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Page 1 of 3 Archive - May 2009

Despite recent developments it will still be a long time before Europe gets its patent court

At a meeting yesterday, European industry ministers agreed to ask the European Court of Justice whether the creation of a single European patent court, which would decide on cases involving patents granted by the EPO, is legal under Community law. Because the EPO grants patents that are valid in non-EU member states - such as Norway and Switzerland - this has been a live issue in negotiations on the introduction of a court. It would be fair to say that yesterday's decision does move ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 May 2009 @ 1:48PM
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Patent applications fall in Japan as patenting becomes a more considered activity

The Japan Patent OIffice has released details of patent application and grants for 2008. The number of applications was down on the 2007 figure by just over 5,000, while the number of grants was up by almost exactly 12,000. There is no news of the acceptance rate, which in 2007 was 48.9%, slightly up on 2006's figure of 48.5% (in fact the last time the figure was over 50% was back in 2003).  The JPO has had a declining application rate since 2005, so it is difficult to ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 May 2009 @ 11:20AM
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In search of the world's leading patent blog

Gene Quinn's IP Watchdog site is holding a vote to find the world's most popular patent blogs. Although this is not a blog about patent law or IP law in general, the Intellectual Asset Management blog has made it onto the shortlist. If you want to vote for us or another one of the listed blogs, then you can do so by following this link. The poll is open until the end of June and it will be interesting to see which one comes out on top. I am certainly keen to know the names of ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 28 May 2009 @ 11:43AM
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SAS does not file for patents in Europe because of the cost, says EU affairs manager

Sometimes you just have to shake your head and ask yourself whether the person quoted really did say what they are reported to have said; and, if they did, whether it is actually true; and, if it is, who on earth decides on the patent strategy in the company where that person works. I have just had such a moment. Taken from a 21st May report in Science Business is this little beauty:  “We file only in the US, for reasons including the cost of filing and litigation in ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 25 May 2009 @ 7:00PM
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Using IP knowledge to make money from shares

Playing the markets with a bit of IP knowldge continues to be a potentially lucrative occupation. Just last week Tessera shares soared on the back of an ITC judgment that prohibited imports of semi-conductor products that infringed the company's patents. A simple punt on that outcome a day before the ITC handed down its decision would have delivered a handy profit. Likewise, shares in Epistar climbed close to 7% in Taiwan today as the stock market there absorbed the news ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 25 May 2009 @ 6:12PM
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The Charles Rivers Ventures connection

Did you know that Charles Rivers Ventures is an investor in at least three of the big name IP aggregators/intermediaries that are currently out there doing their thing? I guess quite a few of you did, but I only found out in the last few weeks. Not only are they a backer of RPX Corp, which I did know about, but they are also have a stake in both Thinkfire and Intellectual Ventures.  It is a small world, is it not? From memory, I think that Nathan Myhrvold was a ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 May 2009 @ 7:35AM
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Gibbs quits PatentCafe

I understand that Andy Gibbs has severed his connections with PatentCafe, the company he helped to establish back in the late 1990s. PatentCafe is well-known to many IP professionals around the world as an IP information portal and also as a patent data warehouse, with 15 million full texts and 90 million patent bibliographies. Gibbs also played a key part in developing PatentCafe's highly-regarded Patent Factor Index, a statistical patent quality analysis engine. At this ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 May 2009 @ 7:32PM
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Tough times in the US could be set to continue for a while yet

More than 20% of companies in North America plan to decrease their spending on innovation during  2009, according to a recently published survey conducted by the Boston Consulting Group.  In Innovation 2009 - Making Hard Decisions in the Downturn, BCG also reports that globally innovation is seen as a top three priority by 64% of responding companies. That is down from 72% in 2006.  I know that it is wrong to equate spending on innovation with patent filings, ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 22 May 2009 @ 2:04PM
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Is this the next Director of the USPTO talking?

When one of the reported front-runners for the USPTO Director's job gives an in-depth analysis of the challenges facing the office and examines some of the options for tackling them, it is worth paying some attention. Courtesy of the Patent Docs blog comes a report of comments made by AIPLA executive director Todd Dickinson during a roundtable discussion at the Bio Conference:  Mr. Dickinson ... who served as USPTO Director during the Clinton Administration, ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 21 May 2009 @ 6:34PM
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Leading in-house trademark teams honoured at Seattle awards ceremony

World Trademark Review (WTR), IAM’s sister publication, announced the winners of its 2009 Industry Awards for in-house counsel last night at a champagne reception at the Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle. Timed to coincide with the 131st annual meeting of the International Trademark Association, the event was attended by senior in-house counsel from the nominated companies, as well as by the law firms and attorney firms that were sponsoring each award. The awards are designed ...

Posted by Sara-Jayne Clover, IAM Magazine on 20 May 2009 @ 4:46PM
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