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  • The scariest Halloween patents

    October 31, 2011

    Free access: A method for rapid fish beheading, a gun for firing grasshoppers and a mechanism for extracting blood? It has to be Halloween

  • Finland says yes to English

    October 31, 2011

    From tomorrow, the Finnish IP office will accept patent applications drafted in English as well as those in Finnish and Swedish

  • Microsoft: patent troll or smart business?

    October 31, 2011

    Microsoft’s 10th licensing agreement with Compal means it has patent deals with more than half of Android vendors. Does this mean it is becoming a patent troll?

  • Analysis: What the Samsung ruling means for Frand litigation

    October 31, 2011

    Lawyers says that a Dutch ruling in a dispute between Apple and Samsung does not signal the end of standard-essential patent litigation in the Netherlands

  • China joins PPH network

    October 31, 2011

    The first ever patent prosecution highway involving China’s State Intellectual Property Office will launch tomorrow with the Japan Patent Office

  • Interview: T John Ward reflects on the Texas rocket-docket

    October 31, 2011

    In an exclusive interview with Eileen McDermott, Judge T John Ward talks about transition, trials and patent trolls

  • Fire shuts WIPO for two days

    October 28, 2011

    WIPO’s offices in Geneva will reopen at 8.00 am on Monday morning after being closed for the past two days due to an electrical fire

  • USPTO weighs grants for foreign patent filings

    October 27, 2011

    US small businesses could receive federal grants and loans to assist them in registering and enforcing patents abroad, government officials said at a USPTO public forum Thursday

  • The IP year in review

    October 27, 2011

    From award-winning patent decisions to the Betty Boop trademark conundrum, it has been an interesting year for IP lawyers in the United States

  • Prosecutors battle litigators in patent game

    October 27, 2011

    Patent prosecutors were pitted against patent litigators in a battle of wits, legal acuity and – since survey respondents determined the winning answer – luck, in a session titled “Patent Wars” at the AIPLA Annual Meeting

  • Avoid foreign filing pitfalls

    October 27, 2011

    It’s said that travel broadens the mind. But if US patents are traveling overseas, then it’s the patent attorney’s brain that’s going to be taxed

  • Leahy tells AIPLA: There’s still work to be done

    October 27, 2011

    Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont last week expressed his gratitude to a crowd of AIPLA Annual Meeting attendees for their help in getting the America Invents Act through Congress (free access)

  • Court clarifies plant variety exhaustion

    October 27, 2011

    The owner of a plant variety right can bring an infringement action against a third party that has obtained material from a licensee, if the licensee has contravened the licence “to the extent that the conditions or limitations in question relate directly to the essential features of the Community plant variety right concerned”

  • USPTO examines prior user rights

    October 25, 2011

    The USPTO began its transition to a first-to-file system Tuesday by holding its first patent reform public hearing on how prior user rights can be incorporated into the US patent system

  • EPO drops hearings in broccoli patent case

    October 25, 2011

    A new round of hearings over a controversial European patent for broccoli has been cancelled, one week before patent activists planned to demonstrate at the EPO’s Munich headquarters

  • Why the media matters in IP disputes

    October 24, 2011

    Earlier this month a self-styled David versus Goliath IP battle reached an amicable conclusion when Procter & Gamble agreed to drop its claim that a start-up company making Willa-branded beauty products infringed its trade mark for Wella

  • Review: Chief Judge Rader rocks, rolls and wriggles

    October 24, 2011

    It’s a familiar feeling for all conference goers. After two days of long hours, serious meetings and frivolous chat you know you should go to bed, but the dessert reception promises one final opportunity for networking. You’ll just pop in for a quick drink.

  • Designs take centre stage

    October 21, 2011

    Are design rights finally being taken seriously as part of the IP arsenal? Managing IP analyzes recent developments

  • Kappos: We’re depending on you

    October 21, 2011

    If you’re feeling worried about how the America Invents Act will be implemented, “by all means get active in a committee, so you have a path to provide input on these rules,” said AIPLA Immediate Past President, Alan Kasper, yesterday

  • US judge: Apple iPad design may be invalid

    October 20, 2011

    A California judge has indicated that Apple’s design patent for the iPad may be found invalid due to a 1994 tablet prototype

  • As deadline looms, concerns over EU litigation narrow

    October 20, 2011

    EU member states have set a deadline of the end of this year for political agreement on a unified litigation system. But patent practitioners are increasingly worried about the details of the proposals

  • Court of Justice clarifies design law in Europe

    October 20, 2011

    The Court has defined the “informed user” of a Community design and how designs should be compared, in the first case since designs were introduced

