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Viagra dispute still not over in China

Confusion reigns over where things stand in relation to the long-running litigation in China over the production of generic versions of Pfizer’s blockbuster drug Viagra. Various reports (here and here, for example) – which all seem to come from the same original source at the Associated Press – indicate that the Beijing No 1 Intermediate People's Court has upheld the validity of Viagra patents and has consequently ordered two Chinese companies to stop production ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 31 December 2006 @ 12:00AM
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Nobel prize winner attacks the pharma industry over patents

The British Medical Journal – one of the world’s most widely read and influential medical publications – has published an opinion piece from Nobel prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz attacking pharmaceutical patents. The piece, entitled Scrooge and intellectual property rights, came out just before Christmas. Of course, there is nothing new in bashing the pharmaceutical industry and patents is as good a weapon as any other. But it would be nice to see a little ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 27 December 2006 @ 12:00AM
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US patent approvals plummet

USPTO chief Jon Dudas has revealed that patent approvals by the Office have declined to 54% in 2006, down from 70% just three years ago. And this at a time when the number of applications has never been greater. One of the major criticisms of the US system is that it grants patents too easily – certainly the EPO has always marketed itself as a patent office that has a much higher quality threshold. But the EPO’s acceptance figure for 2005 was just over 51%, so the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 December 2006 @ 12:00AM
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A mixed message from manufacturers

‘Tis the season to release the findings of IP surveys, it seems. Another one has just hit the streets, this time looking at the concerns manufacturers have about IP protection in the new globalised world of production. Among other things, the snappily titled Aberdeen Group study - The Protecting Product Intellectual (IP) Property Benchmark Report: Safeguarding Design IP in a Global Market – found that 48% of those surveyed reported lost market share, 44% lost sales, 30% ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 23 December 2006 @ 12:00AM
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Malaysia looks to Japan as it builds a national IP strategy

There is an intriguing story from Malaysia which states that the country is thinking about the adoption of a national plan for intellectual property. If it goes ahead, it will see senior cabinet ministers, including the prime minister, playing an active part. Although there is little detail at the moment, the proposal seems to be modelled very closely on the Japanese IP Strategic Programme, created by ex-Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to help Japan become a country based on the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 23 December 2006 @ 12:00AM
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Where are all the women?

There is an interesting discussion on the PatentlyO site currently about the number of women filing US patent applications. The number is very low and PatentlyO's author Dennis Crouch is asking why. If you follow the thread you will find some interesting answers, but I guess a lot of it has to do with women not being encouraged into science and so therefore not being in a position to invent in the first place. But it’s not just with patentees where this deficit seems to ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 December 2006 @ 12:00AM
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Keeping score on Lipitor

I have just come across a very handy resource on the website run by Australian IP strategist Duncan Bucknell. Labelled the Global Lipitor Patent Scorecard, the page provides an overview of the seemingly endless global dispute between Pfizer, the manufacturers of Lipitor, and the Indian company Ranbaxy that is attempting to introduce a generic version of the drug. It seems that almost every month a new decision is handed down somewhere and every time one does issue the Scorecard ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 December 2006 @ 12:00AM
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Licensing survey reveals growth and increasing pessimism

The Licensing Foundation of the USA and Canada, an off-shoot of the US and Canada branch of the Licensing Executives Society, has released a press release announcing the publication of its 3rd Annual Survey of the Licensing Industry. The Foundation's Annual Survey of Licensing gathers data from LES USA and Canada members who work in a variety of industry sectors, including Health, Industrial, University/Government, and Digital Information, Communications and Electronics (DICE). In ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 21 December 2006 @ 12:00AM
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Credible intangible value reporting still a distant dream

A new study released last week claims that changes in accounting rules in the 1990s have helped make intangibles more visible on company balance sheets. The Global Intangible Tracker, produced by Brand Finance in conjunction with the UK’s Institute of Practitioners in Advertising, also reveals that 62% of company value in 25 selected countries is accounted for by intangible assets, such as brands and intellectual property rights. Here’s an extract from the press ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 18 December 2006 @ 12:00AM
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Supreme Court hearing yet another patent case

Patent cases at the US Supreme Court are becoming rather like London buses - you wait an age for one to come along and then a string appear one after the other. Hot on the heals of MedImmune v Genentech and KSR v Teleflex, arguments are now being prepared for a clash of the heavyweights as Microsoft and AT&T go head to head in a battle over the territorality of US patent law. The case is summarised on the PatentlyO blog site and there will be regular updates there as and when ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 16 December 2006 @ 12:00AM
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