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New figures confirm patenting decline

The IP Office of Singapore is currently playing host to a major conference entitled Tradng Ideas: the future of IP in Asia Pacific. The event coincides with the island state's presidency of APEC, the Asian Pacific economic cooperation forum. There are around 300 delegates here and a host of high-level speakers, all seeking to work out where IP fits into the global economy and how the current downturn affects things. What is immediately clear is that in Singapore and other ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 30 July 2009 @ 7:30AM
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To find out what Kappos may do at the USPTO look beyond America's borders

The IP Watch website has a pretty comprehensive report on David Kappos's appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday to answer questions relating to his nomination as the next Director of the USPTO. You can see a full webcast of his testimony via the committee's own website, from which you can also get a copy of his opening statement. It does not look like Kappos said anything earth shattering, though he does come across very strongly and deals with questions about ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 30 July 2009 @ 12:43AM
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Nortel sale shows that patents are now a top-level issue for companies and governments

If you are searching for evidence that patents are moving up both the corporate and political agenda, you need look no further than events currently taking place in Canada. The Nortel bankruptcy saga has spawned a patent bidding war and provoked interventions from senior politicians demanding that the company's valuable IP rights be prevented from leaving the country in the hands of a foreign purchaser. Among the key players in the story is Research in Motion which, as you will ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 28 July 2009 @ 7:51AM
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Techdirt plays fast and loose with the patent facts about India

An article on the Techdirt website claims that India and China would be much better off without intellectual property laws. Without IP, the author states, companies in the two countries would be able to access global knowledge through, for example, "reverse engineering, imitation, utilizing diaspora linkages and networks, and simply purchasing knowledge-embodying". The article also goes on to rehearse claims that IP is a monopoly right which restricts competition ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 25 July 2009 @ 3:12PM
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Another bad day for IP auctions as first ICAP sale hits record low

I have just heard the results of the first ICAP Ocean Tomo IP auction, held this afternoon in Chicago. According to the reports I have had, a total of just over $1.5 million was raised, excluding buyer and seller premiums. This is lower than any amount raised at any Ocean Tomo auction and is comfortably less than the approximately $2.75 million generated in San Francisco in March - which itself was seen as pretty disastrous.  Characteristically quick off the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 23 July 2009 @ 11:49PM
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RPX secures a new backer, but big challenges lie ahead

Defensive patent aggregator RPX Corp has secured a second round of financing with backing from established investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Charles River Ventures, and a new partner, Index Ventures. It is not known how much was raised. In less than a year, therefore, RPX has taken around $90 million worth of patent assets out of the marketplace, so shielding its clients from potential troll/NPE attacks with regard to those patents. It has also won backing ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 23 July 2009 @ 1:23PM
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Kappos confirmation hearing set for next week

David Kappos will appear before the US Senate Judiciary Committee on 29th July to answer questions relating to his nomination as the next Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office. If he gets through this unscathed, he looks likely to be taking up the post a short time later. Given that there will be two other people going through a similar process at the same hearing, it does not seem likely that Kappos is going to be facing intensive questioning. Instead, it looks more ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 23 July 2009 @ 12:27PM
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Major breakthrough for Chinese companies in the patenting stakes

A significant milestone has been reached in the history of patents in China. For the first time invention patent grants made to domestic entities are outstripping those made to foreign concerns. According to SIPO statistics, in the first six months of 2009 Chinese applicants received 18,634 patents, while applicants from overseas took 17,737; that's 51.2% and 48.8% respectively. In 2008, Chinese applicants were awarded 49.7% of the 93,706 invention patents granted by SIPO. Although ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 July 2009 @ 9:31AM
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More delays in Patent Reform Act likely as anti-lobby finds a powerful friend

As this blog reported a month ago, it looks like the post-grant review aspects of the proposed patent reform legislation now before the US Congress are proving to be the latest sticking point in its tortured progress to the statute books. On 17th June, Jeff Sessions, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, requested more information from Professor Scott Shane on the effects of post grant review. According to the Manufacturing Alliance for Patent ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 20 July 2009 @ 4:00PM
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When will European industry learn the American lesson?

The Global Intellectual Property Center is an affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce. I first came across it last year when it published a paper on the future of the USPTO. Recommendations for Consideration of the Incoming Administration Regarding the US Patent and Trademark Office was a thorough piece of work, put together by a top-level group of individuals. It also seems to have been influential. Looking at the GIPC website over the weekend, I very quickly came across a ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 20 July 2009 @ 1:41PM
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