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Page 1 of 4 Archive - May 2008

"See you in court", furious TM owner tells Google after AdWords changes

This blog reported in April on the news that Google was changing its AdWords policy in the UK and Ireland to bring it into line with the way the programme is run in North America. Now that the change has come into force, there are a lot of very unhappy trademark owners out there. Last week, the World Trademark Report – the daily online service that is produced in conjunction with IAM’s sister publication the World Trademark Review – ran a story on how the trademark ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 31 May 2008 @ 12:00AM
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Dolby shows the value of IP to at least one American company

If anyone may wonder why companies invest time and effort in building-up IP licensing strategies, they might like to take a look at Dolby. It is a company that does a lot of R&D, but – these days, at least – very little, if any, manufacturing. Dolby’s 2007 annual report (which can be accessed here towards the bottom of the page) shows that the company generated overall revenues of $482 million, of which just over $387 million (or around 80%) came from licensing ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 30 May 2008 @ 12:00AM
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Mixed views on German patent investment funds

Did you know that there are currently at least five active patent funds in Germany managing a total of around €300 million ($470 million)? One of these is run by Credit Suisse (Patent Invest 1), another by a bank based in Luxembourg whose name I have not been able to find out (Alpha Patent Fund) and three by Deutsche Bank (Patent Select 1, Patent Select 2 and Patent Portfolio 1). The aim of these funds is to buy patents and to leverage them so that they generate returns for ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 27 May 2008 @ 12:00AM
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A question ....

Duncan Bucknell is posing an interesting question on his IP Thinktank blog. Does anyone out there have an answer? I was speaking to a friend the other day about freedom to operate clearances and she raised an incredibly good point: Why don't patent specifications quote the patent's expiry date on their front cover? This is one of the most important facts about a patent, yet no patent office publishes this on the document. Why not? • If the patent office is concerned about ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 26 May 2008 @ 12:00AM
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It's time to ask a lot more from generic companies after WHO agreement

It looks like the member states of the World Health Organisation have reached agreement concerning a package designed to improve global access to medicine. I have had a look on the WHO website, but I cannot find the text of the final deal that was signed. However, according to a report in today’s Financial Times it seems that attempts to weaken patent protection were defeated. Instead, what has been approved is a series of measures that will encourage R&D focused on ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 25 May 2008 @ 12:00AM
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IPO top 300 list says little beyond some companies want a lot of patents

The IPO has published a list of the top 300 recipients of US patents during 2007. The top 25 is similar to, but not the same as, a top 25 produced by IFI Patent Intelligence back in January. Both show IBM way out in front in first place, followed by Samsung, Canon, Matsushita and Intel, the number of grants in each listing is slightly different. After fifth place, there are some divergences between the two on who comes where, though there are no spectacular differences. In ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 May 2008 @ 12:00AM
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Re-exam report authors come out of shadows to provide more information

The blog I ran a couple of days on the Institute for Progress’s report “Reexamining Inter Partes Reexam” has been picked up and commented on by a few other IP news sources, including the 271 blog and PatentlyO, as well as Hal Wegner’s off-line email service. The authors of the report – who I can reveal are Ralph Eckardt and Mark Blaxill, formerly in charge of the IP strategy consulting practice of the Boston Consulting Group - have also fielded quite a ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 23 May 2008 @ 12:00AM
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The hidden dangers of litigating patents in China

The number of patent applications being submitted to China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) is already the third highest in the world. And SIPO is due to overtake the annual amount received by the USPTO by 2012 if current growth rates continue, according to a report that has just been published by Evalueserve. This means, says the report, that “the patent protection system in China will be tested more rigorously. Therefore, for the Chinese government, developing ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 May 2008 @ 12:00AM
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New research lifts lid on "highly misleading" USPTO re-examination stats

Patent re-examination at the USPTO is supposed to be a quick and relatively cheap alternative to litigating validity issues before the US courts. However, research done by the recently-established Institute for Progress indicates that, in reality, in most cases the patents involved in inter partes re-exams are also litigated at some stage, while delays mean that the average inter partes case takes over three and a half years to complete, if there is no appeal. Disturbingly, the ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 21 May 2008 @ 12:00AM
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Trademark attorneys just want to be loved

INTA meeting, Berlin, 20th May, 11:45 am: “I am not the step-child of a patent lawyer or M&A department: I am a trademark attorney!” proclaimed J Scott Evans, Senior Legal Director of IP at Yahoo! in this morning’s inspirational ‘Why we do what we do’ session at the INTA annual meeting. Just when I started to think I knew what an INTA session was all about, Evans came along with colleagues Paul McGrady from Greenberg Traurig, Daimler’s Gerhard ...

Posted by Sara-Jayne Clover, IAM Magazine on 20 May 2008 @ 12:00AM
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