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Page 1 of 3 Archive - December 2007

The famous nine for 2007

In no particular order and making no great claims for the selection other than it is one I have given quite a bit of thought to, here are my – and, by extension, the IAM blog’s – top IP personalities of 2007: • Kamil Idris – For the moment, still the Director-General of WIPO. Accused of many things, but only ever convicted of one: that he did not state his proper age and failed to correct his error until it was made public. He may leave office a year ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 30 December 2007 @ 12:00AM
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Ho, ho, ho ....

I will be taking a couple of days off now to enjoy some time with my family, to think of a few things beyond intellectual property and to indulge myself with some of the finest branded products known to man (before beginning the traditional new year campaign to shed a couple of stone). Many thanks to the thousands of you that now read this blog every month - your support and input is greatly appreciated, and long may it continue. Here is wishing you a Merry Christmas and, ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 December 2007 @ 12:00AM
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WTO approves IP-related trade sanctions against the US

An arbitration panel constituted under the auspices of the World Trade Organisation has stated that the Caribbean island of Antigua is entitled to suspend obligations it has to protect US-owned intellectual property. This after it was decided that the Antiguans had no other way of effectively penalising the US government for flouting a previous WTO ruling that Antiguan online gambling sites should have access to the US market. While the Antiguans have expressed disappointment at the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 December 2007 @ 12:00AM
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Nice work if you can get it

The UK government is advertising for someone to chair its soon-to-be-established Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property. The successful applicant will earn £20,000, plus expenses, for doing an estimated 20 days work a year. If you round it up, that is the equivalent to a full-time salary of well over £200,000 ($400,000) a year – which, pro-rata, must make it one of the best paid administrative jobs in global IP. It is certainly more than Kamil Idris is ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 21 December 2007 @ 12:00AM
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Sharp rises on the way for European patent fees

Well, it’s all happening at the EPO at the moment. Hot on the heels of the report approved by the Administrative Council on 14th December that could herald major changes to some of the fundamental aspects of the European patent system, comes news of two council decisions that mean it is going to cost a lot of people more money to obtain and maintain a European patent. Decision CA/D16/07 states that from April 2008, fees for applications and renewals will rise (the latter quite ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 20 December 2007 @ 12:00AM
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Is Big Blue next up for the European competition watchdog?

IBM could be the next big technology company to be scrutinised by the European Commission over the way it uses its intellectual property rights. According to a report I just picked up from Bloomberg, the company has been referred to the Competition DG by Platform Solutions Inc, which alleges that Big Blue is “refusing to supply interface information relating to mainframe computers and refusing to license third parties”; something which, it says, runs contrary to European ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 19 December 2007 @ 12:00AM
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EPO to review substantive practice and procedure in drive to maintain quality

Last Friday, the EPO posted a press release on its website with the headline “Council of the European Patent Organisation backs a comprehensive strategy to tackle workload”. The release reports that the Council had approved the findings of a document presented by the Board of the organisation’s administrative council which had recommended ways the EPO should tackle its ever-increasing workload and the pressures this put on the office in terms of quality thresholds ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 18 December 2007 @ 12:00AM
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Litigation stats show it's not all bad news in China

The IP Dragon blog has a link to another blog that provides statistics on the outcomes of reported IP litigations in some of China’s most important courts. Having provided the information, a follow-up blog then seeks to interpret it. The conclusions reached – with some caveats – are as follows: • Plaintiffs prevailed 75% of the time. • You have as much chance of winning, whether you are a foreign or a domestic rights owner. • Trade secrets ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 17 December 2007 @ 12:00AM
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IAFS seeks to spread the intangible asset message to the wider business community

On 14th December, the Intangible Asset Finance Society (IAFS) and the Athena Alliance (AA) co-sponsored the conference Mission Intangible: Exploring the Financial Impact of Extra-Financial Information at the Deutsche Bank Building, in the heart of New York City’s Financial District. IAM is a media partner of the IAFS and follows the work it is doing closely. I got this report on the event from Nir Kossovsky, the IAFS’s executive secretary and chief executive of ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 17 December 2007 @ 12:00AM
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Events in Bali heap further pressure on all IP owners

Technology transfer, it seems, was one of the major obstacles to reaching consensus at the UN climate change convention in Bali. Have no doubt that over the coming years this is going to pose problems for all IP owners wherever in the world they are. Be prepared to read story after story in the press and on the web, and listen to report after report on the radio and TV, that not only does IP prevent people in the developing world get access to the medicines they need, but it also ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 16 December 2007 @ 12:00AM
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