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  • Interview: Mike Weatherley, UK IP adviser

    September 30, 2013

    This month UK Prime Minister David Cameron appointed former music industry executive Mike Weatherley as his adviser on IP. The MP tells Emma Barraclough about his new role, why ISPs need a stick and how industry needs to change its business models

  • EPO/OHIM study puts a value on European IP

    September 30, 2013

    IPR-intensive industries generated 26% of jobs in the EU and almost 39% of GDP in 2008-2010, according to a report published by the EPO and OHIM

  • FTC seeks comments on plan to study patent trolls

    September 30, 2013

    The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comments on a plan to gather information on 25 unnamed patent assertion entities (PAEs)

  • Asean roundtable: the latest developments

    September 30, 2013

    Rights holders are looking to Southeast Asia as the next growth region. Lawyers from Hechanova & Co, Henry Goh & Co and Tilleke & Gibbins discuss the latest changes and what companies need to consider when entering the market in a roundtable discussion moderated by Peter Leung

  • The world’s top PCT firms revealed

    September 30, 2013

    Chinese firms are the fastest growing filers in this year’s PCT Survey, but Shiga and Sakai of Japan jump up the worldwide rankings and there are new top firms in both Australia and Italy

  • USPTO will remain open if government shutdown goes ahead

    September 30, 2013

    USPTO acting director Teresa Stanek Rea told staff that the Office will remain open in the event of a government shutdown tomorrow

  • Fröhlinger outlines patent reform challenges ahead

    September 27, 2013

    The amount of work member states have to do to prepare for the Unified Patent Court will prove a bigger challenge than Spain’s opposition to the new system, EPO official Margot Fröhlinger said last week

  • US industry and politicians urge Obama to push India on IP

    September 27, 2013

    US politicians and industry organisations urged President Barrack Obama to apply pressure on Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over his country’s IP policies during Singh’s recent visit to the White House

  • Tech companies urge EU to amend UPC rules

    September 26, 2013

    A group of technology companies – including Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung – has written an open letter to EU policy makers expressing concerns about the UPC rules of procedure, particularly regarding bifurcation and injunctions

  • Goodlatte releases second draft of anti-troll bill

    September 24, 2013

    House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte has released the second version of a discussion draft designed to combat opportunistic patent litigation

  • Justice Colin Birss: there is considerable “commonality” between Chinese and UK IP law

    September 17, 2013

    During a visit to China, Justice Colin Birss said that it was the similarities rather the differences between the two legal systems that captured his attention

  • Who will lead the USPTO out of the sequestration crisis?

    September 17, 2013

    Following acting USPTO director Teresa Stanek Rea's announcement of her resignation on Thursday, key figures in the patent industry stressed the urgent need for the Office to recruit a permanent leader

  • Federal circuit reconsiders claim construction standards in Lighting Ballast v Philips

    September 16, 2013

    The Federal Circuit heard oral arguments on Friday in Lighting Ballast Control v Philips Electronics, a patent case that is challenging the court’s standard for claim construction

  • Teresa Stanek Rea to step down from USPTO's top job

    September 13, 2013

    Teresa Stanek Rea, who has headed the USPTO since David Kappos left the Office in January, is to step down from her role as acting director

  • Gurry to stand again as WIPO DG

    September 11, 2013

    Francis Gurry intends to stand for a second term as WIPO Director General, Managing IP has learned

  • IV’s Detkin says patent abuse not limited to trolls

    September 11, 2013

    The executive who coined the term “patent troll” welcomes Washington’s effort to rein in abusive patent monetisation firms as long as policymakers pursue broader reforms

  • Get the latest news on the Unitary Patent and UPC

    September 11, 2013

    Patent specialists from BT, Nokia, Bayer and Atos are among those who will be discussing prosecution and litigation strategies for the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court at Managing IP’s European Patent Reform Forum in Munich next week

  • How to transfer technology to China

    September 09, 2013

    Companies that transfer their technology to China could find that they do not own improvements made to it if they fail to pay attention to the country’s tech transfer rules

  • Where should you go for European patent litigation?

    September 09, 2013

    At Managing IP’s Global IP & Innovation Summit last week, legal experts discussed differences in litigation between European jurisdictions and how decisions in one country can affect battles in others

  • New Zealand brings patent law up to date

    September 06, 2013

    New Zealand’s long-awaited new patent law tightens up the criteria for grant, enhances examination, introduces opportunities for third-party challenges and provides protection for Maori interests. Matt Adams explains more

  • Jury finds against Google in FRAND case

    September 06, 2013

    A jury in the US District Court for the Western District of Washington has awarded Microsoft more than $14 million in damages and costs in its FRAND dispute with Motorola (now owned by Google)

  • Alice appeals to Supreme Court on Section 101

    September 06, 2013

    The US Supreme Court should act to bring clarity to the law on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions in the US, according to a brief filed this week

  • Lights out for Lantana

    September 06, 2013

    A patent application for software that moves data between computers using email has been held to be unpatentable subject matter under Section 1(2) of the UK Patents Act, which corresponds to Article 52 of the EPC

  • How to integrate China into your global patenting strategy

    September 06, 2013

    Daniel Holt, senior patent counsel at Hewlett-Packard, explains factors such as language skills may be more important than experience when selecting a patent attorney

  • Microsoft to pay €1.65 billion for Nokia patent licence

    September 03, 2013

    As part of the €5.44 billion deal announced today, Microsoft will pay €1.65 billion over 10 years for a non-exclusive licence to Nokia’s portfolio of 30,000 patents

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