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  • EPO productivity woes revealed

    July 30, 2007

    Productivity levels at the EPO are less than half those at the UK and German national patent offices, according to a benchmarking study prepared by Ernst & Young

  • Continuations deadline revealed

    July 27, 2007

    Controversial changes to the rules on continuation patents are set to come into force at the USPTO by the end of October

  • Pepsi wins bag-in-box patent battle

    July 27, 2007

    PepsiCo has won the latest spat with its long-time rival Coca-Cola, after a judge in the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia dismissed a patent infringement suit

  • Patent examiners receive KSR guidance

    July 25, 2007

    The USPTO has reacted to April’s Supreme Court decision in KSR v Teleflex by drawing up guidance to help patent examiners determine if an invention is obvious

  • Lords hear entitlement case

    July 24, 2007

    The UK’s House of Lords is this week hearing a dispute over the ownership of a pharmaceutical patent

  • Novartis loses panel appeal

    July 23, 2007

    India’s Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) has dismissed Novartis’s objection to the presence of former patent office head S Chandrasekaran on the panel deciding on the patentability of Glivec

  • Rospatent joins patent searching service

    July 23, 2007

    Rospatent and the EPO launched a Russian language version of the EPO’s Espacenet patent searching service on Tuesday July 16

  • Record price for internet patent

    July 01, 2007

    A patent for methods of internet shopping with a one-stop shopping cart was sold for £2.25 million ($4.45 million) at an auction in London last month

  • Lords to examine obviousness

    July 01, 2007

    The House of Lords, the UK's highest court, is to hear arguments in a controversial dispute over a stent patent

  • Generics welcome data protection report

    July 01, 2007

    An Indian government committee has concluded that there is no need to change the laws that deal with drug registration in the country

  • Yoga patent claim sparks row

    July 01, 2007

    A media-inflamed row over rumoured attempts to patent yoga in the US has stirred up fears in India that IP could threaten the country's traditional knowledge

  • Software patent controversy rages

    July 01, 2007

    Two years after the failure of the EU computer implemented inventions directive, the debate over protecting software is as passionate as ever

  • US patent reform update

    July 01, 2007

    The latest developments in the patent reform debate in the US at a glance

  • The key to inventive step

    July 01, 2007

    Australia's highest court rewrote the rules on inventive step in a decision in May. Bill Bennett explains what the ruling means for patent applicants

  • New procedures will be welcomed by IP owners

    July 01, 2007

    A recent decision will change the procedures under which IP cases are handled in Italy. Massimiliano Mostardini and Licia Garotti explain

  • Patent protection after KSR debated

    July 01, 2007

    At a web-based seminar organized by MIP in association with Fish & Richardson, practitioners discussed the impact of KSR v Teleflex

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