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Ho, ho, ho

Regular readers of the IAM blog may have noticed a bit of a slowdown in output over recent days. No excuses - it's Christmas and I am taking thing easy. That state of affairs will continue until the new year as I catch up with my family and discover what they have been doing for the past few months. Initial indications are that quite a lot has been going on. I am looking forward to finding out more. However, should anything major happen, I will be posting about it on here.

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 23 December 2008 @ 5:44PM
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The message to Barack Obama is clear: the USPTO needs new blood and a strong reform agenda

The US Chamber of Commerce has now officially released Recommendations for Consideration by the Incoming Administration Regarding the US Patent and Trademark Office. This blog first revealed that a group of senior figures was working on the publication back in October at which stage it was being framed for consideration by both the Obama and McCain camps. Now that we know who the new president is going to be, however, the recommendations are aimed directly at Barack Obama. On a ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 21 December 2008 @ 12:33PM
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IP Business Congress hits the first 100

The IP Business Congress, which IAM is hosting at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago between 21st and 23rd June 2009, now has over 100 confirmed delegates. With the early bird discount, which offers attendance at the three day event for $995, in force until 23rd January, we expect that number to rise quite significantly over the next month. Total capacity at the Four Seasons is around 500 Given what is happening to the global economy right now, the IPBC's focus on creating IP value ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 17 December 2008 @ 9:06AM
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Memo to EPO examiners: the patent quality debate has to be full, frank and nuanced

Over recent months, this blog has been pretty critical of SUEPO, the union that represents staff members at the European Patent Office. I have been particularly worried by its claims that patent quality at the office has declined and that staff are being forced to grant more patents than ever before because many members of the EPO administrative council, who also run national patent offices, want to increase the money that their offices receive. Such assertions, I have stated, are ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 16 December 2008 @ 11:49AM
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Court costs decision could be a warning to all IP firms in UK

UK magic circle law firm Allen & Overy is back in the news today, following a court decision to order it to disclose its on-going costs in representing client RIM in a current patent dispute. IAM blog readers may recall that A&O was heavily criticised by a judge earlier this year after it emerged the firm had billed RIM £5 million worth of fees after successfully representing the Canadian company in a dispute with Visto, against whom the current litigation is also ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 15 December 2008 @ 3:37PM
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USPTO pendency times and the lessons that Korea may be able to teach

First it was the PPAC's latest annual report stating that the USPTO needed to take decisive action to cut pendency times. Now several former USPTO directors and commissioners have said the same thing. Speaking at a roundtable event held on Capitol Hill and sponsored by the Computing Technology Industry Association, ex office Directors Gerald Mossinghoff and Bruce Lehman, as well as Nick Godici -the Commissioner for Patents between 2001 and 2005 - all criticised the office for ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 14 December 2008 @ 4:31PM
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IP more important than ever in M&A deals, new research claims

Corporations and private equity firms both believe that the importance of IP in M&A deals is set to increase over the next five years, according to a study published yesterday. Conducted by mergermarket and sponsored by CRA International and K&L Gates LLP, M&A Insights: Spotlight on Intellectual Property Rights reports that, in addition, IP is seen as being equally or more important than other assets by 85% of corporate respondents and 72% of private equity respondents.

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 11 December 2008 @ 6:01PM
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IP litigation enjoying a boost from the recession, but a depression could change everything

Although recession is now biting in many countries and across almost all industrial sectors, the indications are that - so far - intellectual property is getting off pretty lightly. The cover story of the most recent issue of IAM, for example, takes an in-depth look at the state of play in the IP intermediary market and features the views of a number of players within it. As previously reported on this blog, the consensus is that what is happening in the general economy presents ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 09 December 2008 @ 1:36PM
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IEEE does deal with Dolby subsidiary to create standards-based patent pools

The IEEE and Via Licensing have agreed a deal that, according to a press release, will lead to "a joint effort to develop patent  licensing programs – patent pools -- for IEEE standards". The release goes on: "The collaboration’s goal is to foster rapid adoption of IEEE standards-based technologies." Via is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dolby Laboratories, and has over 40 years experience of developing and adminstering licensing ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 08 December 2008 @ 12:41PM
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French IP chief confident of European patent breakthrough in 2009, but we've heard it all before

It is always good to get the news from the horse’s mouth. And yesterday at the Pan-European IP Summit, the horse talked, so to speak. More precisely, there were three horses spilling the beans; letting us all know where things stand with the negotiations on the Community patent and the single European patent jurisdiction. As I wrote yesterday, one of the plenaries at the Premier Cercle event was hosted by Alain Pompidou and featured Benoît Battistelli from the French ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 05 December 2008 @ 7:15AM
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