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  • USPTO deputy director to step down in August

    July 30, 2008

    The USPTO deputy director, Margaret Peterlin, is to leave her post next month in the hope of facilitating an orderly transition to the new presidential administration

  • Eisai patent survives obviousness claim post-KSR

    July 28, 2008

    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has upheld Japanese pharmaceutical company Eisai’s patent for heartburn and acid reflux drug Aciphex, a ruling which suggests that chemical compound patents are standing up to obviousness claims post-KSR v Teleflex

  • Indian judge urges specialist courts

    July 28, 2008

    A judge at Delhi’s High Court has urged every Indian state to set up specialist IP courts

  • USPTO defends rules in appeal brief

    July 28, 2008

    The USPTO has filed its opening 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

  • European Commission’s IPR strategy focuses on SMEs

    July 21, 2008

    The European Commission is to introduce a communication aimed at convincing small and medium-sized enterprises to make more use of IP rights and to take concrete steps to tackle counterfeiting

  • Reform dominates list of 50 most influential people

    July 21, 2008

    Managing IP’s list of the 50 most influential people in IP this year is dominated by figures involved in IP reform and policy discussions

  • Taiwan ends compulsory licensing dispute with Philips

    July 21, 2008

    The Taiwan IP Office (TIPO) is to amend the rules governing compulsory licences in its Patent Act after resolving a long-running dispute with Dutch electronics company Philips

  • USPTO opens peer review pilot to business methods

    July 21, 2008

    The USPTO has expanded its peer-to-patent pilot project to include business method patents

  • Berlusconi axes IP tsar

    July 18, 2008

    The Italian government has abolished the position of high commissioner to combat counterfeiting and piracy as part of its cost-cutting measures

  • India to hold hearing on Roche/Pfizer drugs exports

    July 14, 2008

    Pharmaceutical companies Roche and Pfizer have won the right to a hearing to oppose Natco Pharma’s applications to export patented medicines using a compulsory licence

  • Kerala becomes first Indian state to issue IP policy

    July 14, 2008

    Kerala has become the first state in India to issue its own policy on IP to address the controversial issue of protecting traditional knowledge

  • European business sets out ACTA priorities

    July 05, 2008

    The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) should cover both civil and criminal enforcement and provide for reinforced border enforcement measures, according to the organization that represents businesses in Europe

  • Opt-in model proposed for European patent court

    July 05, 2008

    Countries could opt-in to a proposed European patent litigation agreement in the same way as they opt-in to the EU’s single currency, the euro, under plans being discussed in Brussels

  • How Quanta will change licensing

    July 01, 2008

    The Supreme Court's decision in Quanta v LG could make it harder for licensors to collect downstream royalties. Eileen McDermott explores the implications

  • Politics, power and passion - this year's MIP 50

    July 01, 2008

    With IP reforms being discussed around the world, this year's selection of the most influential people in IP features many politicians and campaigners. But there are also a few surprises

  • Avoid competition problems in China

    July 01, 2008

    China's long-awaited Anti-Monopoly law comes into effect on August 1, but its impact on IP owners is far from certain, explain Kirstie Nicholson and Zirou Liu

  • Why privilege rules need to be reformed

    July 01, 2008

    Attorney-client privilege is an increasingly contentious issue worldwide. Jochen Bühling and Michael Jewess introduce a series of jurisdiction-based Q&A articles

  • Litigation planning for licensors

    July 01, 2008

    IP licensing is a key tool in any company's belt. But several recent Supreme Court decisions could make the process trickier, say Edward E Vassallo and Swatee Jasoria

  • How biotech patentees can navigate KSR

    July 01, 2008

    Ewa M Davison and Gary M Myles provide strategies for establishing non-obviousness in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical arts in light of the Supreme Court’s rejection of a rigid TSM test

  • HP hit with $184 million jury award

    July 01, 2008

    Hewlett-Packard was last month ordered by a jury to pay $184 million to Cornell University for patent infringement

  • Point of novelty test for design patents reviewed

    July 01, 2008

    Judges focused on whether or not to maintain the point of novelty test for determining design patent infringement in last month's hearing in Egyptian Goddess v Swisa

  • Tech transfer leaders recognized

    July 01, 2008

    Procter & Gamble, Max Planck Innovation and the Catholic University of Leuven have been recognized for their achievements in technology transfer

  • Peer-to-patent increases prior art submissions

    July 01, 2008

    he USPTO's peer-to-patent project has led to an increase in prior art submissions but has failed to bring in fresh patent applications in its first year

  • Lipitor dispute settled

    July 01, 2008

    Branded and generic drugs companies could be more willing to compromise on IP rights, following the Pfizer/Ranbaxy settlement over Lipitor

  • Letter from the editor

    July 01, 2008

    1968 saw a social revolution in Paris. Forty years on, there is the potential for another memorable achievement in the city

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