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  • Italy and Spain launch legal challenge to unitary patent

    May 31, 2011

    The two countries that are not taking part in enhanced cooperation have launched a court challenge against the planned EU unitary patent system

  • Administration weighs in on House patent reform

    May 31, 2011

    A letter released today by US commerce secretary Gary Locke fell short of endorsing the House version of patent reform (HR-1249) completely

  • Commission breakthrough on EU patent court

    May 31, 2011

    The European Commission has proposed a “suggested solution” for a unitary patent court in the EU, which addresses objections raised by the EU Court of Justice

  • Judge: Europe “in a tangle” over software

    May 27, 2011

    US and EU judges diverged over approaches to patentability of software and business methods during a discussion between judges and IP practitioners this week

  • IP rights and standards to be debated

    May 27, 2011

    Maastricht University is to host a roundtable discussion on IP rights, standards and innovation next month

  • Therasense on track for Supreme Court

    May 27, 2011

    Reacting to the Federal Circuit defeat, Becton Dickinson’s counsel reemphasised the company’s concern with seeing the proper inequitable conduct standard in place and did not rule out an appeal to the Supreme Court

  • Go-ahead for specialised US patent judges

    May 26, 2011

    Six US district courts are set to start a 10-year experiment with specialised patent judges in July

  • Split CAFC changes inequitable conduct standard

    May 25, 2011

    In a six-judge majority opinion, the Federal Circuit today decided Therasense v Becton-Dickson, which has changed the standard for proving inequitable conduct in patent litigation

  • IPO requests broad ruling in false marking suit

    May 25, 2011

    The Intellectual Property Owner’s Association (IPO) is asking the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to consider all outstanding false marking cases en banc

  • Swiss patent court will promote settlement

    May 25, 2011

    Switzerland's new Federal Patent Court, which will open at the beginning of next year, will aim to settle around 50% of cases within seven months, its president said today

  • Reports reveal China’s greentech plans

    May 25, 2011

    Two reports published last week have cast new light on China’s push to lead the world in the development of green technology

  • First-to-file challenged by conservatives

    May 24, 2011

    The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee has countered a challenge within his own party as to the constitutionality of the first-to-file provision of patent reform

  • Rader on “the era of the judge”

    May 24, 2011

    Judges need to tear down national barriers to make international commerce easier, Federal Circuit Chief Judge Randall Rader said today

  • June vote on patent reform likely

    May 23, 2011

    With a House of Representatives floor vote on patent reform looming, lobbyists are working with Judiciary Committee and leadership staff to make last-minute modifications to the latest bill

  • JPO thanks IP community

    May 17, 2011

    Although the epicenter of the earthquake that struck Japan on March 11 was more than 500 km from Tokyo, it was so powerful that the headquarters of the Japan Patent Office (JPO) were heavily shaken

  • IP owners want cost-effective enforcement – report

    May 14, 2011

    Businesses are increasingly looking for value for money in IP enforcement, according to the third edition of Taylor Wessing's Global IP Index

  • East Asia leads in PCT filings

    May 12, 2011

    East Asia led in PCT applications in 2010, with roughly 164,300 filed, according to WIPO’s annual PCT review

  • CAFC refuses to dismiss Tivo ruling

    May 12, 2011

    The Federal Circuit has denied the parties’ motion to dismiss the appeal in Tivo v EchoStar, which was decided en banc last month

  • Investing in the future of IP

    May 12, 2011

    Microsoft’s recent $8.5 billion purchase of Skype is just one example of how sound IP strategies can position companies to delve into new territory, said panellists at a conference yesterday

  • Why patentee win rates are low in Taiwan

    May 12, 2011

    Low patent quality – and not bias - is the foremost explanation for low patentee win rates in Taiwan, say IP practitioners

  • PCC judge explains cost cap

    May 12, 2011

    Judge Colin Birss has set out how the costs capping system in the UK's Patents County Court will work, in his first ruling on costs

  • IPO spells success for RPX

    May 12, 2011

    Defensive patent aggregator RPX Corporation has gone public, signalling success for a controversial new IP business model

  • Uniloc will lead to less litigation

    May 06, 2011

    Panellists at the Licensing Executives Society spring meeting in New York yesterday discussed life after the Federal Circuit’s Uniloc decision, which rejected the 25% rule for calculating patent damages

  • Q&A: Patents in Greece

    May 05, 2011

    Dr Helen Papaconstantinou, John Filias and Associates provide a comprehensive guide to filing and protecting patents in Greece

  • EPO and OHIM target national offices together

    May 04, 2011

    The EPO and OHIM have signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on IT, training and IP promotion in Europe

  • Developing countries develop own IP agenda

    May 04, 2011

    Developing countries need to explore new ways to cooperate in international policy-making and IP negotiations, speakers told a conference in India this week

  • TRIPs under fire on 15th anniversary

    May 04, 2011

    Fifteen years after it was implemented, developing countries are still debating the value of the WTO’s TRIPs Agreement, as a conference in India last week showed

  • Espinel sets out US enforcement priorities

    May 03, 2011

    US IP Tsar Victoria Espinel signalled a more aggressive approach to overseas enforcement in a speech at the Fordham IP Conference in New York on Friday

  • Beware of India’s Section 8

    May 03, 2011

    The dispute between German wind turbine maker Enercon and its Indian subsidiary has shown that a little known part of India’s Patent Act could have a devastating effect on foreign patent owners

  • German company battles to restore patents in India

    May 03, 2011

    A German company has had 12 patents revoked by its own Indian subsidiary and lost control of its trade mark in a dispute that has raised more questions about India’s IP system

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