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Page 1 of 4 Archive - March 2007

Poor old Charlie McCreevy

There’s a report (dated 30th March) on the IPjur site from Axel Horns on a recently concluded conference in Berlin, the subject of which was the future of patent policy in Europe. Charlie McCreevy seems to have made the same speech he has been making for the last two years, but got a little more passionate in pointing out how much more expensive it is to get patent protection in Europe as opposed to the US and Japan. The old figure on this was something like four and six times ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 30 March 2007 @ 12:00AM
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Are we seeing a change in the US approach to China over IP?

A big IP event has just finished in Beijing – the Global Forum on Intellectual Property Rights Protection and Innovation – and it attracted the great and the good from all over the world. Among those speaking was Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi, who announced that a new national strategy on IP protection would be published before the end of June. What is also noticeable in reports from the forum is the far less stringent language senior US representatives seem to have ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 March 2007 @ 12:00AM
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The USPTO needs help if it is to achieve 5-year plan objectives

Just under five years ago, James Rogan, the then head of the USPTO, released what was known as the Strategic Plan for the 21st Century. This document identified the major problems the USPTO was facing - essentially not enough people having to examine too many patent and trademark applications, while Congress annually voted to divert money raised by the office to other parts of the federal government – and made suggestions as to how these could be solved, as well as setting ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 28 March 2007 @ 12:00AM
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CAFC delivers first post-MedImmune decision

While the world eagerly awaits the Supreme Court’s decision in the hugely important KSR v Teleflex case, the ramifications of its previous judgment in a patent case – MedImmune v Genentech - are now beginning to be felt at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. I had this email from regular IAM contributor Jeffrey Sullivan of Baker & Botts, in my in-box when I logged on this morning: Today [26th March], a three judge panel of the Federal Circuit issued the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 27 March 2007 @ 12:00AM
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IPO President calls for objective patent quality standards

We often hear that there are too many poor quality patents being issued by major patent offices these days. But, how do you tell a poor quality patent from a good quality one? Are there are any objective measurements? Or, as seems far more plausible except in the most extreme cases, is quality in the eye of the beholder? Presumably, for example, those companies that do complain about poor quality patents have done an audit of their own portfolios and eliminated all those which do not ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 27 March 2007 @ 12:00AM
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Commission hammers Ireland over patent tax breaks

The European Commission has warned the Republic of Ireland that current rules exempting companies from paying tax on royalties derived from patents underpinning R&D work done in Ireland run contrary to EU law. The problem occurs because the exemption is only available for R&D done in Ireland, something which runs against the single market principles on which the EU operates. As a result, the Commission says, the rules must be changed within the next two months or Ireland will ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 March 2007 @ 12:00AM
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Qualcomm hit by Californian standards ruling

Little by little, life is getting trickier for patent owners in the US. While Congress debates patent reform, the courts are delivering decisions which rein in rights that some companies, at least, assumed they enjoyed and had built business strategies upon. In the latest example, a Californian district court has ruled that Qualcomm cannot claim Broadcom infringed two of its patents, because Qualcomm had failed to comply with an unwritten rule of the H264, MPEG-4 Part 10 standard ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 25 March 2007 @ 12:00AM
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Novartis India case to resume on Monday

The case Novartis is bringing challenging the legality of certain provisions in the Indian Patent Act will resume on Monday, after it had been adjourned following an illness suffered by the judge. In the meantime, it seems, the pharmaceutical company has been rallying support from MEPs in Europe; or more accurately has been seeking to persuade them not to give formal support to a resolution that specifically opposes what Novartis is doing. As I said before on this blog, ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 23 March 2007 @ 12:00AM
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McCurdy's firm says it is time to think small

Intellectual property services firm Thinkfire, founded by former Lucent IP business chief Dan McCurdy (with the help of, among others, Marshall Phelps – before he went off to join Microsoft), has announced that it is establishing a new unit specifically designed to help inventors, universities and small businesses leverage their patent assets. To be known as the Leveraged Transactions Group, this new unit will seek to identify potentially valuable rights and then help ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 March 2007 @ 12:00AM
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It's time to salute a European success story

Axel Horns at his IPjur blog points out that OHIM has now published its annual report for 2006. Now, if you really want to find a European success story in IP, then Alicante is the place to go. Since OHIM opened its doors in 1996, this new report tells us, there have been more than half a million Community trademark applications and more than 350,000 registrations. Why is the CTM so popular? Because it provides a relatively fast, relatively predictable (boards of appeal ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 21 March 2007 @ 12:00AM
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