  • Analysis: How the Brüstle ruling has changed the law

    October 19, 2011

    Markus Coehn and Matthias Traut of Fish & Richardson explain how the Court of Justice has reshaped European law on the patenting of stem cells and human embryos

  • Interview: Judge Klaus Grabinski discusses the EU patent court

    October 19, 2011

    In an exclusive interview, one of Germany’s leading patent judges speaks to James Nurton about bifurcation, harmonisation, the prospects for a European patent litigation system – and what makes a good litigator

  • How to protect stem cell research after Brüstle

    October 18, 2011

    Today’s Court of Justice ruling in the Brüstle case is a blow to the biotechnology industry – but the decision is not all bad news for scientists, say IP lawyers

  • Court puts limits on patents for human embryos

    October 18, 2011

    Europe’s highest court has clarified the law on the patentability of processes involving research on human embryos and stem cells

  • Dutch court throws out Samsung’s injunction plea

    October 17, 2011

    Samsung has failed in its attempt to persuade a Dutch court to block Apple from selling its iPhone and iPad tablet in the Netherlands

  • India considers IP office overhaul

    October 17, 2011

    India’s Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion has launched a review of the organisational structure of the IP office that could split the patent and trade mark departments and make them autonomous agencies

  • Samsung hits back at Apple in Australia and Japan

    October 17, 2011

    Just days after seeing its Galaxy 10.1 blocked in Australia, Korean electronics maker Samsung is trying to prevent Apple from selling its new iPhone 4S down under and in Japan

  • Apple and Samsung face off in London hearing

    October 14, 2011

    In a hearing today over the English branch of the Apple v Samsung smartphone wars, Apple attempted to get its case joined to that already underway against HTC

  • Why a Chinese company’s patent victory is a sign of things to come

    October 14, 2011

    Consumer electronics company Aigo has won a patent infringement decision against Japanese rival Toshiba in a case that shows the increasing assertiveness of Chinese companies in their own courts

  • Halliburton case has immediate impact on UK patenting

    October 14, 2011

    Last week’s Halliburton case involving computer software patents has had an almost immediate effect, with another hearing on a similar case this week

  • Hong Kong considers examining its own patents

    October 14, 2011

    Hong Kong’s government has released a consultation paper that could lead to radical changes to the patent system of the Special Administrative Region

  • EPO allows second chance to challenge PCT examination

    October 13, 2011

    PCT applicants can now submit a second round of arguments to the EPO during an international preliminary examination, following an unusual move by the Office

  • Breaking news: Apple blocks Samsung tablet in Australia

    October 13, 2011

    A court in Australia has granted Apple’s request for an interlocutory injunction that bans sale of Samsung’s Galaxy 10.1 tablet computer in Australia

  • IV suit could threaten software patents in US

    October 12, 2011

    Intellectual Ventures’ suit against Motorola Mobility could lead to a well-funded battle against software patents in the US

  • ARMS case shows perks of trade secrets over patents

    October 11, 2011

    A recent dispute between two arms manufacturers shows how a company can succeed on a trade secret claim when the patent claim fails

  • Patents County Court could be set for big-ticket cases

    October 07, 2011

    The growing popularity of new streamlined procedures at the UK Patents County Court could lead to it handling far higher value cases in the future

  • Samsung bids to block iPhone 4S in Europe

    October 07, 2011

    Samsung is opening new European fronts in its smartphone patent battle with Apple

  • UK IPO set to change practice on CII exceptions

    October 07, 2011

    The UK IP Office will not appeal a court decision that found its practice on exceptions to patentability to be wrong in law

  • EU confident over unitary patent plans

    October 07, 2011

    EU plans for a unitary patent will not be derailed by legal challenges filed by Spain and Italy, a senior European Commission official predicted today

  • Key parliamentary committee favours unified patent court

    October 05, 2011

    The European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee has strongly backed plans for a unified patent court, and recommended that MEPs support it

  • Apple v Samsung Analysis: Innovation patents create tactical opportunities

    October 05, 2011

    In contrast with Germany, where Apple used design patents to block the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy 10.1 tablet, the company that invented the iPad has used a combination of standard and innovation patents in Australia

  • Apple goes for broke in Australian legal battle

    October 05, 2011

    Apple has refused Samsung’s offer of a deal in Australia and kept pushing for a temporary injunction that would boost global efforts to block the launch of the Galaxy 10.1 tablet

  • Chinese companies turn tables on foreign IP owners in China

    October 03, 2011

    In China, foreign patent owners need to learn sophisticated defensive strategies to avoid heavy losses to domestic rivals, said speakers at the Asia-Pacific IP Forum last week

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