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Page 1 of 3 Archive - February 2011

The EPO is OK financially, but relations with staff must improve, says president

Over recent years, the relationship between senior management and staff at the European Patent Office has frequently been strained. Under the presidencies of both Alain Pompidou and Alison Brimelow examiners and other staff at the office took industrial action, claiming that reforms being instituted by both were going to adversely affect employees’ terms and conditions, as well as compromise the quality of the EPO product. When I met with new president Benoît Battistelli ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 February 2011 @ 3:48PM
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IP Hall of Fame inductees for 2011 announced

After months of voting by the IP community and deliberation by the IP Hall of Fame Academy, the five inductees into the IP Hall of Fame for 2011 have been officially announced. They are: Robert Armitage: Senior vice president and general counsel for Eli Lilly since 2003. A tireless campaigner for US patent reform, he has testified before Congress on IP policy issues and is a past president of the AIPLA. Lynne Beresford: Recently retired as USPTO’s Commissioner for Trademarks, ...

Posted by Sara-Jayne Clover, IAM Magazine on 25 February 2011 @ 10:50AM
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The US could end up hurting its own companies as a result of the Huawei 3Leaf decision

Since our establishment, Huawei has respected and protected the rights of all intellectual property holders while vigorously defending our own intellectual property rights. We have applied for 49,040 patents globally and have been granted 17,765 to date. In addition to our own innovations, we buy access to other patent holders' technologies through cross-licenses. In 2010, Huawei paid western companies US$222 million in licensing fees. Of that total, US$175 million was paid to ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 25 February 2011 @ 10:29AM
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The RPX IPO conundrum

So how does a business that has spent $250 million since its inception, but generated just $100 million in the same time period end up being profitable? This is the question that Patrick Anderson, author of the Gametime IP blog, set himself when he decided to take a look at the financials released by RPX on the back of its S-1 filings. The solution, Anderson concludes, is down to the way the firm's accounts are put together: "Amortization is the answer. RPX is amortizing the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 February 2011 @ 7:03AM
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German court confirms NPE's right to enforce an injunction against Nokia

I have received the following press release from IPCom concerning the recent decision of a Mannheim court ruling that Nokia had infringed a patent owned by the NPE. I am no expert, but this looks like a pretty big deal to me. I have added the emphasis in bold: IPCom wins central case against Nokia, court affirms infringement of key mobile telecoms patent • Nokia infringing patent #100a, District Court of Mannheim rules • Judgment entitles IPCom to stop sale of ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 23 February 2011 @ 12:24PM
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Users will not abandon the EPO despite concerns, says the office's president

Last week I was in Munich to interview the EPO president Benoît Battistelli. Over the course of an hour and a half we talked through a number of key issues – from the office’s finances, through relations with its users, to the potential creation of a new pan-European patent right, and many more besides. Because there was so much discussed, I am not going to try to fit it into one blog. Instead, I will post a few over the coming days – each covering different ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 21 February 2011 @ 10:34PM
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Huawei agrees to US patent sale after authorities raise concern about security

As a follow up to the blog we ran recently based on Huawei’s acquisition of IP from a US company called 3Leaf and the possibility that this may be declared contrary to US security interests, it looks like things have moved on quite a bit. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) did indeed find that the acquisition compromised US security and recommended that Huawei voluntarily divest itself of the assets in question. Initially, Huawei refused, but now it ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 20 February 2011 @ 11:41AM
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German NPE wins again in litigation fight with Nokia

Reuters reported on Friday that a court in Germany has ruled that Nokia did infringe a patent owned by NPE IPCom. Readers will recall that this is a case that this blog has been following for a while, as it could have important implications for the viability of a certain kind of NPE business model in Europe’s largest and richest marketplace. Unfortunately, the very brief Reuters report is the only one that I can find in English. However, there are several in ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 19 February 2011 @ 5:39PM
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New USPTO deputy director ticks all the right boxes

Teresa Stanek Rea, a partner in the Washington DC offices of law firm Crowell & Moring, has been appointed the deputy director of the USPTO. She succeeds Sharon Barner, who stood down from the post earlier this year. Stanek Rea is thought to have been one of three women considered for the post - the other two being Google IP chief Michelle Lee and Shanna Winters, general counsel and senior policy adviser to Congressman Howard Berman. In addition to her 25 years of experience in ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 18 February 2011 @ 10:49AM
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Ocean Tomo loses yet another big hitter

Ocean Tomo has been rocked by another high profile departure. Jonathan Barney, a partner in the firm and the head of its patent ratings business, resigned earlier this week and will officially be leaving on 25th February. The reasons for his departure are not immediately apparent. Over recent years, a number of senior managers have quit Ocean Tomo, including Andrew Ramer, the former head of its transactions business who resigned in 2009, and current LES USA and Canada President ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 17 February 2011 @ 5:19PM
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