy on Wednesday June 11

  • AstraZeneca loses appeal on Prilosec patents

    June 16, 2008

    A Federal Court has ruled that US pharmaceutical company Mylan’s generic version of Prilosec does not infringe AstraZeneca’s patents

  • Whealan speaks out on patent rules and reform

    June 16, 2008

    Former USPTO solicitor John Whealan has defended the USPTO’s proposed rules on claims and continuations and gave the Office credit for “tak[ing] on a hard issue”

  • China releases National IP Strategy

    June 13, 2008

    China’s State Council on Tuesday approved a long-awaited National IP Strategy that commits the government to consider developing specialized IP courts

  • USPTO implements new rules on patent appeals

    June 13, 2008

    The USPTO has published controversial new rules on filing appeals before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences that will change the way patent practitioners craft appeals briefs

  • Supreme Court finds for Quanta in patent exhaustion case

    June 09, 2008

    The Supreme Court today issued its much-anticipated decision in Quanta Computer v LG Electronics, finding in favour of Quanta and clarifying US law on the doctrine of patent exhaustion, which the Court had not considered since 1942

  • Cornell wins $184 million jury award against HP

    June 06, 2008

    Hewlett-Packard has been ordered by a jury in the Northern District of New York to pay $184 million to Cornell University for patent infringement

  • Discussions on EU patent court set to intensify

    June 06, 2008

    British judge Lord Justice Jacob described having one central jurisdiction to hear both infringement and validity as a “red line” during discussions over a single EU patent litigation system last week

  • CAFC judges consider scrapping point of novelty test

    June 04, 2008

    Judges focused on whether or not to maintain the “point of novelty” test for determining design patent infringement, according to reports from those present at Monday’s Federal Circuit hearing in the Egyptian Goddess v Swisa case

  • Federal Circuit to re-hear key design patent case

    June 02, 2008

    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will today hold its second en banc hearing this year to reconsider a decision concerning the test for determining design patent infringement

  • Ministers endorse Community patent progress

    June 02, 2008

    European Union ministers last week discussed the latest proposals to introduce a Community patent and litigation system

  • Warm response to WHO public health strategy

    June 02, 2008

    Industry associations and non-governmental bodies have welcomed a resolution endorsing a global strategy on public health, innovation and intellectual property, which was adopted by the World Health Organization (WHO) last week

  • Biotech's biggest blockbusters

    June 01, 2008

    It has been just over three decades since the first biotechnology company - Genentech - was formed in 1976. Since then biotechnology has become a multi-billion dollar industry with ground-breaking products, based on original research. Eklavya Gupte examines five patents that have shaped the sector

  • Taiwan's businesses learn to build IP value

    June 01, 2008

    Horng-Dar Lin explains how Taiwanese companies that used only to manufacture for foreign businesses are developing their own brand identities

  • How to reward inventive employees

    June 01, 2008

    An Australian court has considered the issue of who owns IP generated by employees. Suzy Groom puts the decision in context

  • Whealan weighs in on patent debate

    June 01, 2008

    Eileen McDermott spoke to former USPTO solicitor and counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Patent Reform Act John Whealan about patent reform in the US

  • Community patent plans gain momentum

    June 01, 2008

    European Commission vice-president Günter Verheugen last month called for a Community patent and single litigation system

  • Peterlin urges IP counsel to file better patents

    June 01, 2008

  • China unveils free patent translation tool

    June 01, 2008

  • Federal Circuit seeks new patentability test in Bilski

    June 01, 2008

    The Federal Circuit last month examined terms such as "tangible", "abstract", "concrete" and "transformative", in the closely watched In re Bilski hearing

  • A case of IP schizophrenia

    June 01, 2008

    From Shamnad Basheer

  • India's patent law needs jurisprudence

    June 01, 2008

    From Varun Chhonkar

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