In the world of patents Marshall is synonymous with one thing: it is home to the Eastern District of Texas Federal Court, that plaintiff friendly forum where non-Texan defendants - and, more especially, non-US defendants – struggle to prevail. It’s a venue that is particularly ...
Joff Wild, IAM Magazine | 09 Mar 2014
The news this week that Penn State is to hold an auction to try to find buyers for exclusive licences to 70 of its engineering patents throws up a number of interesting scenarios and potential pitfalls for the American university. Although Penn State claims to be the first academic ...
Richard Lloyd, IAM Magazine | 07 Mar 2014
What could be one of the biggest-ever specifically IP-based transactions has recently been closed in China. According to the Conquering Innovation Fatigue blog, a trade publication called China Paper has reported that Quanlin Paper, a company based in the province of Shandong, secured a ...
Joff Wild, IAM Magazine | 07 Mar 2014
After 15 years in charge of IP at Philips, Ruud Peters retired as the company’s chief IP officer at the end of 2013. As he surveys the IP landscape that he leaves behind, he sees a system under attack – but one that continues to have a compelling and positive story to tell
The patent system has received much critical attention recently due to the activities of patent 'trolls' or, less pejoratively, non-practising entities (NPEs). Much of the NPE-related patent litigation commenced to date has been in the United States. However, NPE Vringo Infrastructure Inc has now commenced litigation against Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer ZTE Corporation in Australia, among other countries.
The Court of Cassation recently ruled on the scope of the so-called 'Galenic exception', which allows pharmacists to prepare prescription medicinal products that may otherwise infringe a patent. The rationale of the Galenic exception is to balance the interest of the patent owner with the patient’s right to health. However, conditions and limits to the Galenic exception have been established.
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