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Big changes are coming to US patent practice whoever takes over next year

The new Patent Fools blog is running a piece looking at what the two US presidential candidates have had to say about patents. Of course, as the author Gene Quinn notes, to have them say anything at all is pretty unusual. It just goes to show how the issue of patents has risen up the political agenda over recent years – and not before time. On my reading, neither McCain nor Obama has anything startling to say. Both seem to believe that the US patent system is broken in one way ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 August 2008 @ 12:00AM
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Women and patents: it is not working at the moment

It all started back in June at the IP Business Congress when, looking around the conference hall, we were struck by the distinct lack of women in attendance. And the gap they left was all the more obvious for us having not long returned from the INTA annual conference where the gender split was far more even. So just what is it that deters women from patents? In its next issue, IAM will take a look into why there is such an absence of women in patent law and business. We shall be ...

Posted by Sara-Jayne Clover, IAM Magazine on 28 August 2008 @ 12:00AM
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Tightening the belt at the Italian Patent Office

The Italian Patent and Trademark Office is facing government cost-cutting measures that are aimed at reducing public debt. Plans to abolish the role of High Commissioner to Combat Counterfeiting and Piracy were announced earlier this month by the Berlusconi regime and now IAM has learned of further measures to curb spending. The government proposes to reduce the number of general directorates within the Ministry for Industrial Production – responsible for the patent and ...

Posted by Sara-Jayne Clover, IAM Magazine on 27 August 2008 @ 12:00AM
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Technology transfer in Portugal gets a helping hand

Changes to the Portuguese patent law come into force on 1st October. Among the new provisions are some which will boost the technology transfer sector in the country. Nuno Silva, from the Instituto Pedro Nunes in Coimbra, has sent out the following note explaining what will happen: Portugal is changing its Industrial Property Law in order to facilitate worldwide access to the national system and usability at lower prices. Most noted change that affects universities is the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 August 2008 @ 12:00AM
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Has China just proved its IP critics right?

China's Olympic efforts over the last few weeks and in the years leading up to the games were extraordinary. The country's athletes topped the medal table; there were opening and closing ceremonies the likes of which we have never seen before (and quite possibly will not see again); thousands of people were mobilised to ensure that sailing events were not ruined by creeping algae in the waters off Qingdao; traffic restrictions and factory closures were enforced in ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 25 August 2008 @ 12:00AM
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The real inventors of the term "patent troll" revealed

You learn something new every day. I had always thought that Peter Detkin, the vice-chairman and co-founder of Intellectual Ventures, coined the term patent troll while he was at Intel in the late 1990s. Certainly, if you do a Google search he gets a lot of credits (try here, here, here and here, for example). However, it turns out that while Detkin played a significant role in the name’s development and diffusion, he was not the inventor. Instead, that honour rightly goes to ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 August 2008 @ 12:00AM
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Dickinson and McCurdy land new jobs

Much has happened in the three weeks that the IAM blog has been on holiday; so much, in fact, that any summary would be ridiculously long. So I am not going to bother with one. However, a couple of recent appointments have caught my eye. The first is that Todd Dickinson is set to become the Executive Director of the AIPLA on 1st September, when he will take over from Mike Kirk, who is retiring. Getting Dickinson, who has been Director of the USPTO, the chief IP counsel at GE and ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 20 August 2008 @ 12:00AM
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