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  • UK Court rules on non-essentiality of patents

    December 28, 2007

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

  • IP offices say PPH to become permanent

    December 27, 2007

    The USPTO and the JPO have announced that they will permanently implement the patent prosecution highway (PPH) as of January 4 2008

  • Pillsbury granted outsourcing patent

    December 27, 2007

    International law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has been granted a business method patent for a process relating to the firm’s outsourcing methodology, which it has dubbed ValueChain

  • EPO raises punitive fees

    December 21, 2007

    European patent applicants will have to pay higher fees for filing more than 15 claims or writing applications with more than 35 pages under changes announced by the EPO

  • AIDS patent first in India

    December 19, 2007

    India’s Patent Office has granted its first patent to an overseas company for an anti-AIDS drug, it was revealed last week

  • 2007 in review – from A to Z

    December 17, 2007

    2007 has been an eventful year for IP practitioners. In our annual review of the past 12 months, MIP Week provides an A-Z guide to some of the most important developments worldwide

  • District court orders eBay to pay $30 million

    December 17, 2007

    A district court in Virginia last week found that eBay’s popular “buy it now” feature had infringed a business method patent owned by MercExchange, ordering the online marketplace to pay $30 million in damages

  • Rejected petition cites failure to apply KSR

    December 17, 2007

    The US Supreme Court has decided not to hear a dispute between Capital Machine and Miller Veneers, two Indianapolis-based veneer companies, in which the Federal Circuit failed to apply KSR v Teleflex in its judgment in an interference matter

  • Qualcomm fails first hurdle in ITC Nokia dispute

    December 13, 2007

    Chip maker Qualcomm has suffered a new setback in its long-running battle with Nokia after a judge at the International Trade Commission (ITC) said that the Finnish telecoms company had not infringed three of Qualcomm’s patents

  • Amazon loses gift-giving patent

    December 10, 2007

    Just as internet shopping sites in many parts of the world gear up for record online sales in the run-up to the holiday season, the EPO has revoked internet retailer Amazon’s so-called gift order patent

  • Erbitux patent dispute ends in $120 million deal

    December 10, 2007

    The worldwide Erbitux patent dispute reached the end of the road with a settlement between the parties last week

  • Danone loses Wahaha trade mark arbitration

    December 10, 2007

    The Wahaha trade mark belongs to Chinese drinks maker Wahaha Group and not to French food maker Danone, according to the Hangzhou Arbitration Commission

  • Edinburgh patent owner withdraws appeal

    December 03, 2007

    A long-running appeal over one of the world’s most closely watched biotechnology patents has been withdrawn, nearly 14 years after the patent was filed

  • China's controversial amendment plans

    December 01, 2007

    Proposed amendments to China's patent and trade mark laws have caused much debate over the past month. Peter Ollier analyzes what is at stake

  • Mixed signals from Indonesia

    December 01, 2007

    Indonesia's Supreme Court decided three much-anticipated IP cases in 2007. Lisa Yong and Zain Adnan explain what the decisions mean for rights holders in the country

  • Develop your China enforcement strategy

    December 01, 2007

    Managing IP and Finnegan Henderson jointly hosted a roundtable in Beijing to discuss how to develop an enforcement strategy in China

  • Your guide to IP software

    December 01, 2007

    The growth of IP rights makes effective management more important than ever. Lynann Butkiewicz introduces a comparison of IP software and services providers

  • Japan's Supreme Court affirms patent exhaustion rule

    December 01, 2007

    Japan's highest court has handed down its first ruling on the issue of patent exhaustion

  • 10 things you should know about EPC 2000

    December 01, 2007

    On December 13, the first overhaul of the European Patent Convention since it was drafted in 1973, comes into force

  • EU patent court back on the agenda

    December 01, 2007

    A Europe-wide patent litigation system could be agreed by the end of 2008

  • Trilateral offices commit to cooperate

    December 01, 2007

    Users have emphasized the need for global harmonization of the patent application process

  • CAFC affirms jury verdict against Microsoft

    December 01, 2007

    Microsoft has failed to overturn a decision in which it was found to have infringed patents belonging to z4 Technologies

  • The woman who took on the USPTO

    December 01, 2007

    Interview: Sherry Knowles heads the IP team at GSK, which recently persuaded a judge to block the USPTO's plans to introduce rules on claims and continuations

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