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Page 1 of 3 Archive - January 2007

OECD to reveal new figures on IP crime

There is some good stuff coming out of the Third Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting currently taking place in Geneva. Following the ICC/Bascap report discussed yesterday, John Dryden, deputy director of science, technology and industry at the OECD, has told delegates at the meeting that a report to be published by the organisation later this year is likely to claim that around 2% of the world’s trade is accounted for by pirate and counterfeit goods. If this does turn ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 31 January 2007 @ 12:00AM
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New counterfeiting survey misses two big problems

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and one of its offshoots - Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) - have released the results of a survey on IP crime to coincide with the Third Annual Global Anti-Counterfeiting Congress, currently being held in Geneva.  Based on research conducted at 48 companies and covering 27 product categories, the survey – not surprisingly – identifies enforcement as a major priority. In most countries now, it ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 30 January 2007 @ 12:00AM
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More on that split in the US patent community

Back to the PantentlyO blog and Hal Wegner has responded to the piece by Robert Merges I linked to and discussed last week. Both Wegner and Merges are highly respected members of the patent bar in the US and their disagreement nicely encapsulates the growing differences emerging over in the States about the future direction of patent law, policy and practice. In a country where a lot is being staked on the fact that IP is a business asset underpinned by strong legal rights, such ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 January 2007 @ 12:00AM
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Thailand to introduce further compulsory licensing measures

A report in Business Week suggests that the Thai government is on the verge of further compulsory licensing measures, following on from a previous decision to do the same with Efavirenz, an antiretroviral AIDS drug. While one of the new drugs is also said to relate to HIV, the other is rumoured to be for the treatment of heart disease. Of course, under TRIPs, the Thai government is able to do what it likes as long as the drugs in question deal with a public health emergency, ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 January 2007 @ 12:00AM
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Study praises Bayh-Dole, WARF changes licensing policy

Although the Bayh-Dole Act and the TLOs that have been created across the US as a result of it have been coming in for much criticism over recent time, it is worth mentioning that there is another side to the story as well. In early December 2006, for example, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a detailed report - The Bayh-Dole Act: Selcted issues in Patent Policy and the Commercialisation of Technology - which concluded that Bayh-Dole had “largely benefited the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 January 2007 @ 12:00AM
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When two tribes go to war

There’s been some really interesting posts on the PatentlyO blog site recently that indicate something I picked up on my last trip to the US back in November when I was over there for the oral arguments at the Supreme Court in the KSR v Teleflex case. See this from Professor Robert Merges, for example, and the responses to it. To put it succinctly, there is growing discrepancy between two major stakeholders in the US patent system as to what direction it should take. On the one ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 23 January 2007 @ 12:00AM
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China stats pose important questions

With commendable speed, China’s State Intellectual Property Office has released patent filing statistics for 2006. Overall, the numbers are huge – a total of 573,178 applications (of which 210,490 related to invention patents, as opposed to designs and utility models) and 268,002 grants (57,786 for invention patents). There were 102,836 applications from abroad and 44,142 patents were granted to foreign entities – the vast majority in both cases relating to invention ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 January 2007 @ 12:00AM
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New IP survey of European business released

A report from the Economist Intelligence Unit and based on a survey of 400 European executives was published yesterday. There are no startling revelations but headlines include the fact that business people feel they should be making more of the IP assets their companies own and that they want a more harmonised European patent system. Which begs the question: what are they going to do about these things?   

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 19 January 2007 @ 12:00AM
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TLOs come under attack in the US

A hard hitting article in the January 2007 issue of US publication The Scientist takes a critical look at the job university technology licensing offices (TLOs) are doing in the States. Among the claims it presents are that they can be too bureaucratic, incompetent and greedy. Central to many of the accusations is that far from performing the role of facilitating the transfer of technology based on IP created in academia to the wider world, either through licensing or start-up ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 18 January 2007 @ 12:00AM
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It shouldn't happen to an IP lawyer, part 1

When veteran IP and entertainment lawyer Sidney Bluming decided to spend £5,000 ($9,000) on a suite at London’s Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Hotel, he could not have expected to end up in court. But that’s just where he is heading, after a stay at the 5 star hotel turned into something of an ordeal. According to a report in today's issue of The Times, it was not pampering that Bluming and his wife got during their five day residency, it was sores and other ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 17 January 2007 @ 12:00AM
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