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The IAM IP personalities of 2010

The snow lies thick outside, the thermometer is well below zero. I can smell mince pies baking and that sounds like a choir on the telly. It's Christmas, which means it's time for this blog to take a break. But before we close down for the year, following is IAM's entirely subjective list of the IP personalities of 2010. I've cheated a bit because, as you'll see, it's not just individuals listed - there are some organisations in there too, as well as a whole country. But you ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 23 December 2010 @ 7:12PM
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The UK's IP review surely needs more time if it is to produce anything meaningful

The panel created by the UK government to review aspects of the country's IP system and to assess the economic impact of IP rights, has published a call for evidence. A press release issued last week states: The call for evidence document contains a series of questions the review will consider but it also identifies two areas for particular consideration in assessing the economic impact of the IP system. They are: • Supporting new business models - As technology and ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 December 2010 @ 1:12PM
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Required reading for all CIPOs and anyone else interested in the job

As regular readers of this blog and IAM magazine - as well as attendees of the IPBC - will know, IAM aims to be the primary source of information relating to the chief intellectual property officer (CIPO) role. As part of this remit, back in the summer we launched our Chief IP Officer portal on the main IAM website. It features regularly updated, unique CIPO-related material and acts as an aggregator for all CIPO material produced by IAM. Since its launch we have been sifting ...

Posted by Sara-Jayne Clover, IAM Magazine on 21 December 2010 @ 5:32PM
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Unhappy EPO staff know they have good jobs, but office leaders should not be complacent

Staff satisfaction levels at the European Patent Office continue to decline, according to a report presented to the office's Administrative Council last week. The 2010 EPO Pulse Survey on Staff Satisfaction, which was undertaken in June and has been released now by the union SUEPO, found that under half of respondents reported being satisfied as employees. What's more, just 46% felt valued by the office and only 49% would recommend it to friends as a good place to work. And when it ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 21 December 2010 @ 10:28AM
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America's multi-billion dollar IP marketplace

Over at the Washington DC IP Attorney blog, Ray Millien has been doing a bit of research into the size of the IP marketplace in the US. Although there does not seem to be any definitive numbers available, Ray has collected a few reference points that could be indicative. If they are, then it's probably fair to conclude that the market for IP is pretty huge. These are among the things that Ray comes up with: • In 2006, IP-related damage awards and settlements in the US totaled ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 17 December 2010 @ 12:30PM
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Are you a top patent and technology licensing practitioner?

The IAM research team is about to begin researching the second edition of the IAM Licensing 250 - The World's Leading Patent and Technology Licensing Practitioners. The first edition, published earlier this year, ranked around 450 lawyers in tables that covered over 20 jurisdictions. It was the first publication ever to look at patent and technology licensing experts in such detail and was very well received. Our intention is to make the next edition, which will come out in the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 16 December 2010 @ 12:27PM
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Article One focuses its global prior art research community on NTP's patent portfolio

Article One Partners, the New York-based crowd sourcing company which numbers ex-IBM and Microsoft IP boss Marshall Phelps among its directors, has opened three studies on patents owned by NTP. You'll recall that NTP is the non-practising entity that famously won a settlement payment of over $600 million from RIM following litigation concerning the Blackberry. Since 2006, it has also launched actions in the Eastern District of Virginia against 13 well-known players in the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 14 December 2010 @ 5:01PM
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IP Business Congress speakers starting to roll in;super early bird registration rate still applies

The speaking faculty for the IP Business Congress taking place in San Francisco between 19th and 21st June 2011 is now starting to grow. As of today, the following IP business leaders had confirmed that they will be taking part: • Kasim Alfalahi, Vice President and Chief IP Officer, Ericsson • Bruce Berman, CEO, Brody Berman Associates • Mark Blaxill, Managing partner, 3LP Advisors • Charles Clark, Global Head of IP, Edwards Limited • Bill Coughlin, ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 13 December 2010 @ 6:03PM
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Spain and Italy struggle to see off single patent, but ECJ could yet be the saviour- UPDATE

If reports emerging at the end of last week are correct, it looks like Spain and Italy have had their bluffs well and truly called by other EU member states over the single patent issue. Eleven countries - including France, Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, Sweden and Finland - have signed up to move forward on a single patent based on enhanced cooperation, and it seems that a number of others are waiting in the wings to do the same. If that is the case, then the Spanish and the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 12 December 2010 @ 8:04AM
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Auction for Nortel patents approaches its climax as purchasers bid big bucks

The Nortel patent sale is approaching its end game, according to a report from Reuters. It looks like the bankrupt Canadian company has definitely decided against setting up a licensing business and will instead divide the portfolio up and then auction each tranche off separately. Among the companies said to be putting bids together are Google and Apple. Interdigital has confirmed that it is part of a consortium "bidding for Nortel's Long Term Evolution patents for a system to ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 10 December 2010 @ 6:16PM
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