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Page 1 of 3 Archive - January 2011

Google IP chief in the running for top USPTO job - UPDATED

Michelle Lee, head of IP at Google, is among three people being considered for the deputy director post at the USPTO, according to information received by IAM today. The post became vacant following the departure of Sharon Barner at the beginning of this year. It is understood that in addition to Lee, Shanna Winters, general counsel and senior policy adviser to Congressman Howard Berman, is on the shortlist, along with an unidentified individual currently working at the AIPLA. We ...

Posted by Sara-Jayne Clover, IAM Magazine on 28 January 2011 @ 5:39PM
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A message you just cannot argue with

Is there a more effective advocate of the US patent system than Tessera CEO Hank Nothhaft? Last year, Nothhaft was the co-author - with former chief judge of the CAFC Paul Michel - an OpEd piece in the New York Times on the need to provide the USPTO with adequate funding; while he was also featured in a report put together on the same subject for national CBS news. Now he is at it again - this time at the Harvard Business Review blog. In a contribution co-written with David ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 28 January 2011 @ 8:47AM
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More filings means more money in the EPO's coffers

The EPO has reported a 10% rise in the filings it received during 2010. A press release sent out by the office announced that 232,000 European patent filings were submitted last year, compared to 211,000 in 2009. The number of grants made by the office rose too, from 52,400 in 2009 to 58,1000 in 2010. But at 11%, the rise in awards is far outstripped by figures that have ecently emerged from the USPTO and China's State IP Office - both of which saw sharp increases in 2010. It's ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 27 January 2011 @ 3:53PM
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Obama - right on innovation, wrong on patents

President Obama delivered his annual State of the Union speech last night. I am not going to get into the politics of it, but there was a lot that he said on innovation - and the US's unique capacity to innovate - that I absolutely agreed with. I know that many Americans are feeling very down about their country right now, but from afar I see a place with a number of advantages which, if properly harnessed, will ensure that whatever happens in China and elsewhere, the US will ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 January 2011 @ 8:36AM
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Lawyer withdraws from UK copyright case after death threats

A copyright dispute in the UK revolving around illegal file-sharing is in doubt following the decision of the lawyer acting for the plaintiffs to withdraw from the case. Citing death threats and criminal attacks, Andrew Crossley - a solicitor at the firm ACS: Law - stated he was no longer representing his client MediaCAT in a suit brought against 26 individuals said to have downloaded films and music without authorisation. "I have ceased my work...I have been subject to ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 25 January 2011 @ 2:44PM
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RPX IPO filing reveals financial details and compensation packages

Defensive patent aggregator RPX Corp moved closer to its long-awaited IPO on Friday when it filed a registration certificate with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Up to $100 million of the firm's common stock will be up for grabs when it lists on Nasdaq. As you'd expect, the Form S-1 RPX has filed goes into minute detail about business strategy, the financials and the risk factors that may affect future performance. It's a long old document, but it is well worth reading.

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 23 January 2011 @ 4:17PM
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Your last chance to save $650 plus on the IP Business Congress

The super early bird discount price for attending the IP Buiness Congress In San Francisco this June expires today. If you register by the end of Friday 21st January, the registration fee is reduced to just US$995, saving you well over US$650. Tomorrow, the rate changes. To register today at the reduced rate, click here. 

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 21 January 2011 @ 12:00PM
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US patent reform, part 8,412

There is going to be yet another concerted attempt to get patent reform measures through the US Congress and onto the statute books. Yesterday, Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, published a new Patent Reform Bill. It will be introduced on 25th January and will be the first piece of proposed legislation to be considered by a business meeting of the committee scheduled for two days later. Although Leahy is a Democrat, the bill enjoys bipartisan support.

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 21 January 2011 @ 11:43AM
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Quality is China's biggest patent challenge - UPDATED

China's State Intellectual Property Office has announced that it received a record 1.2 million patent applications during calendar year 2010. This is a 25% jump on the 2009 figure. Also in 2010, over 800,000 applications were approved - most of these being for non-examined utility and design patents. That said, according to the SIPO stats page (which currently only covers January to November 2010), the number of invention patents granted in the first 11 months of last year stood at ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 20 January 2011 @ 12:25PM
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Microsoft v Apple - this time it's trademarks

For anyone interested in the trademark/branding/business nexus, the blog put together by the team at World Trademark Review, IAM's sister publication, is well worth keeping an eye on. Recently, for example it published a great piece by staff writer Adam Smith on the news that Microsoft is objecting to Apple's bid to register App Store as a trademark in the US. As it' so good, I thought I would republish it on this blog and get some top class content without having to do any work! ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 19 January 2011 @ 7:04AM
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