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  • New US patent reform bill revives debate

    September 29, 2008

    Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona last week introduced new patent reform legislation that is substantially different from the hotly debated Patent Reform Act of 2008 introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy last year

  • Roche takes Cipla back to court

    September 29, 2008

    Swiss drugs maker F Hoffman-La Roche has sued Cipla in the Bombay High Court claiming that the Indian generic company has infringed its patent and trade mark for the medicine Valcyte

  • Make better use of Federal Circuit, says Chief Judge

    September 25, 2008

    Chief Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Paul Michel presented the patent community with a “call to action” during the Intellectual Property Owners Association annual meeting in San Diego this week

  • Apotex ships drug under Doha licence

    September 24, 2008

    Canadian generic drugs company Apotex yesterday shipped its own combination of three patented drugs to Rwanda, in the first export of a drug produced under a compulsory licence following the Doha Declaration

  • Federal Circuit overturns design patent test

    September 22, 2008

    In a ruling today, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit threw out the established test for design infringement in the US, the so-called point of novelty test

  • Gurry succeeds Idris as WIPO DG

    September 22, 2008

    WIPO’s 36th General Assembly got off to a smooth start today as Francis Gurry was formally appointed as the organisation’s new director-general

  • Inventive step questioned in Australia

    September 22, 2008

    A review of Australia’s innovation system has proposed making patents more difficult to obtain and making radical changes to IP litigation procedures

  • Action urged to reform patent system

    September 15, 2008

    Problems with patent pendency worldwide are now so serious that “we’ve moved to the end of the era when ‘oh dear’ is an adequate response,” said EPO head Alison Brimelow last week

  • Canadian Federal Court set to fast-track patent cases

    September 15, 2008

    A case between two major Canadian pharmaceutical companies could signal change for the way patent cases are tried in the country

  • Eco-Patent Commons responds to critics

    September 15, 2008

    Participants in the Eco-Patent Commons discussed the initiative and addressed criticisms about how it works at a panel session last week

  • Managing IP launches Green IP Award

    September 15, 2008

    Managing Intellectual Property has launched the Green IP Award, to recognize a patented technology that aims to lower carbon emissions or otherwise help tackle climate change

  • WIPO Assembly set to appoint new head

    September 15, 2008

    WIPO member states will meet next week to appoint the new director-general of the Organisation

  • China publishes new patent law draft

    September 08, 2008

    China’s National People’s Congress has published proposed amendments to the country’s patent law on its website and is asking for comments

  • Lawyers back limited compulsory licensing

    September 08, 2008

    Delegates at the 41st AIPPI Congress have supported a resolution on public health that provides for an experimental use exception, a broader version of the US Bolar exception and compulsory licensing “in exceptional and strictly defined circumstances”

  • Qualcomm hit with contempt ruling

    September 08, 2008

    A US judge has found Qualcomm in contempt of certain aspects of a December 2007 injunction ruling barring the telecommunications company from continued use of chips found to infringe three Broadcom patents

  • Get ready for the clean tech IP boom

    September 01, 2008

    The world is beginning to face up to the threat of climate change. But meeting the climate challenge will above all require the development of new technologies. James Nurton asks: can patents save the planet? Plus: clean tech case studies, green branding and the Green IP Award

  • Your guide to US patent venues

    September 01, 2008

    As more and more US courts become patent-savvy, it is important to understand the procedural differences between the main venues. Authors in five districts and the ITC answer your questions

  • How to achieve success at Markman

    September 01, 2008

    The pre-trial Markman hearing that is standard in US patent infringement cases can provide parties the opportunity to bypass expensive litigation. Andrew Piatnicia explains how to maximise the possibilities

  • EU Bolar exemption is not so simple

    September 01, 2008

    The EU directive to introduce a US-style Bolar provision promised to harmonise the law on clinical trials. But, says Marina Barnden, inconsistent application has led to uncertainty

  • Meet China's litigation pioneer

    September 01, 2008

    Peter Ollier talks to Vincent Zhong, vice president of Netac Technology, the first Chinese company to sue an American rival in the US for patent infringement

  • Letter from the editor

    September 01, 2008

    Everyone likes to win prizes – especially when they are worth $300 million. That is the amount that US presidential candidate John McCain has proposed offering as an award to the inventor of a cheap, powerful car battery that will "leapfrog" existing commercial products

  • Taiwan to change compulsory licensing rules

    September 01, 2008

    Taiwan's Intellectual Property Office is to amend the compulsory licensing provisions of its Patent Law after a long-running dispute between a local CD maker and Philips finally ended

  • USPTO prepares for Federal Circuit

    September 01, 2008

    The Federal Circuit will hear one of its most controversial cases before the end of 2008, as the USPTO appeals a lower district court ruling that its rule changes were unlawful

  • Lords add to obviousness debate

    September 01, 2008

    The House of Lords made its most important patent ruling in recent times when it clarified the test for obviousness in the UK. How have other courts dealt with this issue?

  • Action urged to reform patent system

    September 01, 2008

    Problems with patent pendency worldwide are now so serious that “we’ve moved to the end of the era when ‘oh dear’ is an adequate response,” said EPO head Alison Brimelow yesterday at a session at the AIPPI Congress in Boston

  • E-symposium: last chance to register!

    September 01, 2008

    Topics including US patent reform, international litigation strategies, monetising IP rights and the rise of patent trolls will be discussed in Managing IP’s first e-symposium

  • Microsoft and Nikon sign patent agreement

    September 01, 2008

    Microsoft and Nikon have agreed a patent cross-licensing agreement covering consumer electronics

  • MPEG LA transfers Italian licensing programme

    September 01, 2008

    Denver-based MPEG LA, which licenses patents relating to DVD production, has transferred the administration of the DVB-T licensing programme to Italian IP manager Sisvel

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