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Supreme People's Court confirms China is a low damages patent jurisdiction

Damages in Chinese patent cases look like remaining relatively low following guidance issued by the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China on 1st January. According to an alert I have received from Rouse, the UK law firm and consultancy with a strong presence in the country, the guidance states that: "A Court must limit damages for patent infringement to 'the profits gained by the infringer due to the infringement of the patent right.' '[T]hose ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 January 2010 @ 10:34AM
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RPX signs up Microsoft and other software heavyweights

RPX has signed up three new members. The defensive patent aggregation firm has announced that Microsoft Corp, McAfee Inc and Symantec Corp have all joined up, in addition to Sharp Corporation and the US subsidiary of Swedish telecommunications software and services company Enea, which both signed on the dotted line a few back. Total membership of RPX now stands at 29 - and that's just 14 months after the firm started operating. Up to now RPX has spent over $130 million ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 28 January 2010 @ 12:28PM
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AST offers unique licensing deal before patent sale begins

Interesting news from Allied Security Trust, the defensive patent organisation that acquires patents on behalf of its members, ensures that members are licensed to use them and then sells the patents on to whoever offers the highest price. The trust has announced that it has appointed Red Chalk to sell a portfolio of patents that it bought from NEC in June 2009. However, before the sale goes ahead, licences to the portfolio will be made available to any party interested in taking ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 January 2010 @ 4:10PM
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Looking at another American century

The National Science Foundation in the US has published its Science and Engineering Indicators 2010. This is a substantial piece of work that " focuses on the trend in the United States and many other parts of the world toward the development of more knowledge-intensive economies, in which research, its commercial exploitation, and other intellectual work play a growing role". Basically, if you are looking to work out how the IP landscape may develop over the coming years in ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 25 January 2010 @ 7:16PM
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Where is the outrage?

PatentlyO has reproduced an email that David Kappos has written to USPTO staff outlining the severe financial restraints the office is operating under. This is a topic we have reported on recently, in particular the extraordinary decision made by Congress just before Christmas to deny the USPTO use of any monies it may raise this year in excess of the $1.87 billion it forecast it would receive last September. In his email Kappos makes clear just how serious the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 23 January 2010 @ 1:44PM
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Last chance to secure major discount on IP Business Congress places

The delegate count for this year's IP Business Congress, taking place in Munich from 20th to 22nd June, is fast approaching 250 and may have even exceeded it (the last figure I saw was 231, but that was at the beginning of this week). We also have more sponsors than ever before, while the number of confirmed speakers - all of a very high quality - is growing by the day. The programme, meanwhile, is the most varied we have yet put together. If you believe IP is a ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 January 2010 @ 1:07PM
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Latest developments relating to the UN's IP finance initiative

The IAM blog has been following the progress of attempts by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) to develop ways in which intellectual property can be more readily used as collateral to raise finance.  I have just received the latest news on where things from Spiros Bazinas, Senior Legal Officer, ITLD/OLA (UNCITRAL secretariat): At its upcoming 17th session (New York, 8-12 February 2010), Working Group VI (Security ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 21 January 2010 @ 11:46AM
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IAM yearbook published online

The 2010 edition of IP Value: Building and enforcing  intellectual property value is now freely available online. This is the seventh edition of what is IAM magazine's annual yearbook and features chapters provided by contributors from across the world.

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 19 January 2010 @ 6:22PM
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Why are lawyers disliked by entrepreneurs?

There's a fascinating entry on the Venture Hacks blog entitled "Ten reasons why entrepreneurs hate lawyers". It's about lawyers in general, but my gut feeling is that at least some of the points are worth considering if your specialist area is IP law. In fact, with my recent blogs on patent attorneys in Europe in mind, a few of the irritations listed below are ones I have heard quite a few times from executives working in SMEs when talking about the people who are often ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 18 January 2010 @ 5:40PM
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It depends on what you mean by valuable ...

Earlier this week this blog reported that IBM had once again finished top of the league table for annual USPTO patent grants. Big Blue finished well ahead of perennial second placers Samsung, with Microsoft coming in third - its highest ever position. All three, as well as many others in the top 25, recorded their best ever years. Now Business Week is reporting research conducted by Ocean Tomo which claims to show that while IBM may get most grants, Microsoft actually has the most ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 16 January 2010 @ 12:34PM
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