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  • Myriad mostly vindicated – for now

    July 29, 2011

    The Federal Circuit ruled today in Association for Molecular Pathology v the USPTO and Myriad Genetics that isolated DNA sequences are patent eligible, setting the stage for a Supreme Court battle over gene patents

  • Court limits power of SPCs

    July 28, 2011

    Products placed on the market in the EU before obtaining a marketing authorisation cannot benefit from supplementary protection certificates, the Court of Justice of the EU said today

  • EU-China IP project comes to a close

    July 28, 2011

    The EU and China have formally ended a four-year IP cooperation project with both sides claiming success, despite frustrations behind the scenes

  • New licensing regulations in China

    July 28, 2011

    New rules for how to file patent licensing agreements with SIPO will come into effect on Monday

  • USPTO aligns with Federal Circuit on inequitable conduct

    July 27, 2011

    The USPTO has proposed amending its Rule 56 governing applicants’ duty to disclose information to the USPTO in order to comply with the recent Therasense ruling

  • Law professor puts new spin on false marking debate

    July 25, 2011

    A law professor has said that retroactively eliminating qui tam provisions for false marking suits would result in more litigation against the US government for just compensation

  • Interview: Timothy Trainer, Global Intellectual Property Strategy Center

    July 25, 2011

    Timothy Trainer, founder of the Global Intellectual Property Strategy Center, spoke with Managing IP about why we need to change the IP conversation, how to help global Customs authorities enforce IP rights and what went wrong at the Uruguay Round

  • Q&A with Tian Lipu

    July 25, 2011

    Managing IP interviewed SIPO Commissioner Tian Lipu during last month’s China-International IP Forum. In this full transcript, he discusses China’s patent explosion, SIPO’s plans, revised rules and international cooperation

  • Interview: SIPO’s Tian Lipu on China’s patent deluge

    July 25, 2011

    While David Kappos of the USPTO is struggling to get more money to cope with its backlog, SIPO is preparing to recruit 5,000 more examiners by 2015

  • Canadian Court of Appeal clarifies scope of section 73

    July 25, 2011

    The Canadian Federal Court of Appeal has ruled that section 73 of the Patent Act does not apply to patents already issued, contradicting two previous judgments at the trial level

  • HGS v Lilly: day 3

    July 20, 2011

    Judges discussed the differences between EPO appeals and national litigation during the final day of the UK Supreme Court's first patent case

  • Death knell sounded by ITC for Crocs imitators

    July 20, 2011

    The International Trade Commission (ITC) has issued a rare general exclusion order based on design patent rights against three businesses found to have infringed Crocs Inc’s signature foam footwear

  • HGS v Lilly: Day 2

    July 19, 2011

    HGS’s patent for Neutrokine-a contains a “lot of guff” according to Lord Justice Neuberger – but should that invalidate the patent?

  • HGS v Eli Lilly: day 1 report

    July 18, 2011

    At 10.30 am today the doors to Court 1 at the UK Supreme Court were opened to hear the Court’s first patent case, Human Genome Sciences v Eli Lilly

  • ITC initially finds for Apple in HTC suit

    July 18, 2011

    Apple scored a major victory against HTC in the smartphone wars on Friday, when an ITC judge issued an initial determination that two of its 10 patents are infringed

  • Judge questions Google in Java patent suit

    July 15, 2011

    The patent showdown between Oracle and Google over seven Java-related patents has been heating up this week, with a California judge yesterday expressing scepticism over Google’s behaviour

  • Green light for generic rival to Nexium

    July 15, 2011

    Indian company Ranbaxy has been given clearance to launch a generic rival to AstraZeneca’s gastrointestinal drug Nexium in the UK

  • HGS v Eli Lilly dispute explained

    July 15, 2011

    The UK’s Supreme Court will next week hear a case concerning whether the UK has correctly followed European patent law on industrial application

  • House committee promises fee increase for USPTO

    July 15, 2011

    The House Appropriations Committee in the US has promised to give the USPTO full access to its estimated fee collections in FY 2012

  • Interview: Google counsel defends record

    July 14, 2011

    In an exclusive interview with Managing IP, Google counsel Fred von Lohmann claims he is a protector of innovation and free speech online

  • Top 50 highlights activists, campaigners, bloggers

    July 14, 2011

    Managing IP’s annual list of the 50 people shaping the future of intellectual property picks out some surprising and provocative individuals

  • Kappos: without access to fees “we will fail”

    July 14, 2011

    In a live interview with Managing IP on patent reform, USPTO director David Kappos said that without access to all of the fees the Office collects “we will fail – I have no doubt”

  • Intellectual Ventures gets tough on chipmakers

    July 13, 2011

    Patent holding company Intellectual Ventures is suing 12 companies, including Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Hynix Semiconductor, Dell and Hewlett-Packard, for infringing five of its patents

  • Apple files second ITC complaint against HTC

    July 13, 2011

    Apple has filed a new claim in the International Trade Commission (ITC) against HTC, asserting five patents involving scrolling functionality and touch-screen displays

  • Interview: Robert van Peursem, judge, The Hague

    July 11, 2011

    In an exclusive interview, Robert van Peursem – senior judge in the IP department of The Hague District Court in the Netherlands – talks to James Nurton about judicial freedom, patent reform and cowboy courts

  • Poland pushes unitary patent

    July 11, 2011

    The Polish government says it “will aim to conclude work on the creation of a unitary patent system” during its EU presidency

  • Negotiate before you litigate in Australia

    July 11, 2011

    IP owners looking to enforce their rights in Australia will need to think more seriously about settling out of court, after new legislation comes into effect next month

  • Australian decision strengthens innovation patents

    July 08, 2011

    The Full Court of Australia has handed down a decision that reinforces innovation patents in the country

  • Nortel sale shows top execs value IP

    July 07, 2011

    While the $4.5 billion Nortel patent sale is a loss for Google, legal commentators said it showed just how much fear the search-engine giant has instilled in its competitors

  • Ask Kappos your patent reform questions!

    July 07, 2011

    What impact will the first-to-file system have on the Office?

  • Conyers PTE amendment could prolong patent reform

    July 07, 2011

    Along with fee diversion language, a provision in HR-1249 regarding patent term extension is threatening to delay passage of a final patent reform bill

  • New Zealand publishes traditional knowledge report

    July 07, 2011

    Saana Murray had reason to celebrate last Saturday. The 90-year-old from the Ngati Kuri people received a report by the Waitangi Tribunal that addressed IP and cultural concerns of the Maori people

  • Nortel auction under scrutiny in Canada

    July 06, 2011

    The Canadian press is reporting that Industry Minister Christian Paradis may initiate a review of Nortel’s recent auction of 6,000 patents to a consortium of buyers for $4.5 billion

  • Trilateral heads plan patent harmonisation

    July 05, 2011

    The heads of the US, European and Japanese patent offices are meeting today and tomorrow to draw up a definitive list of patent issues they want harmonised

  • Google blocked in bid for Nortel patents

    July 01, 2011

    Nortel’s sale of 6,000 patents for $4.5 billion to a group of buyers including Apple, RIM, Microsoft, Sony and Ericsson has put Google last place in the patent race

  • Kitchin and Lewison appointed to Court of Appeal

    July 01, 2011

    UK lawyers have welcomed the elevation of judges Lewison and Kitchin to the Court of Appeal

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