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LES International looking to recruit its first-ever executive director

LES International, the umbrella organisation under which national and regional branches of the Licensing Executives Society across the world operate, has announced that it is looking to recruit its first-ever executive director. According to the full job description, IP experience is not essential but it is preferred. What does matter, however, is to have: “A minimum of 10 years nonprofit leadership experience (CAE or equivalent) is required, along with significant international ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 30 May 2012 @ 5:58PM
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The EPO tops the quality table once again, as the USPTO and SIPO make forward strides

For the third year running respondents to the annual IP benchmarking survey conducted jointly by IAM magazine and the IP Solutions of Thomson Reuters have clearly stated that the European Patent Office has the highest standards of performance among the IP Five. On the private practice side, 68% of respondents stated that the EPO’s quality is either “excellent” or “very good”, that’s up from 62% in 2011. The results from the corporate side revealed ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 29 May 2012 @ 4:00PM
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US pharma patent plans come under attack

A WIPO meeting on patent law last week saw the US put forward a proposal regarding the availability of medicines in the developing world. Although its suggestions do not contain anything shocking or surprising, criticism of the plans shows that this is likely to remain a highly emotive topic that will require delicate handling by the patent community.  The issue of the availability and affordability of drugs in the developing world has come under renewed focus with the recent ...

Posted by Helen Sloan, IAM Magazine on 28 May 2012 @ 9:53AM
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Rockstar Consortium and the testing of the privateer patent monetisation model

Last week’s story in Wired on Rockstar Consortium, the business established by five of the six companies that successfully bid for the Nortel patents last June, begs a lot of questions. Little of what is covered in the piece will come as much of a surprise to readers of this blog, the majority of whom will already know that the NPE is mostly staffed by former employees of the bankrupt Canadian telecoms company. What’s more, we revealed last month that Rockstar ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 27 May 2012 @ 8:57AM
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Europe’s patent-sceptic competition DG is a powerful weapon to call on

This week, the Association for Competitive Technology (ACT) welcomed the news that the European Union’s competition commissioner had written to Google to outline his concerns that the company’s internet search business may be adversely affecting competition. Though it describes itself as an ‘international grassroots advocacy organisation’ for small IT businesses, ACT also counts big name players including Microsoft, Oracle and Intel among its sponsors. There ...

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 25 May 2012 @ 4:13PM
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Economic growth in Indonesia contrasts with dire record in intellectual property

Indonesia is enjoying impressive economic growth at the moment, but its track record on intellectual property leaves a great deal to be desired. The IP Komodo blog recently pointed out the tremendous lack of IP understanding across south-east Asian: looking at European patent filings for 2011, it found that the five countries of Thailand, Indonesia, Brunei, the Philippines and Vietnam could only muster up a handful between them. This is particularly worrying in the case of Indonesia, ...

Posted by Helen Sloan, IAM Magazine on 25 May 2012 @ 1:00PM
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Pioneering patent exchange's full list of members revealed

IPX International’s full list of members can be revealed for the first time today. In total, 27 organisations have so far joined up to the exchange, which is designed to facilitate the transparent trading and licensing of patent rights. Of these, 13 are founding members and so have the right to take part in detailed discussions about how the exchange will function; other members can be invited to participate but there are no guarantees. Associate members - IP advisers, ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 24 May 2012 @ 1:57PM
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Trans-Pacific treaty the latest to feel the force of anti-IP campaigners

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) - a free trade agreement between the US, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam - is expected to come into force before the end of this year. The negotiations have been reasonably smooth, with the most recent round of talks in Dallas making “better-than-expected progress” towards a successful conclusion. One stumbling block, however, may turn out to be the TPP’s provisions for ...

Posted by Helen Sloan, IAM Magazine on 24 May 2012 @ 2:21AM
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IP Business Congress delegate list now tops 500

Over 500 people have now signed up to attend this year's IP Business Congress at the Hotel CascaisMiragem, just 30 minutes from the centre of Lisbon, Portugal. It means that we are getting very close to selling out. There are a few places left, but we expect to reach capacity well before the event gets underway on 24th June. So, if you have been meaning to sign up for the IPBC but have not yet got round to doing so yet, I strongly recommend that you do it sooner rather ...

Posted by Joff Wild, IAM Magazine on 23 May 2012 @ 2:15PM
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Kodak’s ITC setback could create an opportunity for a bold buyer

Yesterday, bankrupt and beleaguered Kodak was told by an ITC judge that Apple and RIM do not infringe one of its key digital imaging patents. The commission issued a preliminary decision which found that Kodak’s US patent no 6,292,218 was invalid due to the obviousness of one of its claims. The Rochester-based company considers its patent assets to be a saving grace. Kodak's already unhealthy share price slid by almost 27% overnight as news of the ITC decision emerged.

Posted by Jack Ellis, IAM Magazine on 22 May 2012 @ 2:22PM
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